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The Rudd Ministry: Age, Sex, State And Factional Breakdown

This page provides statistical data on the second Rudd ministry.

The new Cabinet, outer Ministry and Parliamentary Secretaries were sworn in on July 1, 2013. There are 30 ministers, comprising 20 members in Cabinet and 10 members in the outer ministry. There are 12 parliamentary secretaries who act as assistants to the ministry. All 42 members are sworn as Executive Councillors.

The first table shows the ministry by age, sex, state, parliamentary chamber and faction.

The second table lists each member of the executive and gives their birthdays, ages, electorates, states, portfolio and faction. It also shows when they were first elected to parliament and when they first joined the executive. A handful of members have also served in state parliaments and this is shown in the table.

I have shown only the main Left and Right factional affiliations, disregarding the mainly state-based sub-groupings.

With the exception of the party leaders, who are shown first, the second table lists members of the executive in order of age. [Read more…]

The Second Rudd Ministry

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his new ministry. It includes six women in the Cabinet and five in the ministry.

The ministry was announced at a press conference in Newcastle.

Rudd will have 20 ministers in the Cabinet. It includes Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese who adds Communications to his existing Infrastructure and Transport responsibilities.


The biggest promotion is Senator Jacinta Collins, the government’s new Deputy Leader in the Senate. She becomes Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. [Read more…]

The Second Gillard Ministry – Revised 2013

This is the revised Gillard ministry, as of February 4, 2013.

The ministerial changes arose from last week’s retirements of the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, and the Government’s Leader in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans. [Read more…]

The Second Gillard Ministry

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the composition of her new ministry.

As expected, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will become Foreign Minister.

The list includes promotions for key Gillard supporters Bill Shorten, Mark Arbib, Don Farrell and David Feeney.

NOTE: The official list is available for download at the end of this page.


  1. Prime Minister: Julia Gillard
  2. Deputy Prime Minister/Treasurer: Wayne Swan
  3. Minister for Foreign Affairs: Kevin Rudd
  4. Minister for Jobs, Skills and Workplace Relations (Leader of the Government in the Senate): Senator Chris Evans
  5. Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government; Minister for the Arts: Simon Crean
  6. Minister for Defence (Deputy Leader of the House): Stephen Smith
  7. Minister for Health and Ageing: Nicola Roxon
  8. Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Jenny Macklin
  9. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport (Leader of the House): Anthony Albanese
  10. Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Digital Productivity (Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate): Senator Stephen Conroy
  11. Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science: Senator Kim Carr
  12. Minister for Finance and Deregulation: Senator Penny Wong
  13. Minister for Schools, Early Childhood and Youth: Peter Garrett
  14. Attorney-General: Robert McClelland
  15. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Senator Joseph Ludwig
  16. Minister for Sustainable Population, Communities, Environment and Water: Tony Burke
  17. Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism: Martin Ferguson
  18. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship: Chris Bowen
  19. Minister for Trade: Dr. Craig Emerson
  20. Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: Greg Combet


Outer Ministry

  1. Minister for Human Services; Minister for Social Inclusion: Tanya Plibersek
  2. Minister for Home Affairs and Justice; Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information: Brendan O’Connor
  3. Minister for Employment Participation and Childcare: Kate Ellis
  4. Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development; Minister for Sport; Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness: Senator Mark Arbib
  5. Minister for Small Business; Minister Assisting the Minister for Tourism: Senator Nick Sherry
  6. Minister for Veterans Affairs and Defence Science and Personnel: Warren Snowdon
  7. Assistant Treasurer; Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation: Bill Shorten
  8. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing: Mark Butler
  9. Special Minister of State: Gary Gray
  10. Minister for Defence Materiel: Jason Clare


Parliamentary Secretaries

  1. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer: David Bradbury
  2. Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Senator Jacinta Collins
  3. Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Julie Collins
  4. Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency; Cabinet Secretary: Mark Dreyfus
  5. Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Justine Elliot
  6. Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainable Population, Communities, Environment and Water: Senator Don Farrell
  7. Parliamentary Secretary for Defence: Senator David Feeney
  8. Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Mike Kelly
  9. Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing; Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport: Catherine King
  10. Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Senator Kate Lundy
  11. Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade: Richard Marles
  12. Parliamentary Secretary for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs: Jan McLucas
  13. Parliamentarty Secretary for Disabilities and Carers: Senator Jan McLucas


The First Rudd Ministry

This is the full list of the First Rudd Ministry.

