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
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.


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

MP for Lowe

Country (Rt) Hon Doug Anthony

MP for Richmond

Liberal Rt Hon John Gorton CH

MP for Higgins

Country Hon Ian Sinclair
(born 1929)

MP for New England

Liberal Hon Sir Ken Anderson (KBE)

Senator for New South Wales

Liberal Hon (Sir) Reginald Swartz (KBE)

MP for Darling Downs

Liberal (Rt) Hon Billy Snedden QC

MP for Bruce

Liberal Hon Nigel Bowen QC

MP for Parramatta

Liberal Hon Sir Alan Hulme KBE

MP for Petrie

Liberal Hon Les Bury

MP for Wentworth

Country Hon Peter Nixon
(born 1928)

MP for Gippsland

Liberal Hon David Fairbairn DFC

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

Liberal Hon Phillip Lynch

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

Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser

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


Outer ministryEdit

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Country Hon Charles Barnes

MP for McPherson

Liberal Hon Dr James Forbes MC

MP for Barker

Liberal Hon Dame Annabelle Rankin DBE

Senator for Queensland

Liberal Hon Bill Wentworth

MP for Mackellar

Liberal Hon Reg Wright

Senator for Tasmania

Liberal Hon Don Chipp

MP for Hotham

Liberal Hon Bob Cotton

Senator for New South Wales

Country Hon Tom Drake-Brockman DFC

Senator for Western Australia

Country Hon Mac Holten

MP for Indi

Liberal Hon Tom Hughes QC
(born 1923)

MP for Berowra

Liberal Hon James Killen

MP for Moreton

Liberal Hon Andrew Peacock

MP for Kooyong

Country Hon Ralph Hunt

MP for Gwydir

Liberal Hon Kevin Cairns

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

Liberal Hon Ivor Greenwood QC

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

Liberal Hon Dr Malcolm Mackay

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

Liberal Hon Peter Howson

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

Liberal Hon Victor Garland

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

Country Hon Bob Katter

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


Assistant ministersEdit

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Don Dobie

MP for Cook

Liberal John McLeay

MP for Boothby

Country Ian Robinson

MP for Cowper

Liberal Tony Street

MP for Corangamite

Liberal John Marriott

Senator for Tasmania

Country Robert King OBE

MP for Wimmera



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