First Fraser Ministry

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First Fraser Ministry
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50th Ministry of Australia
Date formed11 November 1975
Date dissolved22 December 1975
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralSir John Kerr
Prime MinisterMalcolm Fraser
Deputy Prime MinisterDoug Anthony
No. of ministers15
Member partyLiberalNational Country coalition
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderGough Whitlam
Outgoing election13 December 1975
Legislature term(s)29th
PredecessorThird Whitlam Ministry
SuccessorSecond Fraser Ministry

The First Fraser Ministry (LiberalNational Country coalition) was the 50th ministry of the Government of Australia. It was led by the country's 22nd Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser. The First Fraser Ministry succeeded the Third Whitlam Ministry, which dissolved on 11 November following the dismissal of the Whitlam Government by Governor-General Sir John Kerr. As such, it was a caretaker ministry until a federal election could take place.[1] To date, it is the last ministry not to be split between a Cabinet and outer ministry. In the event, the Coalition was ultimately elected on 13 December 1975, and this ministry was replaced by the Second Fraser Ministry on 22 December 1975.[2]

As of 20 December 2020, Andrew Peacock and Tony Street are the last surviving Liberal members of the First Fraser Ministry, while Ian Sinclair and Peter Nixon are the last surviving NCP members.


Party Minister Portrait Portfolio
Liberal Hon Malcolm Fraser

MP for Wannon

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National Country Rt Hon Doug Anthony

MP for Richmond

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Liberal Hon Phillip Lynch

MP for Flinders

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National Country Hon Ian Sinclair

MP for New England

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Liberal Hon Reg Withers

Senator for Western Australia

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Liberal Hon Ivor Greenwood QC

Senator for Victoria

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Liberal Hon Bob Cotton

Senator for New South Wales

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National Country Hon Peter Nixon

MP for Gippsland

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Liberal Hon Andrew Peacock

MP for Kooyong

Liberal Hon Don Chipp

MP for Hotham

Liberal Hon James Killen

MP for Moreton

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National Country Hon Tom Drake-Brockman DFC

Senator for Western Australia

Liberal Hon John Carrick

Senator for New South Wales

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Liberal Hon Tony Street

MP for Corangamite

Liberal Hon Margaret Guilfoyle

Senator for Victoria

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  1. ^ "Cabinet records of the Fraser government, 1975–83 – Fact sheet 246". National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2010.