Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development (Australia)

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Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Warren Truss at a National Party candidate campaign launch.jpg
Incumbent
Warren Truss

since 18 September 2013
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Thomas Paterson
Formation 1928

The Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development is the Hon. Warren Truss MP.

Scope[edit]

In the Government of Australia, the minister has overall responsibility for all of the matters falling within the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio, including regulation, safety and funding in relation to aviation, shipping, roads and railways and policy on regional development, local government and the territories, including the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. His ministerial responsibility includes the following agencies.

History[edit]

Under the Constitution of Australia the federal government was not given any specific responsibilities for transport, except for "railway construction and extension in any State with the consent of that State" (section 51(xxxiv)). In 1916, Billy Hughes appointed Patrick Lynch as Minister for Works and Railways to administer Commonwealth Railways and the construction of the Trans-Australian Railway. In December 1928, Stanley Bruce appointed Thomas Paterson as Minister for Markets and Transport, which included responsibility for funding road construction via grants to the states. In January 1932, this portfolio was renamed Minister for Transport, but in April 1932 it was absorbed into the new portfolio of Minister for the Interior along with the position of Minister for Works and Railways.

In December 1938, with the growth of significance of civil aviation and the commonwealth's assumption of responsibility for regulating it under international treaties, Joseph Lyons appointed Harold Thorby as the first Minister for Civil Aviation. In 1941 Robert Menzies re-established the transport portfolio with the appointment of Hubert Lawrence Anthony. The Curtin government was determined to establish a government shipping company, ultimately the Australian National Lines, and John Curtin appointed Jack Beasley as Minister for Supply and Development in 1941. This position was renamed Minister for Shipping, Fuel and Transport in 1950 under the Menzies government and Minister for Shipping and Transport in 1951. Gough Whitlam combined the transport and civil aviation porfolios in 1973, but it was re-divided with Malcolm Fraser's appointment of Wal Fife as Minister for Aviation in 1982. Bob Hawke abolished the aviation portfolio in 1987 with the creation of the "super" departments. Since 1987, there has been a single senior transport minister in Cabinet.

Agency and bodies[edit]

Other agencies and bodies the portfolio include:

Transport[edit]

List of Transport Ministers[edit]

Minister Party Tenure Ministerial Title
Thomas Paterson Nationalist 1928–1929 Minister for Markets and Transport
Parker Moloney Labor 1929–1932
Archdale Parkhill United Australia Party 1932 Minister for Transport
Larry Anthony Country 1941
George Lawson Labor 1941–1943
Eddie Ward 1943–1949
Howard Beale Liberal 1949–1950
George McLeay 1950–1951 Minister for Shipping, Fuel and Transport
1951–1955 Minister for Shipping and Transport
John Spicer 1955
Shane Paltridge 1955–1960
Hubert Opperman 1960–1963
Gordon Freeth 1963–1968
Ian Sinclair Country 1968–1971
Peter Nixon 1971–1972
Gough Whitlam Labor 1972
Charles Jones 1972–1975 Minister for Transport
Peter Nixon National Country 1975–1979
Ralph Hunt 1979–1982
1982–1983 Minister for Transport and Construction
Peter Morris Labor 1983–1987 Minister for Transport
Gareth Evans 1987–1988 Minister for Transport and Communications
Ralph Willis 1988–1990
Kim Beazley 1990–1991
John Kerin 1991–1991
Graham Richardson 1991–1992
Bob Collins 1992–1993
Laurie Brereton 1993–1996 Minister for Transport
John Sharp National 1996–1997 Minister for Transport and Regional Development
Mark Vaile 1997–1998
John Anderson 1998–2005 Minister for Transport and Regional Services
Warren Truss 2005–2006
Mark Vaile 2006–2007
Anthony Albanese Labor 2007–2010 Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional
Development and Local Government
2010–2013 Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Warren Truss National 2013–present Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Ministers for Civil Aviation[edit]

Minister Party Tenure Title
Harold Thorby United Australia 1938–1939 Minister for Civil Aviation
James Fairbairn 1939–1940
Arthur Fadden 1940
John McEwen Country 1940–1941
Arthur Drakeford Australian Labor Party 1941–1949
Thomas White Liberal 1949–1951
Larry Anthony Country 1951–1954
Athol Townley Liberal 1954–1956
Shane Paltridge 1956–1964
Denham Henty 1964–1966
Reginald Swartz 1966–1969
Bob Cotton 1969–1972
Gough Whitlam Labor 1972
Charles Jones 1972–1973
Wal Fife National Country 1982–1983 Minister for Aviation
Kim Beazley Labor 1983–1984
Peter Morris 1984–1987

Ministers for Shipping[edit]

