Minister for Sport (Australia)

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Minister for Sport
Incumbent
Peter Dutton

since 18 September 2013
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Frank Stewart
Formation 1972

The Australian Minister for Sport is the Hon. Peter Dutton MP.

In the Government of Australia, the minister administers the portfolio through the Department of Health and Ageing.[1]

Scope[edit]

It was not until the Whitlam Government established the Department of Tourism and Recreation in 1972 that an Australian Government department had specific responsibility for sport.[2] Previously the small amount of sport funding was distributed through ministries such as Health and Foreign Affairs.[2] Frank Stewart, who is regarded as the first minister for sport, commissioned two reports – The role and scope and development of recreation in Australia by John Bloomfield and Report of the Australian Sports Institute Study Group, which highlighted the need for government involvement in sport.[3] The Fraser Government through Bob Ellicott acted upon both reports and established the Australian Institute of Sport in 1981.[2] It was widely reported that this initiative was a direct result of the poor performance of the Australian team at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, however its genesis preceded that. The Hawke Government through John Brown further extended Australian Government involvement in sport through the establishment of the Australian Sports Commission in 1985.[2]

List of Ministers for Sport[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Sport, or any of its precedent titles:[4]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Frank Stewart   Labor Whitlam Minister for Tourism and Recreation 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 2 years, 327 days
2 Reg Withers Liberal Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
3 Ivor Greenwood Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 8 July 1976 (1976-07-08) 199 days
4 Kevin Newman 8 July 1976 (1976-07-08) 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 1 year, 165 days
5 Ray Groom 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 350 days
6 Robert Ellicott Minister for Home Affairs 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 17 February 1981 (1981-02-17) 2 years, 74 days
7 Michael MacKellar 17 February 1981 (1981-02-17) 19 March 1981 (1981-03-19) 30 days
8 Ian Wilson 19 March 1981 (1981-03-19) 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 414 days
9 Tom McVeigh National Country Minister for Home Affairs and Environment 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 308 days
10 John Brown Labor Hawke Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 4 years, 314 days
Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19)
11 Graham Richardson 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 75 days
12 Ros Kelly 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 3 years, 331 days
Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27)
Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 1 March 1994 (1994-03-01)
n/a Graham Richardson 1 March 1994 (1994-03-01) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 24 days
13 John Faulkner 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
14 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
15 Andrew Thomson Minister for Sport and Tourism 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 1 year, 12 days
16 Jackie Kelly 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 3 years, 36 days
17 Rod Kemp Minister for the Arts and Sport 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 30 January 2007 (2007-01-30) 5 years, 65 days
18 George Brandis 30 January 2007 (2007-01-30) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 307 days
19 Kate Ellis Labor Rudd Minister for Sport 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 2 years, 285 days
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)
20 Mark Arbib 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 5 March 2012 (2012-03-05) 1 year, 173 days
21 Kate Lundy 5 March 2012 (2012-03-05) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 1 year, 114 days
22 Don Farrell Rudd 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 381 days
23 Peter Dutton Liberal Abbott 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) incumbent 298 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministeries and cabinets". Parlinfo website. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Australian sport : a profile. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. 1985. pp. 38–40. ISBN 0644036672. 
  3. ^ Daly, John (1991). Quest for Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. ISBN 0644136723. 
  4. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2013.