Macfarlan Ministry

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The Macfarlan Ministry was the 52nd ministry of the Government of Victoria. It was led by the Premier of Victoria, Ian Macfarlan and consisted of members of the Liberal Party, the Country Party and two Independents. The ministry was known as the "stop gap ministry", and was formed when a crisis developed over loss of supply to Albert Dunstan's government. The ministry was sworn in on 2 October 1945, and met in parliament once on 3 October for the sole purpose of passing the supply bill for the next two months. Once the supply bill was passed, the Governor of Victoria, Sir Winston Dugan, dissolved the parliament and issued writs for an election.[1] Despite the short-lived parliament, Macfarlan's ministers retained their commissions until John Cain's ministry was sworn in on 21 November following Labor's election victory.[2]


Office Minister Party


The Hon Ian Macfarlan, MLA Liberal

Deputy Premier
Chief Secretary
Minister in Charge of Electrical Undertakings

The Hon Thomas Maltby, MLA Liberal

Minister of Health
Minister of Housing

The Hon William Haworth, MLA Liberal

Minister of Agriculture
Vice-President of the Board of Land and Works

The Hon William Cumming, MLA Liberal

Minister of Water Supply
Minister of Decentralization

The Hon Edwin Mackrell, MLA Country

Minister of Public Instruction
Minister of Labour

The Hon Leslie Hollins, MLA Independent

President of the Board of Land and Works
Commissioner of Crown Lands
Minister of Forests

The Hon William Everard, MLA Liberal

Minister of Transport
Minister of Mines
Vice-President of the Board of Land and Works

The Hon James Disney, MLC Liberal

Minister for Public Works

The Hon Likely McBrien, MLC Independent

Minister without Portfolio

The Hon Archie Michaelis, MLA Liberal


  1. ^ "END OF STATE PARLIAMENT". The Horsham Times (Vic. : 1882 - 1954). Vic.: National Library of Australia. 5 October 1945. p. 2. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Victoria Government Gazette No. 150, Government of Victoria, 21 November 1945.

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Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
Second Dunstan Ministry
Macfarlan Ministry
Succeeded by
Second Cain Ministry