Minister for Justice (Australia)

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Minister for Justice
Michael Keenan.jpg
Incumbent
Michael Keenan

since 18 September 2013
Attorney-General's Department
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Michael Tate
Formation 18 September 1987

The Australian Minister for Justice is a government minister responsible for certain matters relating to law and the administration of justice. The Minister for Justice is a more junior minister who supports the Attorney-General, and administers the portfolio through the Attorney-General's Department.

The current Minister for Justice (since 2013) is the Honourable Michael Keenan MP. Michael Tate was appointed the first minister with this title on 18 September 1987 and there have ministers with responsibilities for justice ever since except between 3 December 2007 and 14 September 2010.

List of Justice Ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minster for Justice, or any of its precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Michael Tate   Labor Hawke Minister for Justice 18 September 1987 (1987-09-18) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 5 years, 187 days
Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20)
Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 27 May 1992 (1992-05-27)
Minister for Justice 27 May 1992 (1992-05-27) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
2 Duncan Kerr 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 2 years, 353 days
3 Daryl Williams Liberal Howard 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 1 year, 212 days
4 Amanda Vanstone 9 October 1997 21 October 1998 3 years, 113 days
Minister for Justice and Customs 21 October 1998 30 January 2001
5 Chris Ellison 30 January 2001 9 March 2007 6 years, 38 days
6 Brendan O'Connor Labor Gillard Minister for Justice 14 September 2010 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14) 1 year, 91 days
7 Jason Clare 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 1 year, 278 days
Rudd 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
8 Michael Keenan Liberal Abbott 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) Incumbent 297 days

References[edit]

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