McKell ministry (1944–1947)

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The McKell ministry (1944–1947) or Second McKell ministry was the 51st ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 27th Premier, the Honourable William McKell, MLA, of the Australian Labor Party. The ministry was the second of two occasions when the Government was led by McKell, as Premier.

McKell was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1917 and served continuously until 1947, when he resigned to become the 12th Governor-General of Australia. Having served as a junior minister in the first and third ministries of Jack Lang, during the 1930s McKell came to oppose Lang's dictatorial rule and critical of electoral failures. In 1939 McKell displaced Lang as Labor leader and NSW Leader of the Opposition.[1] McKell led Labor to victory at the 1941 state election, defeating the United Australia Party/Country Party coalition of Alexander Mair and Michael Bruxner. McKell and his government were re-elected for a subsequent term at the 1944 state election.

This ministry covers the period from 8 June 1944 until 6 February 1947[2][3] when McKell resigned to become Governor-General of Australia. McKell was succeeded by Jim McGirr.

Composition of ministry[edit]

First arrangement[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier McKell on 8 June 1944 and covers until 9 May 1946 when there was a minor rearrangement. Ministers are listed in order of seniority and in some cases, serve the full term of parliament.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier
Colonial Treasurer
Hon. William McKell, MLA   Labor 8 June 1944 6 February 1947 2 years, 243 days
Deputy Premier
Colonial Secretary
Minister for Mines
Minister for National Emergency Services
Hon. Jack Baddeley, MLA  
Minister of Education Hon. Bob Heffron, MLA  
Attorney–General Hon. Captain Clarrie Martin, MEc, LLB, AAlS  
Minister for Conservation Hon. Captain Bill Dunn, MLA   9 May 1946 1 year, 335 days
Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Services Hon. Hamilton Knight, MLA   6 February 1947 2 years, 243 days
Minister for Justice
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Reg Downing, MLC  
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Local Government
Hon. Joseph Cahill, MLA  
Minister for Health Hon. Gus Kelly, MLA  
Minister for Housing Hon. Jim McGirr, MLA  
Minister for Lands Hon. Jack Tully, MLA   9 May 1946 1 year, 335 days
Minister for Transport Hon. Maurice O'Sullivan, MLA   6 February 1947 2 years, 243 days
Minister for Agriculture Hon. Eddie Graham, MLA  
Assistant Minister Hon. Clive Evatt, KC, LLB, MLA   9 May 1946 1 year, 335 days
Hon. William Dickson, MLC   6 February 1947 2 years, 243 days
Hon. George Weir, LLB, MLA   25 February 1946 9 May 1946 73 days

Second arrangement[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier McKell on 9 May 1946 and covers the period up to 6 February 1947. Ministers are listed in order of seniority. Only changes in portfolios are shown.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Secretary for Lands Hon. Captain Bill Dunn, MLA   Labor 9 May 1946 6 February 1947 273 days
Minister for Conservation Hon. George Weir, LLB, MLA  
Minister in Charge of Tourist Activities and Immigration Hon. Clive Evatt, KC, LLB, MLA  

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clune, David (2011). "The life and times of William McKell". The McKell Institute. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Former Members - Chronological List of Ministries 1856 to 2009 (requires download)" (EXCEL SPREADSHEET). Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF) VIII. Parliament of New South Wales. pp. 276–277. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
Preceded by
McKell ministry (1941–1944)
McKell ministry (1944–1947)
1944–1947
Succeeded by
McGirr ministry (1947)