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, 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. Cain indicated that he would request a dissolution of parliament from the Governor, but if his request was refused, he would resign as Premier. 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.
First Cain ministry
50th ministry of Victoria, Australia
|Date formed||14 September 1943|
|Date dissolved||18 September 1943|
|People and organisations|
|Governor||Sir Winston Dugan|
|Deputy premier||Herbert Cremean|
|No. of ministers||12|
|Status in legislature||Minority government|
23 / 65
|Opposition party||United Australia–United Country Coalition|
|Opposition leader||Albert Dunstan|
|Predecessor||First Dunstan ministry|
|Successor||Second Dunstan ministry|
|John Cain, MLA|
|Herbert Cremean, MLA|
|Frank Field, MLA||
|William Slater, MLA||
|William McKenzie, MLA||
|Bill Barry, MLA||
|Jack Holland, MLA||
|Percy Clarey, MLC|
|Daniel McNamara, MLC||
|Clive Stoneham, MLA|
|Pat Kennelly, MLC|
|Paul Jones, MLC|
- "LABOUR MINISTRY IN VICTORIA". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 15 September 1943. p. 2. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "CAIN MINISTRY DEFEATED". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 16 September 1943. p. 4. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "SHORT LIFE". The Cairns Post. Qld.: National Library of Australia. 16 September 1943. p. 5. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "DISSOLUTION REFUSED". The Cairns Post. Qld.: National Library of Australia. 18 September 1943. p. 4. Retrieved 27 March 2011.