Australian Prime Ministers

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The Prime Minister of Australia is the head of government and most senior minister. The office is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia and exists only through an unwritten political convention. The Prime Minister is commissioned by the Governor-General and by convention is leader of the majority party of the House of Representatives although John Gorton was elected from the Senate. The longest serving Prime Minister was Robert Menzies.
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Ben Chifley (right), Prime Minister of Australia from July 13th 1945 – December 19th 1949. This photo was taken in 1945 with then Prime Minister John Curtin while Chifley was Finance Minister.

Ben Chifley (right), Prime Minister of Australia from July 13th 1945 – December 19th 1949. This photo was taken in 1945 with then Prime Minister John Curtin while Chifley was Finance Minister.

November 10, 2001 Australian Prime Minister John Howard is elected to a third term.

November 10, 2001 Australian Prime Minister John Howard is elected to a third term.

Prince Charles meets then prime minister Paul Keating during the 1994 visit.

Prince Charles meets then prime minister Paul Keating during the 1994 visit.

Paul Keating (born 18 January 1944) is a former Australian politician who was the 24th Prime Minister of Australia

Paul Keating (born 18 January 1944) is a former Australian politician who was the 24th Prime Minister of Australia

John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH, GCL is a former Prime Minister of Australia. He came to power in 1975 through the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor government, in which he played a key role. After three election victories, he was defeated by Bob Hawke in the 1983.

John Malcolm Fraser AC, CH, GCL is a former Prime Minister of Australia. He came to power in 1975 through the dismissal of the Whitlam Labor government, in which he played a key role. After three election victories, he was defeated by Bob Hawke in the 1983.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke and British Prime Minister John Major retire after batting against the Prince Edward School at the Harare sports ground in a Commonwealth Heads of Government charity match, Zimbabwe 1991.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke and British Prime Minister John Major retire after batting against the Prince Edward School at the Harare sports ground in a Commonwealth Heads of Government charity match, Zimbabwe 1991.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke meets Mikhail Gorbachev, Politburo member of the Soviet Union, in Geneva, Switzerland in June 1983. National Archives of Aust.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke meets Mikhail Gorbachev, Politburo member of the Soviet Union, in Geneva, Switzerland in June 1983. National Archives of Aust.

Mar 5, 1983: Bob Hawke (Labour) defeated Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

Mar 5, 1983: Bob Hawke (Labour) defeated Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

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