The new Labor government was sworn into office on December 3, 2007.

The first document is the official list of ministers and parliamentary secretaries. The second document was taken from The Australian.



The Rudd Ministry: Who Does What

The detailed administrative arrangements for the Rudd Labor government have been issued.

The administrative arrangements are made in the form of an order from the Governor-General-in-Council.

The order sets out the matters dealt with by each government department and the acts of parliament to be administered by each minister. [Read more…]

Rudd Announces New Labor Government Ministry

The Prime Minister-elect, Kevin Rudd, has announced his new ministry at a press conference in Canberra.

One of the most significant changes is that Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will be both Education Minister and Employment & Workplace Relations Minister.

The highly-regarded Senator John Faulkner has been appointed Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary. [Read more…]

Stem Cell Research: A Case Study Of How Cabinet Works

This newspaper report provides a good case study of how Cabinet government works.

Note the interplay between Ministers, parliamentary committees, the Prime Minister, the public service and state governments.

The article points to the importance of ideological leanings amongst ministers. It also shows the role parliament can play in the formation of legislation. [Read more…]

The Second Kennett Ministry

This is the full list of the Second Kennett Ministry, following the elections of March 30, 1996.

The Second Kennett Ministry 1996
No. Portfolio Minister
Premier Jeff Kennett, MLA
Deputy Premier, Minister for Agriculture and Resources Pat McNamara, MLA
Minister for Small Business and Minister for Tourism Louise Asher, MLC
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Mark Birrell, MLC
Minister for Transport Robin Cooper, MLA
from 7-1-97,
previously Alan Brown, MLA
Minister for Minister for Roads and Ports Geoff Craige, MLC
Minister for Education Phil Gude, MLA
Minister for Finance and Minister for Gaming Roger Hallam, MLC
Minister for Housing and Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs Ann Henderson, MLA
Minister for Tertiary Education and Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs Phil Honeywood, MLA
Minister for Health and the Aged Rob Knowles, MLC
Minister for Planning and for Local Government Rob Maclellan, MLA
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Corrections Bill McGrath, MLA
Minister for Youth and Community Services Dennis Napthine, MLA
Minister for Sport and Minister for Rural Development Tom Reynolds, MLA
Treasurer and Minister for Multimedia Alan Stockdale, MLA
Minister for Conservation and Land Management Marie Tehan, MLA
Attorney-General, Minister for Fair Trading and Minister for Women’s Affairs Jan Wade, MLA
Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Rosemary Varty, MLC
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Lorraine Elliott MLA
Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Finance Robert Clark MLA
Parliamentary Secretary, State Development Barry Steggall, MLA
Parliamentary Secretary, Education Stephen Elder, MLA
Parliamentary Secretary, Human Services Robert Doyle, MLA
Parliamentary Secretary, Natural Resources Hon Phil Davis, MLC
Parliamentary Secretary, Justice Dr Robert Dean, MLA
Parliamentary Secretary, Planning Hon Bruce Atkinson, MLC
Parliamentary Secretary, Transport Roads and Ports Robin Cooper, MLA


The Second Kennett Ministry 1996

The Kennett government was re-elected to a second term at elections on March 30, 1996.

The formation of the Liberal-Nationals coalition government was announced on April 2.


From the Office of the Premier of Victoria

Tuesday April 2, 1996


The Premier, Mr. Kennett, today announced a streamlined 18 member Cabinet and a restructuring of Departments to prepare Government for the challenges of the 21st century.

The changes announced today will ensure the efficient delivery of high quality services that are not only readily accessible but meet community expectations and take advantage of technological advancement, the Premier said.

The existing number of Departments will be reduced from 11 to 8 and the size of the Ministry will be reduced from 21 to 18.

The new Ministerial and Departmental structure will deliver to the people of Victoria continued good, responsive government and will further position Victoria as a major player in the delivery of quality government services into the next century.

