Minister for Home Affairs (Australia)
|Minister for Home Affairs|
|Department of Home Affairs|
|Appointer||Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia|
|Inaugural holder||William Lyne|
The Australian Minister for Home Affairs is a ministerial portfolio formed at the Federation of Australia and has undergone numerous changes in ministerial responsibility since 1901. Much like the history of the United Kingdom Home Office, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has been responsible for a vast array for internal matters since Federation including immigration, transport, agriculture, industry, territories, elections, women's affairs, the National Archives, and the public service.
On the 18 July 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the creation of a new Home Affairs portfolio to be head by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton as the designated Minister for Home Affairs with responsibilities for immigration, border control, domestic security, and law enforcement.
The Minister for Home Affairs was a ministerial portfolio that existed continuously from 1901 to 12 April 1932, when Archdale Parkhill became Minister for the Interior in the first Lyons Ministry—subsuming his portfolios of Home Affairs and Transport.
The Home Affairs or Interior portfolio was responsible for various internal matters not handled by other ministries. In due course other portfolios were established that took over functions from it, including:
- Transport from 1928 to 1932 and continuously since 1941
- Immigration since 1945
- Agriculture since 1942
- Industry from 1928 to 1945 and since 1963
The Home Affairs Ministry was re-established in 2007, assuming the responsibilities of the Minister for Justice and Customs within the Attorney-General's Department with policy responsibilities for criminal justice, law enforcement, border control and national security and with oversight responsibilities of the Australian Customs Service and the Border Protection Command, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Crime Commission, and the Office of Film and Literature Classification.
From September 2010 to September 2013, the Minister for Home Affairs also held the position of Minister for Justice. In September 2013 with the change of government, the position Minister for Home Affairs was disbanded and its responsibilities were assumed by the newly created Minister for Immigration and Border Protection for the border control and by the Minister for Justice for law enforcement.
List of Ministers for Home Affairs
The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Home Affairs, or any of its related titles:
|Order||Minister||Party||Prime Minister||Title||Term start||Term end||Term in office|
|1||William Lyne||Protectionist||Barton||Minister for Home Affairs||1 January 1901||11 August 1903||2 years, 222 days|
|2||John Forrest||11 August 1903||24 September 1903||260 days|
|Deakin||24 September 1903||27 April 1904|
|3||Lee Batchelor||Labor||Watson||27 April 1904||17 August 1904||112 days|
|4||Dugald Thomson||Free Trade||Reid||17 August 1904||5 July 1905||322 days|
|5||Littleton Groom||Protectionist||Deakin||5 July 1905||12 October 1906||1 year, 99 days|
|6||Thomas Ewing||12 October 1906||24 January 1907||104 days|
|7||John Keating||24 January 1907||13 November 1908||1 year, 294 days|
|8||Hugh Mahon||Labor||Fisher||13 November 1908||2 June 1909||201 days|
|9||George Fuller||Free Trade||Deakin||2 June 1909||29 April 1910||331 days|
|10||King O'Malley||Labor||Fisher||29 April 1910||24 June 1913||3 years, 56 days|
|11||Joseph Cook||Commonwealth Liberal||Cook||24 June 1913||17 September 1914||1 year, 85 days|
|12||William Archibald||Labor||Fisher||17 September 1914||27 October 1915||1 year, 40 days|
|n/a||King O'Malley||Hughes||27 October 1915||14 November 1916||1 year, 18 days|
|13||Fred Bamford||National Labor||Minister for Home and Territories||14 November 1916||17 February 1917||95 days|
|14||Paddy Glynn||Nationalist||17 February 1917||3 February 1920||2 years, 351 days|
|15||Alexander Poynton||3 February 1920||21 December 1921||1 year, 321 days|
|16||George Pearce||21 December 1921||9 February 1923||4 years, 179 days|
|Bruce||9 February 1923||18 June 1926|
|17||William Glasgow||18 June 1926||2 April 1927||288 days|
|18||Charles Marr||2 April 1927||24 February 1928||328 days|
|19||Neville Howse||24 February 1928||29 November 1928||279 days|
|20||Aubrey Abbott||Country||29 November 1928||22 October 1929||327 days|
|21||Arthur Blakeley||Labor||Scullin||Minister for Home Affairs||22 October 1929||6 January 1932||2 years, 76 days|
|22||Archdale Parkhill||United Australia||Lyons||6 January 1932||12 April 1932||97 days|
|23||Robert Ellicott||Liberal||Fraser||Minister for Home Affairs||20 December 1977||3 November 1980||3 years, 59 days|
|Minister for Home Affairs and Environment||3 November 1980||17 February 1981|
|24||Michael MacKellar||17 February 1981||19 March 1981||30 days|
|25||Ian Wilson||19 March 1981||7 May 1982||1 year, 49 days|
|26||Tom McVeigh||National Country||7 May 1982||16 October 1982||308 days|
|National||16 October 1982||11 March 1983|
|27||Barry Cohen||Labor||Hawke||11 March 1983||13 December 1984||1 year, 277 days|
|28||Robert Ray||Labor||Hawke||Minister for Home Affairs||24 July 1987||2 September 1988||1 year, 40 days|
|29||Bob Debus||Labor||Rudd||Minister for Home Affairs
(combined with Minister for Justice from 14 September 2010 to 18 September 2013)
|3 December 2007||9 June 2009||1 year, 188 days|
|30||Brendan O'Connor||9 June 2009||24 June 2010||2 years, 188 days|
|Gillard||24 June 2010||14 December 2011|
|31||Jason Clare||14 December 2011||27 June 2013||1 year, 278 days|
|Rudd||27 June 2013||18 September 2013|
- Department of Home Affairs (1901–16)
- Department of Home and Territories (1916–1928)
- Department of Home Affairs (1928–32)
- Department of the Interior (1932–39)
- Department of the Interior (1939–72)
- Department of Home Affairs (1977–80)
- Department of Home Affairs and Environment (1980–84)
- "Home Affairs agencies will retain statutory independence: Turnbull". The Mandarin. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Malcolm Turnbull announces Home Affairs super-ministry run by Peter Dutton". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Peter Dutton given control of new home affairs super ministry". The Guardian. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- [Peter Dutton the big winner as Malcolm Turnbull creates Home Affairs office "Peter Dutton given control of new home affairs super ministry"] Check
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- "A Strong and Secure Australia". Prime Minister of Australia. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Debus new Home Affairs Minister". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
- "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Archived from the original on 13 August 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2013.