Texas's Peter Dutton, or 'The People's Prime Minister', is heading Down Under

Texas's Peter Dutton, or 'The People's Prime Minister', is heading Down Under
Texas's Peter Dutton, or 'The People's Prime Minister', is heading Down Under

While one Peter Dutton's career has taken a turn for the worse over the past fortnight, another Peter Dutton's is booming — and the US man who dubbed himself The People's Prime Minister is on his way to Australia.

Mr Dutton — the 30-year-old version from Austin, Texas — rose to prominence in Australia during last month's Liberal leadership crisis, which was spearheaded by the Brisbane-born politician of the same name.

Having initially received a number of less-than-friendly tweets from frustrated followers of Aussie politics, the American Mr Dutton set the record straight with a tweet of his own that would inspire a chain reaction he says has been "the highlight of [his] life".

Mr Dutton soon made headlines both in Australia and his home country, and at the behest of his new Aussie fans, launched a campaign on gofundme.com to raise the money required to make the trip Down Under.

And, on Saturday afternoon, a statement from the office of The People's Prime Minister confirmed the trip was going ahead.

"In the first step of fulfilling my campaign promise, I will lead a diplomatic fact-finding mission to Sydney, Australia to discuss my new health, education and trade initiatives," the statement read.

"My 'security detail' has planned the trip for October 8, 2018 to October 12, 2018 and have placed me on a rigorous schedule to complete marsupial training certificates in kangaroo defence and koala cuddling."

Photo Mr Dutton crowdfunded his plane tickets to Australia.

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Mr Dutton, who works as a sales manager for a popcorn company, later said he is "still blown away by the love and support that continues to pour in".

And that love kept flowing after Mr Dutton's visit was confirmed.

Many people saw the story of Austin's Mr Dutton as one of the bright spots in a difficult few weeks for Australia, and the man himself is happy to have brought some relief during a stressful time.

"I hope it's inspired people to show a little more compassion and love to one another," he said.

"If so, I've done my job."

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