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-eight of those men have died, including Whitlam, who died on October 21, 2014, aged 98.

The most recent deaths have been:
Joe Berinson, June 2, 2018 – aged 86.
Doug Everingham, August 24, 2017 – aged 94.
Rex Patterson, 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
91
3.
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
85
4.
Paul Keating
Minister for Northern Australia (21.10.75 – 11.11.75)
Blaxland, NSW (1969-96)
18.01.1944
74


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