Politics is more dangerous than war, for in war you are only killed once
If you just set out to be liked, you will be prepared to compromise on anything at anytime, and would achieve nothing.
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Truth is absolute, truth is supreme, truth is never disposable in national political life.
Would you like a cup of tea?
In tough times, everyone has to take their share of the pain
If you have a go, you get a go
It is our job above all in politics to tackle the big issues and to explain them, and have the honesty to say to people, 'There are no easy solutions here'
I understand that government should live within its means, value the money it holds in trust from you the taxpayer, avoid waste and, above all else, observe the first maxim of good government: namely, do no avoidable harm.
The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.
If you were a member of Parliament, which Portfolio would you most like to have?
You are Winston Churchill. Winston Churchill served as the British Prime Minister and led Britain to victory in the Second World War. He stood up against the forces of fascism taking over Europe. Churchill is remembered for his courage and his strong leadership; characteristics which undoubtedly developed as he served as a soldier. Aside from being a wartime Prime Minister, Churchill was a passionate advocate for economic liberalism. He is known for his wicked sense of humour, and his ability to inspire people.
You are Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady! Renowned for her commitment to economic liberalism, as well as her tough stance against global communism, Thatcher is one of the pearls of the Conservative Movement. Britain's first female prime minister, Thatcher completely went against the grain of feminine stereotypes. She was a strong, fierce woman, who held true to her convictions in the face of immense opposition.
You are Ronald Reagan. Before Donald Trump, there was a celebrity President of the USA. Reagan started his career as an actor, rising to fame in 1942's Kings Row. Reagan went on to serve in the military. Reagan's presidency is characterised by his strong opposition to global communism, as well as his economic policy, dubbed "Reaganomics" - Reagan implemented free-market encouraging policies and made significant tax cuts. Fundamentally, Reagan led the free world during the Cold War and is credited with implemented policies that contributed to the ultimate collapse of the USSR. Reagan had real presence and charisma, and knew how to sell a message. In fact, he was often caught using lines from movies in his speeches!
You are John Howard. Howard was Australia's second-longest serving Prime Minister. Howard studied Law at our very own University of Sydney. As PM, Howard saw through the introduction of the GST, reformed Industrial Relations, and bought back the guns. Often Howard held unpopular opinions, but he was consistent and this earned him respect. He was a tenacious leader, and made tangible reforms to this country.
You are Boris Johnson. Currently serving as the British Prime Minister after a landslide election victory, Johnson promised Brexit once and for all. Boris Johnson can be a complete clown, armed with a sharp wit. However, he is also highly educated, attending school at Eton and then a student at Oxford University. He has infectious energy and is probably one of the most eccentric characters in politics.
You are Theresa May! Immediate former British Prime Minister, you do not want to cross Theresa May. Spunky, goofy and resilient, May will be remembered for her strength of character in the face of major setbacks.
Unfortunately, she failed to establish an appropriate Brexit deal. However, her persistence in the most challenging circumstances (such as the loss of majority government) is admirable.
She doesn't mind a bit of a boogie, and binge watching television. Perhaps we all have a bit of Theresa May in us.
You are Scomo! Scott Morrison, our current Prime Minister, famously won the 'unwinnable election' of 2019. Flying in the face of newspolls, and to the shock of most media outlets, Scomo won over middle Australia with his simple and targeted message. Scomo is most known for his economic achievements, as treasurer and then as PM bringing the Australian budget into surplus; "back in black and back on track". Scomo loves a good footy game, and rocks the daggy dad image. What's left to say but 'how good'?
You are Malcolm Turnbull. Former Australian Prime Minister, and USYD alumni (and stupol hack), Turnbull is often characterised as an economic conservative and social progressive. Turnbull delivered economic rationalist policies alongside socially progressive policies such as the SSM plebiscite. Turnbull also was committed to climate action, crafting the National Energy Guarantee to reduce emissions and power prices. However this policy was abandoned. The small 'l' liberal continues to be very vocal about politics, namely concerning the urgency of environmental issues.
Fun facts: Turnbull was a USU Board Director and an SRC rep at USYD!
You are Tony Abbott. The Aussie PM who stopped the boats. Tony Abbott was one of the most polarising PMs in Australian history. Staunch social and economic conservative, Abbott's hardline approach was either loved or hated. Abbott repealed the Carbon Tax, and commenced Operation Sovereign Borders. He held the office of Prime Minister for a short 2 years, eventually rolled by Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal Party. Abbott is a community person - he loves to volunteer and serve others. If you're looking for Abbott to tell him you got this quiz result, chances are he is at the beach soaking in the sun.
Fun Fact: Tony Abbott was a former USYD SRC President! How the times have changed!