Minister Party Tenure Title
Jack Beasley Labor 1942–1945 Minister for Supply and Shipping
Bill Ashley 1945–1948
1948–1949 Minister for Shipping and Fuel
George McLeay Liberal 1949–1950
Bob Brown Labor 1987–1990 Minister for Land Transport and Shipping Support
Bob Collins 1990 Minister for Shipping
1990–1991 Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support
1991–1992 Minister for Shipping and Aviation
Peter Cook 1992–1993 Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support

Minister for Works and Railways[edit]

Minister Party Tenure Title
Patrick Lynch National Labor 1916–1917 Minister for Works and Railways
William Watt Nationalist 1917–1918
Littleton Groom 1918–1921
Richard Foster 1921–1923
Percy Stewart Country 1923–1924
William Hill Nationalist 1924–1928
William Gibson 1928–1929
Joseph Lyons Labor 1929–1931
Albert Green Labor 1931–1932
Charles Marr United Australia 1932

Ministers supporting the Transport Minister[edit]

Since the creation of the enlarged portfolios in the third Hawke Ministry on 24 July 1987 there has usually been a minister outside cabinet supporting the Transport Minister.

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Peter Duncan Labor Hawke Minister for Land Transport and Infrastructure Support 24 July 1987 19 January 1988 179 days
2 Peter Duncan Minister for Transport and Communications Support 19 January 1988 15 February 1988 27 days
3 Peter Morris 15 February 1988 2 September 1988 200 days
4 Bob Brown Minister for Land Transport and Shipping Support 2 September 1988 4 April 1990 4 years, 203 days
Minister for Land Transport 4 April 1990 20 December 1991
Keating 20 December 1991 24 March 1993
5 Ian Macdonald   Liberal Howard Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 21 October 1998 26 November 2001 3 years, 36 days
6 Wilson Tuckey   Liberal Howard Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 25 January 2002 7 October 2003 1 year, 255 days
7 Ian Campbell   Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads 7 October 2003 18 July 2004 285 days
8 Jim Lloyd   18 July 2004 3 December 2007 3 years, 138 days
9 Catherine King Labor Rudd Minister for Road Safety 27 June 2013 18 September 2013 83 days
10 Jamie Briggs   Liberal Abbott Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) incumbent 363 days

List of local government ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Regional Australia, or any precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Tom Uren   Labor Whitlam Minister for Urban and Regional Development 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 2 years, 327 days
2 John Carrick   Liberal Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
n/a Tom Uren   Labor Hawke Minister for Territories and Local Government,
Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Community Development and Regional Affairs
11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 4 years, 135 days
  Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24)
3 Margaret Reynolds   Labor Hawke Minister for Local Government 18 September 1987 (1987-09-18) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 198 days
4 Wendy Fatin   4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 1 year, 267 days
  Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27)
5 David Simmons   27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 1 year, 87 days
6 Brian Howe   Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23) 1 year, 1 day
  Minister for Housing, Local Government and Human Services 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25)
7 Warwick Smith   Liberal Howard Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 1 year, 212 days
8 Alex Somlyay   Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 1 year, 12 days
9 Sandy Macdonald   Nationals Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 3 years, 36 days
10 Wilson Tuckey   Liberal Howard Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 25 January 2002 (2002-01-25) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 1 year, 255 days
11 Ian Campbell   Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 18 July 2004 (2004-07-18) 285 days
12 Jim Lloyd   18 July 2004 (2004-07-18) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 3 years, 138 days
13 Anthony Albanese   Labor Rudd Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 2 years, 207 days
  Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
14 Simon Crean   Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 2 years, 270 days
n/a Anthony Albanese   Minister for Regional Development and Local Government 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 98 days
15 Catherine King   Rudd Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 79 days

List of regional development ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Regional Development, or any precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Tom Uren   Labor Whitlam Minister for Urban and Regional Development 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 2 years, 327 days
2 John Carrick   Liberal Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
3 Alan Griffiths   Labor Keating Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 23 January 1994 (1994-01-23) 305 days
4 Peter Cook   30 January 1994 (1994-01-30) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 54 days
5 Brian Howe   Minister for Housing and Regional Development 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
4 John Sharp   Nationals Howard Minister for Transport and Regional Development 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 25 September 1997 (1997-09-25) 1 year, 198 days
5 Mark Vaile   25 September 1997 (1997-09-25) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 1 year, 26 days
6 John Anderson   Minister for Transport and Regional Services 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 6 July 2005 (2005-07-06) 6 years, 258 days
7 Warren Truss   6 July 2005 (2005-07-06) 29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) 1 year, 85 days
8 Mark Vaile   29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 1 year, 65 days
9 Sharon Bird   Labor Rudd Minister for Regional Development 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 79 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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