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Commonwealth Government of Australia beginning 1 January 1901 - period in office of Prime minister Barton, Edmund ending on 24 September 1903

Period in office of prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Prime minister
Barton, Edmund
Date of beginning of period in office
1 January 1901
Date of end of period in office
24 September 1903 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
First ministry 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of prime minister at start of period
Protectionist Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of prime minister
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

House of Representatives elections contested as prime minister or after which became prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Prime minister at election Prime minister's party Prime minister after election Prime minister's party
COM 29 March 1901Edmund BartonProtectionist PartyEdmund BartonProtectionist Party

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Barton was commissioned by the Governer-General to form the first ministry. It included representatives from all states. For details of all Commonwealth prime ministers, see Michelle Grattan (editor) Australian Prime Ministers (Sydney: New Holland, 2000).


Hughes and Graham, (1968) A Handbook of Ausralian Government and Politics 1890-1964.