ID 0025

Commonwealth Government of Australia beginning 19 December 1949 - period in office of Prime minister Menzies, Robert Gordon ending on 26 January 1966



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

Prime minister
Menzies, Robert Gordon
Date of beginning of period in office
19 December 1949
Date of end of period in office
26 January 1966 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office
5,882 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of prime minister at start of period
Liberal Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Country Party
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Coalition
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

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

Total number of ministers
19
Number from party of prime minister
14
Number from coalition party 1
5
Number from coalition party 2
0
Number from upper house
5
Number who are women
1

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 30 November 1963Robert Gordon MenziesLiberal PartyRobert Gordon MenziesLiberal Party
COM 9 December 1961Robert Gordon MenziesLiberal PartyRobert Gordon MenziesLiberal Party
COM 22 November 1958Robert Gordon MenziesLiberal PartyRobert Gordon MenziesLiberal Party
COM 10 December 1955Robert Gordon MenziesLiberal PartyRobert Gordon MenziesLiberal Party
COM 29 May 1954Robert Gordon MenziesLiberal PartyRobert Gordon MenziesLiberal Party
COM 28 April 1951Robert Gordon MenziesLiberal PartyRobert Gordon MenziesLiberal Party
COM 10 December 1949Joseph Benedict ChifleyAustralian Labor PartyRobert Gordon MenziesLiberal Party
COM 21 September 1940Robert Gordon MenziesUnited Australia PartyRobert Gordon MenziesUnited Australia Party

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Notes

For details of all Commonwealth prime ministers, see Michelle Grattan (editor) Australian Prime Ministers (Sydney: New Holland, 2000).

Sources

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

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