First Hughes Ministry

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First Hughes Ministry
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11th Ministry of Australia
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Photo of the First Hughes Ministry
Date formed27 October 1915
Date dissolved14 November 1916
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
Governor-GeneralSir Ronald Munro Ferguson
Prime MinisterBilly Hughes
No. of ministers10
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyCommonwealth Liberal
Opposition leaderJoseph Cook
Legislature term(s)6th
PredecessorThird Fisher Ministry
SuccessorSecond Hughes Ministry

The First Hughes Ministry (Labor) was the 12th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 7th Prime Minister, Billy Hughes. The First Hughes Ministry succeeded the Third Fisher Ministry, which dissolved on 27 October 1915 following Andrew Fisher's retirement from Parliament to become the next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. The ministry was replaced by the Second Hughes Ministry on 14 November 1916 following the split that took place within Labor over the issue of conscription. This led to Hughes and his supporters leaving the party to form the National Labor Party.[1]

King O'Malley, who died in 1953, was the last surviving member of the First Hughes Ministry; O'Malley was also the last surviving member of the Second Fisher Ministry.


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  (Rt) Hon Billy Hughes KC

MP for West Sydney

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  Hon William Higgs KC

MP for Capricornia

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  Hon King O'Malley

MP for Darwin

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  Hon Hugh Mahon

MP for Kalgoorlie

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  Hon Frank Tudor

MP for Yarra

  Hon George Pearce

Senator for Western Australia

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  Hon Jens Jensen

MP for Bass

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  Hon William Webster

MP for Gwydir

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  Hon Albert Gardiner

Senator for New South Wales

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  Hon Edward Russell

Senator for Victoria

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  • Assistant Minister (to 27 October 1916)

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  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.