Third Hughes Ministry

The Third Hughes Ministry (Nationalist) was the 13th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 7th Prime Minister, Billy Hughes. The Third Hughes Ministry succeeded the Second Hughes Ministry, which dissolved on 17 February 1917 after the governing National Labor Party merged with the Commonwealth Liberal Party to form the Nationalist Party. The National Labor Party itself formed as a consequence of the split that took place within the then-governing Labor Party over the issue of conscription. The ministry was replaced by the Fourth Hughes Ministry on 8 January 1918 following the resignation of Hughes as Prime Minister after a vote of no-confidence within the Nationalist Party in the wake of a failed second referendum on conscription. However, due to a lack of alternative leaders, Hughes was immediately re-commissioned as Prime Minister by Governor-General Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson.[1]

Third Hughes Ministry
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13th Ministry of Australia
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Group photo of the Third Hughes Ministry
Date formed17 February 1917
Date dissolved8 January 1918
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
Governor-GeneralSir Ronald Munro Ferguson
Prime MinisterBilly Hughes
No. of ministers11
Member partyNationalist
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderFrank Tudor
Election(s)5 May 1917
Legislature term(s)6th
PredecessorSecond Hughes Ministry
SuccessorFourth Hughes Ministry

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


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Rt Hon Billy Hughes KC

MP for West Sydney

MP for Bendigo

  Rt Hon Joseph Cook

MP for Parramatta

  Rt Hon Sir John Forrest GCMG

MP for Swan

  Hon George Pearce

Senator for Western Australia

  Hon Edward Millen

Senator for New South Wales

  Hon William Watt

MP for Balaclava

  Hon Paddy Glynn KC

MP for Angas

  Hon Jens Jensen

MP for Bass

  Hon William Webster

MP for Gwydir

  Hon Littleton Groom

MP for Darling Downs

  Hon Edward Russell

Senator for Victoria

  • Honorary Minister

See alsoEdit


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