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The Liberal Party of Australia (Liberals, or LIB for short), in coalition with the National Party of Australia (Nationals, or NAT for short), is one of the two main political groups in Australian politics (the other being the Social Democratic Australian Labor Party (ALP).

The Liberals/Nationals are the more conservative of the two main parties. It was founded by Sir Robert Menzies in 1944.

The current Liberal leader is Scott Morrison.

The Liberal/National coalition is currently in control in the Federal Parliament of Australia.

Liberal Prime Ministers of Australia

Federal Parliamentary Leaders of the Liberal Party of Australia

  • Sir Robert Menzies February 1945 to 26 January 1966
  • Harold Holt 26 January 1966 to 19 December 1967
  • Sir John Gorton 10 January 1968 to 10 March 1971
  • Sir William McMahon 10 March 1971 to 5 December 1972
  • Sir Billy Snedden December 1972 to March 1975
  • Malcolm Fraser March 1975 to 11 March 1983
  • Andrew Peacock March 1983 to September 1985
  • John Howard September 1985 to May 1989
  • Andrew Peacock May 1989 to March 1990
  • John Hewson April 1990 to May 1994
  • Alexander Downer May 1994 to January 1995
  • John Howard 30 January 1995 to 27 November 2007
  • Brendan Nelson 29 November 2007 to 16 September 2008
  • Malcolm Turnbull 16 September 2008 to 1 December 2009
  • Tony Abbott 1 December 2009-14 to September 2015
  • Malcolm Turnbull since 14 September 2015 to 24 August 2018.
  • Scott Morrison since 24 August 2018

Current Liberal leaders of States and Territories

  • Premier of South Australia: Steven Marshall, since 2018
  • Premier of New South Wales: Gladys Berejiklian, since 2017.
  • Premier of Tasmania: Will Hodgman, since 2014.
  • Leader of the Opposition of Queensland: Deb Frecklington, since 2017
  • Leader of the Opposition of Victoria: Matthew Guy since 2014
  • Leader of the Opposition of the Northern Territory: Gary Higgins, since 2016
  • Leader of the Opposition of the Australian Capital Territory: Alistair Coe, since 2016
  • Leader of the Opposition of Western Australia: Mike Nahan, since 2017


²In Queensland the Liberal and National parties merged into the Liberal National Party of Queensland ³In the Northern Territory the party is called the Country Liberal Party.

Other notable Liberals

  • Enid Lyons - first woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives (for the UAP), then served as a Liberal from 1944-1951 and was appointed by Robert Menzies as the first woman to sit in the Australian Cabinet.
  • Neville Bonner as Senator for Queensland, he became the first Indigenous Australian to sit in the Federal Parliament.
  • Nick Greiner - Premier of New South Wales, 1988-1992.
  • Jeff Kennett - Premier of Victoria, 1992-1999.
  • Cate Carnell - Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory, 1995-2000, and first Liberal woman to lead a state or territory.
  • Peter Costello - Australia's longest serving Treasurer (1996-2007).
  • Alexander Downer - Australia's longest serving Minister for Foreign Affairs (1996-2007).
  • Ken Wyatt - first Aboriginal member of the Australian House of Representatives (2010-)

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