Fourth Deakin Ministry

The Fourth Deakin Ministry (Commonwealth Liberal) was the 8th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 2nd Prime Minister, Alfred Deakin. The Fourth Deakin Ministry succeeded the First Fisher Ministry, which dissolved on 2 June 1909 after the Protectionist Party and the Anti-Socialist Party merged into the Commonwealth Liberal Party "fusion" and withdrew their support in order to form what became the first majority government in federal Australian history. The ministry was replaced by the Second Fisher Ministry on 29 April 1910 following the federal election that took place on 13 April which saw the Labour Party defeat the Commonwealth Liberals.[1]

Fourth Deakin Ministry

8th Ministry of Australia
Date formed2 June 1909
Date dissolved29 April 1910
People and organisations
MonarchEdward VII
Governor-GeneralLord Dudley
Prime MinisterAlfred Deakin
No. of ministers10
Member partyCommonwealth Liberal
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLabour
Opposition leaderAndrew Fisher
Legislature term(s)3rd
PredecessorFirst Fisher Ministry
SuccessorSecond Fisher Ministry


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Hon Alfred Deakin MP
  Hon Paddy Glynn MP
  Hon George Fuller MP
  Hon Littleton Groom MP
  Hon Senator Robert Best
  Rt Hon Sir John Forrest GCMG MP
  Hon Joseph Cook MP
  Hon Sir John Quick MP
  Hon Senator Edward Millen
  Hon Justin Foxton MP
  • Minister without Portfolio


  1. "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. In this Ministry, the Prime Minister's formal portfolio title was Prime Minister (without portfolio). In all other ministries it has been simply Prime Minister. See Parliamentary Handbook of the Commonwealth of Australia: Historical information on the Australian Parliament - Ministries and Cabinets - 7. Deakin Ministry. Archived 2015-10-16 at the Wayback Machine
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