First Carnell Ministry

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The First Carnell Ministry was the fifth ministry of the Government of the Australian Capital Territory, and was led by Liberal Chief Minister Kate Carnell and her three successive deputies, Tony De Domenico, Gary Humphries and Trevor Kaine. It was sworn in on 15 March 1995 after Carnell led the Liberal Party to its first ever election victory in the 1995 Australian Capital Territory general election. (The party had previously held office in an Alliance with Residents Rally from 1989–91, with Kaine as Chief Minister, brought about as the result of a successful no-confidence motion in the Follett Labor government.)

Having won office with a clear majority, Carnell appointed a full ministry comprising Liberal member. Fellow newcomer Tony De Domenico was sworn in as Carnell's deputy, along with Bill Stefaniak as education minister. Gary Humphries was the sole returning minister from the Kaine government, appointed Attorney-General; Kaine himself, a factional opponent of Carnell, was left on the backbenches.

The ministry saw one major change, when in January 1997, Deputy Chief Minister Tony De Domenico suddenly resigned from parliament in order to take up an offer of a position in the private sector. Humphries, who had the support of Carnell, was sworn in as an interim deputy on 9 January, but was defeated by Kaine for the permanent position after fierce lobbying from Kaine and his allies within the party. Kaine subsequently returned to the ministry, taking on De Domenico's former portfolios as well as a role Minister Assisting the Treasurer (who at the time was Carnell).

The ministry lasted until 31 March 1998, when the Second Carnell Ministry was sworn in after the Carnell government's re-election at the 1998 election.

First arrangement[edit]

This covers the period from 15 March 1995 (when the Ministry was sworn in)[1] until 31 January 1997 when a significant reshuffle occurred. There were two minor changes during this period. Firstly, when, on 28 June 1996, Tony De Domenico was appointed to the new portfolio of Minister for Regulatory Reform. There were two slight changes with merging of ministries covering police and emergency service for Humphries and education and training for Steganiak.[2] The second changed occurred on 9 January 1997, when Gary Humphries assumed responsibility as Deputy Chief Minister following the sudden announcement by Domenico that he was taking up an offer of a position in the private sector.[3]

Ministerial Title Minister

Chief Minister
Treasurer
Minister for Health and Community Care

Kate Carnell

Deputy Chief Minister (until 9 January 1997)
Minister for Urban Services
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism
Minister for Regulatory Reform (from 28 June 1996)

Tony De Domenico

Deputy Chief Minister (from 9 January 1997)
Attorney-General
Minister for the Arts and Heritage
Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning
Minister for Police (until 28 June 1996)
Minister for Emergency Services (until 28 June 1996)
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister for Police and Emergency Services (from 28 June 1996)

Gary Humphries

Minister for Education (until 28 June 1996)
Minister for Education and Training (from 28 June 1996)
Minister for Housing and Family Services
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Children's and Youth Services

Bill Stefaniak

Second arrangement[edit]

This covers the period from 31 January 1997[4] until 31 March 1998, when the Second Carnell Ministry was sworn in. During this period, the position of Deputy Chief Minister was hotly contested in a public factional battle between the opposing Carnell and Kaine factions. Humprhries was the Carnell faction candidate for Deputy Chief Minister. He was appointed initially by Carnell, on the resignation of De Domenico, but Kaine defeated Humphries in a party room vote. Carnell was forced to get Humprhries to stand aside for nearly three weesk until 17 February 2007,[5] when they organised the factional numbers to roll Kaine. The only change in the ministry during this period was the position of Deputy Chief Minister.

Ministerial Title Minister

Chief Minister
Treasurer
Minister for Health and Community Care
Minister for Business and Employment

Kate Carnell

Deputy Chief Minister (until 17 February 1997)
Minister Assisting the Treasurer
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Urban Services
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Regulatory Reform

Trevor Kaine

Deputy Chief Minister (from 17 February 1997)
Attorney-General
Minister for the Arts and Heritage
Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning
Minister for Fair Trading
Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Gary Humphries

Minister for Education and Training
Minister for Housing and Family Services
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Children's and Youth Services

Bill Stefaniak

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1995 No 1" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1995-1. 15 March 1995. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1996 No 1" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1996-1. 28 June 1996. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1997 No 1" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1997-1. 9 January 1997. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1997 No 2" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1997-2. 31 January 1997. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1997 No 3" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1997-3. 17 February 1997. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
Preceded by
Third Follett Ministry
First Carnell Ministry
1995-1998
Succeeded by
Second Carnell Ministry