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The Australian Minister for Home Affairs has been the Hon Brendan O'Connor MP since 6 June 2009. The Home Affairs portfolio brings together agencies such as the Australian Customs Service (including the Border Protection Command), the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, which were previously the responsibility of the Minister for Justice and Customs and the Attorney-General.[1]

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Australian Ministers for Home Affairs

There were Ministers for Home Affairs continuously from 1901 to 12 April 1932, when Archdale Parkhill became Minister for the Interior in the first Lyons Ministry—subsuming his portfolios of Home Affairs and Transport. The Home Affairs or Interior portfolio was responsible for various internal matters, not handled by other ministries. In due course other portfolios were established that took over functions from it, including:

The establishment of such portfolios left the Minister for the Interior mainly responsible for administering the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. On 19 December 1972 the interior porfolio was replaced in the Whitlam Ministry by the Minister for the Capital Territory and the Minister for the Northern Territory. The Northern Territory porfolio was abolished on 28 September 1978, following the granting of self-government to the Northern Territory. From July 1987, administration of the Australian Capital Territory was subsumed in the portfolio of Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories, anticipating ACT self-government on 11 May 1989.

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial Title
William Lyne Protectionist Party 1901–1903 Minister for Home Affairs
John Forrest Protectionist Party 1903–1904
Lee Batchelor Australian Labor Party 1904
Dugald Thomson Free Trade Party 1904–1905
Littleton Groom Protectionist Party 1905–1906
Thomas Ewing Protectionist Party 1906–1907
John Keating Protectionist Party 1907–1908
Hugh Mahon Australian Labor Party 1908–1909
George Fuller Commonwealth Liberal Party 1909–1910
King O'Malley Australian Labor Party 1910–1913
Joseph Cook Commonwealth Liberal Party 1913–1914
William Archibald Australian Labor Party 1914–1915
King O'Malley Australian Labor Party 1915–1916
Fred Bamford National Labor Party 1916–1917 Minister for Home and Territories
Patrick Glynn Nationalist Party 1917–1920
Alexander Poynton Nationalist Party 1920–1921
George Pearce Nationalist Party 1921–1926
Thomas William Glasgow Nationalist Party 1926–1927
Charles Marr Nationalist Party 1927–1928
Neville Howse Nationalist Party 1928
Aubrey Abbott Country Party 1928–1929
Arthur Blakeley Australian Labor Party 1929–1932 Minister for Home Affairs
Archdale Parkhill United Australia Party 1932
Robert Ellicott Liberal Party 1977–1980
Robert Ellicott Liberal Party 1980–1981 Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment
Michael MacKellar Liberal Party 1981
Ian Wilson Liberal Party 1981–1982
Tom McVeigh Liberal Party 1982–1983
Barry Cohen Australian Labor Party 1983–1984
Robert Ray Australian Labor Party 1987–1988 Minister for Home Affairs
Bob Debus Australian Labor Party 2007–2009
Brendan O'Connor Australian Labor Party 2009-

Australian Ministers for the Interior

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial Title
Archdale Parkhill United Australia Party 1932 Minister for the Interior
John Perkins United Australia Party 1932-1934
Eric Harrison United Australia Party 1934
Thomas Paterson Country Party 1934–1937
John McEwen Country Party 1937–1939
Harry Foll United Australia Party 1939–1941
Joseph Collings Labor Party 1941–1945
Herbert Johnson Labor Party 1945–1949
Philip McBride Liberal Party 1949–1950
Eric Harrison Liberal Party 1950–1951
Wilfrid Kent Hughes Liberal Party 1951–1956
Allen Fairhall Liberal Party 1956–1958
Gordon Freeth Liberal Party 1958–1963
John Gorton Liberal Party 1963–1964
Doug Anthony Country Party 1964–1967
Peter Nixon Country Party 1967–1971
Ralph Hunt Country Party 1971–1972
Lance Barnard Labor Party 1972

