The Prime Minister is the head of government and leader of the executive government.
He or she is the person who leads the party or parties that command majority support in the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister is the chief adviser to the Governor-General.
The Prime Minister is the pivotal person in contemporary executive governments. The PM is the focus of public and media attention, and has immense power to shape the composition of the government and determine its policy directions.
- List of Australian Prime Ministers Since 1901
- Terms of Office of Australian Prime Ministers
- Roles and Powers of the Prime Minister, and restraints on power
- Quotes about Prime Ministers
- Peter Costello on Australian Prime Ministers – a speech by Federal Treasurer Peter Costello, at the 2000 launch of Michelle Grattan’s book, “Australian Prime Ministers”. Costello discusses the personal and political qualities of some of Australia’s former prime ministers.