The Surviving Whitlam Ministers

A total of thirty-two men served as ministers in the Whitlam Governments between December 5, 1972 and November 11, 1975.

Twenty-seven of those men have died, including Whitlam, who died on October 21, 2014, aged 98. Doug Everingham died most recently, on August 24, 2017, aged 94. Rex Patterson died on April 13, 2016, aged 89.

Three of the original 27 ministers are still living: Moss Cass, Bill Hayden and Senator Doug McClelland.

The table shows the names, portfolios, birth dates and ages of all the surviving former ministers. They are listed from oldest to youngest.

The Whitlam Ministries – Ministers Still Living
No. Name/Portfolios Seat Born Current Age
1.
Doug McClelland
Minister for the Media (19.12.72 – 06.06.75)
Special Minister of State (06.06.75 – 11.11.75)
Senator, NSW (1962-87)
05.08.1926
91
2.
Moss Cass
Minister for the Environment and Conservation (19.12-72 – 21.04.75)
Minister for Environment (21.04.75 – 06.06.75)
Minister for the Media (06.06.75 – 11.11.75)
Maribyrnong, Vic (1969-83)
18.02.1927
90
3.
Joe Berinson
Minister for Environment (14.07.75 – 11.11.75)
Perth, WA (1969-75)
07.01.1932
85
4.
Bill Hayden
Minister for Social Security (19.12.72 – 06.06.75)
Treasurer (06.06.75 – 11.11.75)
Oxley, Qld (1961-88)
23.01.1933
84
5.
Paul Keating
Minister for Northern Australia (21.10.75 – 11.11.75)
Blaxland, NSW (1969-96)
18.01.1944
73


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