Premier of New South Wales

The Premier of New South Wales is the head of government in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Government of New South Wales follows the Westminster system, with a Parliament of New South Wales acting as the legislature. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of New South Wales, and by modern convention holds office by virtue of his or her ability to command the support of a majority of members of the lower house of Parliament, the Legislative Assembly.

Prior to Federation in 1901 the term "Prime Minister of New South Wales" was also used. "Premier" has been used more or less exclusively from 1901, to avoid confusion with the federal Prime Minister of Australia.[1][2]

The current Premier is Gladys Berejiklian, the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, who assumed office on 23 January 2017. Berejiklian replaced Mike Baird on 23 January 2017, after Baird resigned as Premier.

Premier of New South Wales
Coat of Arms of New South Wales
Flag of New South Wales
Flag of New South Wales
Gladys Berejiklian Crop P1060782
Incumbent
Gladys Berejiklian

since 23 January 2017
Department of Premier and Cabinet
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Term lengthAt the Governor's pleasure
Inaugural holderStuart Donaldson
Formation6 June 1856

List of Premiers of New South Wales

No. Name
(lifespan)
Portrait Term of Office Party Constituency Ministry Election(s)
1 Stuart Donaldson
(1812–1867)
Stuart A. Donaldson 6 June 1856 25 August 1856 No party Sydney Hamlets Donaldson 1856
2 Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper 26 August 1856 2 October 1856 No party Sydney Cowper I
3 Henry Parker
(1808–1881)
Henry Watson Parker 3 October 1856 7 September 1857 No party Parramatta Parker
(2) II Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper 7 September 1857 26 October 1859 No party Sydney
East Sydney
Cowper II 1858
1859
4 William Forster
(1818–1882)
PremierWilliamForster 27 October 1859 9 March 1860 No party Queanbeyan Forster
5 John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson 9 March 1860 9 January 1861 No party Upper Hunter Robertson I 1860
(2) III Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper 10 January 1861 15 October 1863 No party East Sydney Cowper III 1860
6 James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin 16 October 1863 2 February 1865 No party Tumut
Monaro
Martin I 1864–65
(2) IV Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper 3 February 1865 21 January 1866 No party East Sydney Cowper IV 1864–65
(6) II James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin 22 January 1866 26 October 1868 No party Lachlan Martin II
(5) II John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson 27 October 1868 12 January 1870 No party Clarence
West Sydney
Robertson II 1869–70
(2) V Charles Cowper
(1807–1875)
Charlescowper 13 January 1870 15 December 1870 No party Liverpool Plains Cowper V
(6) III Sir James Martin
(1820–1886)
SirJamesMartin 16 December 1870 13 May 1872 No party East Sydney
East Macquarie
Martin III 1872
7 Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes 14 May 1872 8 February 1875 No party East Sydney Parkes I 1872
1874–75
(5) III John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson 9 February 1875 21 March 1877 No party West Sydney Robertson III 1874–75
(7) II Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes 22 March 1877 16 August 1877 No party East Sydney
Canterbury
Parkes II
(5) IV Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson 17 August 1877 17 December 1877 No party West Sydney
East Macquarie
Mudgee
Robertson IV 1877
8 James Farnell
(1825–1888)
JamesFarnell 18 December 1877 20 December 1878 No party St Leonards Farnell
(7) III Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes 21 December 1878 4 January 1883 No party Canterbury
East Sydney
Tenterfield
Parkes III 1880
1882
9 Alexander Stuart
(1824–1886)
Alexander Stuart Federation Conference 1884 5 January 1883 6 October 1885 No party Illawarra Stuart
10 George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884 7 October 1885 21 December 1885 No party St Leonards
Murrumbidgee
Dibbs I 1885
(5) V Sir John Robertson
(1816–1891)
Sir John Robertson 22 December 1885 22 February 1886 No party Mudgee Robertson V
11 Sir Patrick Jennings
(1831–1897)
Patrick Jennings 26 February 1886 19 January 1887 No party Bogan Jennings 1887
(7) IV Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes 25 January 1887 16 January 1889 Free Trade St Leonards Parkes IV 1887
(10) II George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884 17 January 1889 7 March 1889 Protectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs II 1889
