Ninth Menzies Ministry

The Ninth Menzies Ministry (LiberalCountry Coalition) was the 40th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 12th Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies. The Ninth Menzies Ministry succeeded the Eighth Menzies Ministry, which dissolved on 22 December 1961 following the federal election that took place in early December. The ministry was replaced by the Tenth Menzies Ministry on 18 December 1963 following the 1963 federal election.[1]

Ninth Menzies Ministry

40th Ministry of Australia
The Ninth Menzies Ministry shortly prior to the 1963 federal election.
Date formed22 December 1961
Date dissolved18 December 1963
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralViscount De L'Isle
Prime MinisterSir Robert Menzies
No. of ministers23
Member partyLiberalCountry coalition
Status in legislatureCoalition majority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderArthur Calwell
Legislature term(s)24th
PredecessorEighth Menzies Ministry
SuccessorTenth Menzies Ministry


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Rt Hon Sir Robert Menzies CH QC MP
Country Rt Hon John McEwen MP
Liberal Rt Hon Harold Holt MP
Liberal Hon Senator Sir William Spooner
Liberal Hon Athol Townley MP
Liberal Hon Paul Hasluck MP
Liberal Hon William McMahon MP
Liberal Hon Senator Shane Paltridge
Country Hon Charles Davidson MP
Liberal Hon Alexander Downer MP
Liberal Hon Sir Garfield Barwick QC MP
Country Hon Charles Adermann MP

Junior ministry

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Hon John Cramer MP
Country Hon Hugh Roberton MP
Liberal Hon Senator Denham Henty
Liberal Hon Gordon Freeth MP
Liberal Hon Senator John Gorton
Liberal Hon Hubert Opperman OBE MP
Country Hon Senator Harrie Wade
Liberal Hon Les Bury MP
  • Minister for Air (to 27 July 1962)
  • Minister assisting the Treasurer (to 27 July 1962)
Liberal Hon Allen Fairhall MP
Liberal Hon Reginald Swartz MBE MP
Liberal Hon David Fairbairn MP (in Ministry from 4 August 1962)


  1. "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
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