Leader of the Opposition (New South Wales)

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Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
Luke Foley MLC (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Luke Foley

since 5 January 2015
Term length While leader of the largest political party not in government
Inaugural holder Charles Lee
Formation 23 March 1901
Deputy Linda Burney

The role of the Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition (or more commonly the Leader of the Opposition) in New South Wales is a title held by the leader of the largest minority party in the state lower house, the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. There is also a Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council. He or she acts as the public face of the opposition, leading the opposition on the floor of parliament. They act as a chief critic of the government and ultimately attempt to portray the opposition as a feasible alternate government. They are also given certain additional rights under parliamentary standing orders, such as extended time limits for speeches.

Since 2015, the Leader of the Opposition is Luke Foley. Adam Searle serves as leader in the Legislative Council.

List of Leaders of the Opposition in New South Wales[edit]

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly[edit]

Order Name[1] Party Term begin Term end Term of office
1 Charles Lee Liberal Reform 23 March 1901 18 September 1902 1 year, 179 days
2 Joseph Carruthers Liberal Reform 18 September 1902 30 August 1904 1 year, 347 days
3 James McGowen Labor 20 September 1904 21 October 1910 6 years, 31 days
4 Charles Wade Liberal Reform 21 October 1910 15 November 1916 6 years, 25 days
5 Ernest Durack Labor 22 November 1916 19 February 1917 89 days
6 John Storey Labor 22 February 1917 13 April 1920 3 years, 51 days
7 George Fuller Nationalist 14 April 1920 13 April 1922 1 year, 364 days
8 James Dooley Labor 20 April 1922 31 July 1923 1 year, 102 days
9 Greg McGirr Labor 9 March 1923 16 April 1923 38 days
10 Bill Dunn Labor 16 April 1923 31 July 1923 106 days
11 Jack Lang Labor 31 July 1923 17 June 1925 1 year, 321 days
n/a Sir George Fuller Nationalist 23 June 1925 24 September 1925 93 days
12 Thomas Bavin Nationalist 24 September 1925 18 October 1927 2 years, 24 days
n/a Jack Lang Labor 18 October 1927 4 November 1930 3 years, 17 days
n/a Thomas Bavin Nationalist
United Australia
25 November 1930 5 April 1932 1 year, 132 days
13 Sir Bertram Stevens United Australia 5 April 1932 13 May 1932 38 days
n/a Jack Lang Labor 22 June 1932 5 September 1939 7 years, 75 days
14 William McKell Labor 5 September 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 253 days
15 Alexander Mair United Australia
Democratic
19 May 1941 10 February 1944 2 years, 267 days
16 Reginald Weaver Democratic
Liberal
10 February 1944 12 November 1945 1 year, 275 days
n/a Alexander Mair Liberal 13 November 1945 20 March 1946 127 days
17 Vernon Treatt Liberal 20 March 1946 10 August 1954 8 years, 143 days
18 Murray Robson Liberal 17 August 1954 20 September 1955 1 year, 34 days
19 Pat Morton Liberal 20 September 1955 17 July 1959 3 years, 300 days
20 Sir Robert Askin Liberal 17 July 1959 13 May 1965 5 years, 300 days
21 Jack Renshaw Labor 14 May 1965 23 July 1968 3 years, 70 days
22 Pat Hills Labor 30 July 1968 3 December 1973 5 years, 126 days
23 Neville Wran Labor 3 December 1973 14 May 1976 2 years, 163 days
24 Sir Eric Willis Liberal 15 May 1976 16 December 1977 1 year, 215 days
25 Peter Coleman Liberal 16 December 1977 7 October 1978 295 days
26 John Mason Liberal 24 October 1978 29 May 1981 2 years, 217 days
27 Bruce McDonald Liberal 1 June 1981 12 October 1981 133 days
28 John Dowd Liberal 27 October 1981 15 March 1983 1 year, 139 days
29 Nick Greiner Liberal 15 March 1983 25 March 1988 5 years, 10 days
30 Bob Carr Labor 6 April 1988 4 April 1995 6 years, 363 days
31 Peter Collins Liberal 4 April 1995 7 December 1998 3 years, 247 days
32 Kerry Chikarovski Liberal 7 December 1998 28 March 2002 3 years, 111 days
33 John Brogden Liberal 28 March 2002 1 September 2005 3 years, 157 days
34 Peter Debnam Liberal 1 September 2005 4 April 2007 1 year, 215 days
35 Barry O'Farrell Liberal 4 April 2007 28 March 2011 3 years, 358 days
36 John Robertson Labor 31 March 2011 23 December 2014 3 years, 267 days
37 Luke Foley Labor 5 January 2015 incumbent 148 days

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Council[edit]

Order Name[2] Party Term begin Term end Term of office
1 Sir Henry Manning[3] United Australia
Democratic
Liberal
16 May 1941 (1941-05-16) 22 April 1958 (1958-04-22) 16 years, 341 days
2 Hector Clayton Liberal 12 April 1960 (1960-04-12) 30 October 1962 (1962-10-30) 2 years, 201 days
3 Arthur Bridges Liberal 30 October 1962 (1962-10-30) 13 May 1965 (1965-05-13) 2 years, 195 days
4 Reg Downing Labor 13 May 1965 (1965-05-13) 4 February 1972 (1972-02-04) 6 years, 267 days
5 Neville Wran Labor 22 February 1972 (1972-02-22) 19 October 1973 (1973-10-19) 1 year, 239 days
6 Leroy Serisier Labor 3 December 1973 (1973-12-03) 13 May 1976 (1976-05-13) 2 years, 162 days
7 Sir John Fuller National Country 14 May 1976 (1976-05-14) 1 August 1978 (1978-08-01) 2 years, 79 days
8 Max Willis Liberal 1 August 1978 (1978-08-01) 20 October 1981 (1981-10-20) 3 years, 80 days
9 Lloyd Lange Liberal 20 October 1981 (1981-10-20) 3 April 1984 (1984-04-03) 2 years, 166 days
10 Ted Pickering Liberal 3 April 1984 (1984-04-03) 24 March 1988 (1988-03-24) 3 years, 356 days
11 Jack Hallam Labor 6 April 1988 (1988-04-06) 2 May 1991 (1991-05-02) 3 years, 26 days
12 Michael Egan Labor 2 July 1991 (1991-07-02) 4 April 1995 (1995-04-04) 3 years, 276 days
13 John Hannaford Liberal 11 April 1995 (1995-04-11) 31 March 1999 (1999-03-31) 3 years, 354 days
14 Michael Gallacher Liberal 31 March 1999 (1999-03-31) 4 March 2011 (2011-03-04) 11 years, 338 days
15 Tony Kelly Labor 8 April 2011 (2011-04-08) 6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) 59 days
16 Luke Foley Labor 14 June 2011 (2011-06-14) 8 April 2015 (2015-04-08) 3 years, 298 days
17 Adam Searle Labor 8 April 2015 (2015-04-08) incumbent 55 days

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition in the NSW Legislative Assembly, 1901 - present". 
  2. ^ "Leaders of the Opposition in the NSW Legislative Council". About Parliament. NSW Parliament. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Manning refused the role of 'official' Leader of the Opposition, when offered to him, owing to his beliefs in a non-partisan council. Nevertheless he was considered by his colleagues as the de facto leader of the opposition members.

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