Vice-President of the Executive Council (New South Wales)

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Vice-President of the Executive Council
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Incumbent
Duncan Gay

since 6 May 2014
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Inaugural holder Edward Deas Thomson
Formation 23 May 1857

The Vice-President of the Executive Council of New South Wales is a position in the Australian state of New South Wales governments, whose holder acts as presiding officer of the Executive Council of New South Wales in the absence of the Governor.[1]

The Vice-President of the Executive Council is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.[2] The Vice-President is usually a senior minister and may summon executive councillors and preside at Council meetings when the Governor is not present. However, the Vice-President cannot sign Executive Council documents on behalf of the Governor. The current Vice-President of the Executive Council is Duncan Gay, MLC.

Duties and history[edit]

As the duties of the post are not rigorous, it is usually given to a government minister who holds another portfolio. In this sense, it is usually not a 'Minister without portfolio' such as the equivalent position, Lord President of the Council, is in the United Kingdom, although it has sometimes been used thus in the past, particularly in the pre-Federation period. Since 1920 it has typically been given to the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council or its chief representative.

Vice-Presidents of the Executive Council[edit]

Ordinal Vice-President Party affiliation Period
1 Edward Deas Thomson None 23 May 1857 – 7 September 1857
Office not in use 7 September 1857 – 1 September 1861
Charles Cowper, Jr[3] 1 September 1861 – 15 October 1863
2 John Plunkett 23 November 1863 – 2 February 1865
Office not in use 2 February 1865 – 14 May 1872
3 Saul Samuel 14 May 1872 – 8 February 1875
Office not in use 8 February 1875 – 17 August 1877
4 Joseph Docker 17 August 1877 – 17 December 1877
5 John Marks 18 December 1877 – 20 December 1878
6 Sir John Robertson 21 December 1878 – 10 November 1881
7 Frederick Darley 14 November 1881 – 4 January 1883
8 Sir Patrick Jennings 5 January 1883 – 31 July 1883
Office not in use 31 July 1883 – 20 January 1887
9 Sir Henry Parkes Protectionist 20 January 1887 – 6 March 1887
10 Julian Salomons 7 March 1887 – 16 January 1889
11 Sir John Lackey Free Trade 17 January 1889 – 7 March 1889
12 William Suttor, Jnr 30 April 1889 – 22 October 1891
Julian Salomons Protectionist 23 October 1891 – 26 January 1893
13 Henry MacLaurin 5 April 1893 – 2 August 1894
William Suttor, Jnr Free Trade 7 August 1894 – 15 March 1895
14 Andrew Garran 19 March 1895 – 18 November 1898
23 John Hughes 22 November 1898 – 13 September 1899
24 William Lyne Protectionist 14 September 1899 – 15 September 1899
24 James Mackay 15 September 1899 – 24 April 1900
25 Francis Suttor 12 June 1900 – 23 May 1903
James Mackay 6 June 1903 – 29 August 1904
John Hughes Liberal Reform 29 August 1904 – 20 October 1910
26 Fred Flowers Labor 21 October 1910 – 27 April 1915
27 John Fitzgerald 27 April 1915 – 15 November 1916
Nationalist 15 November 1916 – 30 July 1919
28 David Hall 30 July 1919 – 9 February 1920
29 George Fuller 9 February 1920 – 27 February 1920
30 Edward Kavanagh Labor 21 April 1920 – 20 December 1921
31 Sir Joseph Carruthers Nationalist 20 December 1921
Edward Kavanagh Labor 20 December 1921 – 13 April 1922
Sir Joseph Carruthers Nationalist 13 April 1922 – 17 June 1925
32 Albert Willis Labor 17 June 1925 – 18 October 1927
33 Francis Boyce Nationalist 18 October 1927 – 3 November 1930
Albert Willis Labor 4 November 1930 – 2 April 1931
34 James Concannon 3 April 1931 – 13 May 1932
35 James Ryan United Australia 16 May 1932 – 17 June 1932
36 Henry Manning 18 June 1932 – 16 May 1941
37 Reg Downing Labor 16 May 1941 – 13 May 1965
38 Arthur Bridges Liberal 13 May 1965 – 22 May 1968
39 Sir John Fuller Country 10 July 1968 – 14 May 1976
40 Paul Landa Labor 14 May 1976 – 5 April 1984
41 Barrie Unsworth 5 April 1984 – 4 July 1986
42 Jack Hallam 4 July 1986 – 25 March 1988
43 Ted Pickering Liberal 25 March 1988 – 22 October 1992
47 John Hannaford 22 October 1992 – 4 April 1995
48 Michael Egan Labor 4 April 1995 – 21 January 2005
49 John Della Bosca 3 August 2005 – 2 April 2007
50 Tony Kelly 2 April 2007 – 8 September 2008
John Della Bosca 8 September 2008 – 1 September 2009
51 John Hatzistergos 1 September 2009 – 28 March 2011
52 Michael Gallacher Liberal 3 April 2011 – 2 May 2014
53 Duncan Gay Nationals 6 May 2014 – present

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constitution Act 1902 (NSW) - Section 35D". New South Wales Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Constitution Act 1902 (NSW) - Section 35C(3)". New South Wales Consolidated Acts. Australasian Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Served as 'Clerk of the Executive Council'

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