Third Hughes Ministry

The Third Hughes Ministry (Nationalist) was the 14th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by Prime Minister, Billy Hughes. The Third Hughes Ministry succeeded the Second Hughes Ministry, which dissolved on 17 February 1917 after the governing National Labor Party merged with the Commonwealth Liberal Party to form the Nationalist Party. The National Labor Party itself formed as a consequence of the split that took place within the then-governing Labor Party over the issue of conscription. The ministry was replaced by the Fourth Hughes Ministry on 5 May 1917 following the federal election that took place in early May.[1]

Third Hughes Ministry

14th Ministry of Australia
Group photo of the Third Hughes Ministry
Date formed17 February 1917
Date dissolved5 May 1917
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
Governor-GeneralSir Ronald Munro Ferguson
Prime MinisterBilly Hughes
No. of ministers11
Member partyNationalist
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderFrank Tudor
Legislature term(s)6th
PredecessorSecond Hughes Ministry
SuccessorFourth Hughes Ministry


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Rt Hon Billy Hughes KC MP
  Rt Hon Joseph Cook MP
  Rt Hon Sir John Forrest GCMG MP
  Hon Senator George Pearce
  Hon Senator Edward Millen
  Hon William Watt MP
  Hon Paddy Glynn KC MP
  Hon Jens Jensen MP
  Hon William Webster MP
  Hon Littleton Groom MP
  • Honorary Minister
  Hon Senator Edward Russell
  • Honorary Minister


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