Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development (Australia)

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Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Darren Chester Portrait 2009.jpg
Incumbent
Darren Chester

since 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18)
Department of Infrastructure and Transport
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Thomas Paterson
Formation 1928

The Australian Minister for Infrastructure and Transport is The Honourable Darren Chester MP, since 18 February 2016.[1]

The Minister for Regional Development and the Minister for Local Government and Territories is Senator the Honourable Fiona Nash, since 18 February 2016 and 9 July 2016 respectively.

The ministers are supported by the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, since 9 July 2016.

Scope[edit]

In the Government of Australia, the minister has overall responsibility for all of the matters falling within the Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government portfolio, including regulation, safety and funding in relation to aviation, shipping, roads and railways and policy on regional development, local government and the territories, including the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. His ministerial responsibility includes the following agencies.

History[edit]

Under the Constitution of Australia the federal government was not given any specific responsibilities for transport, except for "railway construction and extension in any State with the consent of that State" (section 51(xxxiv)). In 1916, Billy Hughes appointed Patrick Lynch as Minister for Works and Railways to administer Commonwealth Railways and the construction of the Trans-Australian Railway. In December 1928, Stanley Bruce appointed Thomas Paterson as Minister for Markets and Transport, which included responsibility for funding road construction via grants to the states. In January 1932, this portfolio was renamed Minister for Transport, but in April 1932 it was absorbed into the new portfolio of Minister for the Interior along with the position of Minister for Works and Railways.

In December 1938, with the growth of significance of civil aviation and the commonwealth's assumption of responsibility for regulating it under international treaties, Joseph Lyons appointed Harold Thorby as the first Minister for Civil Aviation. In 1941 Robert Menzies re-established the transport portfolio with the appointment of Hubert Lawrence Anthony. The Curtin government was determined to establish a government shipping company, ultimately the Australian National Lines, and John Curtin appointed Jack Beasley as Minister for Supply and Development in 1941. This position was renamed Minister for Shipping, Fuel and Transport in 1950 under the Menzies government and Minister for Shipping and Transport in 1951. Gough Whitlam combined the transport and civil aviation porfolios in 1973, but it was re-divided with Malcolm Fraser's appointment of Wal Fife as Minister for Aviation in 1982. Bob Hawke abolished the aviation portfolio in 1987 with the creation of the "super" departments. Since 1987, there has been a single senior transport minister in Cabinet.

Agency and bodies[edit]

Other agencies and bodies the portfolio include:

Transport[edit]

