Forde Ministry

The Forde Ministry was the thirty-second and shortest Australian Commonwealth ministry, holding office from 6 July 1945 to 13 July 1945.[1] Frank Forde, the deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), was sworn in as prime minister following the death of John Curtin. There were no other changes in portfolio compared with the Second Curtin Ministry. Forde lost the leadership vote to Treasurer Ben Chifley one week later, who became prime minister and formed the First Chifley Ministry.

Forde Ministry

32nd Ministry of Australia
Date formed6 July 1945
Date dissolved13 July 1945
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor-GeneralThe Earl of Gowrie
Prime MinisterFrank Forde
No. of ministers18
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLiberal
Opposition leaderRobert Menzies
Predecessor2nd Curtin Ministry
Successor1st Chifley Ministry


Minister Portrait Title
  Frank Forde MP
  Ben Chifley MP
  Dr. H. V. Evatt KC MP
  Jack Beasley MP
  Senator Joe Collings
  Norman Makin MP
  Jack Holloway MP
  Senator Richard Keane
  Arthur Drakeford MP
  William Scully MP
  Senator Bill Ashley
  Eddie Ward MP
  Charles Frost MP
  John Dedman MP
  Bert Lazzarini MP
  Senator James Fraser
  Senator Don Cameron
  Arthur Calwell 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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