ID 0193

State Government of Victoria beginning 12 December 1929 - period in office of Premier Hogan, Edmond John (Ned) ending on 19 May 1932

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

Hogan, Edmond John (Ned)
Date of beginning of period in office
12 December 1929
Date of end of period in office
19 May 1932 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Defeat in parliament 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
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
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Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
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Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
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Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
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Number who are women

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 14 May 1932Edmond John (Ned) HoganAustralian Labor PartyStanley Seymour ArgyleUnited Australia Party
VIC 30 November 1929Wiliam Murray McPhersonNational Party (Nationalists)Edmond John (Ned) HoganAustralian Labor Party
VIC 9 April 1927John AllanCountry PartyEdmond John (Ned) HoganAustralian Labor Party

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Defeat in Parliament (McPherson): Beginning of Hogan's second period in office; McPherson's government was defeated on an adjournment motion condemning the ministry for not doing more for the unemployed, by 34 votes to 30, with Dunstan, the leader of the Country Progressive Party, voting against the government; Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1929 Session, vol. 180, 23 October 1929, pp 2512-2544. McPherson was granted a dissolution of parliament by the Governor, and a general election for the Assembly was held on 30 November 1929.

At the election the Australian Labor Party, the National Party (Nationalists) and the Country Party all gained one or two seats, but no party had a majority. 'Following the election, [McPherson's] ministry chose to meet the new Assembly but, on 11 December, a no-confidence motion [an amendment to the address in reply] proposed by Hogan, the Labor leader [and supported by Dunstan] was carried against it, 36-28.' Hughes and Graham, p.125 (see 'Sources', below); Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1929 2nd Session, vol. 181, 11 December 1929, pp 35-64, McPherson resigned on 12 December 1929.

On 12 December 1929, Hogan became Premier of an Australian Labor Party minority government, with conditional support from Dunstan and the four members of the Country Progressive Party. In September 1930 and '[a]fter protracted negotiations, the Country Party and the Country Progressive Party merge. Allan is leader, Dunstan the deputy-leader. The new United Country Party maintains conditional support for the Hogan Labor government.' Wright p.135 (see 'Sources', below). The onset of the Depression and disputes over financial policy split the Labor Party and created increasing divisions between Hogan, the parliamentary Labor Party and the Labor Party organization; see Love, pp 181-183, and Jonas (both in 'References', below). On the role of Dunstan and the Country parties during this period, see John Paul, 'Albert Dunstan and Victorian Government', in Cameron Hazelhurst (editor), Australian Conservatism: Essays in Twentieth Century Political History, pp 169-191 (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1979)

Loss of general election (Hogan): 'The ministry was defeated 29-35 on 13 April 1932 on an amendment to the address in reply arising from its failure to assure parliament that the Premiers' Plan would be carried out [Victoria Parliamentary Debates, 1932 2nd Session, vol. 188 [a], 12-13 April 1932, pp 35-64]. The Acting Premier [Thomas Tunnecliffe] sought a dissolution which was granted after the Lieutenant-Governor had consulted the Leader of the Opposition, Argyle, and Allan the [United] Country Party leader. At the election the United Australia Party (as the National Party [Nationalists] had become known from September 1931) gained seats from Labor, and on 16 May Hogan resigned by cable from London.' Hughes and Graham, p.126 (see 'Sources', below).

References: For a study of Hogan's periods in office, see Peter Love, 'Elmslie, Prendergast and Hogan: Labouring Against the Tide ', pp 179-184, in Strangio and Costar (editors), ch. 13, (see 'Sources', below). A survey of Hogan's career can be found in Pam Jonas, 'Hogan, Edmond John (Ned) (1883–1964)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 9, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983), on line here [accessed 18 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.