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Past, Present and Future PMs – All In the Parliament Together

At the moment, Scott Morrison is the only prime minister in the House of Representatives. There are no former prime ministers still serving in parliament.

There may be future prime ministers currently serving in parliament. We don’t yet know who they are.

Past, Present and Future Prime Ministers Serving Concurrently in Parliament
No. Start End Total PM Past PMs in House Future PMs in House
1.
30.03.1901
24.09.1903
7
Barton
Deakin, Watson, Reid, Fisher, Cook, Hughes
At the election of the First Parliament on March 29-30, 1901, the first seven prime ministers of the new Commonwealth of Australia were all elected to the House of Representatives. The seven would serve as PMs until February 9, 1923.
2.
24.09.1903
27.04.1904
6
Deakin
Watson, Reid, Fisher, Cook, Hughes
Barton retired from the prime ministership and was appointed to the High Court. With O’Connor and Griffiths, they were the first three justices of the court. The prime ministership passed to Deakin, who retained office following the December 16, 1903 election but resigned in April 1904 because of difficulties he was having with passage of the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill.
3.
27.04.1904
18.08.1904
6
Watson
Deakin
Reid, Fisher, Cook, Hughes
Watson’s government was the first national Labor government anywhere in the world. It’s short term of office meant it passed no legislation, although it showed that Labor could govern. Watson’s moderation is considered to be an important factor that gave Labor credibility.
4.
18.08.1904
05.07.1905
6
Reid
Deakin, Watson
Fisher, Cook, Hughes
Reid led the only Free Trade government in Australia’s federal history. Most of his time in the parliament was as Leader of the Opposition.
5.
05.07.1905
13.11.1908
6
Deakin
Watson, Reid
Fisher, Cook, Hughes
Deakin’s second term was his longest and arguably most productive. He achieved another victory for his government at the election December 12, 1906.
6.
13.11.1908
02.06.1909
6
Fisher
Deakin, Watson, Reid
Cook, Hughes
Fisher’s first of three terms was brief. The time enabled Deakin to bring about the merger – known as “Fusion” of the Protectionist and Free Trade/Anti-Socialist parties. The parliament did not meet and when it did return its first item of business was to remove Fisher’s government.


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