ID 0174

State Government of Victoria beginning 5 December 1899 - period in office of Premier McLean, Allan ending on 19 November 1900

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

McLean, Allan
Date of beginning of period in office
5 December 1899
Date of end of period in office
19 November 1900 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament 
Reason for end of this government
Defeat in parliament
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Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
VIC 1 November 1900Allan McLeanLiberalGeorge TurnerLiberal

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Defeat in parliament (Turner): Beginning of McLean's period in office; 'The Turner government was defeated on 30 November 1899 by 47 to 36 on a want-of-confidence motion put by McLean and supported by the Opposition and several former ministerialists.' Hughes and Graham, p.107 (see 'Sources', below); Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1899-1900 Session, vol. 93, 30 November 1899, pp 2730-2830. 'There was no great issue of principle at stake, but the role of the country liberals was a symptom of rural dissatisfaction with what they saw as the urban domination of politics, which would later give rise to the Country Party.' Rickard, p.116 (see 'References', below).

'His request for a dissolution having been refused, Turner submitted his resignation and advised the Governor to send for McLean. Although McLean did not formally consult the Opposition while forming his ministry, he included several Conservatives, ...' Hughes and Graham, p.107 (see 'Sources', below). McLean's government was commissioned on 5 December 1899.

Defeat in parliament (McLean): At the election held in November 1900, McLean led a group of dissident Liberals in combination with some Conservatives. Two ministers in the government were defeated but McLean decided to test the support for the government in the Assembly. In a vote on the address in reply, the government was defeated 51 to 42 votes in the early hours of 15 November 1900; Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1900 Second Session, vol. 96, 14 November 1900, pp 26-78.

References: A review of Victorian parliamentary politics in the 1890s can be found in Wright, ch. 6 (in 'Sources', below). A survey of McLean's career and period as premier can be found in John Rickard, 'McLean, Allan (1840–1911)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1986), on line here [accessed 27 March 2014].


Colin Hughes and B D Graham (editors), A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); Parliament of Victoria, One Hundred Years of Responsible Government 1856-1956, (Melbourne: Government Printer, 1957, Parliamentary Paper No. 40 of 1956-58); Paul Strangio and Brian Costar (editors), The Victorian Premiers 1856-2006, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 9781862876019); Raymond Wright, A People's Counsel: A History of the Parliament of Victoria 1856-1990, (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992, ISBN 0195533593). Victoria Hansard (Record of Parliamentary Debates) on line here .

In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.