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Askin–Cutler ministry (1973–1975)

The Askin–Cutler ministry (1973–1975) or Sixth Askin ministry was the 67th ministry of the government of New South Wales, and was led by the 32nd Premier, Sir Robert Askin, of the Liberal Party in coalition with the Country Party, led by Sir Charles Cutler. It was the sixth and final occasion when Askin was Premier; and when Cutler served as Deputy Premier to Askin.


Askin was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1950 and served continuously 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 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. The second Askin–Cutler ministry was commissioned from the 1968 election until 11 February 1969, when the ministry was reconfigured. The third Askin–Cutler ministry was commissioned from the 1969 reconfiguration until the 1971 state election. The fourth Askin–Cutler ministry was commissioned from the 1971 election until 17 January 1973, when the ministry was reconfigured. The fifth Askin–Cutler ministry was commissioned from the 1973 reconfiguration until the 1973 state election. There were two vacancies in the ministry as a result of the resignation of Jack Beale,[2] and the failure of Harry Jago to nominate for his seat before the closure of nominations.[3]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Askin on 3 December 1973, and covers the period until 3 January 1975, when Askin resigned as Premier and as Member for Pittwater. Tom Lewis succeeded Askin as Leader of the Liberal Party and Premier.[4]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Sir Robert Askin[a]   Liberal 3 December 1973 3 January 1975 1 year, 31 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Highways
Sir Charles Cutler[a]   Country
Minister for Education Eric Willis[a]   Liberal
Minister for Planning and Environment
Vice-president of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in Legislative Council
John Fuller, MLC[b]   Country
Minister for Public Works Leon Punch[a]
Attorney General Ken McCaw QC[a]   Liberal
Minister for Transport Milton Morris[a]
Minister for Lands
Minister for Tourism
Tom Lewis[a]
Minister of Justice John Maddison[a]
Minister for Agriculture Geoff Crawford[a]   Country
Minister for Mines
Minister for Power
Assistant Treasurer
Wal Fife[a]   Liberal
Minister for Labour and Industry
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Frederick Hewitt, MLC[a]
Minister for Health John Waddy[c]
Minister for Conservation
Minister for Cultural Activities
George Freudenstein[a]   Country
Minister for Decentralisation and Development Tim Bruxner[d]
Chief Secretary
Minister for Sport
Ian Griffith[a]   Liberal
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Laurence McGinty[e]
Minister for Youth and Community Services Dick Healey[f]

  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 Retained portfolios from the fifth Askin–Cutler ministry.
  2. ^ John Fuller took on the expanded portfolio of Planning and Environment following the resignation of Jack Beale one month prior to the 1973 election.
  3. ^ John Waddy took on the portfolio of Health following the failure of the Harry Jago to nominate for his seat prior to the 1973 election.
  4. ^ Tim Bruxner took on the portfolio of Decentralisation and Development, previously held by John Fuller.
  5. ^ Laurence McGinty was a new appointment to the ministry, taking on the portfolio responsibilities previously held by Tim Bruxner
  6. ^ Dick Healey was a new appointment to the ministry, taking on the portfolio of Youth and Community Services previously held by John Waddy.


  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. ^ Green, Antony. "1973 South Coast". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "1973 Gordon". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.


Preceded byFifth Askin–Cutler ministry1973 Sixth Askin–Cutler ministry 1973–1975 Succeeded byLewis–Cutler ministry1975
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