Toby Tosspot

Was the nickname of our first Prime Minister Edmund Barton. Bet you didn’t learn that at school, and I bet it didn’t come up in our recent History summit! But none the less it’s true.

He was also a racist.

True!

He is most famous for the line: “For the first time, we have a nation for a continent, and a continent for a nation.”

Less famous is his other well known statement at the time: “I do not think that the doctrine of the equality of man was really ever intended to include racial equality.”

So there you go – our nation – proudly created by Toby Tosspot, racist.

At least he was only in power for a couple of years… (after which he became a high court judge!!)