Kaine Ministry

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The Kaine Ministry was the second ministry of the Government of the Australian Capital Territory, and was led by Liberal Chief Minister Trevor Kaine and his deputy, Bernard Collaery. It was sworn in on 5 December 1989, when Collaery, the leader of Residents Rally, a minor party in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, moved the following motion:[1]

That this Assembly no longer has confidence in the Chief Minister of the ACT and the minority Labor Government and has confidence in the ability of Mr Kaine to form a government.

The vote was resolved in the affirmative (10 votes to 7), and the Follett led Labor government was forced to hand over government to Kaine as leader of an Alliance Government, comprising members of both the Liberal Party and some (but not all) members of the Residents Rally in the Assembly.

This ministry covers the period from 5 December 1989 until 6 June 1991, when Kaine himself lost a no confidence vote in the Assembly following unpopular decisions to close schools, close the Royal Canberra Hospital and amend planning laws that led to the collapse of the Kaine led Liberal Alliance Government with Residents Rally.[2] Follett moved the following motion:

That this Assembly has no confidence in the Chief Minister, Mr Kaine, and his minority Government.

The vote was resolved in affirmative (9 votes to 7, with one abstention), and the Follett led Labor Party resumed government.

First arrangement[edit]

This covers the period from 5 December 1989,[3] when Kaine assumed all ministerial responsibilities, until 13 December 1989, when ministerial responsibilities were determined with the Alliance government. During this period of eight days, there was no Deputy Chief Minister.

Office Minister

Chief Minister
Treasurer
Attorney-General
Minister for Industry, Employment and Education
Minister for Community Services and Health
Minister for Housing and Urban Services

Trevor Kaine

Second arrangement[edit]

This covers the period from 13 December 1989,[4] when Kaine distributed ministerial responsibilities in the Alliance government, until 29 May 1989, when Kaine announced to the Assembly that members of Residents Rally had met the previous evening and decided to dissolve the Alliance, due to an internal split in the Rally party, where two of the four members chose to align themselves with the Kaine government. The remaining two members chose to not align themselves with the Kaine government. Collaery stood down as Attorney-General and as Deputy Chief Minister.[5]

Office Minister

Chief Minister
Treasurer

Trevor Kaine

Deputy Chief Minister
Attorney-General
Minister for Housing and Community Services

Bernard Collaery

Minister for Finance and Urban Services

Craig Duby

Minister for Health, Education and the Arts

Gary Humphries

Third arrangement[edit]

This covers the period from 29 May 1991,[6] when Collaery stood down as Deputy Chief Minister and Attorney-General and ministerial responsibilities were shared across Kaine, Duby and Humphries, until 6 June 1991, when a motion of no confidence in Kaine, as Chief Minister, was passed and the Second Follett Ministry formed.[2] During this period of seven days, there was no Deputy Chief Minister.

Office Minister

Chief Minister
Treasurer
Attorney-General

Trevor Kaine

Minister for Housing and Community Services
Minister for Finance and Urban Services

Craig Duby

Minister for Health, Education and the Arts

Gary Humphries

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assembly Debate - 5/12/1989" (PDF). ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1989-12-05. pp. 2987–2993. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Assembly Debate - 06/06/1991" (PDF). ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1991-06-06. pp. 2167–236. Retrieved 2010-08-14.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Hansard1991-06-06" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1989 No 2" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1989-02. 1989-12-05. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1989 No 3" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1989-03. 1989-12-13. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  5. ^ "Assembly Debate - 29/05/1991" (PDF). ACT Hansard. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1991-05-29. pp. 2125, 2134–7. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  6. ^ "Notification of Appointment of Ministers NI 1991 No 226" (PDF). ACT Gazette. ACT Legislative Assembly. 1991-226. 1989-05-30. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
Preceded by
First Follett Ministry
Kaine Ministry
1989-1991
Succeeded by
Second Follett Ministry