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.
3rd Ministry of Australia
Group photo of the Watson Ministry with Governor-General Lord Northcote.
|Date formed||27 April 1904|
|Date dissolved||17 August 1904|
|People and organisations|
|Prime Minister||Chris Watson|
|No. of ministers||8|
|Status in legislature||Minority government (Protectionist support)|
|Opposition party||Free Trade|
|Opposition leader||George Reid|
|Predecessor||First Deakin Ministry|
|Hon Chris Watson|
|Hon Billy Hughes|
|Hon H. B. Higgins|
|Hon Lee Batchelor|
|Hon Andrew Fisher|
|Hon Senator Anderson Dawson|
|Hon Hugh Mahon|
|Hon Senator Gregor McGregor|
- "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
- 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.