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The prime minister with 'Faith in Australia'
Tasmanian Joseph Lyons was the first politician to campaign by aeroplane, in the 1934 federal election. The airport at Canberra had been opened only three years before, in 1931.
His pilot was Charles Ulm. The plane was the modified Avro Ten VH-UXX ‘Faith in Australia’ in which Ulm had set the England–Australia record in October 1933.
The prime minister is not mentioned in the Australian Constitution. When a prime minister is commissioned by the governor-general it is as 'my Chief Adviser and Head of the Commonwealth Government'.