And That Would Have Made 4!20 February 2010
I had to turn down an invitation yesterday to meet Kevin Rudd (for overseas readers – he’s our Prime Minister). I was working so couldn’t go but David went along.
I would have liked to have added him to the list of Australian Prime Ministers I’ve met – Bob Hawke, Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam. Not bad considering I’ve lived here for 7 years, plus 4 years in the 1970’s.
Funnily enough, I haven’t met John Howard though he was my own MP until 2 years ago.
I mentioned to a woman I work with that I’d met a number of Aussie PM’s – I mentioned Bob Hawke but she’d never heard of him. She’s in her late 20’s, excellent job, university educated. I wasn’t sure exactly when he was PM but I said I thought it was some time in the early 80’s. (I didn’t live in Australia then) Her reply: “Well, that was a bit before my time”.
Chamberlain was a bit before my time, as were Gladstone and Pitt The Younger but I’ve HEARD of them. And Bob Hawke is still alive. Coincidentally, the day after our conversation, his picture was on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald (“ex Prime Minister, Bob Hawke”) attending some event.
And if we’re talking Aussie PM’s, I could list at least another 5 off the top of my head – Keating, Chifley, Holt, Curtin and could anyone really not have heard of Menzies? I didn’t dare ask her. He was the PM when I was a child in England and had died long before I came to Australia for the first time.
What happened to “Education, education, education”?