Treasurer of New South Wales

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Treasurer of New South Wales
New South Wales coa.png
Coat of arms of New South Wales
Incumbent
Andrew Constance

since 23 April 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Formation 6 June 1856
First holder Thomas Holt

The Treasurer of New South Wales, known from 1856–1959 as the Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales, is the minister in the Government of New South Wales responsible for government expenditure and revenue raising and is the head of the New South Wales Treasury. The Treasurer plays a key role in the economic policy of the government. By convention, the Treasurer is usually a member of the NSW Parliament with a seat in the Legislative Assembly. The exception to this is Michael Egan, Michael Costa and Eric Roozendaal, who were members of the Legislative Council during their tenure as Treasurer.

The current Treasurer is Andrew Constance, MP.

Each year, the Treasurer presents the NSW Budget to the Parliament. In some other countries the equivalent role is the Minister for Finance, although NSW has had a separate office of that name responsible for regulating government spending. For 103 years the Treasurer was originally known as the 'Colonial Treasurer', however the 'Colonial' word was removed with the passing of the Ministers of the Crown Act 1959 (NSW) from 1 April 1959.[1]

Treasurers Forster, Stuart, Dibbs, Jennings, Reid, Lyne, Waddell, Carruthers, McGowen, Holman, Fuller, Lang, Bavin, Stevens, Mair, McKell, McGirr, Cahill, Heffron, Renshaw, Askin, Lewis, Willis, Wran, Greiner, Fahey and Iemma were also Premier during some or all of their period as Treasurer.

List of New South Wales Treasurers[edit]

Colonial Treasurers – 1856 to 1959[edit]

The old Treasury Building, designed by Mortimer Lewis (1849)
Ordinal Colonial Treasurer Party affiliation Period
1. Thomas Holt None 1856
2. Robert Campbell 1856
3. Stuart Donaldson 1856–1857
4. Richard Jones 1857–1858
Robert Campbell 1858–1859
5. Elias Weekes 1859
6. Saul Samuel 1859–1860
Elias Weekes 1860–1863
7. Thomas Smart 1863
8. Geoffrey Eagar 1863–1865
Thomas Smart 1865
Saul Samuel 1865–1866
9. Marshall Burdekin 1866
Geoffrey Eagar 1866–1868
Saul Samuel 1868–1870
10. George Lord 1870–1872
11. William Piddington 1872
12. George Lloyd 1872–1875
13. William Forster 1875–1876
14. Alexander Stuart 1876–1877
William Piddington 1877
15. William Long 1877
16. Henry Cohen 1877–1878
17. James Watson 1878–1883
18. George Dibbs 1883–1885
19. John Burns 1885–1886
20. Sir Patrick Jennings 1886–1887
John Burns Protectionist Party 1887–1889
21. James Garvan Free Trade 1889
22. William McMillan 1889–1891
23. Bruce Smith 1891
24. John See Protectionist Party 1891–1894
25. Sir George Reid Free Trade Party 1894–1899
26. Joseph Carruthers 1899
27. Sir William Lyne Protectionist Party 1899–1901
28. Thomas Waddell 1901–1904
Sir Joseph Carruthers Liberal Reform Party 1904–1907
Thomas Waddell 1907–1910
29. James McGowen Australian Labor Party 1910–1911
30. John Dacey 1911–1912
31. Ambrose Carmichael 1912
32. John Cann 1912–1914
33. William Holman 1914–1916
Nationalist Party 1916–1918
34. John Fitzpatrick 1918–1920
35. Jack Lang Australian Labor Party 1920–1921
36. Sir Arthur Cocks Nationalist Party 1921
Jack Lang Australian Labor Party 1921–1922
Sir Arthur Cocks Nationalist Party 1922–1925
37. Sir George Fuller 1925
Jack Lang Australian Labor Party 1925–1927
38. Thomas Bavin Nationalist Party 1927–1929
39. Bertram Stevens 1929–1930
Jack Lang Australian Labor Party 1930–1932
Bertram Stevens United Australia Party 1932–1938
40. Alexander Mair 1938–1939
41. Athol Richardson 1939–1941
42. William McKell Australian Labor Party 1941–1947
43. James McGirr 1947–1952
44. Joseph Cahill 1952–1959