Australian Ministers for Territories

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial Title
Charles Marr United Australia Party 1932 Minister in charge of Territories
Harry Lawson United Australia Party 1932–1934
George Pearce United Australia Party 1934–1937
Billy Hughes United Australia Party 1937–1938
John Perkins United Australia Party 1938–1938
Eric Harrison United Australia Party 1938–1939 Minister without portfolio administering External Territories
John Perkins United Australia Party 1939–1940
Horace Nock United Australia Party 1940 Minister without portfolio in charge of External Territories
Allan MacDonald United Australia Party 1941 Minister for External Territories
James Fraser Australian Labor Party 1941–1943
Eddie Ward Australian Labor Party 1943–1949
Percy Spender Liberal Party 1949–1951
Richard Casey Liberal Party 1951
Paul Hasluck Liberal Party 1951–1963 Minister for Territories
Charles Barnes Country Party 1963–1968
Charles Barnes Country Party 1968–1972 Minister for External Territories
Andrew Peacock Liberal Party 1972
Gough Whitlam Australian Labor Party 1972
Bill Morrison Australian Labor Party 1972–1973
Tom Uren Australian Labor Party 1983–1984 Minister for Territories and Local Government
Gordon Scholes Australian Labor Party 1984–1987 Minister for Territories
John Brown Australian Labor Party 1987–1988 Minister for the Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories
Gary Punch Australian Labor Party 1988 Minister for the Arts and Territories
Clyde Holding Australian Labor Party 1988–1989
Clyde Holding Australian Labor Party 1989–1990 Minister for the Arts, Tourism and Territories
David Simmons Australian Labor Party 1990–1991
Wendy Fatin Australian Labor Party 1991–1993 Minister for the Arts and Territories
Ros Kelly Australian Labor Party 1993–1994 Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories
Graham Richardson Australian Labor Party 1994
John Faulkner Australian Labor Party 1994–1996
Warwick Smith Liberal Party 1996–1997 Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government
Alex Somlyay Liberal Party 1997–1998 Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
Ian Macdonald Liberal Party 1998–2001 Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government
Wilson Tuckey Liberal Party 2001–2003
Jim Lloyd Liberal Party 2003–2007 Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads
Bob Debus Australian Labor Party 2007–2009 Minister for Home Affairs
Brendan O'Connor Australian Labor Party 2009- Minister for Home Affairs

Australian Ministers for the Capital Territory

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial Title
Kep Enderby Australian Labor Party 1972–1973 Minister for the Capital Territory
Gordon Bryant Australian Labor Party 1973–1975
Reg Withers Liberal Party 1975
Eric Robinson Liberal Party 1975–1976
Tony Staley Liberal Party 1976–1977
Robert Ellicott Liberal Party 1977–1980
Michael Hodgman Liberal Party 1980–1983

Australian Ministers for the Northern Territory

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial Title
Kep Enderby Australian Labor Party 1972–1973 Minister for the Northern Territory
Rex Patterson Australian Labor Party 1973–1975
Rex Patterson Australian Labor Party 1975 Minister for Northern Australia
Paul Keating Australian Labor Party 1975
Ian Sinclair National Party 1975
Evan Adermann Liberal Party 1975–1978 Minister for the Northern Territory
Bob Collins Australian Labor Party 1990–1992 Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Northern Australia
Ben Humphreys Australian Labor Party 1992–1993

Customs ministers

From 1901 to 1956 Customs was handled by the Minister for Trade and Customs. In 1956 Frederick Osborne was appointed Minister for Customs and Excise. Kep Enderby was appointed Minister for Police and Customs in 1975. In 1975 responsibility for customs was absorbed into the portfolio of the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, John Howard. In May 1982, the portfolio of the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs was abolished and customs functions were transferred to the Minister for Industry and Commerce, Phillip Lynch. In January 1988, Barry Jones (Australian politician) became responsible for customs as Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business within John Button's portfolio of Industry and Commerce and there were subsequently junior ministers responsible for customs within the industry portfolio until March 1993 and from March 1994 until December 2007, when customs became part of the responsibility of the Minister for Home Affairs, Bob Debus.

