Australian Prime Ministers NOT elected to the Job


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Australian Prime Ministers NOT elected to the Job.

A common topic of Political conversation is the number of Prime Ministers who have NOT been voted into office by the General Public, but how often does it actually happen?

I read something recently where a member of the public has decided to vote ALP next time, due to the recent event where Scott Morrison took over the position of PM from Malcolm Turnbull.

This is a list of the recent events, over the last half century, where someone has been voted into the position of Prime Minister without the public being involved.  There are Six, Three Liberal and Three ALP.

Scott Morrison (Liberal) Prime Minister of Australia 24 August 2018.

Scott Morrison became Prime Minister on 24 August 2018, after taking the leadership of the Liberal Party, when Malcolm Turnbull stood down.
At the time of writing there is no date set for the next Federal Election.

Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal) Prime Minister of Australia 15 September 2015 – 24 August 2018.

Malcolm Turnbull became Prime Minister on 15th September 2015, after challenging Tony Abbott for the leadership of the Liberal Party.
He served as PM for 291 days before the next Federal Election.
Malcolm Turnbull, as Prime Minister of Australia, was later elected in that position, by the General Public in the July 2016 Federal Election.


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Kevin Rudd (ALP) Prime Minister of Australia 27 June 2013 – 18 September 2013.

Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister on 27 June, 2013, after challenging Julia Gillard for the leadership of the Labor Party.
He served as PM for 73 days before the next Federal Election.
Kevin Rudd, as Prime Minister of Australia, was defeated, by the General Public in the September 2013 Federal Election.

Julia Gillard (ALP) Prime Minister of Australia 24 June 2010 – 27 June 2013.

Julia Gillard became Prime Minister on 24 June 2010, after taking the leadership of the Labor Party from Kevin Rudd.
She served as PM for 59 days before the next Federal Election.
Julia Gillard, as Prime Minister of Australia, was later elected in that position, by the General Public in the August 2010 Federal Election.

Paul Keating (ALP) Prime Minister of Australia 20 December 1991 – 11 March 1996.

Paul Keating became Prime Minister on 20 December 1991, after taking the leadership of the Labor Party from Bob Hawke.
He served as PM for 1 year and 84 days before the next Federal Election.
Paul Keating, as Prime Minister of Australia, was later elected in that position, by the General Public in the March 1993 Federal Election.

William McMahon (Liberal) Prime Minister of Australia 10 March 1971 – 5 December 1972.

William McMahon became Prime Minister on 10 March 1971, after taking the leadership of the Liberal Party from John Gorton.
He served as PM for 1 year and 271 days before the next Federal Election.
William McMahon, as Prime Minister of Australia, was defeated, by the General Public in the December 1972 Federal Election.

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