Cabinet Secretary

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Cabinet Secretary
Incumbent
Jasmine Cassidy

since 13 March 2012
Style The Right Honourable
Nominator Matthew Jones
Appointer James II
Term length At His Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holder The Earl Lamberton
As Chief Secretary
Formation 18 February 1836
Salary £6,150[1] (6th)

The Cabinet Secretary is a member of the Cabinet of Guelphia responsible for assisting the Prime Minister in the administration of the Guelphian Civil Service. The office was established on 18 February 1836.

History

The function and powers of the Cabinet Secretary have varied greatly over the years. When it was established in 1836, the Chief Secretary was the senior political posting. And was subordinate only to the British Resident. In this capacity, the post was essentially responsible for almost domestic function outside of the judiciary and treasury, which always had their own ministers. Over time, the many functions and powers of the Chief Secretary were transferred to newly established ministries of the civil service. Examples included the ministerial posts of land management (1840), public works (1844), and police (1845).

Even with the granting of self-government 1854, many government activities still remained under the control of this position. However, over time many distinct functions such as education and posts and telegraphs soon came under other ministers, and the Chief Secretary was left with an ever decreasing range of responsibilities. These responsibilities included minor functions such as ecclesiastical affairs; births, deaths, and marriages; and weights and measures. Also remaining under the control of the Chief Secretary were many of the inspectorates that were established over other departments, such as the Inspector-General of the Insane and the Inspector-General of Police. Service bodies such as the Government Printer and Government Stores also found their place with the Chief Secretary for many years

The creation of the office of Prime Minister in 1907 was the end of the central policy coordinating role of the office, and newly renamed Cabinet Secretary continued as a more junior portfolio to attend to the responsibilities which remained.

Function and powers

As the name suggests, the Cabinet Secretary is responsible for keeping and distribution of all Cabinet minutes and memoranda. To this end, the Cabinet Secretary also oversees the transfer of Cabinet documents to the National Archives and authorises their release to the public under the 30 year rule. In addition, the Cabinet Secretary is responsible for the provision of facilities for members of the Parliament other than in Parliament House, the co-ordination of providing information to other members of the Cabinet, and the co-ordination of protective services for all VIPs. Other functions include responsibility for royal commissions and inquiries, some ceremonial matters involving senators and MHAs, and any overseas visits involving the Prime Minister or member of the Cabinet.

Because the post is not considered to be particularly onerous, the post is typically held in addition to other portfolios. Since 1952, it has been combined with the offices of Leader of the Guelphian Senate and Treasurer of the Crown Estate.