Minister Party affiliation Period Ministerial Title
Charles Kingston Protectionist Party 1901–1903 Minister for Trade and Customs
William Lyne Protectionist Party 1903–1904
Andrew Fisher Australian Labor Party 1904
Allan McLean Free Trade Party 1904–1905
William Lyne Protectionist Party 1905–1907
Austin Chapman Protectionist Party 1907–1908
Frank Tudor Australian Labor Party 1908–1909
Robert Best Commonwealth Liberal Party 1909–1910
Frank Tudor Australian Labor Party 1910–1913
Littleton Groom Commonwealth Liberal Party 1913–1914
Frank Tudor Australian Labor Party 1914–1916
Billy Hughes Australian Labor Party 1916–1916
William Archibald National Labor Party 1916–1917
Jens Jensen Nationalist Party 1917–1918
William Watt Nationalist Party 1918–1921
Walter Massy-Greene Nationalist Party 1921
Arthur Rodgers Nationalist Party 1921–1923
Austin Chapman Nationalist Party 1923–1924
Littleton Groom Nationalist Party 1924
Herbert Pratten Nationalist Party 1924–1928
Stanley Bruce Nationalist Party 1928
Henry Gullett Nationalist Party 1928–1929
James Fenton Australian Labor Party 1929–1931
Frank Forde Australian Labor Party 1931–1932
Henry Gullett Nationalist Party 1932–1933
Thomas White Nationalist Party 1932–1938
John Perkins Nationalist Party 1938–1939
John Lawson Nationalist Party 1939–1940
Robert Menzies Nationalist Party 1940
George McLeay Nationalist Party 1940
Eric Harrison Nationalist Party 1940–1941
Richard Keane Australian Labor Party 1941–1946
James Fraser Australian Labor Party 1946
Benjamin Courtice Australian Labor Party 1946–1949
Neil O'Sullivan Liberal Party 1949–1956
Frederick Osborne Liberal Party 1956 Minister for Customs and Excise
Denham Henty Liberal Party 1956–1964
Kenneth Anderson Country Party 1964–1968
Malcolm Scott Liberal Party 1968–1969
Don Chipp Liberal Party 1968–1972
Gough Whitlam Australian Labor Party 1972
Lionel Murphy Australian Labor Party 1972–1975
Kep Enderby Australian Labor Party 1975
Kep Enderby Australian Labor Party 1975 Minister for Police and Customs
James Cavanagh Australian Labor Party 1975
Ivor Greenwood Liberal Party 1975
John Howard Liberal Party 1975–1977 Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs
Wal Fife Liberal Party 1977–1979
Victor Garland Liberal Party 1979–1980
John Moore Liberal Party 1980–1982
Neil Brown Liberal Party 1982
Phillip Lynch Liberal Party 1982 Minister for Industry and Commerce
Andrew Peacock Liberal Party 1982–1983
John Button Australian Labor Party 1983–1984
John Button Australian Labor Party 1984–1988 Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce
Barry Jones Australian Labor Party 1988–1990 Minister for Science, Customs and Small Business
David Beddall Australian Labor Party 1990 Minister for Small Business and Customs
David Beddall Australian Labor Party 1990–1993 Minister for Small Business, Construction and Customs
Alan Griffiths Australian Labor Party 1993–1994 Minister for Industry, Technology and Regional Development
Peter Cook Australian Labor Party 1994
Chris Schacht Australian Labor Party 1994–1996 Minister for Small Business, Customs and Construction
Geoff Prosser Liberal Party 1996–1997 Minister for Small Business and Consumer Affairs
Chris Ellison Liberal Party 1997 Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs
Warren Truss National Party 1997–1998
Amanda Vanstone Liberal Party 1998–2001 Minister for Justice and Customs
Chris Ellison Liberal Party 2001–2007
David Johnston Liberal Party 2007
Bob Debus Australian Labor Party 2007–2009 Minister for Home Affairs
Brendan O'Connor Australian Labor Party 2009- Minister for Home Affairs

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