Watson Ministry

The Watson Ministry (Labour) was the 3rd ministry of the Government of Australia, and the first national Labour government formed in the world. It was led by the country's 3rd Prime Minister, Chris Watson. The Watson Ministry succeeded the First Deakin Ministry, which dissolved on 27 April 1904 after Labour withdrew their support and Alfred Deakin was forced to resign. The ministry was replaced by the Reid Ministry on 17 August 1904 after the Protectionist Party withdrew their support over the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill.[1]

Watson Ministry

3rd Ministry of Australia
Group photo of the Watson Ministry with Governor-General Lord Northcote.
Date formed27 April 1904
Date dissolved17 August 1904
People and organisations
MonarchEdward VII
Governor-GeneralLord Northcote
Prime MinisterChris Watson
No. of ministers8
Member partyLabour
Status in legislatureMinority government (Protectionist support)
Opposition partyFree Trade
Opposition leaderGeorge Reid
Legislature term(s)2nd
PredecessorFirst Deakin Ministry
SuccessorReid Ministry


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Hon Chris Watson MP
  Hon Billy Hughes MP
  Hon H. B. Higgins KC MP[2]
  Hon Lee Batchelor MP
  Hon Andrew Fisher MP
  Hon Senator Anderson Dawson
  Hon Hugh Mahon MP
  Hon Senator Gregor McGregor


  1. "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. The Protectionist Party member Higgins accepted office (with Alfred Deakin's permission) as Attorney-General since the Labour Party did not have a lawyer in its parliamentary ranks with the exception of Billy Hughes, who had recently admitted as a barrister but who was already serving in another portfolio and was not viewed as qualified for the post. It was the only time a non-member of the Labour Party has served in a Labour ministry.
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