Askin–Cutler ministry (1973)

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The Askin–Cutler ministry (1973) or Fifth Askin ministry was the 66th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 32nd Premier, the Honourable Sir Robert Askin KCMG MLA, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by the Honourable Sir Charles Cutler KBE ED MLA. It was the fifth of six occasions when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler was Deputy Premier.


Askin was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1950 and served continuously until 1975, representing variously the seats of Collaroy and Pittwater. Rising through the Liberal Party ranks, Askin served as Deputy Leader from 1954 until he was elected Leader of the NSW Liberal Party and Leader of the NSW Opposition, following the defeat of the Morton/Hughes–led coalition by Cahill's Labor at the 1959 election. Cutler was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 1947 and served continuously until 1975, representing the seat of Orange. Elected Deputy Leader of the Country Party in 1958 and, like Askin, Cutler was elected as leader of his party following the 1959 state election, replacing Davis Hughes. The Askin/Cutler–led Liberal/Country coalition was defeated at the 1962 election by Labor's Bob Heffron. In April 1964 Jack Renshaw replaced Heffron as Leader of the Labor Party and became Premier. Twelve months later, Renshaw called an election held on 13 May 1965; however after 24 years of consecutive Labor governments, Askin and Cutler led the coalition to government at the 1965 state election.

The first Askin/Cutler ministry was commissioned from 1965 until the 1968 state election; when the coalition again won office. The second Askin/Cutler ministry was commissioned from the 1968 election until 11 February 1969, when the ministry was reconfigured. The third Askin/Cutler ministry was commissioned from the 1969 reconfiguration until the 1971 state election. The fourth Askin/Cutler ministry was commissioned from the 1971 election until 17 January 1973, when the ministry was reconfigured following the resignation of Davis Hughes in order to take up a posting as Agent-General of New South Wales in London.

Tenure of ministry[edit]

This ministry covers the period from 17 January 1973 until 3 December 1973,[1][2] when Askin and Cutler led the Liberal/Country coaltition to a sixth term following victory at the 1973 state election, defeating Labor led by Pat Hills.

Composition of ministry[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Askin on 17 January 1973, and covers the period until 3 December 1973, when the 1973 state election was held. Ministers are listed in order of seniority and in all cases, serve the full term of this ministry.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Hon. Sir Robert Askin KCMG MLA   Liberal 17 January 1973 3 December 1973 320 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Highways
Hon. Sir Charles Cutler KBE ED MLA   Country
Minister for Education Hon. Eric Willis, MLA   Liberal
Minister for Decentralisation and Development
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. John Fuller, MLC   Country
Attorney General Hon. Ken McCaw QC MLA   Liberal
Minister for Transport Hon. Milton Morris, MLA  
Minister for Public Works Hon. Leon Punch, MLA1   Country
Minister for Lands
Minister for Tourism
Hon. Tom Lewis, MLA   Liberal
Minister for Environment Control Hon. Jack Beale, MLA  
Minister for Agriculture Hon. Geoff Crawford DCM MLA   Country
Minister of Justice Hon. John Maddison, MLA   Liberal
Minister for Health Hon. Harry Jago, MLA  
Minister for Mines
Minister for Power
Assistant Treasurer
Hon. Wal Fife, MLA  
Minister for Labor and Industry Hon. Frederick Hewitt, MLC  
Minister for Youth and Community Services Hon. John Lloyd Waddy OBE DFC MLA  
Minister for Conservation
Minister for Cultural Activities
Hon. George Freudenstein, MLA   Country
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Hon. Tim Bruxner, MLA2  
Chief Secretary
Minister for Sport
Hon. Ian Griffith, MLA   Liberal
1 Punch was a new appointment to the ministry, replacing the Hon. Davis Hughes, MLA
2 Bruxner was a new appointment to the ministry, replacing the Hon. Stanley Stephens, MLA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Members - Chronological List of Ministries 1856 to 2009 (requires download)". Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original (MS Excel spreadsheet) on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VI. Parliament of New South Wales: 39. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
Preceded by
Askin–Cutler ministry (1971–1973)
Askin–Cutler ministry (1973)
Succeeded by
Askin–Cutler ministry (1973–1975)