Australia/Deputy Prime Minister

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Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard was heavily helped upwards by the Australian Israel lobby, eventually unseating PM Kevin Rudd

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The deputy Prime Minister of Australia

The deputy prime minister of Australia is the deputy chief executive and the second highest ranking officer of the Australian Government. The office of deputy prime minister was officially created as a ministerial portfolio in 1968, although the title had been used informally for many years previously.


The deputy prime minister has always been a member of the Cabinet, and has always held at least one substantive portfolio.

The deputy prime minister becomes acting prime minister if the prime minister is unable to undertake their role for a short time, for example if they are ill, overseas or on leave (and if both are unavailable, then another senior minister takes on this role). If the prime minister were to die, then the deputy prime minister would be appointed prime minister by the governor-general, until the government votes for another member to be its leader.[1]

As of 2018, the deputy prime minister receives a total salary of $416,212.[2] The holder of the office also receives various other allowances and entitlements.[3]


Office Holders on Wikispooks

Richard Marles23 May 2022
Barnaby Joyce18 February 201627 October 2017
Anthony Albanese27 June 201318 September 2013
Julia Gillard3 December 200724 June 2010
Kim Beazley20 June 199511 March 1996
Paul Keating4 April 19903 June 1991
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