PRIME Minister Scott Morrison has some serious competition with a pair of pint-sized leaders elected to the 2020 school parliament at Hastings Public School.
More than 400 primary school students and staff voted in the democratic elections which announced year five students Frida Aaso and Isaac Lavis to lead the school next year.
The duo will be the front bench for a new parliament of ministers for education, libraries, environment, technology, communications and sport at the school.
One of the new prime ministers, Frida Aaso said she could learn from current and past national leaders to improve the school.
"I think it's really exciting to know that we can be leaders of the school," she said.
"We may be able to improve the school generally I think by fixing up parts of the rainforest.
"I know about Scott Morrison and I know his nickname is 'Scomo'. I think the government is doing okay and I reckon it would be ok to be like them.
"Although I think we should listen to people a little bit more than them, because they aren't that good at listening."
Students were announced as ministers and presented with their badges of office at an assembly on December 12. New ministers also recited an oath of office to confirm their intentions as minister.
Isaac said he was surprised to be named as joint-prime minister and would emulate historical Australian leaders.
"To be honest I thought that I was going to become a Minister for Libraries," he laughed.
"We have learnt about Kevin Rudd, John Howard, Robert Menzies, Bob Hawke, Julia Gillard and all those guys.
"I think you have to be informed as prime minister and know what's going on, as well as how to fix problems," he said.
"It seems like being charismatic is a big deal for a prime minister because you need to have the nation on your side. That system is completely different from ours because there are no re-elections or dismissals like what happened with Whitlam."
2020 Hastings Public School Parliament
- Prime ministers: Frida Aaso and Isaac Lavis
- Speakers of the House: Oskar Morris and Addison Lunn
- Ministers for Education and The Arts: George O'Dea and Kacia Payne
- Ministers for Communications and Technology: Logan Page and Willis Jensen
- Ministers for the Environment: Kyson Stratton and Annalise Morton
- Ministers for Libraries: Tyler Russell-Foo and Rahni Walker
- Ministers for Sport and Welfare: Ajay Sen Gupta and Hannah Taylor
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