Special Sub-Topic: Which Australian Prime Minister Said That?
|"Like being flogged with a warm lettuce" was said by which Australian Prime Minister about the then Opposition Leader?|
Paul Keating. Paul Keating was one of Australia's youngest Parliamentarians, when he won the seat of Blaxland, he was only 25 years old. His quote referred to John Hewson, the Liberal Party leader, and a verbal attack Hewson had made upon Keating in Parliament. Paul Keating held office from 1991 to 1996 and was Australia's twenty-ninth Prime Minister.
|Who did Gough Whitlam refer to as "Kerr's cur"?|
Malcolm Fraser. Australia's twenty-seventh Prime Minister, John 'Malcolm' Fraser served from 1975 to 1983. He brought about the downfall of the Whitlam government with the help of then Governor General, Sir John Robert Kerr. The constitutional crisis turned public opinion against Kerr and was probably the major reason that he resigned his Governor Generalship.
|"My fellow Australians, it is my melancholy duty to inform you that...." was the beginning of the declaration that Australia was, once again, at war. Which Australian Prime Minister made this declaration? |
Robert Menzies. Robert Gordon Menzies was Australian Prime Minister from 1939 to 1941 and again from 1949 to 1966, Australia's sixteenth and twenty-first Prime Minister. In 1945, he formed the Liberal Party of Australia, and went on to become Australia's longest serving Prime Minister.
|During whose Prime Ministership did the leader of the newly formed Australian Democrats vow "to keep the bastards honest"?|
Malcolm Fraser. Don Chipp founded the Australian Democrats in 1977, he had left the Liberal party disheartened and his quote (made at a 1980 party conference) was aimed at both the Liberal and the Labour Parties! Malcolm Fraser (Liberal) was PM from 1975-1983.
|In 1978, which Australian Prime Minister was described as "A loose cannon on a rolling deck who is not well suited to the small scale plot"?|
Gough Whitlam. Barry Jones, one of Australia's 'living treasures', who was a household name from 1960 to 1968 as 'Australian Quiz Champion', said this about Gough Whitlam!
|"Well may he say, God save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor General". This famous quote from 1975 came from which Australian Prime Minister?|
Gough Whitlam & Whitlam & Edward Gough Whitlam & Edward Gough. In October 1975 the Opposition parties in the Senate refused to consider the supply bills, and thus refused to grant supply to the government of the day. On 11th November 1975 the Governor-General "solved this constitutional crisis" by sacking the Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam and appointing in his stead the Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Fraser - who immediately requested a double dissolution of both houses of Parliament. This caused the downfall of the Whitlam government. Edward Gough Whitlam was twenty-sixth Prime Minister of Australia, he served from 1972 to 1975. The Governor General in question was Sir John Kerr.
|Which Australian Prime Minister said, in part, about himself, "... perhaps had sufficient common sense and intelligence to tone down his larrikinism." ?|
Bob Hawke. Bob Hawke resigned from Parliament in 1992 after he was defeated in the second of two leadership challenges mounted by Paul Keating, in 1991.
|Which Australian Prime Minister took this quote from a seventeenth-century poet: "I did but see her passing by and yet I love her till I die"? |
Robert Menzies. Robert Menzies admiration for Queen Elizabeth II was well known. In 1963, unlike her first royal tour when over a million people came to see her in Melbourne (half the city's population at the time), monarchial enthusiasm had dissipated. Not for Menzies, however, as exemplified by the quote he gave at a function. It is originally attributed to Thomas Ford (1580-1648) in the poem "There is a Lady Sweet and Kind".
|This Prime Minister was responsible for naming "Canberra" as the new Australian capital. What was his name?|
Alfred Deakin. Alfred Deakin was appointed the first Attorney General after Federation and on the departure of Edmund Barton, took over the Prime Ministership between 1903 and 1904, and from 1905 to 1908, and again from 1909 to 1910, Australia's second, fifth and seventh Prime Minister!
|Which Australian Prime Minister said, "By 1990 no Australian child will live in poverty"?|
Bob Hawke & Robert Hawke & Hawke. As Prime Minister in 1983, Bob Hawke had come to power during an economic crisis. He needed to restore economic and employment growth and provide financial assistance to low-income families. He did by deregulating the banking sector, floating the Australian Dollar, and reforming the tax system (amongst other achievements), but these were somewhat overshadowed by this typically bouyant and exuberant claim!
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