Five things that lasted longer than a modern-day Australian Prime Minister.


On average, our last four Prime Ministers have lasted a total of 1 year, 11 months, 1 week, 2 days, 45 minutes and 27 seconds.

This is just a tad shy of the three years an Australian Prime Minister is actually elected for.

Side-stepping the obvious questions this raises (was it us, Tones? could we have done something different, Jules?), we decided to do a little digging into some of the unlikely things that last longer than a modern-day Prime Minister.

1. Perfume.

It seems to disappear so quickly, but even this could outlast Kevin Rudd’s initial stint as PM in 2007.

2. Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Damon Thomas.

It felt like it was over in a flash. But Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Damon Thomas stood the test of Australian-leadership time, a shocking 3 years and 11 months.

3. An elephant’s pregnancy.

This is a clear winner when compared to K-Rudd’s second time in office.


4. Mark Latham’s stint as an Australian Financial Review columnist.

Hard to believe, but Mark Latham’s eight years as a columnist for the Australian Financial Review lasted longer than recently ousted Tony.

5. This sponge.

Although not advised, even a sponge can outlive an Australian PM’s time in office.

Good luck to you, Malcolm.

Alternatively, we will start looking into the leadership merits of said sponge. Stay tuned.

Is it a positive or negative that our political attention span is now so unforgiving?

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