Minister for Home Affairs (Australia)

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Minister for Home Affairs
Peter Dutton at Parliament House cropped.jpg
Incumbent
Peter Dutton (Designate)
Department of Home Affairs
Style The Honourable
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.[1][2][3][4][5]

History[edit]

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:

The Minister for the Interior existed from 1932 to 1972. The Territories of Australia portfolio has been the responsibility for the varying titles of the Minister for Territories.

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.[6]

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[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Home Affairs, or any of its related titles:[7]

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 (1901-01-01) 11 August 1903 (1903-08-11) 2 years, 222 days
2 John Forrest 11 August 1903 (1903-08-11) 24 September 1903 (1903-09-24) 260 days
Deakin 24 September 1903 (1903-09-24) 27 April 1904 (1904-04-27)
3 Lee Batchelor   Labor Watson 27 April 1904 (1904-04-27) 17 August 1904 (1904-08-17) 112 days
4 Dugald Thomson   Free Trade Reid 17 August 1904 (1904-08-17) 5 July 1905 (1905-07-05) 322 days
5 Littleton Groom   Protectionist Deakin 5 July 1905 (1905-07-05) 12 October 1906 (1906-10-12) 1 year, 99 days
6 Thomas Ewing 12 October 1906 (1906-10-12) 24 January 1907 (1907-01-24) 104 days
7 John Keating 24 January 1907 (1907-01-24) 13 November 1908 (1908-11-13) 1 year, 294 days
8 Hugh Mahon   Labor Fisher 13 November 1908 (1908-11-13) 2 June 1909 (1909-06-02) 201 days
9 George Fuller   Free Trade Deakin 2 June 1909 (1909-06-02) 29 April 1910 (1910-04-29) 331 days
10 King O'Malley   Labor Fisher 29 April 1910 (1910-04-29) 24 June 1913 (1913-06-24) 3 years, 56 days
11 Joseph Cook   Commonwealth Liberal Cook 24 June 1913 (1913-06-24) 17 September 1914 (1914-09-17) 1 year, 85 days
12 William Archibald   Labor Fisher 17 September 1914 (1914-09-17) 27 October 1915 (1915-10-27) 1 year, 40 days
n/a King O'Malley Hughes 27 October 1915 (1915-10-27) 14 November 1916 (1916-11-14) 1 year, 18 days
13 Fred Bamford   National Labor Minister for Home and Territories 14 November 1916 (1916-11-14) 17 February 1917 (1917-02-17) 95 days
14 Paddy Glynn   Nationalist 17 February 1917 (1917-02-17) 3 February 1920 (1920-02-03) 2 years, 351 days
15 Alexander Poynton 3 February 1920 (1920-02-03) 21 December 1921 (1921-12-21) 1 year, 321 days
16 George Pearce 21 December 1921 (1921-12-21) 9 February 1923 (1923-02-09) 4 years, 179 days
Bruce 9 February 1923 (1923-02-09) 18 June 1926 (1926-06-18)
17 William Glasgow 18 June 1926 (1926-06-18) 2 April 1927 (1927-04-02) 288 days
18 Charles Marr 2 April 1927 (1927-04-02) 24 February 1928 (1928-02-24) 328 days
19 Neville Howse 24 February 1928 (1928-02-24) 29 November 1928 (1928-11-29) 279 days
20 Aubrey Abbott   Country 29 November 1928 (1928-11-29) 22 October 1929 (1929-10-22) 327 days
21 Arthur Blakeley   Labor Scullin Minister for Home Affairs 22 October 1929 (1929-10-22) 6 January 1932 (1932-01-06) 2 years, 76 days
22 Archdale Parkhill   United Australia Lyons 6 January 1932 (1932-01-06) 12 April 1932 (1932-04-12) 97 days
23 Robert Ellicott   Liberal Fraser Minister for Home Affairs 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 3 years, 59 days
Minister for Home Affairs and Environment 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 17 February 1981 (1981-02-17)
24 Michael MacKellar 17 February 1981 (1981-02-17) 19 March 1981 (1981-03-19) 30 days
25 Ian Wilson 19 March 1981 (1981-03-19) 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 1 year, 49 days
26 Tom McVeigh   National Country 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 16 October 1982 308 days
National 16 October 1982 11 March 1983
27 Barry Cohen   Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 1 year, 277 days
28 Robert Ray   Labor Hawke Minister for Home Affairs 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 2 September 1988 (1988-09-02) 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 (2007-12-03) 9 June 2009 (2009-06-09) 1 year, 188 days
30 Brendan O'Connor 9 June 2009 (2009-06-09) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 2 years, 188 days
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14)
31 Jason Clare 14 December 2011 (2011-12-14) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 1 year, 278 days
Rudd 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home Affairs agencies will retain statutory independence: Turnbull". The Mandarin. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull announces Home Affairs super-ministry run by Peter Dutton". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Peter Dutton given control of new home affairs super ministry". The Guardian. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  4. ^ [Peter Dutton the big winner as Malcolm Turnbull creates Home Affairs office "Peter Dutton given control of new home affairs super ministry"] Check |url= value (help). Sydney Morning Herald. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "A Strong and Secure Australia". Prime Minister of Australia. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2017. 
  6. ^ "Debus new Home Affairs Minister". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007. 
  7. ^ "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.