(7) V Sir Henry Parkes
(1815–1896)
Henryparkes 8 March 1889 23 October 1891 Free Trade St Leonards Parkes V 1889
(10) III George Dibbs
(1834–1904)
George Dibbs Federation Conference 1884 23 October 1891 2 August 1894 Protectionist Murrumbidgee Dibbs III 1891
1894
12 George Reid
(1845–1918)
George Reid cph.3c31684 3 August 1894 13 September 1899 Free Trade East Sydney
Sydney-King
Reid 1894
1895
1898
13 Sir William Lyne
(1844–1913)
Williamlyne 14 September 1899 27 March 1901 Protectionist Hume Lyne
14 Sir John See
(1844–1907)
JohnSee 28 March 1901 14 June 1904 Progressive Grafton See 1901
15 Thomas Waddell
(1854–1940)
Thomas Waddell 15 June 1904 29 August 1904 Progressive Cowra Waddell 1904
16 Sir Joseph Carruthers
(1857–1932)
Joseph Carruthers 29 August 1904 1 October 1907 Liberal Reform St George Carruthers 1904
17 Charles Wade
(1863–1922)
SirCharlesWade 2 October 1907 1 October 1910 Liberal Reform Gordon Wade 1907
1910
18 James McGowen
(1855–1922)
James McGowen Premier 21 October 1910 29 June 1913 Labor Redfern McGowen 1910
19 William Holman
(1871–1934)
William Holman 1919 30 June 1913 15 November 1916 Labor Cootamundra Holman I 1913
1917
1920
15 November 1916 12 April 1920 Nationalist Holman II
20 John Storey
(1869–1921)
John Storey cropped 13 April 1920 5 October 1921 Labor Balmain Storey 1920
21 James Dooley
(1877–1950)
JamesDooleySpeaker 5 October 1921 20 December 1921 Labor Bathurst Dooley I
22 Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
George fuller 20 December 1921 20 December 1921 Nationalist Wollondilly Fuller I
(21) II James Dooley
(1877–1950)
JamesDooleySpeaker 20 December 1921 13 April 1922 Labor Bathurst Dooley II 1922
(22) II Sir George Fuller
(1861–1940)
George fuller 13 April 1922 17 June 1925 Nationalist Wollondilly Fuller II 1922
1925
23 Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
JackLang 17 June 1925 18 October 1927 Labor Parramatta Lang I
Lang II
1925
1927
24 Thomas Bavin
(1874–1941)
Thomas Bavin 18 October 1927 4 November 1930 Nationalist Gordon Bavin 1927
1930
(23) II Jack Lang
(1876–1975)
JackLang 4 November 1930 16 May 1932 Labor Auburn Lang III 1930
25 Bertram Stevens
(1889–1973)
Bertram Stevens 16 May 1932 5 August 1939 United Australia Croydon Stevens I
Stevens II
Stevens III
1932
1935
1938
26 Alexander Mair
(1889–1969)
Alexander mair 5 August 1939 16 May 1941 United Australia Albury Mair 1941
27 William McKell
(1891–1985)
Williammckell 16 May 1941 6 February 1947 Labor Redfern McKell I
McKell II
1941
1944
28 James McGirr
(1890–1957)
JamesMcGirr1947 6 February 1947 2 April 1952 Labor Bankstown
Liverpool
McGirr I
McGirr II
McGirr III
1947
1950
29 Joseph Cahill
(1891–1959)
JosephCahill1956 2 April 1952 22 October 1959 Labor Cook's River Cahill I
Cahill II
Cahill III
Cahill IV
1953
1956
1959
30 Bob Heffron
(1890–1978)
BobHeffron1963 23 October 1959 30 April 1964 Labor Maroubra Heffron I
Heffron II
1962
31 Jack Renshaw
(1909–1987)
JackRenshaw1963 30 April 1964 13 May 1965 Labor Castlereagh Renshaw 1965
32 Sir Robert Askin
(1907–1981)
Robert Askin 1966 13 May 1965 3 January 1975 Liberal Collaroy
Pittwater
Askin I
Askin II
Askin III
Askin IV
Askin V
Askin VI
1965
1968
1971
1973
33 Tom Lewis
(1922–2016)
Thomas Lewis 3 January 1975 23 January 1976 Liberal Wollondilly Lewis I
Lewis II
34 Sir Eric Willis
(1922–1999)
Sir Eric 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 Liberal Earlwood Willis 1976
35 Neville Wran
(1926–2014)
Neville Wran CNZM (cropped) 14 May 1976 4 July 1986 Labor Bass Hill Wran I
Wran II
Wran III
Wran IV
Wran V
Wran VI
Wran VII
Wran VIII
1976
1981
1984
36 Barrie Unsworth
(1934–)
4 July 1986 25 March 1988 Labor Rockdale Unsworth 1988
37 Nick Greiner
(1947–)
25 March 1988 24 June 1992 Liberal Ku-ring-gai Greiner I
Greiner II
1988
1991
38 John Fahey
(1945–)
24 June 1992 4 April 1995 Liberal Southern Highlands Fahey I
Fahey II
Fahey III
1995
39 Bob Carr
(1947–)
Bob Carr 4 April 1995 3 August 2005 Labor Maroubra Carr I
Carr II
Carr III
Carr IV
1995
1999
2003
40 Morris Iemma
(1961–)
MorrisIemma 3 August 2005 5 September 2008 Labor Lakemba Iemma I
Iemma II
2007
41 Nathan Rees
(1968–)
Nathan Rees 5 September 2008 4 December 2009 Labor Toongabbie Rees
42 Kristina Keneally
(1968–)
Kristina Keneally Portrait 2009 4 December 2009 28 March 2011 Labor Heffron Keneally 2011
43 Barry O'Farrell
(1959– )
Premier Barry O'Farrell - Flickr - Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer 28 March 2011 17 April 2014 Liberal Ku-ring-gai O'Farrell 2011
44 Mike Baird
(1968–)
The Honourable Mike Baird MP 17 April 2014 23 January 2017 Liberal Manly Baird I
Baird II
2015
45 Gladys Berejiklian
(1970–)
Gladys Berejiklian Crop P1060782 23 January 2017 Incumbent Liberal Willoughby Berejiklian I
Berejiklian II
2019

