Government of New South Wales

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Emblem of the New South Wales Government and its agencies
Coat of Arms of the State of New South Wales, used for formal and ceremonial purposes

The form of the Government of New South Wales is prescribed in its Constitution, which dates from 1856, although it has been amended many times since then. Since 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Australian Constitution regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, New South Wales ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Section 109 of the Australian Constitution provides that, where a State law is inconsistent with a federal law, the federal law prevails (to the extent of the inconsistency). The New South Wales Constitution says: "The Legislature shall, subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, have power to make laws for the peace, welfare, and good government of New South Wales in all cases whatsoever." Initially the Australian states retained significant independence. Over time, however, that independence has been greatly eroded by both the proliferation of Commonwealth Law, and the increasing financial domination of the Commonwealth.

New South Wales is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of New South Wales, which consists of the Queen, represented by the Governor of New South Wales, and the two Houses, the New South Wales Legislative Council (the upper house) and the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (the lower house). Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers.

The Governor, as representative of the Queen, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of New South Wales and the Cabinet. The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution. New South Wales celebrated the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in 2006.

Ministries[edit]

The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the Queen, represented by the Governor of New South Wales. The government ministers are listed in order of seniority,[1] while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers.[2] All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales, with the exception of Jodi McKay, a former member for Newcastle and the Labor candidate at the next state election for the seat of Strathfield.[3][4][5]

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
counterpart
Office Portrait Party
Mike Baird Premier
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Western Sydney
Mike Baird   Liberal Luke Foley Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure
Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
Luke Foley MLC (cropped).jpg   Labor
Troy Grant Deputy Premier of New South Wales Deputy Premier of New South Wales Troy Grant.jpg   National Linda Burney Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly
Linda Burney MP.jpg   Labor
Minister for Trade and Investment
Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
  Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment
Shadow Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services
  Labor
Minister for Tourism and Major Events
Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing
  Steve Whan Shadow Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing   Labor
Minister for the Arts   Sonia Hornery Shadow Minister for the Arts   Labor
Gladys Berejiklian Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian   Liberal Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Transport Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg   Labor
Minister for the Hunter   Sonia Hornery Shadow Minister for the Hunter   Labor
Adrian Piccoli Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli   National Ryan Park Shadow Minister for Education and Training   Labor
Duncan Gay Minister for Roads and Freight   National Michael Daley Shadow Minister for Roads and Freight   Labor
Minister for the North Coast   Walt Secord Shadow Minister for the North Coast   Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Resources and Energy   Liberal Steve Whan Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries   Labor
  Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change   Labor
Special Minister of State   Peter Primrose Shadow Special Minister of State   Labor
Jillian Skinner Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research
Jillian Skinner at the Mosman International Women's Day Breakfast.jpg   Liberal Walt Secord Shadow Minister for Health
Shadow Minister for Liquor Regulation
  Labor
  Sonia Hornery Shadow Minister for Science and Medical Research   Labor
Andrew Constance Treasurer   Liberal Michael Daley Shadow Treasurer   Labor
Minister for Industrial Relations   Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations   Labor
Pru Goward Minister for Planning Pru Goward   Liberal Jodi McKay Opposition Planning Spokeswoman[3][4][5]   Labor
Minister for Women   Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for the Status of Women   Labor
Brad Hazzard Attorney General
Minister for Justice
Bradley Hazzard, Lismore, December 2012 (crop).jpg   Liberal Paul Lynch Shadow Attorney General
Shadow Minister for Justice
Paul Lynch   Labor
Gabrielle Upton Minister for Family and Community Services   Liberal Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services   Labor
Katrina Hodgkinson Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson.jpg   National Steve Whan Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries   Labor
Kevin Humphries Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water   National Tony Kelly Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries   Labor
  Peter Primrose Shadow Minister for Water   Labor
  Steve Whan Shadow Minister for Rural Water   Labor
Minister for Western New South Wales   Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Regional and Rural Affairs
Shadow Minister for Western New South Wales
  Labor
John Ajaka Minister for Ageing
Minister for Disability Services
  Liberal Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Ageing and Disability Services   Labor
Minister for the Illawarra   Ryan Park Shadow Minister for the Illawarra   Labor
Stuart Ayres Minister for Police and Emergency Services   Liberal Steve Whan Shadow Minister for Police   Labor
  Ron Hoenig Shadow Minister for Emergency Services   Labor
Minister for Sport and Recreation   Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation   Labor
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney   Peter Primrose Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Western Sydney   Labor
Victor Dominello Minister for Citizenship and Communities   Liberal Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities   Labor
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs   Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs   Labor
Minister for Veterans Affairs
Assistant Minister for Education
  Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education  
Rob Stokes Minister for the Environment MP Rob Stokes 2014 (cropped).jpg   Liberal Luke Foley Shadow Minister for the Environment   Labor
Minister for Heritage
Assistant Minister for Planning
  Ron Hoenig Shadow Minister for Heritage   Labor
Minister for the Central Coast   Linda Burney Shadow Minister for the Central Coast   Labor
Dominic Perrottet Minister for Finance and Services   Liberal Peter Primrose Shadow Minister for Finance and Services   Labor
  Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Housing   Labor
Paul Toole Minister for Local Government   National Shadow Minister for Local Government  
Matthew Mason-Cox Minister for Fair Trading   Liberal Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Fair Trading   Labor
Jai Rowell Minister for Mental Health   Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Mental Health   Labor
Assistant Minister for Health   Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Healthy Lifestyles
Shadow Minister for Volunteering and Youth
  Labor
John Barilaro Minister for Small Business
Minister for Regional Tourism
  National Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Small Business   Labor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Full Ministry in both Houses (by Seniority)". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. October 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Shadow Ministry in both Houses (by Seniority)". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Jodi McKay, Labor candidate for Strathfield, elevated to NSW shadow cabinet by new leader Luke Foley". ABC News (Australia). 6 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Herbertson, Lisa (6 January 2015). "Jodi McKay named Labor’s NSW planning spokeswoman in Luke Foley’s new shadow cabinet". Inner West Courier. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Coultan, Mark (6 January 2015). "Luke Foley appoints Jodi McKay to NSW shadow cabinet". The Australian. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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