Treasurers – 1959 to present[edit]

Ordinal Treasurer Party affiliation Period
Joseph Cahill Australian Labor Party 1959
45. Bob Heffron 1959
46. Jack Renshaw 1959–1965
47. Sir Robert Askin Liberal Party of Australia 1965–1975
48. Tom Lewis 1975–1976
49. Sir Eric Willis 1976
Jack Renshaw Australian Labor Party 1976–1980
50. Neville Wran 1980–1981
51. Ken Booth 1981–1988
52. Nick Greiner Liberal Party of Australia 1988–1992
53. John Fahey 1992–1993
54. Peter Collins 1993–1995
55. Michael Egan Australian Labor Party 1995–2005
56. Morris Iemma 2005–2006
57. Michael Costa 2006–2008
58. Eric Roozendaal 2008–2011
59. Mike Baird Liberal Party of Australia 4 April 2011 - 23 April 2014
60. Andrew Constance 23 April 2014 – present

Assistant Treasurers and Finance Ministers[edit]

The Assistant Treasurer (along with the Finance Minister) effectively acts as Deputy to the Treasurer. From 1925–1929 there existed the office of 'Assistant Colonial Treasurer'. However this office was abolished and when it returned in 1933, it was titled as 'Assistant Treasurer'. The Assistant Treasurer is not an essential cabinet post, often being appointed on an on-off basis, and there is no Assistant Treasurer at the present. Significantly, the role exists only when in use; there can be a lengthy period between successive holders of the title. The last Assistant Treasurer was John Della Bosca from 1999 to 2006. The title Minister of Finance is also used within New South Wales governments but that role is primarily made responsible for the Revenue collection and administration side of Governance.

Assistant Treasurers[edit]

Assistant Treasurer Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
William McKell Australian Labor Party 17 June 1925 – 7 June 1927 Assistant Colonial Treasurer
Robert Cruickshank 19 September 1927 – 18 October 1927
Bertram Stevens Nationalist Party 18 October 1927 – 15 April 1929
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Eric Spooner United Australia Party 15 February 1933 – 21 August 1935 Assistant Treasurer
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Clive Evatt Australian Labor Party 19 May 1947 – 23 February 1953 Assistant Treasurer
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
George Freudenstein Country Party of Australia 11 March 1971 – 19 June 1972 Assistant Treasurer
Wallace Fife Liberal Party of Australia 19 June 1972 – 3 January 1975
Max Ruddock 3 January 1975 – 10 October 1975
Peter Coleman 10 October 1975 – 23 January 1976
Max Ruddock 23 January 1976 – 14 May 1976
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Ken Booth Australian Labor Party 29 February 1980 – 2 October 1981 Assistant Treasurer
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Phillip Smiles Liberal Party of Australia 1 February 1991 – 1 February 1992 Assistant Treasurer
George Souris National Party of Australia 3 July 1992 – 26 May 1993
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
John Della Bosca Australian Labor Party 8 April 1999 – 17 February 2006 Assistant Treasurer

Ministers for Revenue and Finance[edit]

Assistant Treasurer Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
Max Ruddock Liberal Party of Australia 3 January 1975 – 10 October 1975 Minister for Revenue
Peter Coleman 10 October 1975 – 23 January 1976
Max Ruddock 23 January 1976 – 14 May 1976
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Terry Sheahan Australian Labor Party 1 February 1983 – 10 February 1984 Minister for Finance
Rodney Cavalier 10 February 1984 – 5 April 1984
Bob Debus 5 April 1984 – 25 March 1988
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
George Souris National Party of Australia 14 July 1992 – 26 May 1993 Minister for Finance
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Michael Costa Australian Labor Party 3 August 2005 – 17 February 2006 Minister for Finance
John Della Bosca 17 February 2006 – 2 April 2007
John Watkins 2 April 2007 – 8 September 2008
Joe Tripodi 8 September 2008 – 14 September 2009
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Greg Pearce Liberal Party of Australia 3 April 2011 – 1 August 2013 Minister for Finance and Services
Andrew Constance 1 August 2013 – 23 April 2014
Dominic Perrottet 23 April 2014 – present

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Records Archives Investigator - Treasurer". NSW Government State Records. Retrieved 2010-05-28.