Living former premiers

Nine former premiers are alive, the oldest being Barrie Unsworth (1986–1988, born 1934). The most recent premier to die was Tom Lewis on 25 April 2016.[3]

Name Term as premier Date of birth Current age
Barrie Unsworth 1986–1988 16 April 1934 85 years, 7 days
Nick Greiner 1988–1992 27 April 1947 71 years, 361 days
John Fahey 1992–1995 10 January 1945 74 years, 103 days
Bob Carr 1995–2005 28 September 1947 71 years, 207 days
Morris Iemma 2005–2008 21 July 1961 57 years, 276 days
Nathan Rees 2008–2009 12 February 1968 51 years, 70 days
Kristina Keneally 2009–2011 19 December 1968 50 years, 125 days
Barry O'Farrell 2011–2014 24 May 1959 59 years, 334 days
Mike Baird 2014–2017 1 April 1968 51 years, 22 days

See also

References

  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Parkes, Hon. Sir Henry" . The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ "Speeches of Sir Henry Parkes, G.G.M.G., M.P., Prime Minister of New South Wales". Retrieved 24 March 2013.
  3. ^ Murphy, Damien (5 May 2016). "Obituary: Tom Lewis". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
Deputy Premier of New South Wales

The Deputy Premier of New South Wales is the second-most senior officer in the Government of New South Wales. The Deputy Premiership has been a ministerial portfolio since 1932, and the Deputy Premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.

