First Holt Ministry

The First Holt Ministry (LiberalCountry Coalition) was the 42nd ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 17th Prime Minister, Harold Holt. The Second Holt Ministry succeeded the Tenth Menzies Ministry, which dissolved on 26 January 1966 following the retirement of Robert Menzies. The ministry was replaced by the Second Holt Ministry on 14 December 1966 following the federal election that took place in November.[1]

First Holt Ministry

42nd Ministry of Australia
The First Holt Ministry at their swearing-in
Date formed26 January 1966
Date dissolved14 December 1966
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralLord Casey
Prime MinisterHarold Holt
No. of ministers25
Member partyLiberalCountry coalition
Status in legislatureCoalition majority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderArthur Calwell
Legislature term(s)25th
PredecessorTenth Menzies Ministry
SuccessorSecond Holt Ministry


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Rt Hon Harold Holt MP
Country Rt Hon John McEwen MP
Liberal Rt Hon William McMahon MP
Liberal Rt Hon Paul Hasluck MP
Country Rt Hon Charles Adermann MP
Liberal Hon Allen Fairhall MP
Liberal Hon Senator Denham Henty
Liberal Hon Alan Hulme MP
Liberal Hon David Fairbairn MP
Country Hon Charles Barnes MP
Liberal Hon Senator John Gorton
Liberal Hon Les Bury MP

Junior ministry

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Hon Gordon Freeth MP
Liberal Hon Reginald Swartz MBE MP
Liberal Hon Hubert Opperman OBE MP
Liberal Hon Billy Snedden QC MP
Liberal Hon Dr James Forbes MP
Country Hon Doug Anthony MP
Liberal Hon Fred Chaney MP
Liberal Hon Peter Howson MP
Liberal Hon Senator Ken Anderson
Country Hon Senator Colin McKellar
Country Hon Ian Sinclair MP
Liberal Hon Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin DBE
Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser MP


  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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