Second Fraser Ministry

The Second Fraser Ministry was the fifty-second Australian Commonwealth ministry, and ran from 22 December 1975 to 20 December 1977.[1]

Don Chipp and Senator Tom Drake-Brockman had been in Fraser's first Ministry as they had been Shadow Ministers at the time of the Dismissal, but after a massive electoral victory he now had other people in mind. Rather than having their commissions terminated, an embarrassing position for a new Prime Minister to take so early into his term, he resigned as Prime Minister on 22 December and recommended to the Governor-General Sir John Kerr he be recommissioned with a new ministry, from which Chipp and Drake-Brockman were excluded.[2] The consequence of Chipp's exclusion from the new ministry saw him resign from the Liberal Party and form his own party the Australian Democrats.

Liberal Party of AustraliaNational Country Party Coalition


Outer ministry


  1. "Ministries and Cabinets". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  2. Gough Whitlam, The Truth of the Matter, p. 218. Retrieved 20 April 2014
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