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]

First Cain ministry

50th ministry of Victoria, Australia
Date formed14 September 1943
Date dissolved18 September 1943
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
GovernorSir Winston Dugan
PremierJohn Cain
Deputy premierHerbert Cremean
No. of ministers12
Member party  Labor
Status in legislatureMinority government
23 / 65
Opposition party    United AustraliaUnited Country Coalition
Opposition leaderAlbert Dunstan
PredecessorFirst Dunstan ministry
SuccessorSecond Dunstan ministry

Portfolios Edit

Minister Portfolios
John Cain, MLA
Herbert Cremean, MLA
Frank Field, MLA
William Slater, MLA
  • Attorney-General
  • Solicitor-General
  • Minister in Charge of Electrical Undertakings
William McKenzie, MLA
Bill Barry, MLA
  • Minister for Transport
Jack Holland, MLA
  • Minister for Works
Percy Clarey, MLC
Daniel McNamara, MLC
  • Ministers without Portfolio
Clive Stoneham, MLA
Pat Kennelly, MLC
Paul Jones, MLC

References Edit

  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