The current Deputy Premier is the National Party's John Barilaro, who was sworn in on 15 November 2016.

Division of Cowper

The Division of Cowper is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division was created in 1900 and was one of the original 65 divisions contested at the first federal election. It is named after Charles Cowper, an early Premier of New South Wales.The division is located on the north coast of New South Wales, and on its current boundaries takes in the towns of Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Macksville and Nambucca Heads.

Since the 2001 election, the member for Cowper has been Luke Hartsuyker, representing the National Party of Australia.

Division of Martin

The Division of Martin was an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. It was located in the inner western suburbs of Sydney, and initially included the suburbs of Concord and Mortlake, although by the time it was abolished in 1955, it had moved to cover Abbotsford, Balmain and Drummoyne.

The Division was named after Hon Sir James Martin, a former Premier of New South Wales. It was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 September 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 Federal election. It was abolished at the redistribution of 30 August 1955. The seat was at one stage held by William Holman, a former Premier of New South Wales.

Division of Reid

The Division of Reid is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales. The division is named after the Right Honourable Sir George Reid, a former Premier of New South Wales and the fourth Prime Minister of Australia. The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 13 September 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 federal election.

The division is located in the inner-western suburbs of Sydney, and includes the suburbs of Abbotsford, Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Canada Bay, Chiswick, Concord, Concord West, Five Dock, Flemington, Homebush, Homebush West, Liberty Grove, Mortlake, Newington, North Strathfield, Rhodes, Rodd Point, Russell Lea, Strathfield, Sydney Olympic Park, Wareemba, and Wentworth Point; and includes parts of Ashfield, Auburn, Burwood, Croydon, Drummoyne, Homebush Bay, Lidcombe, Silverwater, and Spectacle Island.

The current Member for Reid, since the 2013 federal election, is Craig Laundy, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.

Electoral district of Fuller

Fuller was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, created in 1968 in the Ryde area and named after George Fuller, Premier of New South Wales, 1922-1925. It was abolished in 1981 and largely replaced by Gladesville.

Electoral district of Hurstville

Hurstville was an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, named after and including the Sydney suburb of Hurstville.

It was first established prior to the 1913 state election. It was abolished in 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation and absorbed into St George. It was recreated in 1927 and dissolved in a distribution prior to the 1999 state election. Between 1991 and 1999 it was held by Morris Iemma who went on to become Premier of New South Wales in August 2005.

Electoral district of Lakemba

Lakemba is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, located in the South-Western suburbs of Sydney. It has been held by the Labor Party since its creation in 1927. It was represented by Morris Iemma, who was Premier of New South Wales from 3 August 2005 until his resignation on 5 September 2008. It has been held by Jihad Dib since the 2015 election.

Lakemba includes the suburbs of Chullora, Greenacre, Lakemba, Mount Lewis, Punchbowl, Wiley Park and parts of Bankstown, Belmore, Beverly Hills, Narwee, Riverwood and Roselands.

Electoral district of Manly

Manly is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales, and covers a large portion of the Northern Beaches Council local government area. Created in 1927, although it has historically tended to be a Liberal-leaning seat, Manly has had a history of independent local members. It is represented by James Griffin for the Liberal Party, and was previously represented by the former Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird.

On 23 January 2017, Baird resigned as Premier and member for Manly, triggering a by-election in the district which was held on 8 April and won by Liberal candidate James Griffin.

Electoral district of Willoughby

Willoughby is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is represented by Gladys Berejiklian of the Liberal Party, who is the current Premier of New South Wales.

George Dibbs

Sir George Richard Dibbs KCMG (12 October 1834 – 5 August 1904) was an Australian politician who was Premier of New South Wales on three occasions.

Gladys Berejiklian

Gladys Berejiklian (born 22 September 1970) is an Australian politician serving as the 45th and current Premier of New South Wales and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party, offices which she assumed on 23 January 2017 following the resignation of Mike Baird. She has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2003, representing the seat of Willoughby.

