First Gorton Ministry

The First Gorton Ministry (LiberalCountry Coalition) was the 45th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 19th Prime Minister, John Gorton. The First Gorton Ministry succeeded the McEwen Ministry, which dissolved on 10 January 1968 following the election of Gorton as Liberal leader after the disappearance of former Prime Minister Harold Holt. The ministry was replaced by the Second Gorton Ministry on 12 November 1969.[1]

First Gorton Ministry

45th Ministry of Australia
Governor-General Lord Casey with first arrangement of newly appointed ministers to the Gorton Ministry
Date formed10 January 1968
Date dissolved12 November 1969
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralLord Casey
Sir Paul Hasluck
Prime MinisterJohn Gorton
Deputy Prime MinisterJohn McEwen
No. of ministers30
Member partyLiberalCountry coalition
Status in legislatureCoalition majority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderGough Whitlam
Legislature term(s)26th
PredecessorMcEwen Ministry
SuccessorSecond Gorton Ministry


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Rt Hon John Gorton

Senator for Victoria

MP for Higgins

Country Rt Hon John McEwen (CH)

MP for Murray

Liberal Rt Hon William McMahon

MP for Lowe

Liberal Rt Hon Paul Hasluck

MP for Curtin

Liberal Hon Allen Fairhall

MP for Paterson

Country Hon Doug Anthony

MP for Richmond

Liberal Hon Denham Henty

Senator for Tasmania

Liberal Hon Alan Hulme

MP for Petrie

Liberal Hon David Fairbairn

MP for Farrer

Liberal Hon Les Bury

MP for Wentworth

Country Hon Ian Sinclair

MP for New England

Liberal Hon Ken Anderson

Senator for New South Wales
(1953–1975) (in Cabinet from 28 February 1968)

Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser

MP for Wannon
(1955–1983) (in Cabinet from 28 February 1968)

Liberal Hon Gordon Freeth

MP for Forrest
(1949–1969) (in Cabinet from 11 February 1969)

Junior ministry

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Country Hon Charles Barnes

MP for McPherson

Liberal Hon Reginald Swartz MBE

MP for Darling Downs

Liberal Hon Billy Snedden QC

MP for Bruce

Liberal Hon Dr James Forbes

MP for Barker

Liberal Hon Peter Howson

MP for Fawkner

  • Minister for Air (to 28 February 1968)
  • Minister assisting the Treasurer (to 28 February 1968)
Country Hon Colin McKellar

Senator for New South Wales

Liberal Hon Dame Annabelle Rankin DBE

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Hon Nigel Bowen QC

MP for Parramatta

Liberal Hon Don Chipp

MP for Higinbotham

Liberal Hon Bert Kelly

MP for Wakefield

Country Hon Peter Nixon

MP for Gippsland

Liberal Hon Phillip Lynch

MP for Flinders
(1966–1983) (in Ministry from 28 February 1968)

Liberal Hon Malcolm Scott

Senator for Western Australia
(1950-1971) (in Ministry from 28 February 1968)

Liberal Hon Bill Wentworth

MP for Mackellar
(1949–1977) (in Ministry from 28 February 1968)

Liberal Hon Reg Wright

Senator for Tasmania
(1950–1978) (in Ministry from 28 February 1968)

Liberal Hon Dudley Erwin

MP for Ballaarat
(1955–1975) (in Ministry from 13 February 1969)


  1. "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
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