Bishop tipping our Wyatt for Prime Minister
WYATT Roy was at 20, Australia's youngest politician and became our youngest federal minister when appointed by Malcolm Turnbull as the Assistant Minister for Innovation.
This week Foreign Minister Julie Bishop predicted the Member for Longman may be Prime Minister by 2029.
Asked about the timing of Australia's bid for an open seat on the United Nations Security Council in that year, Ms Bishop said she did not think she would still be Foreign Minister.
"I will leave that up to Prime Minister Wyatt Roy in 2029," she said.
Yesterday Mr Roy described Ms Bishop's comments as "a bit ridiculous".
"Julie is being very kind,'' he said.
Kind she may have been but Mr Roy has done nothing but impress since entering parliament in 2010.
But 2029 would be too late to make him Australia's youngest Prime Minister. That honour would stay with Australia's third leader, Chilean Chris Watson who survived at the helm for 113 days from August 18, 1904.
It would though be well below the mean age of Australian PMs which sits at 53 years and 33 days.
"Every politician is ambitious,'' Mr Roy acknowledged.
"But I just feel so incredibly lucky to be in this role and to have such great relationships with so many of my colleagues. I pinch myself every day. I've been very fortunate.''
He said he was lucky to be working with a serious politician like Christopher Pyne who knew the system well and to have a portfolio close to the Prime Minister's own interests.
His transition to Parliamentary life had been smoothed by coming in with a large group of first timers who were all going through the same experience.
Mr Roy said his future was in the hands of a number of variables including the possibility of being voted out of office or the seat being abolished.
What is certain is he won't remain in politics for the sake of politics.
"I ask a lot of questions and every single day I learn a lot,'' he said.
"You have to be open minded and happy to make mistakes.
"But you have to learn from them.
"I want to do good things.''