Before becoming Premier, Berejiklian was the Treasurer of New South Wales and Minister for Industrial Relations in the second Baird government, and Minister for Transport in the O'Farrell and first Baird governments.

She was also the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party between 2014 and 2017. On 23 March 2019, she was re-elected as Premier of New South Wales when the Liberal National coalition won the 2019 state election.

Infrastructure NSW

Infrastructure NSW is an agency of the Government of New South Wales that provides independent advice to assist the NSW Government in identifying and prioritising the delivery of critical public infrastructure across the Australian state of New South Wales for economic and social wellbeing.

The agency was created in 2011 by the then Premier of New South Wales, Barry O'Farrell and it is now responsible to the current Premier, Gladys Berejiklian MP.

Jack Renshaw

John Brophy "Jack" Renshaw AC (8 August 1909 – 28 July 1987) was an Australian politician. He was Labor Premier of New South Wales from 30 April 1964 to 13 May 1965. He was the first New South Wales Premier born in the 20th century.

James Dooley (politician)

James Thomas Dooley (26 April 1877 – 2 January 1950) served twice, briefly, as Premier of New South Wales during the early 1920s.

James Martin (Australian politician)

Sir James Martin, KCB, QC (14 May 1820 – 4 November 1886) was three times Premier of New South Wales, and Chief Justice of New South Wales from 1873 to 1886.

John Barilaro

Giovanni Domenic "John" Barilaro (born 14 November 1971), an Australian politician, is the 18th Deputy Premier of New South Wales and the New South Wales Leader of The Nationals since November 2016. Barilaro is the New South Wales Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade in the second Berejiklian ministry since April 2019; and is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing the electoral district of Monaro for the Nationals since 2011.He has previously served as the Minister for Regional Development (later renamed as the Minister for Regional New South Wales), Minister for Small Business, and Minister for Skills in the first Berejiklian and second Baird governments, from October 2014 until March 2019; and as the Minister for Regional Tourism in the first Baird government.

Joseph Cahill

John Joseph Cahill (21 January 1891 – 22 October 1959), also known as Joe Cahill or J. J. Cahill, was a long-serving New South Wales politician, railway worker, trade unionist and Labor Party Premier of New South Wales from 1952 to his death in 1959. Born the son of Irish migrants in Redfern, New South Wales, Cahill worked for the New South Wales Government Railways from the age of 16 before joining the Australian Labor Party. Being a prominent unionist organiser, including being dismissed for his role in the 1917 general strike, Cahill was eventually elected to the Parliament of New South Wales for St George in 1925.

After many years of backbench service, including a term outside of parliament, Cahill was eventually appointed Secretary for Public Works in 1941 and Minister for Local Government in the government of William McKell in 1944, where he led significant reforms of local government in the state, including establishing a Royal commission in 1945, and passing the landmark Local Government (Areas) Act of 1948. Promoted to Deputy Premier in 1949, Cahill became Premier of New South Wales from April 1952 to his death in October 1959. His term as premier is primarily remembered for his government's role in post-war infrastructure development, which included the commissioning of the Sydney Opera House and construction of the expressway which now bears his name.

Mike Baird

Michael Bruce Baird (born 1 April 1968) is an Australian investment banker and former politician who was the 44th Premier of New South Wales, the Minister for Infrastructure, the Minister for Western Sydney, and the Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party from April 2014 to January 2017.

Baird represented the electoral district of Manly in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2017. Before becoming Premier, he was the Treasurer of New South Wales in the O'Farrell government between 2011 and 2014. On 19 January 2017, Baird announced his intention to step down and on 23 January he resigned as Premier and member for Manly.

Thomas Waddell

Thomas Waddell (1 January 1854 – 25 October 1940), an Australian politician, was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1887 to 1917, was briefly the premier of New South Wales during 1904, and was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1917 to 1934.

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