List of ministers for infrastructure and transport[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, or any precedent titles:[2]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Thomas Paterson Country Bruce Minister for Markets and Transport 10 December 1928 22 October 1929 316 days
2 Parker Moloney Labor Scullin 22 October 1929 21 April 1930 2 years, 76 days
Minister for Transport 21 April 1930 6 January 1932
3 Archdale Parkhill United Australia Lyons 6 January 1932 12 April 1932 97 days
4 Larry Anthony Country Menzies Minister for Transport 26 June 1941 28 August 1941 316 days
Fadden 28 August 1941 7 October 1941
5 George Lawson Labor Curtin 7 October 1941 21 September 1943 1 year, 349 days
6 Eddie Ward 21 September 1943 6 July 1945 6 years, 89 days
Forde 6 July 1945 13 July 1945
Chifley 13 July 1945 19 December 1949
7 Howard Beale   Liberal Menzies 19 December 1949 17 March 1950 88 days
8 George McLeay   Minister for Shipping, Fuel and Transport 17 March 1950 11 May 1951 5 years, 181 days
  Minister for Shipping and Transport 11 May 1951 14 September 1955
9 John Spicer   14 September 1955 27 September 1955 13 days
10 Shane Paltridge   27 September 1955 5 February 1960 4 years, 131 days
11 Hubert Opperman   5 February 1960 18 December 1963 3 years, 316 days
12 Gordon Freeth   18 December 1963 21 January 1966 4 years, 72 days
  Holt 26 January 1966 19 December 1967
  McEwen 19 December 1967 10 January 1968
  Gorton 110 January 1968 28 February 1968
13 Ian Sinclair Country 28 February 1968 5 February 1971 2 years, 342 days
14 Peter Nixon 5 February 1971 10 March 1971 1 year, 304 days
McMahon 10 March 1971 5 December 1972
15 Gough Whitlam Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 19 December 1972 14 days
16 Charles Jones Minister for Transport 19 December 1972 11 November 1975 2 years, 327 days
n/a Peter Nixon National Country Fraser 11 November 1975 8 December 1979 4 years, 27 days
17 Ralph Hunt 8 December 1979 7 May 1982 3 years, 93 days
Minister for Transport and Construction 7 May 1982 16 October 1982
National 16 October 1982 11 March 1983
18 Peter Morris Labor Hawke Minister for Transport 11 March 1983 24 July 1987 4 years, 135 days
19 Gareth Evans Minister for Transport and Communications 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 2 September 1988 (1988-09-02) 1 year, 40 days
20 Ralph Willis 2 September 1988 (1988-09-02) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 1 year, 214 days
21 Kim Beazley 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 9 December 1991 (1991-12-09) 1 year, 249 days
22 John Kerin 9 December 1991 (1991-12-09) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 18 days
Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27)
21 Graham Richardson 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) 18 May 1992 (1992-05-18) 143 days
22 Bob Collins 18 May 1992 (1992-05-18) 24 December 1993 (1993-12-24) 1 year, 220 days
23 Laurie Brereton Minister for Transport 24 December 1993 11 March 1996 2 years, 78 days
24 John Sharp   Nationals Howard Minister for Transport and Regional Development 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 25 September 1997 (1997-09-25) 1 year, 198 days
25 Mark Vaile   25 September 1997 (1997-09-25) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 1 year, 26 days
26 John Anderson   Minister for Transport and Regional Services 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 6 July 2005 (2005-07-06) 6 years, 258 days
27 Warren Truss   6 July 2005 (2005-07-06) 29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) 1 year, 85 days
n/a Mark Vaile   29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 1 year, 65 days
28 Anthony Albanese   Labor Rudd Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 5 years, 289 days
  Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
  Minister for Infrastructure and Transport 14 September 2010 27 June 2013
  Rudd 27 June 2013 18 September 2013
n/a Warren Truss National Abbott Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 15 September 2015 2 years, 153 days
  Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 18 February 2016
29 Darren Chester Minister for Infrastructure and Transport 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) Incumbent 159 days

List of ministers for aviation[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Aviation, or any precedent titles:

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Harold Thorby Country Lyons Minister for Civil Aviation 24 November 1938 7 April 1939 153 days
Page 7 April 1939 26 April 1939
2 James Fairbairn United Australia Menzies 26 April 1939 13 August 1940 1 year, 109 days
3 Arthur Fadden Country 14 August 1940 28 October 1940 75 days
4 John McEwen 28 October 1940 28 August 1941 344 days
Fadden 28 August 1941 7 October 1941
5 Arthur Drakeford Labor Curtin 7 October 1941 6 July 1945 8 years, 73 days
Forde 6 July 1945 13 July 1945
Chifley 13 July 1945 19 December 1949
6 Thomas White   Liberal Menzies 19 December 1949 11 May 1951 1 year, 143 days
7 Larry Anthony Country 11 May 1951 9 July 1954 3 years, 61 days
8 Athol Townley   Liberal 9 July 1954 24 October 1956 2 years, 107 days
9 Shane Paltridge   24 October 1956 10 June 1964 7 years, 230 days
10 Denham Henty   10 June 1964 26 January 1966 1 year, 230 days
11 Reginald Swartz   Holt 26 January 1966 19 December 1967 3 years, 290 days
  McEwen 19 December 1967 10 January 1968
  Gorton 10 January 1968 12 November 1969
12 Bob Cotton   12 November 1969 10 March 1971 3 years, 23 days
  McMahon 10 March 1971 5 December 1972
13 Gough Whitlam Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 19 December 1972 14 days
14 Charles Jones 19 December 1972 30 November 1973 3 years, 23 days
15 Wal Fife   Liberal Fraser Minister for Aviation 7 May 1982 11 March 1983 280 days
16 Kim Beazley Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 13 December 1984 1 year, 277 days
17 Peter Morris 13 December 1984 24 July 1987 2 years, 223 days
18 Gary Punch Labor Hawke Minister for Telecommunications and Aviation Support 2 September 1988 28 March 1989 207 days
19 Ros Kelly 6 April 1989 4 April 1990 363 days
20 Bob Collins Labor Hawke Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 7 May 1990 20 December 1991 2 years, 20 days
Keating 20 December 1991 27 December 1991
Minister for Shipping and Aviation 27 December 1991 27 May 1992
21 Peter Cook Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 27 May 1992 24 March 1993 301 days

