Fifth Hughes Ministry

The Fifth Hughes Ministry was the sixteenth Australian Commonwealth ministry, and ran from 4 February 1920 to 9 February 1923.[1]

Nationalist Party of Australia

Portfolio Minister
Prime Minister Rt Hon Billy Hughes, KC MP
Attorney-General Rt Hon Billy Hughes, KC MP (to 21 December 1921)

Hon Littleton Groom, MP (from 21 December 1921)

Treasurer Hon William Watt, MP (to 15 June 1920)

Rt Hon Joseph Cook, MP (28 July 1920 to 11 November 1921)

Hon Stanley Bruce, MP (from 21 December 1921)

Minister for Home and Territories Hon Alexander Poynton, MP (to 21 December 1921)

Senator Hon George Pearce (from 21 December 1921)

Minister for External Affairs Rt Hon Billy Hughes, KC MP (from 21 December 1921)
Minister for Trade and Customs Hon Walter Massy-Greene, MP (to 21 December 1921)

Hon Arthur Rodgers, MP (from 21 December 1921)

Minister for Defence Senator Hon George Pearce (to 21 December 1921)

Hon Walter Massy-Greene, MP (from 21 December 1921)

Minister for the Navy Rt Hon Joseph Cook, MP (to 28 July 1920)

Hon William Laird Smith, MP (28 July 1920 to 21 December 1921)

Minister for Repatriation Senator Hon Edward Millen
Minister for Works and Railways Hon Littleton Groom, MP (to 21 December 1921)

Hon Richard Foster, MP (from 21 December 1921)

Minister for Health Hon Walter Massy-Greene, MP (from 10 February 1921)
Postmaster-General Hon George Wise, MP (to 21 December 1921)

Hon Alexander Poynton, MP (from 21 December 1921)

Vice-President of the Executive Council Senator Hon Edward Russell (to 21 December 1921)

Senator Hon John Earle (from 21 December 1921)

Leader of the Government in the Senate Senator Hon Edward Millen
Assistant Minister for Defence Hon Sir Granville Ryrie, KCMG MP (to 21 December 1921)
Assistant Minister for Repatriation Hon Arthur Rodgers, MP (28 July 1920 to 21 December 1921)

Hon Hector Lamond, MP (from 21 December 1921)

Honorary Minister Hon William Laird Smith, MP (to 28 July 1920)


  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
Arthur Rodgers

Arthur Stanislaus Rodgers (20 March 1876 – 4 October 1936) was an Australian politician.

Rodgers was born in Geelong, Victoria and educated at Xavier College, Melbourne in 1889 and 1890. He took up farming in 1894 near Horsham and later also worked part in a stock and station agency. In 1904, he married Eileen Eleanor Young.

Billy Hughes

William Morris Hughes, (25 September 1862 – 28 October 1952) was an Australian politician who served as the seventh Prime Minister of Australia, in office from 1915 to 1923. He is best known for leading the country during World War I, but his influence on national politics spanned several decades. Hughes was a member of federal parliament from Federation in 1901 until his death, the only person to have served for more than 50 years. He represented six political parties during his career, leading five, outlasting four, and being expelled from three.

Hughes was born in London to Welsh parents. He emigrated to Australia at the age of 22, and became involved in the fledgling labour movement. He was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1894, as a member of the New South Wales Labor Party, and then transferred to the new federal parliament in 1901. Hughes combined his early political career with part-time legal studies, and was called to the bar in 1903. He first entered cabinet in 1904, in the short-lived Watson Government, and was later Attorney-General in each of Andrew Fisher's governments. He was elected deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party in 1914.

Hughes became prime minister in October 1915, when Fisher retired due to ill health. The war was the dominant issue of the time, and his support for sending conscripted troops overseas caused a split within Labor ranks. Hughes and his supporters were expelled from the party in November 1916, but he was able to remain in power at the head of the new National Labor Party, which after a few months merged with the Liberals to form the Nationalist Party. His government was re-elected with large majorities at the 1917 and 1919 elections. Hughes established the forerunners of the Australian Federal Police and the CSIRO during the war, and also created a number of new state-owned enterprises to aid the post-war economy. He made a significant impression on other world leaders at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where he secured Australian control of the former German New Guinea.

At the 1922 election, the Nationalists lost their majority in parliament and were forced to form a coalition with the Country Party. Hughes' resignation was the price for Country Party support, and he was succeeded as prime minister by Stanley Bruce. He became one of Bruce's leading critics over time, and in 1928, following a dispute over industrial relations, he and his supporters crossed the floor on a confidence motion and brought down the government. After a period as an independent, Hughes formed his own organisation, the Australian Party, which in 1931 merged into the new United Australia Party (UAP). He returned to cabinet in 1934, and became known for his prescient warnings against Japanese imperialism. As late as 1939, he missed out on a second stint as prime minister by only a handful of votes, losing a UAP leadership ballot to Robert Menzies.

Hughes is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential Australian politicians of the 20th century. He was a controversial figure throughout his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be debated by historians. His strong views and abrasive manner meant he frequently made political enemies, often from within his own parties. Hughes' opponents accused him of engaging in authoritarianism and populism, as well as inflaming sectarianism; his use of the War Precautions Act 1914 was particularly controversial. His former colleagues in the Labor Party considered him a traitor, while conservatives were suspicious of what they viewed as his socialist economic policies. However, he was extremely popular among the general public, particularly ex-servicemen, who affectionately nicknamed him "the little digger".

George Wise (Australian politician)

George Henry Wise (1 July 1853 – 31 July 1950) was an Australian politician and solicitor.

Wise was born in Melbourne and educated at Scotch College from the age of five until he matriculated in 1868. He became an articled clerk and was admitted to the bar in September 1874, setting up his own practice in Sale in 1877. He married Mary Thornton (née Smith) in 1880.

He was a member of Sale Borough Council from 1880 to 1904 and was mayor six times. He established the Sale branch of the Australian Natives' Association (ANA) in 1886 and became president of the Victorian branch of the ANA in 1891.

Hughes Ministry

Hughes Ministry may refer to:

First Hughes Ministry

Second Hughes Ministry

Third Hughes Ministry

Fourth Hughes Ministry

Fifth Hughes Ministry

List of Australian ministries

This is a list of ministries of the Government of Australia since Federation in 1901.

Minister for Health (Australia)

The Australian Minister for Health is responsible for national health and wellbeing and medical research. The Hon Greg Hunt served as Minister for Health from 2017 until 2018, following criticism of the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull.The Minister for Rural Health is Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, since 20 December 2017. McKenzie is also Minister for Sport. Outside the health portfolio, she also holds the position of Minister for Regional Communications.

The Minister for Indigenous Health and Minister for Aged Care is the Hon Ken Wyatt , since 24 January 2017, having previously served as the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care since September 2015.In the Government of Australia, the ministers are responsible for national health and medical research policy. The minister provides direction and oversight of the Department of Health.

William Laird Smith

William Henry Laird Smith (15 September 1869 – 21 October 1942) was an Australian politician who served in the House of Representatives from 1910 to 1922. He was Minister for the Navy in the Hughes Government from 1920 to 1921.

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