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
History
Legislature term(s)26th
PredecessorMcEwen Ministry
SuccessorSecond Gorton Ministry

Cabinet

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Rt Hon John Gorton
(1911–2002)

Senator for Victoria
(1950–1968)

MP for Higgins
(1968–1975)

Country Rt Hon John McEwen (CH)
(1900–1980)

MP for Murray
(1949–1971)

Liberal Rt Hon William McMahon
(1908–1988)

MP for Lowe
(1949–1982)

Liberal Rt Hon Paul Hasluck
(1905–1993)

MP for Curtin
(1949–1969)

Liberal Hon Allen Fairhall
(1909–2006)

MP for Paterson
(1949–1969)

Country Hon Doug Anthony
(1929–)

MP for Richmond
(1957–1984)

Liberal Hon Denham Henty
(1903–1978)

Senator for Tasmania
(1950–1968)

Liberal Hon Alan Hulme
(1907–1989)

MP for Petrie
(1963–1972)

Liberal Hon David Fairbairn
(1917–1994)

MP for Farrer
(1949–1975)

Liberal Hon Les Bury
(1913–1986)

MP for Wentworth
(1956–1974)

Country Hon Ian Sinclair
(1929–)

MP for New England
(1963–1998)

Liberal Hon Ken Anderson
(1909–1985)

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

Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser
(1930–2015)

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

Liberal Hon Gordon Freeth
(1914–2001)

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

Junior ministry

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Country Hon Charles Barnes
(1901–1998)

MP for McPherson
(1958–1972)

Liberal Hon Reginald Swartz MBE
(1911–2006)

MP for Darling Downs
(1949–1972)

Liberal Hon Billy Snedden QC
(1926–1987)

MP for Bruce
(1955–1983)

Liberal Hon Dr James Forbes
(1923–2019)

MP for Barker
(1956–1975)

Liberal Hon Peter Howson
(1919–2009)

MP for Fawkner
(1955–1969)

  • Minister for Air (to 28 February 1968)
  • Minister assisting the Treasurer (to 28 February 1968)
Country Hon Colin McKellar
(1903–1970)

Senator for New South Wales
(1958–1970)

Liberal Hon Dame Annabelle Rankin DBE
(1908–1986)

Senator for Queensland
(1947–1971)

Liberal Hon Nigel Bowen QC
(1911–1994)

MP for Parramatta
(1964–1973)

Liberal Hon Don Chipp
(1925–2006)

MP for Higinbotham
(1960–1969)

Liberal Hon Bert Kelly
(1912–1997)

MP for Wakefield
(1958–1977)

Country Hon Peter Nixon
(1928–)

MP for Gippsland
(1961–1983)

Liberal Hon Phillip Lynch
(1933–1984)

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

Liberal Hon Malcolm Scott
(1911-1989)

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

Liberal Hon Bill Wentworth
(1907–2003)

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

Liberal Hon Reg Wright
(1905–1990)

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

Liberal Hon Dudley Erwin
(1917–1984)

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

Notes

  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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