Special Sub-Topic: Australian Prime Ministers - A Lighthearted Look
|Some fun - I bet this hasn't happened to your leader! Which Australian Prime Minister was literally caught with his pants down in Memphis, USA?|
Malcolm Fraser. John Malcolm Fraser was Australia's Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983. In 1985 he represented Australia in a Commonwealth group formed to negotiate the peaceful dismantling of South Africa's Apartheid policy. However, on October 14, 1986, he lost his trousers, and a lot more, at the Admiral Benbow Inn in Memphis in circumstances which were widely reported yet never explained. It has been suggested he was slipped a Mickey Finn by the escort girl Rolex gang, whoever they were!
|Which Australian Prime Minister re-used an American election campaign slogan "All the way with LBJ" to support his own Government's policies?|
Harold Holt. Harold Edward Holt (1908 - 1967) introduced this saying into the Australian vernacular, in connection with Australia's commitment of troops to the Vietnam War.
|Which Australian Prime Minister was noted in Parliament for using terms such as "You Scumbag" and "You Slime"?|
Paul Keating. Paul John Keating was the Treasurer in the Hawke Labor Government from 1983 to 1991. He was then Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996. During his time as both Treasurer and Prime Minister, Keating made a name for himself in Parliament with such colourful statements as "slither out of the Cabinet room like a mangy maggot"; "the greatest job and investment destroyer since the Bubonic Plague"; "like a lizard on a rock - alive, but looking dead"; "an intellectual rust bucket"; "the Honourable Gentleman's hair, like his intellect, will recede into the darkness"; "painted, perfumed gigolos"; "a political carcass with a coat and tie on"; "intellectual hobos"; and "antediluvian troglodytes". These are representative of some of Keating's milder comments only! The better ones are against this site's guidelines!
|Which Australian Prime Minister cried on television after being voted out of office?|
Malcolm Fraser. In a shameful display not befitting a country's leader, Malcolm's bottom lip quivered uncontrollably as he gave his speech of concession, following his defeat at the 1983 General Election. Apparently, he was the only one who hadn't realised that he was not going to win! Fraser was also well remembered for his infamous comment, "Life wasn't meant to be easy". Sometimes, brutal honesty is not what voters want to hear!
|Which Australian Prime Minister went missing at Portsea, Victoria in 1967?|
Harold Holt. Harold Holt, Australian Prime Minister (1966 - 1967), drowned while swimming in the surf in December 1967 - his body was never recovered. In case the reader is wondering how this qualifies as a question in a quiz that is light-hearted, just imagine your country's leader going for a swim, on his own, in the raging surf, near rocks! Additionally, many conspiracy theories abound to this day regarding his disappearance, including, being abducted and/or taken by a Chinese submarine.
|Which Australian Prime Minister said "Well may we say God save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor-General"?|
Gough Whitlam. Edward Gough Whitlam became Australia's first Labour Prime Minister in 23 years when elected in 1972. On 11 November 1975, he was sensationally dismissed by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, after the Senate had blocked supply (refused to vote). The legal arguments regarding this incident and the role played by the soon-to-become Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, continue to this day, and have become permanently etched in the Australian psyche.
|Which Australian Prime Minister was caught on television saying to a pensioner "You don't know what you're talking about, you silly old bugger"?|
Bob Hawke. Robert James Lee Hawke addressed this unfortunately timed message to an elderly voter in Whyalla, South Australia. On 16 November 1999, Bob Bell (the elderly man) had the temerity to challenge Hawke regarding wage inequities, stating "You get more a week than we get a year". Australians being what they are, the throw-away remark has become forever etched into the country's political memory!
|Which Australian Prime Minister once stated "I did but see her passing by and yet I love her 'til I die"?|
Sir Robert Menzies. Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (1894 - 1978) was Prime Minister of Australia for 2 separate periods of office. The first period was 1939 to 1941 and his next period in office was 1949 to 1966. He made the above statement in reference to the young Queen Elizabeth II upon her first visit to Australia. A staid man, not normally noted for his sense of humour, on a separate occasion, in reply to a woman heckler who cried out: "I would not vote for you if you were the Archangel Gabriel", Menzies replied: "Madam, if I were the Archangel Gabriel, you would not be in my constituency".
|Which former Australian Prime Minister was subsequently appointed Ambassador to UNESCO in France?|
Gough Whitlam. In 1983 the Hawke government appointed Whitlam as Australian Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. Gough Whitlam was noted for his rapier-like wit and was a darling of the press corps for this reason. On one memorable occasion, upon returning from Paris, he was asked how he found the French city. He quipped "I would rather be in my office in Paris overlooking the Seine, than in Parliament overlooking the insane".
|Which Australian Prime Minister once managed a rock and roll band?|
Paul Keating. Paul Keating left school at age 14 and studied for his Higher School Certificate at night. As a teenager, Keating managed a rock band named The Ramrods.
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