Minister for Science and Technology (Australia)

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Minister for Science and Technology
Melissa Price MP.jpg
Incumbent
Melissa Price

since 8 October 2021
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderJack Holloway
Formation1931

The Minister for Science and Technology is a portfolio in the Government of Australia held by Melissa Price since 8 October 2021.

In the Government of Australia, the minister administers his or her portfolios through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.

Scope[edit]

Other bodies in the portfolio include:[1]

List of science ministers[edit]

In 1931 and from 1932 to 1937, 1940 to 1949 and 1950 to 1963 there were ministers in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and its successors. In 1963 John Gorton was given responsibility for science (and education) generally.

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Jack Holloway Labor Scullin Assistant Minister for Industry, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 3 March 1931 12 June 1931 101 days
2 Alexander McLachlan United Australia Lyons Minister in charge of Development and Scientific and Industrial Research 6 January 1932 29 November 1937 5 years, 327 days
3 Henry Gullett United Australia Menzies Minister in charge of Scientific and Industrial Research 14 March 1940 13 August 1940 121 days
4 Herbert Collett 14 August 1940 28 October 1940 44 days
5 Harold Holt 28 October 1940 28 August 1941 304 days
6 John Dedman Labor Curtin Minister in charge of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 7 October 1941 6 July 1945 8 years, 73 days
Forde 6 July 1945 13 July 1945
Chifley 13 July 1945 19 December 1949
7 Richard Casey   Liberal Menzies Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 23 March 1950 4 February 1960 9 years, 318 days
8 Donald Cameron   4 February 1960 22 December 1961 1 year, 322 days
9 Robert Menzies   22 December 1961 16 February 1962 56 days
10 John Gorton   16 February 1962 18 December 1963 6 years, 2 days
  Minister in charge of Commonwealth Activities in Education and Research under the Prime Minister 18 December 1963 21 January 1966
  Holt 26 January 1966 14 December 1966
  Minister for Education and Science 14 December 1966 19 December 1967
  McEwen 19 December 1967 10 January 1968
  Gorton 10 January 1968 28 February 1968
11 Malcolm Fraser   28 February 1968 12 November 1969 1 year, 257 days
12 Nigel Bowen   12 November 1969 10 March 1971 495 days
  McMahon 10 March 1971 22 March 1971
13 David Fairbairn   22 March 1971 20 August 1971 161 days
n/a Malcolm Fraser   20 August 1971 5 December 1972 1 year, 107 days
14 Gough Whitlam Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 19 December 1972 14 days
15 Bill Morrison Minister for Science 19 December 1972 6 June 1975 2 years, 169 days
Minister for Science and Consumer Affairs 6 June 1975 6 June 1975
16 Clyde Cameron 6 June 1975 11 November 1975 158 days
17 Bob Cotton   Liberal Fraser 11 November 1975 22 December 1975 158 days
18 James Webster National Country Minister for Science 22 December 1975 5 December 1978 3 years, 351 days
Minister for Science and the Environment 5 December 1978 8 December 1979
19 David Thomson 8 December 1979 3 November 1980 3 years, 93 days
Minister for Science and Technology 3 November 1980 16 October 1982
National 16 October 1982 11 March 1983
20 Barry Jones Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 13 December 1984 7 years, 24 days
Minister for Science 13 December 1984 24 July 1987
Minister for Science and Small Business 24 July 1987 19 January 1988
Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business 19 January 1988 4 April 1990
21 Simon Crean Minister for Science and Technology 4 April 1990 4 June 1991 1 year, 61 days
22 Ross Free 4 June 1991 20 December 1991 2 years, 293 days
Keating 20 December 1991 24 March 1993
23 Chris Schacht Minister for Science and Small Business 24 March 1993 25 March 1994 1 year, 1 day
24 Peter Cook Minister for Science and Small Business 25 March 1994 11 March 1996 1 year, 352 days
25 Peter McGauran National Howard Minister for Science and Technology 11 March 1996 26 September 1997 1 year, 199 days
26 John Moore   Liberal Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism 11 March 1996 21 October 1998 2 years, 224 days
27 Nick Minchin   Minister for Industry, Science and Resources 21 October 1998 26 November 2001 3 years, 36 days
n/a Peter McGauran National Minister for Science 26 November 2001 22 October 2004 2 years, 331 days
26 Brendan Nelson   Liberal Minister for Education, Science and Training 22 October 2004 27 January 2006 1 year, 97 days
27 Julie Bishop   27 January 2006 3 December 2007 1 year, 310 days
28 Kim Carr Labor Rudd Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 3 December 2007 24 June 2010 4 years, 11 days
Gillard 24 June 2010 14 December 2011
29 Chris Evans Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research 14 December 2011 2 February 2013 1 year, 50 days
30 Chris Bowen 2 February 2013 22 March 2013 48 days
31 Craig Emerson 25 March 2013 26 June 2013 93 days
n/a Kim Carr Rudd Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research 26 June 2013 18 September 2013 145 days
32 Ian Macfarlane   Liberal Abbott Minister for Industry and Science 23 December 2014 (2014-12-23) 15 September 2015 272 days
  Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 21 September 2015
33 Christopher Pyne Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21) 19 July 2016 (2016-07-19) 302 days
34 Greg Hunt 19 July 2016 (2016-07-19) 24 January 2017 (2017-01-24) 189 days
35 Arthur Sinodinos 24 January 2017 (2017-01-24) 20 December 2017 (2017-12-20) 330 days
36 Karen Andrews Liberal Morrison Minister for Industry, Science and Technology 28 August 2018 (2018-08-28) 30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 2 years, 214 days
37 Christian Porter 30 March 2021 (2021-03-30) 19 September 2021 (2021-09-19) 173 days
38 Melissa Price Minister for Science and Technology 8 October 2021 Incumbent 15 days

List of assistant science ministers[edit]

The following individual has been appointed as assistant minister for science, or any of its precedent titles:

Order Assistant Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Karen Andrews Liberal Abbott Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science 23 December 2014 15 September 2015 1 year, 209 days
Turnbull Assistant Minister for Science 15 September 2015 19 July 2016
2 Craig Laundy Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science 19 July 2016 20 December 2017 (2017-12-20) 1 year, 154 days
For subsequent appointments, see the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portfolio agencies". Australia Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. Archived from the original on 11 May 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013.

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