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Cahill ministry (1956–1959)

Cahill ministry
57th Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Joe Cahill
Date formed15 March 1956
Date dissolved1 April 1959
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorSir John Northcott
Sir Eric Woodward
PremierJoe Cahill
Deputy PremierBob Heffron
No. of ministers15
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLiberal/Country coalition
Opposition leaderPat Morton
History
Election(s)1956 New South Wales election
PredecessorSecond Cahill ministry
SuccessorFourth Cahill ministry

The Cahill ministry (1956–1959) or Third Cahill ministry was the 57th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 29th Premier, Joe Cahill, of the Labor Party. The ministry was the third of four consecutive occasions when the Government was led by Cahill, as Premier.

Cahill was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1925 and served until 1932, representing the seats of St George and Arncliffe before being defeated. He was re-elected in 1935, again representing Arncliffe, and then represented Cook's River between 1941 and 1959. Having served continuously as Secretary for Public Works in the first, second, and third ministries of Jim McGirr, when Deputy Premier Jack Baddeley resigned, Cahill was appointed as McGirr's deputy on 21 September 1949. McGirr resigned as Premier several years later, on 2 April 1952, and Cahill was elected as Labor Leader and became Premier.[1] Cahill led Labor to victory at the 1953 state election, gaining 11 seats and regaining its majority.[2] The 1956 state election was a clear victory for Labor despite a net loss of 7 seats.[3] The only minister from the second Cahill ministry not to be retained was Maurice O'Sullivan, while Jim Simpson was promoted to the ministry without a portfolio. There were significant changes to the distribution of portfolios, with only four ministers retaining their portfolios from the second Cahill ministry.

This ministry covers the period from 15 March 1956 when Cahill won the 1956 state election, until 1 April 1959,[4] when Cahill led Labor to victory at the 1959 state election and the Fourth Cahill ministry was formed.[4]

Composition of ministry

The composition of this arrangement of the ministry was announced by Cahill on 15 March 1956 following the 1956 state election and covers the period until 1 April 1959, when the 1959 state election was held. There was a minor rearrangement of the ministry in November 1957, triggered by the death of Eddie Graham, the Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Food Production.[5]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier
Treasurer
Joe Cahill[a]   Labor          15 March 1956 1 April 1959 3 years, 17 days
Deputy Premier
Minister of Education
Bob Heffron[a]
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
Vice-president of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Reg Downing, MLC[a]
Chief Secretary
Minister for Immigration
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Gus Kelly[a]
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Food Production
Eddie Graham[a][b] 13 November 1957 1 year, 243 days
Roger Nott[b] 14 November 1957 1 April 1959 1 year, 138 days
Minister for Health Bill Sheahan 15 March 1956 1 April 1959 3 years, 17 days
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Social Welfare
Frank Hawkins
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Highways
Jack Renshaw
Minister for Transport George Enticknap
Minister for Housing Abe Landa
Secretary for Public Works John McGrath
Minister for Conservation Ernest Wetherell
Secretary for Lands Roger Nott 22 November 1957 1 year, 252 days
William Gollan[b] 22 November 1957 1 April 1959 1 year, 130 days
Secretary for Mines Roger Nott 15 March 1956 22 November 1957 1 year, 252 days
Jim Simpson[b] 22 November 1957 1 April 1959 1 year, 130 days
Minister for Labour and Industry Jim Maloney, MLC 15 March 1956 3 years, 17 days
Minister without portfolio William Gollan 22 November 1957 1 year, 252 days
Jim Simpson 22 November 1957 1 year, 252 days
John McMahon[b] 22 November 1957 1 April 1959 1 year, 130 days

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also

  • Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
  • 1956–1959

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Retained portfolios from second Cahill ministry.
  2. ^ a b c d e Eddie Graham died on 13 November 1957. Roger Nott replaced Graham as Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Food Production, William Gollan replaced Nott as Secretary for Lands, Jim Simpson replaced Nott as Secretary for Mines and John McMahon replaced Simpson as minister without portfolio.

References

  1. ^ Clune, David. "Cahill, John Joseph (Joe) (1891-1959)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  2. ^ Green, Antony. "1953 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "1956 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  5. ^ "The Edgar Hugh Graham (1897-1957)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

 

New South Wales government ministries Preceded byCahill ministry (1953–1956) Third Cahill ministry 1956–1959 Succeeded byCahill ministry (1959)
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