First Cain Ministry

The First Cain Ministry was the 50th ministry of the Government of Victoria (Australia). It was led by the Premier of Victoria, John Cain of the Labor Party. The ministry was sworn in on 14 September 1943,[1] but lasted less than four days. On 15 September, barely 24 hours after Governor of Victoria Sir Winston Dugan had sworn-in the cabinet, the government was defeated in the Legislative Assembly. Cain's motion to adjourn the parliament for over a week was defeated by the Country Party and the UAP, and Opposition Leader, Albert Dunstan, moved that Parliament resume the next day, giving notice that he would move a motion of no confidence against Cain's government, confident it would be carried by the CP–UAP alliance.[2] Cain indicated that he would request a dissolution of parliament from the Governor, but if his request was refused, he would resign as Premier.[3] On 17 September, Cain visited the Governor who refused his request for a dissolution—Cain then resigned and the Governor commissioned Dunstan to form a government, which was sworn in on Saturday 18 September.[4]


Office Minister

Minister for Decentralization and Reconstruction

The Hon John Cain, MLA

Deputy Premier
Chief Secretary

The Hon Herbert Cremean, MLA

Minister for Public Instruction
Vice-President of the Board of Lands and Works

The Hon Frank Field, MLA

Minister in Charge of Electrical Undertakings

The Hon William Slater, MLA

Minister for Agriculture and Mining

The Hon William McKenzie, MLA

Minister for Transport

The Hon Bill Barry, MLA

Minister for Works

The Hon Jack Holland, MLA

Minister for Health

The Hon Percy Clarey, MLC

Ministers without Portfolio

The Hon Daniel McNamara, MLC
The Hon Clive Stoneham, MLA
The Hon Pat Kennelly, MLC
The Hon Paul Jones, MLC


  1. ^ "LABOUR MINISTRY IN VICTORIA". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 15 September 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  2. ^ "CAIN MINISTRY DEFEATED". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 16 September 1943. p. 4. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  3. ^ "SHORT LIFE". The Cairns Post. Qld.: National Library of Australia. 16 September 1943. p. 5. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  4. ^ "DISSOLUTION REFUSED". The Cairns Post. Qld.: National Library of Australia. 18 September 1943. p. 4. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by First Cain Ministry
Succeeded by