The First Howard Ministry – October 1997

Following a couple of weeks of ministerial upheaval, this is the revamped Howard ministry.

Title Minister Other Chamber
Prime Minister The Hon John Howard, MP Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Senator the Hon John Herron The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge, MP
Minister for the Status of Women The Hon. Judi Moylan, MP Senator the Hon. Jocelyn Newman
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet) The Hon Chris Miles, MP
Minister for Trade (Deputy Prime Minister) The Hon Tim Fischer, MP Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Minister for Foreign Affairs The Hon Alexander Downer, MP Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Parliamentary Secretary (Trade) Senator the Hon David Brownhill
Parliamentary Secretary (Foreign Affairs) The Hon Kathy Sullivan, MP
Treasurer The Hon Peter Costello, MP Senator the Hon Rod Kemp
Assistant Treasurer Senator the Hon Rod Kemp The Hon Peter Costello, MP
Parliamentary Secretary (Manager of Government Business in the Senate) Senator the Hon Ian Campbell
Minister for Primary Industries and Energy The Hon John Anderson, MP Senator the Hon Warwick Parer
Minister for Resources and Energy Senator the Hon Warwick Parer The Hon John Anderson, MP
Parliamentary Secretary Senator the Hon Judith Troeth
Minister for the Environment (Leader of the Government in the Senate) Senator the Hon Robert Hill The Hon John Anderson, MP
Parliamentary Secretary Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts (Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate) Senator the Hon Richard Alston The Hon Warwick Smith, MP
Minister for Workplace Relations and Small Business (Leader of the House) The Hon Peter Reith, MP Senator the Hon Richard Alston
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Alan Cadman, MP
Minister for Social Security Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman The Hon Philip Ruddock, MP
Parliamentary Secretary Senator the Hon Grant Tambling
Minister for Industry, Science and Tourism (Vice-President of the Executive Council) The Hon John Moore, MP Senator the Hon Warwick Parer
Minister for Sport and Tourism The Hon Andrew Thomson, MP Senator the Hon Nick Minchin
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Sydney 2000 Games Senator the Hon Nick Minchin
Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs (Deputy Leader of the House) The Hon Warren Truss, MP Senator the Hon Warwick Parer
Minister for Defence The Hon Ian McLachlan, AO, MP Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman
Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel The Hon Bronwyn Bishop, MP Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs The Hon Bruce Scott, MP Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman
Minister for Transport and Regional Development The Hon Mark Vaile, MP Senator the Hon Richard Alston
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Alex Somlyay, MP Senator the Hon Richard Alston
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Michael Ronaldson, MP
Minister for Health and Family Services The Hon Dr Michael Wooldridge, MP Senator the Hon John Herron
Minister for Family Services The Hon Warwick Smith, MP Senator the Hon John Herron
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Trish Worth, MP
Minister for Finance and Administration The Hon John Fahey, MP Senator the Hon Rod Kemp (Finance)
Senator the Hon. Nick Minchin (Admin)
Special Minister of State

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister

Senator the Hon. Nick Minchin The Hon John Fahey, MP
Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs The Hon Dr David Kemp MP Senator the Hon Christopher Ellison
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
Minister for Schools, Vocational Education and Training Senator the Hon Christopher Ellison The Hon Dr David Kemp MP
Parliamentary Secretary The Hon Tony Abbott, MP
Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs The Hon Philip Ruddock, MP Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone
Attorney-General The Hon Daryl Williams, AM QC MP Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone
Minister for Justice Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone The Hon Daryl Williams, AM QC MP



Each box represents a portfolio. Cabinet Ministers are shown in bold type. As a general rule, there is one department in each portfolio. Except for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Communications and the Arts, the title of each department reflects that of the portfolio minister. There is also a Department of Veterans’ Affairs in the Defence portfolio.

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