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¡NEW STATE MINISTRY APPOINTED
! Moy Meet Early
C P-U A P Challenge
Election of Ministers for the new State Labour Govern-
ment was decided yesterday by exhaustive ballot, and resulted as follows:
. Mi- CAIN, MLA: Premier, Treasurer,
and Minister for Decentralisation and Reconstruction.
Mr CREMEAN, MLA: Deputy Pre-
mier and Chief Secretary.
Mr FIELD, MLA: Minister for Edu-
cation and Vice-President of Board of Land and Works.
Mr SLATER, MLA: Attorney-Gen-
eral Solicitor-General, and Minis- ter in Charge of Electrical Under-
Mr MCKENZIE, MLA: Minister for
Agriculture and Mines and Vice President of Board of Land and Works. - . , L
Mr BARRY, MLA: Minister for
Transport and Vice-President of Board of Land and Works.
Mr HOLLAND, MLA: Minister for
Mr CLAREY, MLC: Minister for
Labour and Health.
Mr MCNAMARA, MLC: Minister for
Lands, Forests, and Water Supply, Commissioner of Crown Lands,
and President of the Board of Land and Works.
Mr STONEHAM, MLA: Honorary Minister assisting Minister for Lauds and Water Supply, and Minister for Decentralisation.
Mr KENNELLY, MLC: Honorary
Minister assisting Minister for
Mr P. JONES, MLC: Honorary Min-
ister assisting Minister for Forests. Messrs Stoneham and A. E. Cook (Bendigo) were appointed to -the State Development Committee in place of Messrs Barry and McKenzie as a result of their appointment as senior Ministers.
Messrs Squire Reid, MLA, as chair- man of committees, Tunnecliffe, and Lemmon, MLA's, did not seek
Mr P. J. Clarey will be party leader in the Legislative Council.
The Parliamentary party selected the Cabinet, and Mr Cain, as Pre- mier, allotted the portfolios.
Parliament will meet at 3pm today, when the Government will seek an adjournment to enable it to prepare . its legislative programme, which it is expected will be confined to redis- tribution, education reform, and a public service tribunal, which were declared for in the amendment to the Labour no-confidence motion moved by Mr Hollway, UAP leader, i and carried by Parliament.
EARLY CHALLENGE TO
There is little doubt that Mr Dun- stan, CP leader, will seize the first opportunity to challenge the new Government, and if, with UAP sup- port, he succeeds in defeating it, a knotty constitutional problem will
More than mild speculation has been aroused by the fact that the, UAP leader was not called by the'
Governor before a commission Was granted to Mr Cain, because, as the centre party, the UAP holds balance of power.
A leading constitutional authority pointed out yesterday that if the new Government were defeated at an early stage it was quite com- petent for the Premier to advise a dissolution. The constitutional prac- tice on the subject was apparently contradictory, and provided:
(1) The Governor invariably ac- cepted the advice of his Ministers;
(2) The Governor must satisfy himself that there is no member capable of carrying on the King's
It would be unnecessary for Mr
uam to acivise tne «jovernor io benu
for any other member of the House, but, despite the omission of the Premier in this " connection, the second stipulation would appear to require that His Excellency satisfy himself that there was no possibility of yet a further alternative in the form of a composite UAP-CP Go-
It was pointed out, however, that since the Statute of Westminster constitutional practice tended to- wards the first provision, although constitutional authorities make it clear that State Governors are not bound by the more rigid practice now applicable to Commonwealth Go- vernors-General.
Usually well-informed circles believe that today's meeting of Parliament will prove the critical period for the
new Labour Government, and that if it survives potential challenges today, it will achieve its objective, which, it is generally thought, will be confined to redistribution, public service tribunal, and possibly edu- cation reform. It is not considered that the Government itself envisages any long term or ambitious pro- gramme, in spite of its allocation of portfolios which envisage long-term policy.
Apart from any difficulties which may arise in the Assembly, some critics claim that the Labour Government would'have difficulty in getting its measures through the Legislativo Council, where 15 UAP and 12 CP members have an over- whelming majority over the 7 Labour members. Others point out, how- ever, that this is an unwarranted slur on the fairness and propriety of
Meetings of both the CP and the UAP will be held today at which the course of action will be decided, so far as the Assembly is concerned.
The Government with 26 members, inclusive of the 3 Independents, will face a combined Opposition of 34 members in the CP and UAP, who at last appeal- to have bridged theil* differences.
Following announcement by Sir George Goudie of the defeat of the Dunstan Government, the Legislative Council adjourned until later yes- terday afternoon. Sir George Goudie said that new Ministers were then being sworn in.
When the Council resumed at 5pm Mr Clarey, Minister for Labour in the new Ministry, asked for an ad- journment, which was granted until a date to be fixed, to enable the legislative programme to be prepared. He expressed appreciation for the congratulations and good will which had been expressed, and asked for a continuation of the consideration given by the House hi the past.
NEW GOVERNMENT LEADERS
Mr John Cain, MLA, Premier, Ls one of the most popular and re- spected members of the Labour movement. Imbued with party ideals at an early age, he is still a fearless and consistent fighter for them. He was born at Blackwood, 56 years ago, and after his first experience of public life in Northcote Council in 1915 was elected to the Assembly for the old Jika Jika seat in 1917, sub- sequently becoming member for Northcote after readjustment of boundaries. He obtained his first Ministerial post in the Prendergast Government in 1924 as Assistant Minister for Agriculture, and occu- pied the same position in the first Hogan Administration. He was ' Minister for Railways in the second Hogan Government, and became deputy leader of the Labour party in 1932, becoming leader in 1937. He is "as highly esteemed on personal grounds by his political opponents as by his many friends.
Mr H. M. Cremean, MLA, deputy Premier and Chief Secretary, is an- other well-known and popular figure in the Labeur movement. He was elected for Dandenong in 1929, but was defeated in 1932. In 1934 he was successful in Clifton Hill, and has represented that electorate since. He is a member of the Com- monwealth Board of Business Ad- ministration and vice-chairman of the Patriotic Funds Council. He was a member of the Select Com- mittee cn Widows' Pensions and
j Child Endowment, and Chairman of ! the Committee on Child Endowment,
and vice-chairman of the Evacua
¡ tion Committee. He is secretary of I the Fire Brigades' Union, and was I formerly Mayor of Richmond.
Mr P. J. Clarey, Government leader ; in the Legislative Council, was I elected for Doutta Galla in 1937. ; He is president of the ACTU, and ' was secretary of the Wholesale ! Packers' Union in 1912 and of the Federated Storemen and Packers' Union from 1915. Born at Bairns
, dale, he is past president and a
member of the ALP Federal execu- tive and of the ALP conference; also
i chairman of the Commonwealth Ad I visory Committee. He was Chair-
man of the Factory and Shops Com- mittee of Inquiry in 1940.