Forde Ministry

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Forde Ministry
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31st Ministry of Australia
Date formed6 July 1945
Date dissolved13 July 1945
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
Governor-GeneralThe Duke of Gloucester
Prime MinisterFrank Forde
No. of ministers18
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLiberalCountry coalition
Opposition leaderRobert Menzies
Legislature term(s)17th
PredecessorSecond Curtin Ministry
SuccessorFirst Chifley Ministry

The Forde Ministry (Labor) was the 31st ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 15th Prime Minister, Frank Forde. The Forde Ministry succeeded the Second Curtin Ministry, which dissolved on 6 July 1945 following the death of former Prime Minister John Curtin - the second of three occasions where a sitting Prime Minister died in office. Since Forde was the deputy Labor leader, it was a caretaker ministry until the Labor caucus could elect a new leader. Treasurer Ben Chifley was ultimately elected over Forde on 12 July 1945, and he was sworn in as Prime Minister along with his ministry the following day.[1]

Frank Forde, who died in 1983, was the last surviving member of the Forde Ministry; Forde was also the last surviving minister of the Scullin Government, the Curtin Government, and the First Chifley Ministry.


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Rt Hon Frank Forde

MP for Capricornia

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  Hon Ben Chifley

MP for Macquarie

  Rt Hon Dr H.V. Evatt KC

MP for Barton

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  Hon Jack Beasley

MP for West Sydney

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  Hon Norman Makin

MP for Hindmarsh

  Hon Richard Keane

Senator for Victoria

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  Hon Jack Holloway

MP for Melbourne Ports

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  Hon Arthur Drakeford

MP for Maribyrnong

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  Hon William Scully

MP for Gwydir

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  Hon Bill Ashley

Senator for New South Wales

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  Hon John Dedman

MP for Corio

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  Hon Joe Collings

Senator for Queensland

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  Hon Eddie Ward

MP for East Sydney

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  Hon James Fraser

Senator for Western Australia

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  Hon Charles Frost

MP for Franklin

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  Hon Bert Lazzarini

MP for Werriwa

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  Hon Don Cameron

Senator for Victoria

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  Hon Arthur Calwell

MP for Melbourne

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  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.