List of ministers for shipping[edit]

The following individuals were appointed as Ministers for Shipping, or any precedent titles:

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Patrick Lynch Labor Curtin Ministers for Shipping 17 October 1942 2 February 1945 2 years, 108 days
2 Bill Ashley 2 February 1945 6 July 1945 4 years, 320 days
Chifley 13 July 1945 6 April 1948
Minister for Shipping and Fuel 6 April 1948 19 December 1949
3 George McLeay   Liberal Menzies 19 December 1949 17 March 1950 5 years, 269 days
  Minister for Fuel, Shipping and Transport 17 March 1950 11 May 1951
  Minister for Shipping and Transport 11 May 1951 14 September 1955
4 John Spicer   14 September 1955 27 September 1955 13 days
5 Shane Paltridge   27 September 1955 5 February 1960 4 years, 131 days
6 Hubert Opperman   5 February 1960 18 December 1963 3 years, 316 days
7 Gordon Freeth   18 December 1963 21 January 1966 4 years, 72 days
  Holt 26 January 1966 19 December 1967
  McEwen 19 December 1967 10 January 1968
  Gorton 110 January 1968 28 February 1968
8 Ian Sinclair Country 28 February 1968 5 February 1971 2 years, 342 days
9 Peter Nixon 5 February 1971 10 March 1971 1 year, 304 days
McMahon 10 March 1971 5 December 1972
10 Gough Whitlam Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 19 December 1972 14 days
11 Bob Brown Labor Hawke Minister for Land Transport and Shipping Support 24 July 1987 4 April 1990 2 years, 254 days
12 Bob Collins Minister for Shipping 4 April 1990 7 May 1990 2 years, 53 days
Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 7 May 1990 20 December 1991
Keating 20 December 1991 27 December 1991
Minister for Shipping and Aviation 27 December 1991 27 May 1992
13 Peter Cook Minister for Shipping and Aviation Support 27 May 1992 24 March 1993 301 days

List of ministers for works and railways[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Works and Railways, or any precedent titles:

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Patrick Lynch National Labor Hughes Minister for Works and Railways 14 November 1916 17 February 1917 95 days
2 William Watt Nationalist 17 February 1917 27 March 1918 1 year, 38 days
3 Littleton Groom 27 March 1918 21 December 1921 3 years, 269 days
4 Richard Foster 21 December 1921 9 February 1923 1 year, 50 days
5 Percy Stewart Country Bruce 9 February 1923 8 August 1924 1 year, 181 days
6 William Hill 8 August 1924 29 November 1928 4 years, 113 days
7 William Gibson Country Bruce Minister for Works and Railways 10 December 1928 22 October 1929 316 days
8 Joseph Lyons Labor Scullin 22 October 1929 4 February 1931 1 year, 105 days
9 Albert Green 4 February 1931 6 January 1932 336 days
10 Charles Marr United Australia Lyons 6 January 1932 12 April 1932 97 days

List of ministers supporting the transport minister[edit]

Since the creation of the enlarged portfolios in the third Hawke Ministry on 24 July 1987 there has usually been a minister outside cabinet supporting the Minister for Transport.

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Peter Duncan Labor Hawke Minister for Land Transport and Infrastructure Support 24 July 1987 19 January 1988 206 days
2 Minister for Transport and Communications Support 19 January 1988 15 February 1988
3 Peter Morris 15 February 1988 2 September 1988 200 days
4 Bob Brown Minister for Land Transport and Shipping Support 2 September 1988 4 April 1990 4 years, 203 days
Minister for Land Transport 4 April 1990 20 December 1991
Keating 20 December 1991 24 March 1993
5 Ian Macdonald Liberal Howard Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 21 October 1998 26 November 2001 3 years, 36 days
6 Wilson Tuckey Liberal Howard Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 25 January 2002 7 October 2003 1 year, 255 days
7 Ian Campbell Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads 7 October 2003 18 July 2004 285 days
8 Jim Lloyd 18 July 2004 3 December 2007 3 years, 138 days
9 Catherine King Labor Gillard Minister for Road Safety 25 March 2013 1 July 2013 98 days
10 Sharon Bird Rudd 1 July 2013 18 September 2013 79 days
10 Jamie Briggs Liberal Abbott Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 15 September 2015 2 years, 102 days
Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 21 September 2015
Minister for Cities and the Built Environment 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21) 29 December 2015 (2015-12-29)
11 Paul Fletcher Liberal Turnbull Minister for Urban Infrastructure 19 July 2016 (2016-07-19) Incumbent 7 days

