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IA’s election quiz #10: Winners and losers in Australian politics


1. (c) Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. The media did not report all these things?!


2. (d) Billy McMahon. 21 years and 6 months from 1951 to 1972.


3. (b) Julie Bishop, Liberal Party


4. (d) increased by $142 billion


5. (e) Nick Xenophon, at 3 years and 1 day.

If we include only “in the current job”, then the longest-serving party leader is Xenophon, whose party was registered on 1 July 2013.

If we include also earlier periods of party leadership, then the answer would be (f) Pauline Hanson. Hanson has been leader for 1 year 226 “in the current job”, but led a similarly-named party for several years in the past.

Similarly, Malcolm Turnbull has been leader for just 292 days in his current stint, but was leader also in 2008-09.


6. (d) 43,227 animals, up 42%, at $950.71, up 13.3%. The live cattle ban did far more good than harm – to the industry as well as to the abused animals.


7. (i) (c) Bill Shorten, admittedly in self-parody.

(ii) (g) Senator John Madigan

(iii) (e) Barnaby Joyce

(iv) (h) Senator Glenn Lazarus

(v) (d) Senator Richard Di Natale

(vi) (b) Malcolm Turnbull

(vii) (a) Clive Palmer

(viii) (f) Senator David Leyonhjelm

(ix) (c) Bill Shorten again


8. (b) Christine Milne, (c) Pauline Hanson (e) Derryn Hinch


9. (e) Nine. All except Australia.


10. (a) Robert Menzies, (c) Kevin Rudd and (e) Tony Abbott.

Gillard was removed after three years and three days in the job, but in her second term. Gorton was removed after three years and two months in the job, also in his second term.


11. (c) 22.7% and 23.1%. See here, page 10-10.


12. (e) Last – 20th

Disputes with the Quizmaster are welcome and correspondence will enthusiastically be entered into. Feel free to tweet to Alan Austin @AlanTheAmazing.

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