McEwen Ministry

The McEwen Ministry (CountryLiberal Coalition) was the 44th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 18th Prime Minister, John McEwen. The McEwen Ministry succeeded the Second Holt Ministry, which dissolved on 19 December 1967 following the disappearance of former Prime Minister Harold Holt. Since McEwen was the head of the Country Party, it was a caretaker ministry until the senior partner in the Coalition, the Liberal Party, could elect a new leader. John Gorton was ultimately elected on 9 January 1968, and he was sworn in as Prime Minister along with his ministry the following day.[1]

McEwen Ministry

44th Ministry of Australia
Governor-General Lord Casey with the newly sworn in McEwen Ministry
Date formed19 December 1967
Date dissolved10 January 1968
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralLord Casey
Prime MinisterJohn McEwen
No. of ministers25
Member partyCountryLiberal coalition
Status in legislatureCoalition majority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderGough Whitlam
Legislature term(s)26th
PredecessorSecond Holt Ministry
SuccessorFirst Gorton Ministry


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Country Rt Hon John McEwen

MP for Murray

Liberal Rt Hon William McMahon

MP for Lowe

Liberal Rt Hon Paul Hasluck

MP for Curtin

Liberal Hon Allen Fairhall

MP for Paterson

Liberal Hon Denham Henty

Senator for Tasmania

Liberal Hon Alan Hulme

MP for Petrie

Liberal Hon David Fairbairn

MP for Farrer

Liberal Hon John Gorton

Senator for Victoria

Liberal Hon Les Bury

MP for Wentworth

Country Hon Doug Anthony

MP for Richmond

Country Hon Ian Sinclair

MP for New England

Junior ministry

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Country Hon Charles Barnes

MP for McPherson

Liberal Hon Gordon Freeth

MP for Forrest

Liberal Hon Reginald Swartz MBE

MP for Darling Downs

Liberal Hon Billy Snedden QC

MP for Bruce

Liberal Hon Dr James Forbes

MP for Barker

Liberal Hon Peter Howson

MP for Fawkner

Liberal Hon Ken Anderson

Senator for New South Wales

Country Hon Colin McKellar

Senator for New South Wales

Liberal Hon Dame Annabelle Rankin DBE

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser

MP for Wannon

Liberal Hon Nigel Bowen QC

MP for Parramatta

Liberal Hon Don Chipp

MP for Higinbotham

Liberal Hon Bert Kelly

MP for Wakefield

Country Hon Peter Nixon

MP for Gippsland


  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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