Second Hughes Ministry

The Second Hughes Ministry (National Labor) was the 12th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 7th Prime Minister, Billy Hughes. The Second Hughes Ministry succeeded the First Hughes Ministry, which dissolved on 14 November 1916 following the split that took place within the governing Labor Party over the issue of conscription. This led to Hughes and his supporters leaving the party to form the National Labor Party, which swiftly received parliamentary support from Joseph Cook and the Commonwealth Liberal Party. The ministry was replaced by the Third Hughes Ministry on 17 February 1917 after National Labor and Commonwealth Liberal merged into the Nationalist Party.[1]

Second Hughes Ministry
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12th Ministry of Australia
Group photo of the Second Hughes Ministry
Date formed14 November 1916
Date dissolved17 February 1917
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
Governor-GeneralSir Ronald Munro Ferguson
Prime MinisterBilly Hughes
No. of ministers11
Member partyNational Labor
Status in legislatureMinority government (Commonwealth Liberal support)
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderFrank Tudor
Legislature term(s)6th
PredecessorFirst Hughes Ministry
SuccessorThird Hughes Ministry

Billy Hughes, who died in 1952, was the last surviving member of the Second Hughes Ministry; Hughes was also the last surviving member of the Watson Ministry, First Fisher Ministry, Third Fisher Ministry and Third Hughes Ministry.


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Rt Hon Billy Hughes KC

MP for West Sydney

  Hon Alexander Poynton

MP for Grey

  Hon Fred Bamford

MP for Herbert

  Hon George Pearce

Senator for Western Australia

  Hon Jens Jensen

MP for Bass

  Hon Patrick Lynch

Senator for Western Australia

  Hon William Archibald

MP for Hindmarsh

  Hon William Webster

MP for Gwydir

  Hon William Spence

MP for Darling

  Hon Edward Russell

Senator for Victoria

  • Assistant Minister
  Hon William Laird Smith

MP for Denison

  • Assistant Minister

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010.