Minister for Health (Australia)

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Minister for Health
Incumbent
Peter Dutton

since 18 September 2013
Department of Health
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderFrank Tudor
Formation13 November 1908
 
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Minister for Health
Incumbent
Peter Dutton

since 18 September 2013
Department of Health
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderFrank Tudor
Formation13 November 1908
Assistant Minister for Health
Senator Fiona Nash.jpg
Incumbent
Senator Fiona Nash

since 18 September 2013
Department of Health
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holderChristopher Pyne
Formation30 January 2007

The Australian Minister for Health is the Hon. Peter Dutton MP, since 18 September 2013.

The Australian Assistant Minister for Health is Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, since 18 September 2013.

In the Government of Australia, the ministers are responsible for national health and medical research policy. The minister provides direction and oversight of the Department of Health.

History[edit]

Under Section 55(ix) of the Australian Constitution, the Commonwealth Parliament had the power to "make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to Quarantine." This was the only area of public health in which the Commonwealth had authority at the time of Federation. The federal parliament did not use this power until the proclamation of the Quarantine Act 1908,[1] on 30 March 1908. The control of the administration of quarantine was under the administration of the Minister for Trade and Customs from 1908 until 1921. This Minister's responsibilities in health matters increased as the Australian Government took a greater role in the provision of public health services during the early 20th century, in particular after the First World War.

A separate Department of Health was established on 10 March 1921, and the position of Minister for Health was then formally created. The role of the Department of Health has continued to expand and further federal responsibility for health was authorised by the passage, at referendum, of a constitutional amendment in 1946.

Section 51 (xxiiiA) of the Constitution now states the Commonwealth (federal) Parliament has the power to

make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth [of Australia] with respect to the provision of maternity allowances, widows' pensions, child endowment, unemployment, pharmaceutical, sickness and hospital benefits, medical and dental services (but not so as to authorise any form of civil conscription), benefits to students and family allowances.

As a result of this amendment the federal government now has a key role in financing and providing medical services through entities such as Medicare and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

From 1972 to 1975 under Doug Everingham, the Ministry was named the "Ministry of Helth [sic]" in some informal contexts due to Everingham's support of Spelling Reform.[2][3][4][dead link]

List of health ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for Health, or any of its precedent titles:[5]

