Who was Australia’s best Prime Minister? 35



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The position of Australian Prime Minister seems to be harder to keep track of than Melbourne’s infamous weather. Since 2010 Australia has seen four different Prime Ministers lead, two of which were the result of party leadership take-overs.

With our country’s leadership ever changing, today we take a look back at Australia’s past leaders and ask you: Which Prime Minister to walk through Kirrabilli’s (seemingly) revolving door has been your favourite, and why? 

Gough Whitlam brought reforms and free education for all. Sir Robert Menzies, creator of the Liberal party, who showed us that when you’re down, you’re not necessarily out.

Malcolm Fraser bought stability to a government fraught with chaos after the Whitlam dismissal, founded SBS and promoted multiculturalism by welcoming refugees from the Indochina conflict.

John Howard bought swift and effective gun control to the country following the Port Arthur Massacre and served the second longest term as Prime Minister in the nations history.

In a classically Australian feat, Bob Hawke could down a yard glass of beer in record time. Paul Keating was arguably the best financial Labor prime minister, and Julia Gillard smashed the glass ceiling by becoming the first female in the top job, before being ousted by the very man she had deposed.

Tony Abbott only made it half way through his term as PM before being knocked out of the top job, and now Malcolm Turnbull is yet to prove whether or not he can fulfil his promises to the country.

Who was your favourite prime minister and why? Do you have a least favourite PM?

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  1. Best Julia Gillard

    Worst before Abbott was John Howard – his economic strategies at elections are responsible for the revenue problem that now exists.

    3 REPLY
    • You must have been on medication during her time.

    • Julie Gillard …youve got to be joking..!!

    • Your information is incorrect. John Howard had this country in the black….meaning money in the bank until Labor got in and threw it all away and then kept spending, spending, spending on the wrong things and people. It is interesting to note most people who respond to these questions are labor voters….. none with an once of common sense.

  2. Gough Whitlam. Australia would not be what it is today without this man. Pity he was a very early Murdoch scalp with the lies and deceit that he used to bring him down.

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    • I agree Jenni, Gough was a Statesman, the current & recent ones just don’t cut it. ( And Murdoch still has far too much influence)

  3. Gough Whitlam, progress before our times. Julia Gillard, strong, silent worker, getting things done in the background.

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    • yes Robyn I agree with you On Gough and Julia. Both made a difference to Low income workers. I get much tax back at all since Liberals have been in power was quite pleased with my tax return with Julia’s
      government. Labor is more for workers than Liberals.

  4. Sir Robert Menzies. A great Australian.

  5. Gough was an inspiration and made us a more interesting vountry!!

  6. The worst PM is a tossup between the Gillard-Rudd fiasco, and the Abbott-Turnbull fiasco.
    Although, they’ll only be the second worst if the question of which former PM is a paedophile is ever answered.

  7. Sir Robert Menzies – a true Statesman who truly cared about the best for Australia – unlike following politicians whose main interest is getting what they can out of the position for themselves (ie lining their own pockets)

  8. Worst PMs hmmm let’s start with Menzies, McMahon,Howard, Abbott. Still thinking about the best.Post WW2 candidates are Gorton,Whitlam,Fraser,Hawke,Keating.

  9. Gough Whitlam was the best and still is in continuing ways.

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