First Rudd ministry

The first Rudd ministry (Labor) was the 64th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 26th Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. The first Rudd ministry succeeded the Fourth Howard Ministry, which dissolved on 3 December 2007 following the federal election that took place on 24 November which saw Labor defeat John Howard's LiberalNational Coalition. The ministry was replaced by the First Gillard Ministry on 24 June 2010 following the resignation of Rudd as Prime Minister after a successful leadership challenge by Julia Gillard.[1]

First Rudd ministry
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64th ministry of Australia
Governor-General Michael Jeffery with first arrangement of newly appointed ministers to the Rudd ministry
Date formed3 December 2007
Date dissolved24 June 2010
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralMichael Jeffery
Quentin Bryce
Prime MinisterKevin Rudd
Deputy Prime MinisterJulia Gillard
No. of ministers32 (plus 14 Parliamentary Secretaries)
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition cabinetNelson
Opposition partyLiberalNational coalition
Opposition leaderBrendan Nelson
Malcolm Turnbull
Tony Abbott
Election(s)24 November 2007
Legislature term(s)42nd
PredecessorFourth Howard Ministry
SuccessorFirst Gillard Ministry


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Labor Hon Kevin Rudd

MP for Griffith

  Hon Julia Gillard

MP for Lalor

  Hon Wayne Swan

MP for Lilley

  Hon Chris Evans

Senator for Western Australia

  Hon John Faulkner

Senator for New South Wales

  Hon Simon Crean

MP for Hotham

  Hon Stephen Smith

MP for Perth

  Hon Joel Fitzgibbon

MP for Hunter

  Hon Nicola Roxon

MP for Gellibrand

  Hon Jenny Macklin

MP for Jagajaga

  Hon Lindsay Tanner

MP for Melbourne

  Hon Anthony Albanese

MP for Grayndler

  Hon Stephen Conroy

Senator for Victoria

  Hon Kim Carr

Senator for Victoria

  Hon Penny Wong

Senator for South Australia

  Hon Peter Garrett AM

MP for Kingsford Smith

  Hon Robert McClelland

MP for Barton

  Hon Joe Ludwig

Senator for Queensland

  Hon Tony Burke

MP for Watson

  Hon Martin Ferguson

MP for Batman

  Hon Chris Bowen

MP for Prospect
(2004–2010) (in Cabinet from 9 June 2009)


Outer ministryEdit

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Labor Hon Bob Debus

MP for Macquarie

  Hon Alan Griffin

MP for Bruce

  Hon Tanya Plibersek

MP for Sydney

  Hon Brendan O'Connor

MP for Gorton

  Hon Warren Snowdon

MP for Lingiari

  Hon Craig Emerson

MP for Rankin

  Hon Nick Sherry

Senator for Tasmania

  Hon Justine Elliot

MP for Richmond

  Hon Kate Ellis

MP for Adelaide

  Hon Greg Combet AM

MP for Charlton
(2007–2013) (in Ministry from 9 June 2009)

  Hon Mark Arbib

Senator for New South Wales
(2008–2012) (in Ministry from 9 June 2009)


Parliamentary SecretariesEdit

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Labor Hon Maxine McKew

MP for Bennelong

  Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM

MP for Eden-Monaro

  Hon Gary Gray AO

MP for Brand

  Hon Bill Shorten

MP for Maribyrnong

  Hon Bob McMullan

MP for Fraser

  Hon Duncan Kerr SC

MP for Denison

  Hon Anthony Byrne

MP for Holt

  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
  • Parliamentary Secretary for Trade (from 25 February 2009)
  Hon Dr Ursula Stephens

Senator for New South Wales

  Hon John Murphy

MP for Lowe

  Hon Jan McLucas

Senator for Queensland

  Hon Laurie Ferguson

MP for Reid

  Hon Jason Clare

MP for Blaxland

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Employment (from 9 June 2009)
  Hon Mark Butler

MP for Port Adelaide

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Health (from 9 June 2009)
  Hon Richard Marles

MP for Corio


Changes to the MinistryEdit

Changes from Rudd shadow ministryEdit

Prior to Labor's election to government, in line with long-standing parliamentary convention, Rudd led a shadow cabinet consisting of opposition spokespeople on a range of portfolios. Following the election, some changes were made to this configuration before the Ministry was sworn in.

