Fourth Menzies ministry

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The Fourth Menzies ministry (LiberalCountry Coalition) was the 34th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 12th Prime Minister, Robert Menzies. The Fourth Menzies ministry succeeded the Second Chifley ministry, which dissolved on 19 December 1949 following the federal election that took place on 10 December which saw the Coalition defeat Ben Chifley's Labor Party. The ministry was replaced by the Fifth Menzies ministry on 11 May 1951 following the 1951 federal election.[1]

Fourth Menzies ministry
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34th Ministry of Australia
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The Fourth Menzies ministry at their swearing-in
Date formed19 December 1949
Date dissolved11 May 1951
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor-GeneralWilliam McKell
Prime MinisterRobert Menzies
No. of ministers19
Member partyLiberalCountry coalition
Status in legislatureCoalition majority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderBen Chifley
Election(s)10 December 1949
Outgoing election28 April 1951
Legislature term(s)19th
PredecessorSecond Chifley ministry
SuccessorFifth Menzies ministry

Percy Spender, who died in 1985, was the last surviving member of the Fourth Menzies Ministry; Spender was also the last surviving minister of the first Menzies Government and the Fadden Government. John McEwen was the last surviving Country minister.


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Rt Hon Robert Menzies (CH) KC

MP for Kooyong

Country Rt Hon Arthur Fadden

MP for McPherson

Liberal Hon Eric Harrison

MP for Wentworth

Liberal Hon Percy Spender KC

MP for Warringah

Liberal Hon Harold Holt

MP for Higgins

Country Hon John McEwen

MP for Murray

Liberal Rt Hon Richard Casey CH DSO MC

MP for La Trobe

Liberal Hon Philip McBride

MP for Wakefield

Liberal Hon John Spicer KC

Senator for Victoria

Liberal Hon Neil O'Sullivan

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Hon Howard Beale

MP for Parramatta

Liberal Hon George McLeay

Senator for South Australia

Country Hon Larry Anthony

MP for Richmond

Liberal Hon Dame Enid Lyons GBE

MP for Darwin

Country Rt Hon Sir Earle Page GCMG CH

MP for Cowper

Liberal Hon Thomas White DFC VD

MP for Balaclava

Liberal Hon Josiah Francis

MP for Moreton

Liberal Hon Bill Spooner MM

Senator for New South Wales

Country Hon Walter Cooper MBE

Senator for Queensland



  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.