Australia's new federal education minister told parliament that Africa is a nation.
Dan Tehan, who is in charge of the national teaching standards, made the astounding blunder at the end of Question Time in Parliament on Monday.
Fifteen days after being promoted to the role by the new prime minister Scott Morrison, the western minister of Victoria was answering a question from Dorothy Dixer from the liberal colleague of the bench, Ann Sudmalis.
Australia's new federal education minister, Dan Tehan, told parliament that Africa is a nation
His promised to tie the school's funds to the results, before it seemed to set foot on it.
"We want to make sure we get better grades, not abolish grades," he told the House of Representatives.
"Without qualifications, how would we mark a geography student who did not know that Africa is a country, a nation?"
"Without qualifications, how would we mark a student of English who did not know the meaning of the word" aspiration "?
The cabinet minister responded to a question about the financing of education when he made his apparent mistake about Africa (Morocco in North Africa in the photo)
Mr. Tehan defended himself on Tuesday, claiming he was being "funny".
"We know that Africa is a continent and we clearly know that Africa is a continent," he told Sky News.
However, the cabinet minister had to be reminded by Sky's host, Laura Jayes, that she "had made a mistake in parliament" before stating that she was being ironic.
"What I was doing was being pretty funny," he said.
In September 2014, the Labor Party vice leader, Tanya Plibersek, made a similar mistake about Africa during a press conference on foreign aid.
"Africa is one of the countries that has suffered the most from these cuts in the aid budget," he told reporters.
In September 2014, the Labor Party vice-president, Tanya Plibersek, made a similar mistake about Africa during a press conference on foreign aid outside the House of Parliament in Canberra.