ID 0189

State Government of Victoria beginning 18 July 1924 - period in office of Premier Prendergast, George Michael ending on 18 November 1924

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

Prendergast, George Michael
Date of beginning of period in office
18 July 1924
Date of end of period in office
18 November 1924 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament 
Reason for end of this government
Defeat in parliament
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor 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 premier
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

This premier did not win office as the result of an election, and was not (or has not been) in office long enough to contest an election as premier ; see 'Period in office' table above.

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Defeat in parliament (Peacock): Beginning of Prendergast's period in office; 'After the [Assembly] election of 26 June 1924, Peacock explored the possibility of forming another coalition with the Country Party. Finding the latter's terms unacceptable, the Government met the Assembly and was defeated on a Labor no confidence motion carried on 16 July 43-16 by the combined votes of the Country and Labor parties [Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1924 Session, vol. 164, 16 July 1924, pp 42-56]. Peacock immediately resigned his commission, whereupon the Governor asked Prendergast, the Labor leader, to form a new ministry.' Hughes and Graham, pp 121-122 (see 'Sources', below).

Prendergast was commissioned on 18 July 1924 and became Premier of an Australian Labor Party minority government, supported by the Country Party.

Defeat in parliament (Prendergast): 'The Prendergast ministry was kept in office by Country Party support until November [1924], when the two non-Labor parties reached agreement on the terms for forming a new coalition. They combined to carry a want of confidence motion by 34 to 28 on 12 November [Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1924 Session, vol. 168, 16 July 1924, pp 1321-1410]. The Governor, Lord Stradbroke, refused Prendergast's request for a dissolution and the latter resigned from office on 13 November.' Hughes and Graham, p.122 (see 'Sources', below).

References: For a study of Prendergast's periods in office, see Peter Love, 'Elmslie, Prendergast and Hogan: Labouring Against the Tide', pp 174-179, in Strangio and Costar (editors), ch. 13, (see 'Sources', below). A survey of Prendergast's career can be found in Geoffrey Serle, 'Prendergast, George Michael (1854–1937)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 11, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), on line here [accessed 15 April 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.