List of Cabinet Secretaries

# Name
(Birth–Death)
Electoral district, et al.
Party affiliation In office Duration
Office established under the title of Chief Secretary
1 The Earl Lamberton
(19 September 1799 – 11 June 1864)
Senator by writ of subscription
Non-partisan 18 February 1836 - 28 April 1852 16 years, 2 months, 10 days
2 The Earl Deveraux
(9 December 1793 – 26 January 1859)
Senator by writ of subscription
Non-partisan 28 April 1852 - 26 January 1859[2] 6 years, 8 months, 29 days
3 The Earl Percy
(4 October 1804 – 23 September 1886)
Senator by writ of subscription
Moderate[3] 7 February 1859 - 15 September 1868 9 years, 7 months, 8 days
4 The Lord Howard
(11 April 1811 – 17 December 1891)
Senator by writ of subscription
Moderate 21 September 1868 - 27 July 1874 5 years, 10 months, 6 days
5 Grosvenor Lund
(29 December 1815 – 18 January 1895)
MHA for Centralia
Moderate 3 August 1874 - 6 December 1880 6 years, 5 months, 3 days
6 Bernard Clifton
(28 August 1833 – 10 July 1912)
MHA for Port Frederick
Progressive 6 December 1880 - 1 November 1886 5 years, 10 months, 26 days
7 Jonas Willard
(19 February 1841 – 20 May 1920)
MHA for the East Riding of Centralia
Moderate 1 November 1886 - 7 May 1894 7 years, 6 months, 6 days
Conservative Party[4]
8 Thomas Reade
(14 June 1855 – 27 October 1932)
MHA for Kingsbury
Liberal Party[5] 7 May 1894 - 5 April 1897 2 years, 10 months, 29 days
- Jonas Willard
(19 February 1841 – 20 May 1920)
MHA for the East Riding of Centralia
Conservative Party 5 April 1897 - 11 May 1903 6 years, 1 month, 6 days
- Thomas Reade
(14 June 1855 – 27 October 1932)
MHA for Kingsbury
Liberal Party 11 May 1903 - 22 August 1905 2 years, 2 months, 11 days
9 Vincent Churchwell
(22 February 1854 – 13 November 1908)
MHA for Shepton
Liberal Party 4 September 1905 - 30 September 1907 2 years, 26 days
Name of office changed to Cabinet Secretary on 1 October 1907
10 Francis Sandford
(18 September 1849 – 4 July 1916)
Senator by appointment
Liberal Party 1 October 1907 - 22 August 1911
11 Abraham Babcoke
(21 February 1852 – 3 February 1919)
Senator by appointment
Conservative Party 22 August 1911 - 1914
12 William Courtenay
(9 March 1854 – 9 June 1937)
Senator by appointment
Conservative Party 1914 - 1917
Coalition Ministry
13 Obadiah Everett
(13 September 1864 – 9 January 1931)
Senator by appointment
Coalition Ministry 1917 - 1920
Conservative Party
14 Wilford Eaton
(4 October 1870 – 1 January 1949)
Senator by appointment
Liberal Party 1920 - 1924
15 Sidney Hughes
(14 December 1867 – 12 May 1944)
Senator by appointment
Liberal Party 1924 - 1929
16 Sterling Gregory
(20 August 1874 – 19 December 1947)
Senator by appointment
Liberal Party 1929 - 1932
17 Godfrey Lockwood
(15 July 1881 – 28 April 1957)
Senator by appointment
Country Party 1932 - 1937
National Party[6]
Ian Cordell
(15 July 1915 – 28 June 1990)
Senator by appointment
Democratic Party 10 April 1961 - 22 February 1966 4 years, 10 months, 12 days Jonathan Braddock 42nd; 43rd
Clifford Garfield
(23 May 1919 – 11 June 1985)
Senator by appointment
Democratic Party 22 February 1966 - 13 November 1972 6 years, 8 months, 22 days 44th
Jed Elwin
(5 October 1928 – 26 May 1998)
Senator by appointment
Democratic Party 13 November 1972 - 28 July 1975 2 years, 9 months, 15 days 45th
Jason Olsen
The Earl Burleigh
(12 February 1907 – 15 September 2000)
Senator as a representative peer
National Party 28 July 1975 - 21 April 1981 5 years, 8 months, 24 days Jacob Meyer 46th; 47th
Liam Paulson
(born 9 April 1931)
Senator by appointment
Democratic Party 21 April 1981 - 12 March 1984 2 years, 10 months, 20 days Antonia Davidson 48th
Gary Maxwell
(9 November 1926 – 20 June 2014)
Senator for Albanyshire
National Party 12 March 1984 - 21 November 1986 2 years, 8 months, 9 days Phillip Corbett 49th
Cassandra Yee
Yvonne Gates
Janine Talbert
(15 April 1940 – 19 July 2010)
Senator by appointment
Democratic Party 21 November 1986 - 14 March 1988 1 year, 3 months, 22 days Antonia Davidson
Neville Marks
(born 28 August 1939)
Senator for Vernonshire
Democratic Party 14 March 1988 - 16 March 1992 4 years, 2 days 50th
Jonathan Owen
(born 9 April 1931)
Senator by appointment
National Party 16 March 1992 - 13 March 2000 7 years, 11 months, 26 days John Tudor 51st; 52nd
Scott Ryan
(born 31 March 1947)
Senator by appointment
Democratic Party 13 March 2000 - 15 March 2004 4 years, 2 days Bill Howlett 53rd
Royce Willoughby
(born 9 November 1945)
Senator by appointment
National Party 15 March 2004 - 19 August 2009 5 years, 5 months, 4 days Jim Goodwin 54th; 55th
Toby Lewis
(born 4 March 1954)
Senator by appointment
National Party 19 August 2009 - 13 March 2012 2 years, 6 months, 23 days 55th
Jasmine Cassidy
(born 11 December 1950)
Senator by appointment
Democratic Party 13 March 2012 - Present Incumbent Matthew Jones 56th

References and notes

  1. The salary of the Cabinet Secretary is derived from his position as a member of Parliament and as a holder of a ministerial office. As of the opening of the 56th Parliament, all Senators and MHAs receive a salary of £1,170, plus £47 per sitting day (not including a per diem amount for expenses). In addition, the Cabinet Secretary receives an additional salary of £750.
  2. Lord Deveraux died in office on the 26 January 1859.
  3. Although formally non-partisan, politicians before 1890 tended to belong to either the moderate, progressive, or radical factions.
  4. The Conservative Party was formed on the 18 November 1892.
  5. The Liberal Party was formed on the 12 May 1890.
  6. The Country Party merged with the Conservative Party on the 30 April 1935 to form the National Party.

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