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Minister for Defence Materiel (Australia)

In the Department of Defence.[1]

While ultimately responsible to the Commonwealth of Australia and the Parliament, in practical terms, the minister reported to the Minister for Defence.

Since September 2013, the responsibilities of the Minister for Defence Materiel have been assumed by the Minister for Defence and the Assistant Minister for Defence.

List of Ministers for Supply and for Defence Materiel

Previously, a minister was appointed with responsibility for oversight of defence procurement, financial management, project and sustainment management, materiel engineering, and materiel logistics to ensure the Australian Defence Force was equipped and supplied with the requirements as identified and approved by Government.

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Defence Materiel, or any of its precedent titles:[2]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Richard Casey   United Australia Menzies Minister for Supply and Development 26 April 1939 (1939-04-26) 26 January 1940 (1940-01-26) 275 days
2 Frederick Stewart 26 January 1940 (1940-01-26) 28 October 1940 (1940-10-28) 276 days
3 Philip McBride 28 October 1940 (1940-10-28) 26 June 1941 (1941-06-26) 241 days
4 George McLeay 26 June 1941 (1941-06-26) 29 August 1941 (1941-08-29) 103 days
Fadden 29 August 1941 (1941-08-29) 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07)
5 Jack Beasley Labor Curtin 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07) 17 October 1942 (1942-10-17) 3 years, 118 days
Minister for Supply and Shipping 17 October 1942 (1942-10-17) 2 February 1945 (1945-02-02)
6 Bill Ashley 2 February 1945 (1945-02-02) 6 July 1945 (1945-07-06) 3 years, 64 days
Forde 6 July 1945 (1945-07-06) 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13)
Chifley 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 6 April 1948 (1948-04-06)
7 John Armstrong Minister for Supply and Development 6 April 1948 (1948-04-06) 19 December 1949 (1949-12-19) 1 year, 257 days
n/a Richard Casey Liberal Menzies 19 December 1949 (1949-12-19) 17 March 1950 (1950-03-17) 88 days
8 Howard Beale Minister for Supply 17 March 1950 (1950-03-17) 10 February 1958 (1958-02-10) 7 years, 330 days
9 Athol Townley 11 February 1958 (1958-02-11) 10 December 1958 (1958-12-10) 302 days
10 Alan Hulme 10 December 1958 (1958-12-10) 22 December 1961 (1961-12-22) 3 years, 12 days
11 Allen Fairhall 22 December 1961 (1961-12-22) 26 January 1966 (1966-01-26) 4 years, 35 days
12 Denham Henty Holt 26 January 1966 (1966-01-26) 19 December 1967 (1967-12-19) 2 years, 33 days
McEwen 19 December 1967 (1967-12-19) 10 January 1968 (1968-01-10)
Gorton 10 January 1968 (1968-01-10) 28 February 1968 (1968-02-28)
13 Ken Anderson 28 February 1968 (1968-02-28) 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 3 years, 155 days
McMahon 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 2 August 1971 (1971-08-02)
14 Victor Garland 2 August 1971 (1971-08-02) 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 1 year, 125 days
15 Lance Barnard Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 308 days
16 Kep Enderby 9 October 1973 (1973-10-09) 12 June 1974 (1974-06-12) 246 days
17 Ian Viner Liberal Fraser Minister for Defence Support 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 308 days
18 Brian Howe Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 1 year, 277 days
19 Ros Kelly Labor Hawke Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 18 September 1987 (1987-09-18) 6 April 1989 (1989-04-06) 1 year, 200 days
20 David Simmons 6 April 1989 (1989-04-06) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 363 days
21 Gordon Bilney 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 2 years, 354 days
Keating 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
22 John Faulkner 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 1 year, 1 day
23 Gary Punch 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
24 Bronwyn Bishop Liberal Howard Minister for Defence Industry, Science and Personnel 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 2 years, 224 days
25 Warren Snowdon Labor Rudd Minister for Defence Science and Personnel 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 9 June 2009 (2009-06-09) 1 year, 188 days
26 Greg Combet Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science 9 June 2009 (2009-06-09) 1 April 2010 (2010-04-01) 1 year, 97 days
Minister for Defence Materiel and Science 1 April 2010 (2010-04-01) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24)
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)
27 Jason Clare Minister for Defence Materiel 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 2 April 2013 (2013-04-02) 2 years, 200 days
28 Mike Kelly 2 April 2013 (2013-04-02) 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 169 days
Rudd 27 June 2013 (2013-06-27) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)

Ministers for Munitions

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Munitions:[2]
Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Robert Menzies   United Australia Menzies Minister for Munitions 11 June 1940 (1940-06-11) 28 October 1940 (1940-10-28) 139 days
2 Philip McBride 28 October 1940 (1940-10-28) 29 August 1941 (1941-08-29) 344 days
Fadden 29 August 1941 (1941-08-29) 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07)
3 Norman Makin Labor Curtin 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07) 6 July 1945 (1945-07-06) 4 years, 312 days
Forde 6 July 1945 (1945-07-06) 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13)
Chifley 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 15 August 1946 (1946-08-15)
4 John Dedman 15 August 1946 (1946-08-15) 1 November 1946 (1946-11-01) 78 days
5 John Armstrong 1 November 1946 (1946-11-01) 6 April 1948 (1948-04-06) 1 year, 157 days

Ministers for Defence Production

The following individuals have been appointed Minister for Defence Production, or any of its precedent titles:[2]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 John Leckie   United Australia Menzies Minister for Aircraft Production 26 June 1941 (1941-06-26) 29 August 1941 (1941-08-29) 103 days
Fadden 29 August 1941 (1941-08-29) 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07)
2 Don Cameron Labor Curtin 7 October 1941 (1941-10-07) 2 February 1945 (1945-02-02) 3 years, 221 days
3 Norman Makin 2 February 1945 (1945-02-02) 6 July 1945 (1945-07-06) 1 year, 194 days
Forde 6 July 1945 (1945-07-06) 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13)
Chifley 13 July 1945 (1945-07-13) 15 August 1946 (1946-08-15)
4 John Dedman 15 August 1946 (1946-08-15) 1 November 1946 (1946-11-01) 78 days
5 Eric Harrison Liberal Menzies Minister for Defence Production 11 May 1951 (1951-05-11) 24 October 1956 (1956-10-24) 5 years, 166 days
6 Howard Beale 24 October 1956 (1956-10-24) 10 February 1958 (1958-02-10) 1 year, 109 days
7 Athol Townley 11 February 1959 (1959-02-11) 10 December 1958 (1958-12-10) 302 days

See also

References

  1. ^ "About DMO".  
  2. ^ a b c "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament.  

External links

  • Minister for Defence Materiel webpage
  • .au.gov.defencewww
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