First Hughes Ministry

The First Hughes Ministry (Labor) was the 12th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 7th Prime Minister, Billy Hughes. The First Hughes Ministry succeeded the Third Fisher Ministry, which dissolved on 27 October 1915 following Andrew Fisher's retirement from Parliament to become the next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. The ministry was replaced by the Second Hughes Ministry on 14 November 1916 following the split that took place within Labor over the issue of conscription. This led to Hughes and his supporters leaving the party to form the National Labor Party.[1]

First Hughes Ministry

12th Ministry of Australia
Photo of the First Hughes Ministry
Date formed27 October 1915
Date dissolved14 November 1916
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
Governor-GeneralSir Ronald Munro Ferguson
Prime MinisterBilly Hughes
No. of ministers10
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyCommonwealth Liberal
Opposition leaderJoseph Cook
Legislature term(s)6th
PredecessorThird Fisher Ministry
SuccessorSecond Hughes Ministry


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Rt Hon Billy Hughes KC MP
  Hon William Higgs KC MP
  Hon King O'Malley MP
  Hon Hugh Mahon MP
  Hon Frank Tudor MP
  Hon Senator George Pearce
  Hon Jens Jensen MP
  Hon William Webster MP
  Hon Senator Albert Gardiner
  Hon Senator Edward Russell
  • Assistant Minister (to 27 October 1916)


  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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