First Cooper Ministry

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The Cooper Ministry[1] was a ministry of the Government of Queensland and was led by Labor Premier Frank Cooper. It succeeded the Forgan Smith Ministry on 16 September 1942 following Forgan Smith's resignation from the Ministry after over 10 years as Premier. The ministry was followed by the Hanlon Ministry on 7 March 1946 following Cooper's own resignation.

First ministry[edit]

On 16 September 1942, the Governor, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, designated 10 principal executive offices of the Government, appointed Vince Gair to the Executive Council to fill the vacancy left by Forgan Smith's resignation, and appointed the following Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland to the Ministry as follows:

Office Minister

Premier
Chief Secretary
Treasurer

Frank Cooper

Deputy Premier
Secretary for Health
Secretary for Home Affairs

Ned Hanlon
Secretary for Agriculture and Stock Frank Bulcock
(until 17 December 1942)[1]
Secretary for Public Works
Harry Bruce
Secretary for Labour and Industry[1] Tom Foley
Minister for Transport James Larcombe
Attorney-General David Gledson
Secretary for Public Lands Ted Walsh
Secretary for Public Instruction
Arthur Jones
Secretary for Mines Vince Gair
Secretary for Agriculture and Stock Thomas Lewis Williams
(from 17 December 1942)[1]
1 Frank Bulcock resigned on 15 December 1942 to take up an appointment as Commonwealth Director-General of Agriculture. On 17 December 1942, Thomas Lewis Williams was appointed in his stead to the Ministry. Additionally, Foley's portfolio was renamed from "Labour and Industry" to "Labour and Employment".

Second ministry[edit]

Labor was re-elected at the 1944 election and the Ministry was reconstituted on 27 April 1944. The Ministers served until the resignation of Frank Cooper on 7 March 1946 and the formation of a new ministry under Deputy Premier Ned Hanlon.

Office Minister

Premier
Chief Secretary

Frank Cooper

Deputy Premier
Treasurer

Ned Hanlon

Secretary for Health
Secretary for Home Affairs

Tom Foley
Secretary for Public Works Harry Bruce
Secretary for Public Lands Arthur Jones
Attorney-General David Gledson
Secretary for Public Instruction James Larcombe
Minister for Transport Ted Walsh

Secretary for Labour and Employment
Secretary for Mines

Vince Gair
Secretary for Agriculture and Stock Thomas Lewis Williams

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The ministry was referred to as "The Cooper Ministry". However, an unrelated Cooper Ministry led by Russell Cooper served in 1989.

References[edit]

Preceded by
Forgan Smith Ministry
Cooper Ministry
1942–1946
Succeeded by
Hanlon Ministry