List of local government and territories ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Local Government and Territories, or any precedent titles:[2]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Tom Uren   Labor Whitlam Minister for Urban and Regional Development 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 2 years, 327 days
2 John Carrick   Liberal Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
n/a Tom Uren   Labor Hawke Minister for Territories and Local Government,
Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Community Development and Regional Affairs
11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 4 years, 135 days
  Minister for Local Government and Administrative Services 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24)
3 Margaret Reynolds   Labor Hawke Minister for Local Government 18 September 1987 (1987-09-18) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 198 days
4 Wendy Fatin   4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 1 year, 267 days
  Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 27 December 1991 (1991-12-27)
5 David Simmons   27 December 1991 (1991-12-27) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 1 year, 87 days
6 Brian Howe   Minister for Housing, Local Government and Community Services 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23) 1 year, 1 day
  Minister for Housing, Local Government and Human Services 23 December 1993 (1993-12-23) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25)
7 Warwick Smith   Liberal Howard Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 1 year, 212 days
8 Alex Somlyay   Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government 9 October 1997 (1997-10-09) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 1 year, 12 days
9 Sandy Macdonald   Nationals Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 3 years, 36 days
10 Wilson Tuckey   Liberal Howard Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government 25 January 2002 (2002-01-25) 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 1 year, 255 days
11 Ian Campbell   Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads 7 October 2003 (2003-10-07) 18 July 2004 (2004-07-18) 285 days
12 Jim Lloyd   18 July 2004 (2004-07-18) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 3 years, 138 days
13 Anthony Albanese   Labor Rudd Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 2 years, 207 days
  Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
14 Simon Crean   Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 2 years, 270 days
n/a Anthony Albanese   Minister for Regional Development and Local Government 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 98 days
15 Catherine King   Rudd Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 79 days
16 Paul Fletcher   Liberal Turnbull Minister for Territories, Local Government and Major Projects 21 September 2015 (2015-09-21) 19 July 2016 (2016-07-19) 302 days
17 Fiona Nash   Nationals Minister for Local Government and Territories 19 July 2016 (2016-07-19) Incumbent 7 days

List of regional development ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Regional Development, or any precedent titles:[2]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Tom Uren   Labor Whitlam Minister for Urban and Regional Development 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 2 years, 327 days
2 John Carrick   Liberal Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
3 Alan Griffiths   Labor Keating Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 23 January 1994 (1994-01-23) 305 days
4 Peter Cook   30 January 1994 (1994-01-30) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 54 days
5 Brian Howe   Minister for Housing and Regional Development 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
4 John Sharp   Nationals Howard Minister for Transport and Regional Development 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 25 September 1997 (1997-09-25) 1 year, 198 days
5 Mark Vaile   25 September 1997 (1997-09-25) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 1 year, 26 days
6 John Anderson   Minister for Transport and Regional Services 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 6 July 2005 (2005-07-06) 6 years, 258 days
7 Warren Truss   6 July 2005 (2005-07-06) 29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) 1 year, 85 days
n/a Mark Vaile   29 September 2006 (2006-09-29) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 1 year, 65 days
8 Anthony Albanese   Labor Rudd Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 2 years, 207 days
  Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28)
9 Simon Crean   Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 2 years, 270 days
n/a Anthony Albanese   Minister for Regional Development and Local Government 25 March 2013 (2013-03-25) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 98 days
10 Sharon Bird   Rudd Minister for Regional Development 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 79 days
n/a Warren Truss Nationals Abbott Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 15 September 2015 2 years, 153 days
  Turnbull 15 September 2015 (2015-09-15) 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18)
11 Fiona Nash Minister for Regional Development 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) Incumbent 159 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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