IA's Election QUIZ: How well do you know Australia’s treasurers? (No 3)
1. (d) Prime minister. Easy one to start.
2. (b) Peter Costello. He defeated veteran MP Roger Shipton in a rare preselection ballot.
3. (d) Hockey, from April to October 2014.
4. (c) Swan, in mid 2008, shortly before the GFC hit.
5. (a) Cairns, Hayden, Dawkins and Bowen, all Labor. Crean and Willis both studied commerce. Swan studied public administration. Morrison studied applied economic geography.
6. (b) John Howard in 1980, although the driver was prime minister Malcolm Fraser.
7. (b) serious illness.
8. (b) Keating “snapped the stick of inflation”, as he put it. For the five years of treasurer Howard, inflation ranged between 9.1 and 11.2 per cent. By 1992, Keating got it below 2.7 per cent where it stayed for seven of the next eight years.
9. (b) Chifley and Fadden.
10. (b) Howard youngest, Willis oldest. Only just. Howard was 38 years 4 months, Costello a few weeks older, at 38 years 7 months. Paul Keating was a sprightly 39 years 2 months. He just looked 19. Willis was 53 years 8 months, only a few weeks older than Wayne Swan, who was 53 years 5 months.
11. (d) $11.7 million per day.
12. (c) John Curtin
Next quiz: See IA, Wednesday 8 June, 2016.
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