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Filling the shoes.

Australian Liberal Party member Sir William McMahon spent twenty one continuous years as a minister in federal parliament. He served fifteen of them in the government of Sir Robert Menzies. He became Prime Minister on 10th March 1971 - 5th December, 1972.

In August 1972 Sir Henry Bolte stepped down as Premier of the State of Victoria and he was followed by Rupert "Dick" Hamer - later Sir Rupert Hamer - who served as Premier from 1972 -1981.