Second Holt Ministry

The Second Holt Ministry (LiberalCountry Coalition) was the 43rd ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 17th Prime Minister, Harold Holt. The Second Holt Ministry succeeded the First Holt Ministry, which dissolved on 14 December 1966 following the federal election that took place in November. The ministry was replaced by the caretaker McEwen Ministry on 19 December 1967, following the disappearance of Holt.[1]

Second Holt Ministry

43rd Ministry of Australia
The Second Holt Ministry at their swearing-in
Date formed14 December 1966
Date dissolved19 December 1967
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralLord Casey
Prime MinisterHarold Holt
No. of ministers27
Member partyLiberalCountry coalition
Status in legislatureCoalition majority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderArthur Calwell
Gough Whitlam
Legislature term(s)26th
PredecessorFirst Holt Ministry
SuccessorMcEwen Ministry


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Rt Hon Harold Holt CH MP
Country Rt Hon John McEwen MP
Liberal Rt Hon William McMahon MP
Liberal Rt Hon Paul Hasluck MP
Country Rt Hon Charles Adermann MP
Liberal Hon Allen Fairhall MP
Liberal Hon Senator Denham Henty
Liberal Hon Alan Hulme MP
Liberal Hon David Fairbairn MP
Liberal Hon Senator John Gorton
Liberal Hon Les Bury MP
Country Hon Doug Anthony MP
Country Hon Ian Sinclair MP (in Cabinet from 10 October 1967)

Junior ministry

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Country Hon Charles Barnes MP
Liberal Hon Gordon Freeth MP
Liberal Hon Reginald Swartz MBE MP
Liberal Hon Billy Snedden QC MP
Liberal Hon Dr James Forbes MP
Liberal Hon Peter Howson MP
Liberal Hon Senator Ken Anderson
Country Hon Senator Colin McKellar
Liberal Hon Senator Dame Annabelle Rankin DBE
Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser MP
Liberal Hon Nigel Bowen QC MP
Liberal Hon Don Chipp MP
Liberal Hon Bert Kelly MP (in Ministry from 28 February 1967)
Country Hon Peter Nixon MP (in Ministry from 16 October 1967)


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