Peter Garrett was sworn in as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, but his shadow portfolio had included Climate Change and Water, which went to Senator Penny Wong. Three previous shadow ministers — Arch Bevis, Kate Lundy and Kerry O'Brien — were relegated to the back bench, while three others — Jan McLucas, Laurie Ferguson and Bob McMullan — were only sworn in as parliamentary secretaries.[2]

Some portfolio responsibilities changed due to Julia Gillard's appointment as Minister for Education. Tanya Plibersek's responsibilities were reduced, with Human Services transferring to Joe Ludwig, the shadow Attorney-General. Robert McClelland became Attorney-General, while Stephen Smith became Minister for Foreign Affairs in lieu of Education.

While the former Shadow Minister for Finance Lindsay Tanner retained his portfolio, the ministry and department underwent a name change to Finance and Deregulation.

February 2009 changesEdit

On 25 February 2009, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced a reshuffle of his Parliamentary Secretaries (the lowest ministerial rank), following the resignation of John Murphy.[3] The reshuffle also saw the appointment of Senator Mark Arbib as Parliamentary Secretary for Government Service Delivery. Bill Shorten added Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction to his responsibilities of Disabilities and Children's Services.

June 2009 reshuffleEdit

On 9 June 2009, a significant reshuffle of the ministry took place. It was prompted by Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon's resignation from cabinet after a series of embarrassing events and revelations harmed his reputation, along with a generally held view that his relationship with his department had irretrievably broken down.[4][5] The changes were announced by Rudd on 5 June 2009. Labor veteran Senator John Faulkner, previously Special Minister for State and responsible for the government's electoral reform package, was appointed to the role. He was the first person from the Left faction of the ALP to hold the position since World War II.[6] Other changes of note included the elevation of Greg Combet and Senator Mark Arbib from parliamentary secretaries to the Outer Ministry, and Bob Debus's retirement from the ministry. The new ministers were all sworn in on 9 June.[7][8]

Other changesEdit

On 14 December 2009 Duncan Kerr's appointment as Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance was terminated following his announcement that he would retire at the next election.[9]

On 8 March 2010, Peter Garrett's title was changed from Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts to Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts. This was in response to the perceived mishandling of one of the government's stimulus programs. Several of Garrett's environmental responsibilities were transferred to Senator Penny Wong, whose title changed from Minister for Climate Change and Water to Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water.[10]

On 1 April 2010 Greg Combet became Minister for Defence Materiel and Science (losing "personnel") and Minister Assisting the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and Alan Griffin added Minister for Defence Personnel to his position as Minister for Veterans' Affairs.[11]

On 14 April 2010 Tony Burke was appointed the inaugural Minister for Population.[12]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • "Rudd ministry, 3 December 2007 – 25 February 2009". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  • Commonwealth of Australia (3 December 2007). "Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No. S248 of 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 3 February 2012.


  1. ^ "Historical information on the Australian Parliament". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Gillard wins plum roles". The Age. Australia. 30 November 2007.
  3. ^ "Rudd ministry, 25 February 2009 – 9 June 2009". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  4. ^ Wanna, John (December 2009). "Australian Political Chronicle: January–June 2009". Australian Journal of Politics and History. 55 (4): 590. ISSN 0004-9522.
  5. ^ "More dirt to come' on Fitzgibbon". ABC Online. 5 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  6. ^ Coorey, Phillip (6 June 2009). "Faulkner takes aim at Defence". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Rudd ministry, 9 June 2009 – 14 December 2009". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Rudd's new look team sworn in". ABC Online. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Rudd ministry, 14 December 2009 – 8 March 2010". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  10. ^ "Rudd ministry, 8 March 2010 – 1 April 2010". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Rudd ministry, 1 April 2010 – 14 April 2010". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Rudd ministry, 14 April 2010 – 24 June 2010". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.