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The Minister for Indigenous Australians in the Government of Australia is Ken Wyatt since 29 May 2019. He is the first Indigenous Australian to hold the position. Previous ministers have held various other titles since the position was created in 1968.

Minister for Indigenous Australians
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Incumbent
Ken Wyatt

since 29 May 2019
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderWilliam Wentworth
Formation1968

PortfolioEdit

List of Ministers for Indigenous AffairsEdit

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Indigenous Affairs, or any precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party affiliation Prime Minister Ministerial title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Bill Wentworth   Liberal Gorton Minister in charge of Aboriginal Affairs under the Prime Minister 28 February 1968 (1968-02-28) 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 3 years, 92 days
McMahon 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 31 May 1971 (1971-05-31)
2 Peter Howson Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts 31 May 1971 (1971-05-31) 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 1 year, 188 days
3 Gough Whitlam1   Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 14 days
4 Gordon Bryant Minister for Aboriginal Affairs 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 294 days
5 Jim Cavanagh 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) 1 year, 240 days
6 Les Johnson 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 158 days
7 Tom Drake-Brockman   National Country Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
8 Ian Viner   Liberal 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 2 years, 348 days
9 Fred Chaney 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 1 year, 334 days
10 Peter Baume 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 1 year, 185 days
11 Ian Wilson 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 308 days
12 Clyde Holding   Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 4 years, 135 days
13 Gerry Hand 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 254 days
14 Robert Tickner 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 19 December 1991 (1991-12-19) 5 years, 342 days
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs 19 December 1991 (1991-12-19) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20)
Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11)
15 John Herron   Liberal Howard 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 4 years, 325 days
16 Philip Ruddock Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs 30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 2 years, 250 days
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07)
17 Amanda Vanstone 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 2 years, 112 days
18 Mal Brough Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 27 January 2006 (2006-01-27) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 1 year, 310 days
19 Jenny Macklin   Labor Rudd Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 5 years, 289 days
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14)
Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
Rudd 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
20 Nigel Scullion   Country Liberal Abbott Minister for Indigenous Affairs 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 5 years, 253 days
Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 24 August 2018 (2018-08-24)
Morrison 24 August 2018 (2018-08-24) 29 May 2019 (2019-05-29)
21 Ken Wyatt   Liberal Minister for Indigenous Australians 29 May 2019 (2019-05-29) Incumbent 102 days

List of Ministers assisting the Prime Minister for ReconciliationEdit

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Philip Ruddock   Liberal Howard Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation 21 October 1998 30 January 2001 4 years, 351 days
  Minister for Reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs 30 January 2001 26 November 2001
  Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation 26 November 2001 7 October 2003
2 Amanda Vanstone   7 October 2003 22 October 2004 1 year, 15 days

Notes

1 Whitlam was one of a two-man ministry consisting of himself and Lance Barnard for two weeks until the full ministry was announced.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)