Third Whitlam ministry

The third Whitlam ministry (Labor) was the 49th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 21st Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam. The third Whitlam ministry succeeded the Second Whitlam ministry, which dissolved on 12 June 1974 following the federal election that took place in May. The ministry was replaced by the First Fraser Ministry on 11 November following the dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.[1]

Third Whitlam ministry
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49th Ministry of Australia
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The third Whitlam ministry meeting at Old Parliament House, Canberra, in 1974
Date formed12 June 1974
Date dissolved11 November 1975
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Paul Hasluck
Sir John Kerr
Prime MinisterGough Whitlam
Deputy Prime MinisterJim Cairns
Frank Crean
No. of ministers31
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLiberalNational Country coalition
Opposition leaderBilly Snedden
Malcolm Fraser
Election(s)18 May 1974
Legislature term(s)29th
PredecessorSecond Whitlam ministry
SuccessorFirst Fraser ministry

The order of seniority in the third Whitlam ministry was determined by the order in which members were elected to the Ministry by the Caucus on 10 June 1974, except for the four parliamentary leaders.

As of 26 February 2022, Bill Hayden, Doug McClelland, and Paul Keating are the last surviving members of the third Whitlam ministry.


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Labor Hon Gough Whitlam QC

MP for Werriwa

  Hon Dr Jim Cairns

MP for Lalor

  Hon Rex Connor

MP for Cunningham

  Hon Bill Hayden

MP for Oxley

  Hon Lionel Murphy QC

Senator for New South Wales

  Hon Don Willesee

Senator for Western Australia

  Hon Ken Wriedt

Senator for Tasmania

  Hon Frank Crean

MP for Melbourne Ports

  Hon Fred Daly

MP for Grayndler

  Hon Doug McClelland

Senator for New South Wales

  Hon Lance Barnard

MP for Bass

  Hon Dr Rex Patterson

MP for Dawson

  Hon Clyde Cameron

MP for Hindmarsh

  Hon Kim Beazley

MP for Fremantle

  Hon Lionel Bowen

MP for Kingsford-Smith

  Hon John Wheeldon

Senator for Western Australia

  Hon Tom Uren

MP for Reid

  Hon Reg Bishop

Senator for South Australia

  Hon Les Johnson

MP for Hughes

  Hon Charles Jones

MP for Newcastle

  Hon Dr Doug Everingham

MP for Capricornia

  Hon Kep Enderby QC

MP for Canberra

  Hon Gordon Bryant

MP for Wills

  Hon Dr Moss Cass

MP for Maribyrnong

  Hon Jim Cavanagh

Senator for South Australia

  Hon Bill Morrison

MP for St George

  Hon Frank Stewart

MP for Lang

  Hon Jim McClelland

Senator for New South Wales
(1971–1978) (in Ministry from 10 February 1975)

  Hon Joe Riordan

MP for Phillip
(1972–1975) (in Ministry from 6 June 1975)

  Hon Joe Berinson

MP for Perth
(1969–1975) (in Ministry from 14 July 1975)

  Hon Paul Keating

MP for Blaxland
(1969–1996) (in Ministry from 21 October 1975)


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