First Hawke Ministry

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First Hawke Ministry
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54th Ministry of Australia
Date formed11 March 1983
Date dissolved13 December 1984
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir Ninian Stephen
Prime MinisterBob Hawke
Deputy Prime MinisterLionel Bowen
No. of ministers27
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLiberalNational coalition
Opposition leaderAndrew Peacock
Election(s)5 March 1983
Outgoing election1 December 1984
Legislature term(s)33rd
PredecessorFourth Fraser Ministry
SuccessorSecond Hawke Ministry

The First Hawke Ministry (Labor) was the 54th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 23rd Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. The First Hawke Ministry succeeded the Fourth Fraser Ministry, which dissolved on 11 March 1983 following the federal election that took place on 5 March which saw Labor defeat Malcolm Fraser's LiberalNational Coalition. The ministry was replaced by the Second Hawke Ministry on 13 December 1984 following the 1984 federal election.[1]


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Hon Bob Hawke AC

MP for Wills

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  Hon Lionel Bowen

MP for Kingsford-Smith

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  Hon John Button

Senator for Victoria

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  Hon Don Grimes

Senator for Tasmania

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  Hon Ralph Willis

MP for Gellibrand

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  Hon Paul Keating

MP for Blaxland

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  Hon Mick Young

MP for Port Adelaide

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  Hon Stewart West

MP for Cunningham

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  Hon Peter Walsh

Senator for Western Australia

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  Hon Bill Hayden

MP for Oxley

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  Hon Susan Ryan

Senator for Australian Capital Territory

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  Hon Gareth Evans QC

Senator for Victoria

  Hon Gordon Scholes

MP for Corio

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  Hon John Dawkins

MP for Fremantle
(1977–1994) (in Cabinet from 14 July 1983)

  Hon John Kerin

MP for Werriwa
(1978–1993) (in Cabinet from 4 November 1983)

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Outer ministry[edit]

Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Hon Peter Morris

MP for Shortland

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  Hon Kim Beazley

MP for Swan

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  Hon Chris Hurford

MP for Adelaide

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  Hon John Brown

MP for Parramatta

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  Hon Dr Neal Blewett

MP for Bonython

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  Hon Dr Barry Jones

MP for Lalor

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  Hon Michael Duffy

MP for Holt

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  Hon Barry Cohen

MP for Robertson

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  Hon Clyde Holding

MP for Melbourne Ports

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  Hon Arthur Gietzelt

Senator for New South Wales

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  Hon Tom Uren

MP for Reid

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  Hon Brian Howe

MP for Batman

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. ^ West resigned from Cabinet - though not his ministry - on 4 November 1983 when he was unable to support a Cabinet decision on uranium mining. He was reappointed to Cabinet on 3 April 1984