OrderMinisterPartyPrime MinisterTitleTerm startTerm endTerm in office
1Frank Tudor LaborFisherMinister for Trade and Customs13 November 1908 (1908-11-13)2 June 1909 (1909-06-02)201 days
2Robert BestCommonwealth LiberalDeakin2 June 1909 (1909-06-02)29 April 1910 (1910-04-29)331 days
n/aFrank TudorLaborFisher29 April 1910 (1910-04-29)24 June 1913 (1913-06-24)3 years, 56 days
3Littleton GroomCommonwealth LiberalCook24 June 1913 (1913-06-24)17 September 1914 (1914-09-17)1 year, 85 days
n/aFrank TudorLaborFisher17 September 1914 (1914-09-17)27 October 1915 (1915-10-27)1 year, 363 days
Hughes27 October 1915 (1915-10-27)14 September 1916 (1916-09-14)
4Billy Hughes29 September 1916 (1916-09-29)14 November 1916 (1916-11-14)46 days
5William ArchibaldNational Labor14 November 1916 (1916-11-14)17 February 1917 (1917-02-17)95 days
6Jens JensenNationalist17 February 1917 (1917-02-17)13 December 1918 (1918-12-13)1 year, 299 days
7William Watt13 December 1918 (1918-12-13)17 January 1919 (1919-01-17)35 days
8Walter Massy-Greene17 January 1919 (1919-01-17)21 December 1921 (1921-12-21)4 years, 19 days
Minister for Health10 March 1921 (1921-03-10)5 February 1923 (1923-02-05)
9Austin ChapmanBruce9 February 1923 (1923-02-09)26 May 1924 (1924-05-26)1 year, 107 days
n/aLittleton Groom26 May 1924 (1924-05-26)13 June 1924 (1924-06-13)18 days
10Herbert Pratten13 June 1924 (1924-06-13)16 January 1925 (1925-01-16)217 days
11Sir Neville Howse16 January 1925 (1925-01-16)2 April 1927 (1927-04-02)2 years, 76 days
12Stanley Bruce2 April 1927 (1927-04-02)24 February 1928 (1928-02-24)328 days
n/aSir Neville Howse24 February 1928 (1928-02-24)22 October 1929 (1929-10-22)1 year, 240 days
13Frank AnsteyLaborScullin22 October 1929 (1929-10-22)3 March 1931 (1931-03-03)1 year, 132 days
14John McNeill3 March 1931 (1931-03-03)6 January 1932 (1932-01-06)309 days
15Charles MarrUnited AustraliaLyons6 January 1932 (1932-01-06)12 October 1934 (1934-10-12)2 years, 279 days
n/aBilly Hughes12 October 1934 (1934-10-12)6 November 1935 (1935-11-06)1 year, 25 days
16Joseph Lyons6 November 1935 (1935-11-06)26 February 1936 (1936-02-26)112 days
n/aBilly Hughes26 February 1936 (1936-02-26)29 November 1937 (1937-11-29)1 year, 276 days
17Sir Earle PageCountry29 November 1937 (1937-11-29)7 November 1938 (1938-11-07)343 days
18Harry FollUnited Australia7 November 1938 (1938-11-07)7 April 1939 (1939-04-07)170 days
Page7 April 1939 (1939-04-07)26 April 1939 (1939-04-26)
19Sir Frederick StewartUnited AustraliaMenzies26 April 1939 (1939-04-26)14 March 1940 (1940-03-14)323 days
20Harold ThorbyCountry14 March 1940 (1940-03-14)28 October 1940 (1940-10-28)228 days
n/aSir Frederick StewartUnited Australia28 October 1940 (1940-10-28)29 August 1941 (1941-08-29)344 days
Fadden29 August 1941 (1941-08-29)7 October 1941 (1941-10-07)
21Jack HollowayLaborCurtin7 October 1941 (1941-10-07)21 September 1943 (1943-09-21)1 year, 349 days
22James Fraser21 September 1943 (1943-09-21)6 July 1945 (1945-07-06)1 year, 288 days
Forde6 July 1945 (1945-07-06)13 July 1945 (1945-07-13)7 days
Chifley13 July 1945 (1945-07-13)18 June 1946 (1946-06-18)340 days
23Nick McKenna18 June 1946 (1946-06-18)19 December 1949 (1949-12-19)3 years, 184 days
n/aSir Earle PageCountryMenzies19 December 1949 (1949-12-19)11 January 1956 (1956-01-11)6 years, 23 days
24Donald CameronLiberal11 January 1956 (1956-01-11)22 December 1961 (1961-12-22)5 years, 345 days
25Harrie WadeCountry22 December 1961 (1961-12-22)18 November 1964 (1964-11-18)2 years, 332 days
26Reginald SwartzLiberal21 November 1964 (1964-11-21)26 January 1966 (1966-01-26)1 year, 66 days
27Jim ForbesHolt26 January 1966 (1966-01-26)19 December 1967 (1967-12-19)5 years, 55 days
McEwen19 December 1967 (1967-12-19)10 January 1968 (1968-01-10)
Gorton10 January 1968 (1968-01-10)10 March 1971 (1971-03-10)
McMahon10 March 1971 (1971-03-10)22 March 1971 (1971-03-22)
28Ivor Greenwood22 March 1971 (1971-03-22)2 August 1971 (1971-08-02)133 days
29Sir Ken Anderson2 August 1971 (1971-08-02)5 December 1972 (1972-12-05)1 year, 125 days
30Lance Barnard1LaborWhitlam5 December 1972 (1972-12-05)19 December 1972 (1972-12-19)14 days
31Doug EveringhamMinister for Health219 December 1972 (1972-12-19)11 November 1975 (1975-11-11)2 years, 327 days
32Don ChippLiberalFraserMinister for Health11 November 1975 (1975-11-11)22 December 1975 (1975-12-22)41 days
33Ralph HuntNational Country22 December 1975 (1975-12-22)8 December 1979 (1979-12-08)3 years, 351 days
34Michael MacKellarLiberal8 December 1979 (1979-12-08)20 April 1982 (1982-04-20)2 years, 133 days
35Peter Baume20 April 1982 (1982-04-20)7 May 1982 (1982-05-07)17 days
36Jim Carlton7 May 1982 (1982-05-07)11 March 1983 (1983-03-11)308 days
37Neal BlewettLaborHawke11 March 1983 (1983-03-11)24 July 1987 (1987-07-24)7 years, 24 days
Minister for Community Services and Health24 July 1987 (1987-07-24)4 April 1990 (1990-04-04)
38Brian Howe4 April 1990 (1990-04-04)7 June 1991 (1991-06-07)2 years, 354 days
KeatingMinister for Health, Housing and Community Services7 June 1991 (1991-06-07)24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
39Graham RichardsonMinister for Health24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)25 March 1994 (1994-03-25)1 year, 1 day
40Carmen LawrenceMinister for Human Services and Health25 March 1994 (1994-03-25)11 March 1996 (1996-03-11)1 year, 352 days
41Michael WooldridgeLiberalHowardMinister for Health and Family Services11 March 1996 (1996-03-11)21 October 1998 (1998-10-21)5 years, 260 days
Minister for Health and Aged Care21 October 1998 (1998-10-21)26 November 2001 (2001-11-26)
42Kay PattersonMinister for Health and Ageing26 November 2001 (2001-11-26)7 October 2003 (2003-10-07)1 year, 315 days
43Tony Abbott7 October 2003 (2003-10-07)3 December 2007 (2007-12-03)4 years, 57 days
44Nicola RoxonLaborRudd3 December 2007 (2007-12-03)24 June 2010 (2010-06-24)4 years, 8 days
Gillard24 June 2010 (2010-06-24)11 December 2011 (2011-12-11)
45Tanya PlibersekMinister for Health11 December 2011 (2011-12-11)1 July 2013 (2013-07-01)1 year, 281 days
RuddMinister for Health and Medical Research1 July 2013 (2013-07-01)18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)
46Peter DuttonLiberalAbbottMinister for Health18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)incumbent190 days

Notes

1 Barnard was part of a two-man ministry that comprised just Gough Whitlam and Barnard for fourteen days, until the full ministry was announced.
2 Doug Everingham was a supporter of Spelling Reform and he preferred to spell it "Helth", but this was not the formal spelling of the portfolio's name (see above).

List of assistant health ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Assistant Minister for Health, or any of its precedent titles:[5]

OrderMinisterPartyPrime MinisterTitleTerm startTerm endTerm in office
1Christopher Pyne LiberalHowardAssistant Minister for Health and Ageing30 January 2007 (2007-01-30)21 March 2007 (2007-03-21)50 days
2Fiona Nash NationalsAbbottAssistant Minister for Health18 September 2013 (2013-09-18)incumbent190 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Communicable Diseases Surveillance: Surveillance Systems". Department of Health and Ageing. Commonwealth of Australia. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Sampson, Geoffrey (1990). Writing Systems. Stanford University Press. p. 197. 
  3. ^ Fairbairn, David (12 September 1973). "Second Reading (Budget Debate) Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 1973-74" (PDF). Australian House of Representatives Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.englishspellingsociety.org/journals/j9/sr1.php[dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 

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