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Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

The Deputy Prime Minister of Australia is the second-most senior officer in the Government of Australia. The office of Deputy Prime Minister was officially created as a ministerial portfolio in 1968.

Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
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Incumbent
Michael McCormack

since 26 February 2018
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General of Australia on the recommendation of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt the Governor-General's pleasure
Inaugural holderJohn McEwen
Formation10 January 1968 (first gazetted)
SalaryAU$416,212 (since 2017)

The Deputy Prime Minister is appointed by the Governor-General on the advice of the Prime Minister.

When Australia has a Coalition Government (as it does now), the Coalition Agreement must agree that all Coalition members support the leader of the Liberal Party becoming Prime Minister and agrees that the leader of the National Party be selected as Deputy Prime Minister.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Koziol, Michael; Bagshaw, Eryk (16 February 2018). "Why can't Malcolm Turnbull sack Barnaby Joyce?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 February 2018.