Hawke Ministry (Western Australia)

The Hawke Ministry was the 22nd Ministry of the Government of Western Australia, led by Labor Premier Albert Hawke and deputy John Tonkin. It commenced on 23 February 1953, nine days after the McLarty–Watts Ministry, led by Premier Ross McLarty of the Liberal Party, was defeated at the 1953 election. The ministry was followed by the Brand–Watts Ministry on 2 April 1959 after the Labor Party lost government at the state election held on 21 March.

First MinistryEdit

On 23 February 1953, the Governor, Sir Charles Gairdner, constituted the Ministry. He designated 10 principal executive offices of the Government and appointed the following ministers to their positions, who served until the reconstitution of the Ministry following the 1956 state election.[1]

The list below is ordered by decreasing seniority within the Cabinet, as indicated by the Government Gazette and the Hansard index. The members of the Ministry were:

Office Minister

Premier
Treasurer
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Industrial Development (until 13 May 1954)

Albert Hawke, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Education (until 13 May 1954)
Minister for Works
Minister for Water Supplies

John Tonkin, Dip.Tchg., FAIA, MLA

Minister for Education (from 13 May 1954)
Minister for Labour
Minister for Native Welfare
Minister for Prices (until 13 May 1954)

Bill Hegney, MLA

Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Chief Secretary
Minister for Local Government and Town Planning

Gilbert Fraser, MLC

Minister for Lands
Minister for Agriculture

Ernest Hoar, MLA

Minister for Railways
Minister for Transport
Minister for Police

Herbert Styants, MLA

Minister for Health
Minister for Justice

Emil Nulsen, MLA

Minister for Housing
Minister for Forests

Herb Graham, MLA

Minister for Mines
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Fisheries
Minister for Industrial Development (from 13 May 1954)

Lionel Kelly, MLA

Minister for the North-West
Minister for Supply and Shipping

Harry Strickland, MLC

Second MinistryEdit

On 20 April 1956, the Governor, Sir Charles Gairdner, reconstituted the Ministry. He designated 10 principal executive offices of the Government and appointed the following ministers to their positions, who served until the end of the Ministry.[2] During the term, Ernest Hoar was appointed Agent-General for Western Australia in London, and Gilbert Fraser died on 1 November 1958.

The list below is ordered by decreasing seniority within the Cabinet, as indicated by the Government Gazette and the Hansard index. The members of the Ministry were:

Office Minister

Premier
Treasurer
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Industrial Development
  (19 December 1957 – 13 November 1958)

Albert Hawke, MLA

Deputy Premier
Minister for Works
Minister for Water Supplies

John Tonkin, Dip.Tchg., FAIA, MLA

Minister for Transport
Minister for Housing
Minister for Forests

Herb Graham, MLA

Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Chief Secretary
Minister for Local Government and Town Planning

Gilbert Fraser, MLC
(until 1 November 1958)

Minister for Lands
Minister for Agriculture

Ernest Hoar, MLA
(until 17 December 1957)

Minister for Health
Minister for Justice

Emil Nulsen, MLA

Minister for Education
Minister for Labour

Bill Hegney, MLA

Minister for Fisheries

(until 19 December 1957:)

Minister for Mines
Minister for Industrial Development

(from 19 December 1957:)

Minister for Lands
Minister for Agriculture
Lionel Kelly, MLA

Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
  (from 13 November 1958)
Minister for Railways
Minister for the North-West
Minister for Supply and Shipping

Harry Strickland, MLC

Minister for Police
Minister for Native Welfare

John Brady, MLA

Minister for Mines
Chief Secretary (from 13 November 1958)

Arthur Moir, MLA
(from 19 December 1957)

Minister for Industrial Development
Minister for Local Government and Town Planning

Frank Wise, MLC
(from 13 November 1958)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hansard Index for 1953–1955, "Legislature of Western Australia"
  2. ^ Hansard Index for 1956–1958, "Legislature of Western Australia"
Preceded by
McLarty–Watts Ministry
Hawke Ministry
1953-1959
Succeeded by
Brand–Watts Ministry