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Howard Beats Keating’s Term As Prime Minister

John Howard yesterday equalled Paul Keating’s 4 years, 2 months and 20 days as Prime Minister.

John HowardIn doing so, Howard today becomes the 10th longest serving of the 25 men who have been Prime Minister since 1901.

Provided he remains Prime Minister until next February, he will overtake Chifley, Fisher and Deakin to become the 7th longest serving head of government, eclipsed only by Menzies, Hawke, Fraser, Hughes, Lyons and Bruce.

Assuming the next election is held late in 2001, Howard would have to win that election and remain Prime Minister for another year to overtake Stanley Melbourne Bruce’s 6 years, 8 months and 14 days in the job.

Sir Robert Gordon Menzies was Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister. Over two terms he served for 18 years, 5 months and 12 days.


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