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50th Anniversary of Election of Menzies Government

Robert Gordon MenziesToday is the 50th Anniversary of the election of the Liberal-Country Party coalition government led by Robert Gordon Menzies on December 10, 1949.

It was Menzies’ second stint as Prime Minister. He remained in office until January 26, 1966, having won 7 consecutive elections. Menzies record total term of 18 years, 5 months, 12 days is unlikely ever to be matched.

Menzies was the founder of the modern Liberal Party, forming it from about 50 disparate conservative organisations in 1944. The new party was defeated by Labor’s Ben Chifley in 1946, but swept to power in 1949, winning 74 seats to Labor’s 47. The conservative coalition stayed in power for 23 years until December 1972.

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