Leader of the Opposition (New South Wales)

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Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition
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 or the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly) 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.

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

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly[edit]

Leader of the Opposition
Legislative Assembly
[1]
Party Term of office
Charles Lee Liberal Reform 23 March 1901 – 18 September 1902
Joseph Carruthers Liberal Reform 18 September 1902 – 30 August 1904
James McGowen Labor 20 September 1904 – 21 October 1910
Charles Wade Liberal Reform 21 October 1910 – 15 November 1916
Ernest Durack Labor 22 November 1916 – 19 February 1917
John Storey Labor 22 February 1917 – 13 April 1920
George Fuller (1st time) Nationalist 14 April 1920 – 13 April 1922
James Dooley Labor 20 April 1922 – 31 July 1923
Greg McGirr Labor 9 March 1923 – 16 April 1923
Bill Dunn Labor 16 April 1923 – 31 July 1923
Jack Lang (1st time) Labor 31 July 1923 – 17 June 1925
Sir George Fuller (2nd time) Nationalist 23 June 1925 – 24 September 1925
Thomas Bavin (1st time) Nationalist 24 September 1925 – 18 October 1927
Jack Lang (2nd time) Labor 18 October 1927 – 4 November 1930
Thomas Bavin (2nd time) Nationalist
United Australia
25 November 1930 – 5 April 1932
Sir Bertram Stevens United Australia 5 April 1932 – 13 May 1932
Jack Lang (3rd time) Labor 22 June 1932 – 5 September 1939
William McKell Labor 5 September 1939 – 16 May 1941
Alexander Mair (1st time) United Australia
Democratic
19 May 1941 – 10 February 1944
Reginald Weaver Democratic
Liberal
10 February 1944 – 12 November 1945
Alexander Mair (2nd time) Liberal 13 November 1945 – 20 March 1946
Vernon Treatt Liberal 20 March 1946 – 10 August 1954
Murray Robson Liberal 17 August 1954 – 20 September 1955
Pat Morton Liberal 20 September 1955 – 17 July 1959
Sir Robert Askin Liberal 17 July 1959 – 13 May 1965
Jack Renshaw Labor 14 May 1965 – 23 July 1968
Pat Hills Labor 30 July 1968 – 3 December 1973
Neville Wran Labor 3 December 1973 – 14 May 1976
Sir Eric Willis Liberal 15 May 1976 – 16 December 1977
Peter Coleman Liberal 16 December 1977 – 7 October 1978
John Mason Liberal 24 October 1978 – 29 May 1981
Bruce McDonald Liberal 1 June 1981 – 12 October 1981
John Dowd Liberal 27 October 1981 – 15 March 1983
Nick Greiner Liberal 15 March 1983 – 25 March 1988
Bob Carr Labor 6 April 1988 – 4 April 1995
Peter Collins Liberal 4 April 1995 – 7 December 1998
Kerry Chikarovski Liberal 7 December 1998 – 28 March 2002
John Brogden Liberal 28 March 2002 – 1 September 2005
Peter Debnam Liberal 1 September 2005 – 4 April 2007
Barry O'Farrell Liberal 4 April 2007 – 28 March 2011
John Robertson Labor 31 March 2011 – 23 December 2014

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Council[edit]

Leader of the Opposition
Legislative Council
[2]
Term of office Party
Sir Henry Manning[3] United Australia
Democratic
Liberal
16 May 1941 – 22 April 1958
Hector Clayton Liberal 12 April 1960 – 30 October 1962
Arthur Bridges Liberal 30 October 1962 – 13 May 1965
Reg Downing Labor 13 May 1965 – 4 February 1972
Neville Wran Labor 22 February 1972 – 19 October 1973
Leroy Serisier Labor 3 December 1973 – 13 May 1976
Sir John Fuller National Country 14 May 1976 – 1 August 1978
Max Willis Liberal 1 August 1978 – 20 October 1981
Lloyd Lange Liberal 20 October 1981 – 3 April 1984
Ted Pickering Liberal 3 April 1984 – 24 March 1988
Jack Hallam Labor 6 April 1988 – 2 May 1991
Michael Egan Labor 2 July 1991 – 4 April 1995
John Hannaford Liberal 11 April 1995 – 31 March 1999
Michael Gallacher Liberal 31 March 1999 – 4 March 2011
Tony Kelly Labor 8 April 2011 – 6 June 2011
Luke Foley Labor 14 June 2011 – present

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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