Reid Ministry

The Reid Ministry (Free Trade) was the 4th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 4th Prime Minister, George Reid. The Reid Ministry succeeded the Watson Ministry, which dissolved on 17 August 1904 after the Protectionist Party withdrew their support and Chris Watson was forced to resign. Due to having to rely on the Protectionists to retain office, half of the ministry was forced to accommodate conservative Protectionists - leading to the government to sometimes be referred to as the Reid-McLean Ministry. The ministry was replaced by the Second Deakin Ministry on 5 July 1905 after the Protectionists withdrew their support and returned to office with the support of the Labour Party.[1]

Reid Ministry
Flag of Australia (1903–1908).svg
4th Ministry of Australia
Reid-McLean Ministry (cropped).jpg
Group photo of the Reid Ministry with Governor-General Lord Northcote.
Date formed17 August 1904
Date dissolved5 July 1905
People and organisations
MonarchEdward VII
Governor-GeneralLord Northcote
Prime MinisterGeorge Reid
No. of ministers8
Member partyFree Trade
Status in legislatureMinority government (Protectionist support)
Opposition partyLabour
Opposition leaderChris Watson
History
Legislature term(s)2nd
PredecessorWatson Ministry
SuccessorSecond Deakin Ministry

James Drake, who died in 1941, was the last surviving member of the Reid Ministry; Drake was also the last surviving minister of the Barton Government and the First Deakin Ministry. Sir Josiah Symon was the last surviving Free Trade minister.

MinistryEdit

Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Rt Hon George Reid KC
(1845–1918)

MP for East Sydney
(1901–1909)

 
  Hon Allan McLean
(1840–1911)

MP for Gippsland
(1901–1906)[2]

 
  Hon Sir Josiah Symon KCMG KC
(1846–1934)

Senator for South Australia
(1901–1913)

 
  Rt Hon Sir George Turner KCMG
(1851–1916)

MP for Balaclava
(1901–1906)[3]

 
  Hon Dugald Thomson
(1849–1922)

MP for North Sydney
(1901–1910)

 
  Hon James McCay
(1864–1930)

MP for Corinella
(1901–1906)[4]

 
  Hon Sydney Smith
(1856–1934)

MP for Macquarie
(1901–1906)

 
  Hon James Drake
(1850–1941)

Senator for Queensland
(1901–1906)[5]

 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". 45th Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ McLean, Turner, McCay and Drake were conservative Protectionist Party members. Their acceptance of office in Reid's ministry, although it had Alfred Deakin's tacit approval, effectively ended their connection with the Deakinite organisation.
  3. ^ McLean, Turner, McCay and Drake were conservative Protectionist Party members. Their acceptance of office in Reid's ministry, although it had Alfred Deakin's tacit approval, effectively ended their connection with the Deakinite organisation.
  4. ^ McLean, Turner, McCay and Drake were conservative Protectionist Party members. Their acceptance of office in Reid's ministry, although it had Alfred Deakin's tacit approval, effectively ended their connection with the Deakinite organisation.
  5. ^ McLean, Turner, McCay and Drake were conservative Protectionist Party members. Their acceptance of office in Reid's ministry, although it had Alfred Deakin's tacit approval, effectively ended their connection with the Deakinite organisation.