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 Aviation[edit]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Harold Thorby Country Lyons Minister for Civil Aviation 24 November 1938 7 April 1939 153 days
Page 7 April 1939 26 April 1939
2 James Fairbairn United Australia Menzies 26 April 1939 13 August 1940 1 year, 109 days
3 Arthur Fadden Country 14 August 1940 28 October 1940 75 days
4 John McEwen 28 October 1940 28 August 1941 344 days
Fadden 28 August 1941 7 October 1941
5 Arthur Drakeford Labor Curtin 7 October 1941 6 July 1945 8 years, 73 days
Forde 6 July 1945 13 July 1945
Chifley 13 July 1945 19 December 1949
6 Thomas White   Liberal Menzies 19 December 1949 11 May 1951 1 year, 143 days
7 Larry Anthony Country 11 May 1951 9 July 1954 3 years, 61 days
8 Athol Townley   Liberal 9 July 1954 24 October 1956 2 years, 107 days
9 Shane Paltridge   24 October 1956 10 June 1964 7 years, 230 days
10 Denham Henty   10 June 1964 26 January 1966 1 year, 230 days
11 Reginald Swartz   Holt 26 January 1966 19 December 1967 3 years, 290 days
  McEwen 19 December 1967 10 January 1968
  Gorton 10 January 1968 12 November 1969
12 Bob Cotton   12 November 1969 10 March 1971 3 years, 23 days
  McMahon 10 March 1971 5 December 1972
13 Gough Whitlam Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 19 December 1972 14 days
14 Charles Jones 19 December 1972 30 November 1973 3 years, 23 days
15 Wal Fife   Liberal Fraser Minister for Aviation 7 May 1982 11 March 1983 280 days
16 Kim Beazley Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 13 December 1984 1 year, 277 days
17 Peter Morris 13 December 1984 24 July 1987 2 years, 223 days
18 Gary Punch Labor Hawke Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support 2 September 1988 28 March 1989 207 days
19 Ros Kelly 6 April 1989 4 April 1990 363 days
20 Bob Collins Labor Hawke Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 7 May 1990 20 December 1991 2 years, 20 days
Keating 20 December 1991 27 December 1991
Minister for Shipping and Aviation 27 December 1991 27 May 1992
21 Peter Cook Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 27 May 1992 24 March 1993 301 days

Ministers for Shipping[edit]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Patrick Lynch Labor Curtin Ministers for Shipping 17 October 1942 2 February 1945 2 years, 108 days
2 Bill Ashley 2 February 1945 6 July 1945 4 years, 320 days
Chifley 13 July 1945 6 April 1948
Minister for Shipping and Fuel 6 April 1948 19 December 1949
3 George McLeay   Liberal Menzies 19 December 1949 17 March 1950 5 years, 269 days
  Minister for Fuel, Shipping and Transport 17 March 1950 11 May 1951
  Minister for Shipping and Transport 11 May 1951 14 September 1955
4 John Spicer   14 September 1955 27 September 1955 13 days
5 Shane Paltridge   27 September 1955 5 February 1960 4 years, 131 days
6 Hubert Opperman   5 February 1960 18 December 1963 3 years, 316 days
7 Gordon Freeth   18 December 1963 21 January 1966 4 years, 72 days
  Holt 26 January 1966 19 December 1967
  McEwen 19 December 1967 10 January 1968
  Gorton 110 January 1968 28 February 1968
8 Ian Sinclair Country 28 February 1968 5 February 1971 2 years, 342 days
9 Peter Nixon 5 February 1971 10 March 1971 1 year, 304 days
McMahon 10 March 1971 5 December 1972
10 Gough Whitlam Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 19 December 1972 14 days
11 Bob Brown Labor Hawke Minister for Land Transport and Shipping Support 24 July 1987 4 April 1990 2 years, 254 days
12 Bob Collins Minister for Shipping 4 April 1990 7 May 1990 2 years, 53 days
Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 7 May 1990 20 December 1991
Keating 20 December 1991 27 December 1991
Minister for Shipping and Aviation 27 December 1991 27 May 1992
13 Peter Cook Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 27 May 1992 24 March 1993 301 days

Minister for Works and Railways[edit]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Patrick Lynch National Labor Hughes Minister for Works and Railways 14 November 1916 17 February 1917 95 days
2 William Watt Nationalist 17 February 1917 27 March 1918 1 year, 38 days
3 Littleton Groom 27 March 1918 21 December 1921 3 years, 269 days
4 Richard Foster 21 December 1921 9 February 1923 1 year, 50 days
5 Percy Stewart Country Bruce 9 February 1923 8 August 1924 1 year, 181 days
6 William Hill 8 August 1924 29 November 1928 4 years, 113 days
7 William Gibson Country Bruce Minister for Works and Railways 10 December 1928 22 October 1929 316 days
8 Joseph Lyons Labor Scullin 22 October 1929 4 February 1931 1 year, 105 days
9 Albert Green 4 February 1931 6 January 1932 336 days
10 Charles Marr United Australia Lyons 6 January 1932 12 April 1932 97 days

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 1 year, 4 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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