McMahon ministry

The McMahon ministry (LiberalCountry Coalition) was the 46th ministry of the Australian Government. It was led by the country's 20th Prime Minister, William McMahon. The McMahon ministry succeeded the Second Gorton ministry, which dissolved on 10 March 1971 following the resignation of John Gorton as Prime Minister. The ministry was replaced by the First Whitlam ministry on 5 December 1972 following the federal election that took place on 2 December which saw Labor defeat the Coalition.[1]

McMahon ministry
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46th Ministry of Australia
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The McMahon Ministry between March and May 1971.
Date formed10 March 1971
Date dissolved5 December 1972
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Paul Hasluck
Prime MinisterWilliam McMahon
Deputy Prime MinisterDoug Anthony
No. of ministers33 (plus 6 Assistant Ministers)
Member partyLiberalCountry coalition
Status in legislatureCoalition majority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderGough Whitlam
History
Outgoing election2 December 1972
Legislature term(s)27th
PredecessorSecond Gorton ministry
SuccessorFirst Whitlam ministry

As of 26 January 2023, Tom Hughes is the last surviving Liberal member of the McMahon ministry, while Ian Sinclair and Peter Nixon are the last surviving Country members. Malcolm Fraser was the last surviving Liberal Cabinet minister, and Tony Street was the last surviving assistant minister.

CabinetEdit

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Rt Hon William McMahon (CH)
(1908–1988)

MP for Lowe
(1949–1982)

 
Country (Rt) Hon Doug Anthony
(1929–2020)

MP for Richmond
(1957–1984)

 
Liberal Rt Hon John Gorton CH
(1911–2002)

MP for Higgins
(1968–1975)

 
Country Hon Ian Sinclair
(born 1929)

MP for New England
(1963–1998)

 
Liberal Hon Sir Ken Anderson (KBE)
(1909–1985)

Senator for New South Wales
(1953–1975)

 
Liberal Hon (Sir) Reginald Swartz (KBE)
(1911–2006)

MP for Darling Downs
(1949–1972)

 
Liberal (Rt) Hon Billy Snedden QC
(1926–1987)

MP for Bruce
(1955–1983)

 
Liberal Hon Nigel Bowen QC
(1911–1994)

MP for Parramatta
(1964–1973)

 
Liberal Hon Sir Alan Hulme KBE
(1907–1989)

MP for Petrie
(1963–1972)

 
Liberal Hon Les Bury
(1913–1986)

MP for Wentworth
(1956–1974)

 
Country Hon Peter Nixon
(born 1928)

MP for Gippsland
(1961–1983)

 
Liberal Hon David Fairbairn DFC
(1917–1994)

MP for Farrer
(1949–1975) (in Cabinet from 22 March 1971)

 
Liberal Hon Phillip Lynch
(1933–1984)

MP for Flinders
(1966–1982) (in Cabinet from 22 March 1971)

 
Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser
(1930–2015)

MP for Wannon
(1955–1983) (in Cabinet from 20 August 1971)

 

Outer ministryEdit

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Country Hon Charles Barnes
(1901–1998)

MP for McPherson
(1958–1972)

 
Liberal Hon Dr James Forbes MC
(1923–2019)

MP for Barker
(1956–1975)

 
Liberal Hon Dame Annabelle Rankin DBE
(1908–1986)

Senator for Queensland
(1947–1971)

 
Liberal Hon Bill Wentworth
(1907–2003)

MP for Mackellar
(1949–1977)

 
Liberal Hon Reg Wright
(1905–1990)

Senator for Tasmania
(1950–1978)

 
Liberal Hon Don Chipp
(1925–2006)

MP for Hotham
(1969–1977)

 
Liberal Hon Bob Cotton
(1915–2006)

Senator for New South Wales
(1965–1978)

 
Country Hon Tom Drake-Brockman DFC
(1919–1992)

Senator for Western Australia
(1959–1978)

 
Country Hon Mac Holten
(1922–1996)

MP for Indi
(1958–1977)

 
Liberal Hon Tom Hughes QC
(born 1923)

MP for Berowra
(1969–1972)

 
Liberal Hon James Killen
(1925–2007)

MP for Moreton
(1955–1983)

 
Liberal Hon Andrew Peacock
(1939–2021)

MP for Kooyong
(1966–1994)

 
Country Hon Ralph Hunt
(1928–2011)

MP for Gwydir
(1969–1989)

 
Liberal Hon Kevin Cairns
(1929–1984)

MP for Lilley
(1963–1972) (in Ministry from 22 March 1971)

 
Liberal Hon Ivor Greenwood QC
(1926–1976)

Senator for Victoria
(1968–1976) (in Ministry from 22 March 1971)

 
Liberal Hon Dr Malcolm Mackay
(1919–1999)

MP for Evans
(1963–1972) (in Ministry from 22 March 1971)

 
Liberal Hon Peter Howson
(1919–2009)

MP for Casey
(1969–1972) (in Ministry from 31 May 1971)

 
Liberal Hon Victor Garland
(1934–2022)

MP for Curtin
(1969–1981) (in Ministry from 2 August 1971)

 
Country Hon Bob Katter
(1918–1990)

MP for Kennedy
(1966–1990) (in Ministry from 2 February 1972)

 

Assistant ministersEdit

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Don Dobie
(1927–1996)

MP for Cook
(1969–1972)

 
Liberal John McLeay
(1922–2000)

MP for Boothby
(1966–1981)

 
Country Ian Robinson
(1925–2017)

MP for Cowper
(1963–1984)

 
Liberal Tony Street
(1926-2022)

MP for Corangamite
(1966–1984)

 
Liberal John Marriott
(1913–1994)

Senator for Tasmania
(1953–1975)

 
Country Robert King OBE
(1920–1991)

MP for Wimmera
(1958–1977)

 

ReferencesEdit

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