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The Cahill ministry (1952–1953) or First Cahill ministry was the 55th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 29th Premier, the Honourable Joe Cahill, MLA, of the Labor Party. The ministry was the first of four consecutive occasions when the Government was led by Cahill, as Premier.

Cahill was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1925 and served until 1932, representing the seats of St George and Arncliffe before being defeated. He was re-elected in 1935, again representing Arncliffe, and then represented Cook's River between 1941 and 1959. Having served continuously as Secretary for Public Works in the first, second, and third ministries of Jim McGirr, when Deputy Premier Jack Baddeley resigned, Cahill was appointed as McGirr's deputy on 21 September 1949. McGirr resigned as Premier several years later, on 2 April 1952, and Cahill was elected as Labor Leader and became Premier.

This ministry covers the period from 2 April 1952 until 23 February 1953[1][2] when Cahill led Labor to victory at the 1953 state election and the Second Cahill ministry was formed.

Composition of ministryEdit

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Cahill following his election as Labor Leader and his appointment as Premier on 2 April 1952, and covers the period until 23 February 1953. Ministers are listed in order of seniority and in most cases, serve the full term of this ministry.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Hon. Joseph Cahill, MLA   Labor 2 April 1952 23 February 1953 327 days
Premier
Colonial Treasurer
Minister for Local Government
  3 April 1952 326 days
Deputy Premier
Minister of Education
Hon. Bob Heffron, MLA  
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Assistant Treasurer
Hon. Clive Evatt, QC, MLA  
Attorney–General Hon. Clarrie Martin, QC, MLA  
Minister for Justice
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in the Legislative Council
Hon. Reg Downing, MLC  
Colonial Secretary Hon. Gus Kelly, MLA  
Minister for Health Hon. Maurice O'Sullivan, MLA  
Minister for Secondary Industries
Minister for Building Materials
Hon. William Dickson, MLC 1   15 August 1952 135 days
Minister for Agriculture Hon. Eddie Graham, MLA   23 February 1953 326 days
Minister for Conservation Hon. George Weir, MLA 3   3 November 1952 214 days
Hon. George Enticknap, MLA 2   3 November 1952 23 February 1953 112 days
Minister for Transport Hon. Bill Sheahan, QC, MLA   3 April 1952 326 days
Hon. George Weir, MLA [Acting] 3   3 November 1952 29 December 1952 56 days
Minister for Labour and Industry
Minister for Social Welfare
Hon. Frank Finnan, MLA   3 April 1952 23 February 1953 326 days
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Immigration
Hon. Joshua Arthur, MLA  
Secretary for Lands Hon. Frank Hawkins, MLA  
Secretary for Public Works
Assistant Minister for Local Government
Hon. Jack Renshaw, MLA  
Minister without portfolio Hon. George Enticknap, MLA 2   3 November 1952 214 days
Acting Minister for Conservation   28 August 1952 3 November 1952 67 days
Minister without portfolio Hon. George Weir, MLA 3   3 November 1952 23 February 1953 112 days
Assistant Minister in the Legislative Council Hon. Francis Buckley, MLC   19 November 1952 96 days
^1 Dickson resigned from the ministry in August 1952 and was appointed as President of the New South Wales Legislative Council.[3] The portfolios of Secondary Industries and Building Materials were abolished.
^2 Enticknap, who was without portfolio, acted as Minister for Conservation before being appointed to the role in November 1952.
^3 Weir, who was Minister for Conservation, was appointed as a Minister without Portfolio, acting briefly in the Transport portfolio, before his resignation from Parliament in 1953 and taking up an appointment as a Judge on the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales.[4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former Members - Chronological List of Ministries 1856 to 2009 (requires download)". Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original (Excel spreadsheet) on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  2. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 276–277. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Mr William Edward DICKSON (1893 - 1966)". Former Members Index A-Z. Parliament of New South Wales. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Mr George WEIR (1903 - 1956)". Former Members Index A-Z. Parliament of New South Wales. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
Preceded by
McGirr ministry (1950–1952)
Cahill ministry (1952–1953)
1952–1953
Succeeded by
Cahill ministry (1953–1956)