Joseph Cook

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Joseph Cook
Date of birth7 December 1860
Date of death30 July 1947
WifeMary Cook
PartyLiberal Party
Prime Minister
From24 June 1913
To17 September 1914
SucceededAndrew Fisher
PrecededAndrew Fisher


The Rt. Hon. Joseph Cook was the first Australia's first Liberal Party Prime Minister, although his party was a different organization to the present Liberal Party.

Cook became Prime Minister as a result of the Liberal Party winning the 31 May 1913 election by one seat, although the party failed to win a majority in the senate. When the Senate twice refused to pass a government bill, Cook sought a double dissolution, but the Labor Party won the subsequent election in both houses.

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Australian Prime Ministers
Edmund Barton (1901)

Alfred Deakin (1903, 1905, and 1909)
John Watson (1904)
George Reid (1904)
Andrew Fisher (1908, 1910, and 1914)
Joseph Cook (1913)
William Hughes (1915)

Stanley Bruce (1923)

James Scullin (1929)
Joseph Lyons (1932)
Earle Page (1939)
Robert Menzies (1939 and 1949)
Arthur Fadden (1941)
John Curtin (1941)

Francis Forde (1945)

Joseph Chifley (1945)
Harold Holt (1966)
John McEwen (1967)
John Gorton (1968)
William McMahon (1971)
Gough Whitlam (1972)

Malcolm Fraser (1975)

Robert Hawke (1983)
Paul Keating (1991)
John Howard (1996)
Kevin Rudd (2007)

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