The 12-year-old boy who briefly became Australia's 30th Prime Minister
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The 12-year-old boy who briefly became Australia's 30th Prime Minister

A 12-year-old boy has become the 30th Prime Minister of Australia, according to that irreproachable record of fact, Wikipedia.

Forget a double dissolution election, Brisbane schoolboy Orley Fenelon was briefly inserted into the annals of Australian political history after a quick edit of the crowd-sourced online encyclopaedia inserted his name among the list of Australian PMs.

According to the Wikipedia entry, at 12-year-"and unknown days"-old, PM Fenelon was the youngest person to assume the high office.

The entry, since deleted, was spotted by Canberra Times reporter Tom McIlroy on Tuesday, who congratulated the new PM on his appointment on Twitter.

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Orley 'Q' Fenelon's Twitter page.

Orley 'Q' Fenelon's Twitter page.Credit:Twitter

Mr Fenelon had been PM for two days before the arbiter of the quietest coup in history was sprung.

Despite the press gallery turning a blind eye to a matter of national importance, former PM Malcolm Turnbull was toppled on Friday, April 9, according to the entry.

Wikipedia allows any user to amend entries, though its army of volunteer editors work to weed out any factual errors.

Under the user names 'Orleyfpm' and 'Orleyforprimeminister2017', the ambitious young politico made four changes to the page on Sunday and Monday to secure the prime ministership. Both accounts have been deleted.

Orley Fenelon, 12, says he is a staunch Republican in his first interview as former PM of Australia (according to Wikipedia).

Orley Fenelon, 12, says he is a staunch Republican in his first interview as former PM of Australia (according to Wikipedia).

As Australia's revolving door prime ministership continues unabated, the country's most recent ex-PM harbours no resentment after his quick-fire knifing.

Speaking exclusively to Fairfax Media, former prime minister Fenelon revealed he was proud of his short stint in the top job.

The leadership change was low-key compared with the Turnbull-Abbott changeover and the turmoil of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd years, which played out in the media for the whole country to see.

Instead, Mr Fenelon's time in office, coming six years before his eligibility to vote, was characterised by a distinct lack of publicity.

The committed Republican was out on the street again before McIlroy broke the news of his takeover.

Reflecting on his legacy from the inner-city Brisbane home he shares with his father, Gavan, Mr Fenelon listed his proudest achievement as "probably the few seconds I was on Wikipedia".

His policy platform, while not implemented as thoroughly as he would have liked, leaned to the left of the political spectrum but focused on ridding Canberra of personal interest and personality-driven politics to better engage the populace.

"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 said, in a voice just showing the first signs of breaking.

"Definitely making things a little more personal and a little more normal because if things are a lot more just everyday, instead of having a big office it would just be some guy riding to work on a bike or maybe taking the train.

"Just being more normal like that would maybe expose people to being more interested in politics seeing that it's not happening over there and they can get a glimpse of but being something that affects them directly."

According to shadowy, unnamed sources, Mr Orley's Cabinet colleagues in the academically gifted aspire class at Brisbane State High School were also strongly engaged in politics.

Mr Orley admitted he would like to see other students his age becoming more deeply involved.

"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 said.

"Obviously with the whole same-sex marriage thing, the most recent polls are like 72 per cent in favour and yet the LNP, they're mostly catering to an older generation that would be less likely to support that.

"If young people became an actually larger demographic of more politically engaged people then the politicians would kind of be forced to be more representative. "

The ex-PM, whose father revealed he had been taking a keen interest in North Korean politics of late, said the politician he identified with most closely was probably US Democratic nominee hopeful Bernie Sanders.

The outgoing PM wished new leader Malcolm Turnbull all the best in removing pesky barnacles from the ship of state.

In the words of one pundit, it has never been a more exciting time to be Orley Fenelon.

Mr Fenelon's media accounts betray an avid interest in politics.

His Twitter account @lordoftheQs dives into online debate during ABC's Q&A and a show with a run almost as fleeting as the Fenelon prime-ministership, The Verdict.

"My child this, my child that, why not do what nobody has done and ask the kids what they think. #qanda", he tweeted in February.

He has also tweeted German lessons, and the frustration of his first name being mispronounced "Olly", an election campaign platform every Australian can get behind.