Second Hughes Ministry

The Second Hughes Ministry (National Labor) was the 13th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by Prime Minister, Billy Hughes. The Second Hughes Ministry succeeded the First Hughes Ministry, which dissolved on 14 November 1916 following the split that took place within the governing Labor Party over the issue of conscription. This led to Hughes and his supporters leaving the party to form the National Labor Party, which swiftly received parliamentary support from Joseph Cook and the Commonwealth Liberal Party. The ministry was replaced by the Third Hughes Ministry on 17 February 1917 after National Labor and Commonwealth Liberal merged into the Nationalist Party.[1]

Second Hughes Ministry

13th Ministry of Australia
Group photo of the Second Hughes Ministry
Date formed14 November 1916
Date dissolved17 February 1917
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
Governor-GeneralSir Ronald Munro Ferguson
Prime MinisterBilly Hughes
No. of ministers11
Member partyNational Labor
Status in legislatureMinority government (Commonwealth Liberal support)
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderFrank Tudor
Legislature term(s)6th
PredecessorFirst Hughes Ministry
SuccessorThird Hughes Ministry


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Rt Hon Billy Hughes KC MP
  Hon Alexander Poynton MP
  Hon Fred Bamford MP
  Hon Senator George Pearce
  Hon Jens Jensen MP
  Hon Senator Patrick Lynch
  Hon William Archibald MP
  Hon William Webster MP
  Hon William Spence MP
  Hon Senator Edward Russell
  • Assistant Minister
  Hon William Laird Smith MP
  • Assistant Minister


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