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

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

Gough Whitlam as PM

Gough Whitlam as PM

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.

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.

Edward Gough Whitlam leaves a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics.

Edward Gough Whitlam leaves a legacy of unprecedented and unmatched change in Australian politics.

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Gough Whitlam #21... 1972 - 1975, dismissed by the Governor General Sir John Kerr.

Gough Whitlam #21... 1972 - 1975, dismissed by the Governor General Sir John Kerr.