Minister for Defence (Australia)


Minister for Defence (Australia)
Minister for Defence
Incumbent
Stephen Smith

since 14 September 2010
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder James Dickson
Formation 1901

The Minister for Defence of Australia administers his portfolio through the Australian Defence Organisation, which comprises the Department of Defence (Australia) and the Australian Defence Force.[1] Stephen Smith is the current Minister.

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Ministers for Defence

There was a Minister for Defence from 1 January 1901 until 13 November 1939. Robert Menzies, the Prime Minister, abolished the position on the outbreak of World War II and created separate Ministers for the Navy, the Army and the Air, with himself as Minister for Defence Coordination in his first ministry. He retained this position until the fall of his government, and then held the post in the brief government of Arthur Fadden. John Curtin initially followed the same arrangement as Menzies in his ministry until 14 April 1942, when he took the title of Minister for Defence. The separate titles of Ministers for the Navy, the Army and the Air were abolished in the second Whitlam Ministry on 30 November 1973, when the separate departments of Navy, Army and Air were also abolished. There had also been a separate Navy portfolio between 1915 and 1921.

There have also been ministers responsible for defence materiel at different times. From 1939 to 1974 they were called Minister of Supply or similar. The current Minister for Defence Materiel is Jason Clare. From 1939 to 1974 there was a position of Minister of Supply or similar. There have also been ministers responsible for defence personnel for most of the period since 1987, currently the Minister for Defence Personnel, Warren Snowdon.

Order Minister Period Party affiliation
1 James Dickson 1901 Protectionist Party
2 John Forrest 1901
3 James Drake 1901–03
4 Austin Chapman 1903–04
5 Anderson Dawson 1904 Australian Labor Party
6 James McCay 1904–05 Protectionist Party
7 Thomas Playford 1905–07
8 Thomas Ewing 1907–08
9 George Pearce 1908–09 Australian Labor Party
10 Joseph Cook 1909–10 Protectionist Party
11 George Pearce 1910–13 Australian Labor Party
12 Edward Millen 1913–14 Commonwealth Liberal Party
13 George Pearce 1914–21 Australian Labor Party/
Nationalist Party of Australia
14 Walter Massy-Greene 1921–23 Nationalist Party of Australia
15 Eric Bowden 1923–25
16 Neville Howse 1925–27
17 William Glasgow 1927–29
18 Albert Green 1929–31 Australian Labor Party
19 John Daly 1931
20 Ben Chifley 1931–32
21 George Pearce 1932–34 United Australia Party
22 Archdale Parkhill 1934–37
23 Joseph Lyons 1937
24 Harold Thorby 1937–38 Country Party
25 Geoffrey Street 1938–39 United Australia Party
* Robert Menzies 1939–41
* John Curtin 1941–42 Australian Labor Party
26 John Curtin 1942–45
27 Jack Beasley 1945–46
28 Frank Forde 1946
29 John Dedman 1946–49
30 Eric Harrison 1949–50 Liberal Party of Australia
31 Philip McBride 1950–58
32 Athol Townley 1958–63
33 Paul Hasluck 1963–64
34 Shane Paltridge 1964–66
35 Allen Fairhall 1966–69
36 Malcolm Fraser 1969–71
37 John Gorton 1971
38 David Fairbairn 1971–72
39 Lance Barnard 1972–75 Australian Labor Party
40 Bill Morrison 1975
41 Jim Killen 1975–82 Liberal Party of Australia
42 Ian Sinclair 1982–83 National Party of Australia
43 Gordon Scholes 1983–84 Australian Labor Party
44 Kim Beazley 1984–90
45 Robert Ray 1990–96
46 Ian McLachlan 1996–98 Liberal Party of Australia
47 John Moore 1998–2001
48 Peter Reith 2001
49 Robert Hill 2001–06
50 Brendan Nelson 2006–07
51 Joel Fitzgibbon 2007–09 Australian Labor Party
52 John Faulkner 2009–10
53 Stephen Smith 2010–

* Minister for Defence Coordination.

Ministers for Air

Period Minister Party affiliation
1939–40 James Fairbairn United Australia Party
1940 Arthur Fadden
1940–41 John McEwen Country Party
1941–49 Arthur Drakeford Australian Labor Party
1949–49 Thomas White Liberal Party
1951 Philip McBride
1951–54 William McMahon
1954–56 Athol Townley
1956–60 Frederick Osborne
1960–61 Harrie Wade
1961–62 Les Bury
1962–64 David Fairbairn
1964–68 Peter Howson
1968–69 Gordon Freeth
1969 Dudley Erwin
1969–72 Tom Drake-Brockman
1972–73 Lance Barnard Australian Labor Party

Ministers for the Army

Period Minister Party affiliation
1939–40 Geoffrey Street United Australia Party
1940 Philip McBride
1940–41 Percy Spender
1941–46 Frank Forde Australian Labor Party
1946–49 Cyril Chambers
1949–55 Josiah Francis Liberal Party
1955–56 Eric Harrison
1956–63 John Cramer
1963–66 Jim Forbes
1966–68 Malcolm Fraser
1968–69 Phillip Lynch
1969–72 Andrew Peacock
1972 Bob Katter Country Party
1972–73 Lance Barnard Australian Labor Party

Ministers for the Navy

Period Minister Party affiliation
1915–16 Jens Jensen Australian Labor Party
1916–17 Jens Jensen National Labor Party
1917– Joseph Cook Nationalist Party of Australia
1920–21 William Laird Smith
1939–40 Frederick Stewart United Australia Party
1940 Archie Cameron
1940–41 Billy Hughes
1941–46 Norman Makin Australian Labor Party
1946 Arthur Drakeford
1946–49 Bill Riordan
1949–51 Josiah Francis Liberal Party
1951 Philip McBride
1951–54 William McMahon
1954–55 Josiah Francis
1955–56 Eric Harrison
1956 Neil O'Sullivan
1956–58 Charles Davidson
1958–63 John Gorton
1963–64 Jim Forbes
1964–66 Fred Chaney, Sr.
1966–68 Don Chipp
1968–69 Bert Kelly
1969–71 James Killen
1971–72 Malcolm Mackay
1972–73 Lance Barnard Australian Labor Party

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