12-Year-Old Edits Wikipedia And Becomes Australian Prime Minister

He'll tackle Australia's problems after he finishes his homework.

If you thought that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was a young world leader, get ready for the accidental Prime Minister of Australia — who is still in primary school.

Canberra Times reporter Tom McIlroy visited the Wikipedia page on Tuesday showing the list of Australian Prime Ministers. He saw that the name of 12-year-old Orley Fenelon was briefly inserted as the 30th and current position holder.


Fenelon, who lives in Brisbane, made the Wikipedia alteration under the usernames 'Orleyfpm' and 'Orleyforprimeminister2017' two days before McIlroy caught the error. Wikipedia allows anyone to edit their pages, although a few pages are protected from editing. Apparently, Prime Minister of Australia was not one of those pages, because a 12-year-old just had the title.

"I was just bored and it was a running joke among friends," Fenelon told Mashable. "We came up with the joke of fooling around with the prime minister. Me and a couple of friends were editingWikipedia pages and it kinda went from there. I thought it was just a stupidInternet thing that I would make a joke about, get above average amount of likes on Instagram and just totally forget about forever."

Fenelon isn't even old enough to vote in Australia, yet could technically say that he was briefly Prime Minister of his nation.

While Fenelon didn't have much of an opportunity to enact policy changes during in his brief time in office, he did say that he closely identifies with U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

"I think doing away with a lot of things that are there that kind of don't need to be there, [would be beneficial]," he told the SydneyMorning Herald.

By Tuesday, Wikipedia corrected the error and blocked his account.

However, his story serves as an inspiration for young people to be more engaged in government.

"If young people started to actually be a force to be reckoned with then politicians wouldn't be so focused on pleasing the traditional interests that obviously don't really serve a place in today's society," he told the SydneyMorning Herald.


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