Watson Ministry

The Watson Ministry (Labour) was the 3rd ministry of the Government of Australia, and the first national Labour government formed in the world. It was led by the country's 3rd Prime Minister, Chris Watson. The Watson Ministry succeeded the First Deakin Ministry, which dissolved on 27 April 1904 after Labour withdrew their support and Alfred Deakin was forced to resign. The ministry was replaced by the Reid Ministry on 17 August 1904 after the Protectionist Party withdrew their support over the Conciliation and Arbitration Bill.[1]


Minister Portrait Portfolio
  Hon Chris Watson MP ChrisWatsonSepia crop.jpg
  Hon Billy Hughes MP BillyHughes.png
  Hon H. B. Higgins KC MP[2] Hbhiggins.jpg
  Hon Lee Batchelor MP Lee Batchelor (with beard).jpg
  Hon Andrew Fisher MP Andrew Fisher 1904.jpg
  Hon Senator Anderson Dawson Anderson Dawson 1901.jpg
  Hon Hugh Mahon MP Hugh mahon.jpg
  Hon Senator Gregor McGregor Gregor McGregor1.jpg


  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. ^ The Protectionist Party member Higgins accepted office (with Alfred Deakin's permission) as Attorney-General since the Labour Party did not have a lawyer in its parliamentary ranks with the exception of Billy Hughes, who had recently admitted as a barrister but who was already serving in another portfolio and was not viewed as qualified for the post. It was the only time a non-member of the Labour Party has served in a Labour ministry.