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22 Sep 2015

Can You Tell The Difference Between Australian And British Prime Ministers?

Oi! Was this PM an Aussie or a Pom?

  1. Anthony Eden's catchphrase was "peace comes first, always". Was he the PM of Australia or Britain?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was British!

    Sir Anthony Eden, the 1st Earl of Avon, succeeded Winston Churchill and was prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1955 - 1957. He was best known for his handling of the Suez Crisis in 1956.

  2. Chris Watson was born in Chile and grew up in New Zealand. Was he British or Australian?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was Australian!

    The Labor party's John Christian Watson was the third prime minister of Australia, but only lasted less than four months in the job, from 27 April - 18 August 1904.

  3. James Scullin's government was brought down by a three-way split of his party. Was he Australian or British?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was Australian!

    Labor politician Jim Scullin became prime minister in 1929, the start of the Great Depression.

  4. Stanley Baldwin was a three-time prime minister. Was he Australian or British?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was British!

    This Conservative politician was the only prime minister to have served under three monarchs (George V, Edward VIII and George VI).

  5. Harold Wilson was accused of being a KGB agent in 1963.

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was British!

    Wilson was accused of being a KGB agent by Soviet defector and as a result was repeatedly investigated by MI5.

  6. Frank Forde was prime minister for eight days. Was he British or Australian?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was Australian!

    Queenslander Frank Forde was caretaker prime minister when John Curtin died. He was the shortest serving PM in Australia's history.

  7. Ramsay MacDonald appointed Margaret Bondfield, the first female minister. Was he Australian or British?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was British!

    MacDonald was PM in 1924 and from 1929-1935. He led the first UK Labour government, but created a cross-party national government which led to the loss of support from his own party.

  8. PM Fadden served 40 days in office. Was he Australian or British?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was Australian!

    The only member of the Country Party to become PM of Australia in a permanent capacity (rather than a caretaker PM) Fadden's government was defeated when he lost the support of two Independents.

  9. This prime minister's nickname at school was 'Droop'. Was he Australian or British?

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    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    He was Australian!

    Gorton became prime minister after PM Harold Holt disappeared while swimming in 1967. He is the only PM sworn in while still a senator.

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