In selecting a Ministry to take Victoria towards the beginning of the next century I have been conscious of the need to ensure a continuity of experience while at the same time providing a blend of new talent.

The new 18 strong Ministry achieves this objective.

I take this opportunity of thanking those outgoing Ministers who have served the Government and the people of Victoria with great distinction. Bill Baxter, Michael John, Jim Plowman, Geoff Coleman and Roger Pescott have each made significant contributions to what was undoubtedly an outstanding first term Ministerial team. I look forward to their continued contribution as members of Parliament.

I have asked Bill Baxter to undertake responsibility for the proposed renovation and completion of Parliament House. This work will be undertaken by the Parliament House Construction Authority which Mr. Baxter will chair.

It is expected that this work will be completed by 2001. Mr. Baxter will be accorded Ministerial status in undertaking this task.

In addition to the selection of a new 18 person Ministry, Parliamentary Secretaries associated with each of the eight Departments and/or portfolios have also been appointed.

The appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries provide not only Ministers with invaluable assistance in carrying out their portfolio duties, but also enables the provision of an identifiable career structure for Coalition MPs.

The list of appointments to Parliamentary Secretary positions is included in the attached Ministerial listings.

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Attachment A


Portfolio Minister Department

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

Minister for the Arts

The Hon Jeff Kennett MLA Premier and Cabinet
Deputy Premier

Minister for Agriculture and Resources

The Hon Pat McNamara MLA Natural Resources and the Environment
Minister for Education The Hon Phil Gude MLA Education
Minister for Industry,

Science and Technology

The Hon Mark Birrell MLC State Development
Minister for Health and the Aged The Hon Rob Knowles MLC Human Services

Minister for Multi-media

The Hon Alan Stockdale MLA Treasury and Finance

State Development

Minister for Police and Emergency Services

Minister for Corrections

The Hon Bill McGrath MLA Justice
Minister for Finance

Minister for Gaming

The Hon Roger Hallam MLC Treasury and Finance
Minister for Small Business

Minister for Tourism

The Hon Louise Asher MLC State Development
Minister for Transport The Hon Alan Brown MLA Infrastructure
Minister for Roads and Ports The Hon Geoff Craige MLC Infrastructure
Minister for Housing (Minister Responsible for Aboriginal Affairs) Mrs Ann Henderson MLA Human Services
Minister for Tertiary Education

Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs

Mr Phil Honeywood MLA Education
Minister for Planning and for Local Government The Hon Rob Maclellan MLA Infrastructure
Minister for Youth and for Community Services Dr Denis Napthine MLA Human Services
Minister for Sport

Minister for Rural Development

The Hon Tom Reynolds MLA State Development
Minister for Conservation and Land Management The Hon Marie Tehan MLA Natural Resources and the Environment

Minister for Womens Affairs

Minister for Fair Trading

The Hon Jan Wade MLA Justice
Parliamentary Secretary to Cabinet The Hon Rosemary Varty MLC Premier and Cabinet
Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for the Arts Mrs Lorraine Elliott MLA Premier and Cabinet
Parliamentary Secretary, Treasury and Finance Mr Robert Clark MLA Treasury and Finance
Parliamentary Secretary, State Development Mr Barry Steggall MLA State Development
Parliamentary Secretary, Education Mr Stephen Elder MLA Education
Parliamentary Secretary, Human Services Mr Robert Doyle MLA Human Services
Parliamentary Secretary, Natural Resources The Hon Phil Davis MLC Natural Resources and the Environment
Parlimentary Secretary, Justice Dr Robert Dean MLA Justice
Parliamentary Secretary, Planning The Hon Bruce Atkinson MLC Infrastructure
Parliamentary Secretary, Transport, Roads and Ports Mr Robin Cooper MLA Infrastructure

Attachment B


Premier and Cabinet
Multicultural Affairs

Treasury and Finance
State Owned Enterprises
Public Sector Industrial Relations

State Development
Industry and Employment
Science and Technology
Small Business
Rural Development

School Education
Tertiary Education

Human Services
The Aged
Community Services
Aboriginal Affairs

Womens Affairs
Fair Trading
Emergency Services

Local Government
Roads and Ports

Natural Resources and the Environment
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Conservation and Land Management