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Askin–Cutler ministry (1968–1969)

The Askin–Cutler ministry (1968–1969) or Second Askin ministry was the 63rd ministry of the Government of New South Wales, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Bob Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Charles Cutler. It was the second of six occasions when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler was Deputy Premier.


Askin was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1950 and served continuously up until 1975, representing variously the seats of Collaroy and Pittwater. Rising through the Liberal Party ranks, Askin served as Deputy Leader from 1954 until he was elected Leader of the NSW Liberal Party and Leader of the NSW Opposition, following the defeat of the Morton/Hughes–led coalition by Cahill's Labor at the 1959 election.[1] Cutler was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 1947 and served continuously up until 1975, representing the seat of Orange. Elected Deputy Leader of the Country Party in 1958 and, like Askin, Cutler was elected as leader of his party following the 1959 state election, replacing Davis Hughes. The Askin/Cutler–led Liberal/Country coalition was defeated at the 1962 election by Labor's Bob Heffron. In April 1964 Jack Renshaw replaced Heffron as Leader of the Labor Party and became Premier. Twelve months later, Renshaw called an election held on 13 May 1965; however after 24 years of consecutive Labor governments, Askin and Cutler led the coalition to government at the 1965 state election.

The first Askin/Cutler ministry was commissioned from 1965 until the 1968 state election; when the coalition again won office.

Composition of ministry

This ministry covers the period from 5 March 1968 until 11 February 1969,[2] when Askin and Cutler reconfigured the Liberal/Country ministry.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Bob Askin[a]   Liberal 5 March 1968 11 February 1969 343 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Education
Minister for Science
Charles Cutler[a]   Country
Minister for Labour and Industry
Chief Secretary
Minister for Tourist Activities
Eric Willis[a]   Liberal
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Social Welfare
Arthur Bridges, MLC[a][b] 22 May 1968 78 days
Advisory Minister for Transport
Vice-president of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Social Welfare
Harry Jago 23 May 1968 3 September 1968 103 days
Frederick Hewitt, MLC 3 September 1968 11 February 1969 161 days
Vice-president of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
John Fuller, MLC[c]   Country 10 July 1968 11 February 1969 216 days
Minister for Decentralisation and Development 3 September 1968 11 February 1969 161 days
Minister for Public Works Davis Hughes[a]   Liberal
Attorney General Ken McCaw[a]
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Highways
Pat Morton[a]
Minister for Transport Milton Morris[a]
Minister for Lands Tom Lewis[a]
Minister for Conservation Jack Beale[a]
Minister for Agriculture Geoff Crawford   Country
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Stanley Stephens[a]
Minister of Justice John Maddison[a]   Liberal
Minister for Health Harry Jago[a]
Minister for Mines Wal Fife[a]

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Retained portfolios from the first Askin–Cutler ministry.
  2. ^ Arthur Bridges died on 22 May 1968.
  3. ^ John Fuller retained the portfolio of Decentralisation and Development from the first Askin–Cutler ministry.


  1. ^ Goot, Murray. "Askin, Sir Robert William (Bob) (1907–1981)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.


Preceded byFirst Askin–Cutler ministry(1965–1968) Second Askin–Cutler ministry 1968–1969 Succeeded byThird Askin–Cutler ministry(1969–1971)
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