Deputy Premier of New South Wales
|Deputy Premier of New South Wales|
|Nominator||Premier of New South Wales|
|Appointer||Governor of New South Wales|
|Inaugural holder||Sir Michael Bruxner|
|Formation||16 May 1932|
The Deputy Premier of New South Wales is the second-most senior officer in the Government of New South Wales. The Deputy Premiership has been a ministerial portfolio since 1932, and the Deputy Premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.
The office of Deputy Premier was created in May 1932 for Michael Bruxner, the leader of the Country Party (later renamed the National Party). Prior to that time the term was sometimes used unofficially (without capital letters) for the second-highest ranking minister in the government.
In Labor governments, the Deputy Premier is the party's deputy leader. Generally speaking, this person has come from the left faction of the party whereas the Premier has come from the right faction. In Liberal-National Coalition governments, the position has been held by the Leader of the National Party or its predecessors.
The duties of the Deputy Premier are to act on behalf of the Premier in his or her absence overseas or on leave. The Deputy Premier has always been a member of the Cabinet, and has always held at least one substantive portfolio (It would be technically possible for a minister to hold only the portfolio of Deputy Premier, but this has never happened).
If the Premier were to die, become incapacitated or resign, the Governor would normally appoint the Deputy Premier as Premier. If the governing or majority party had not yet elected a new leader, that appointment would be on an interim basis. Should a different leader emerge, that person would then be appointed Premier.
List of Deputy Premiers of New South Wales
|#||Name||Portrait||Party||Term start||Term end||Time in office|
|1||Sir Michael Bruxner||Country||16 May 1932||16 May 1941||9 years, 0 days|
|2||Jack Baddeley||Labor||16 May 1941||8 September 1949||8 years, 115 days|
|3||Joseph Cahill||21 September 1949||2 April 1952||2 years, 194 days|
|4||Robert Heffron||Labor||23 February 1953||28 October 1959||6 years, 247 days|
|5||Jack Renshaw||28 October 1959||14 March 1964||4 years, 169 days|
|6||Pat Hills||30 April 1964||13 May 1965||1 year, 13 days|
|7||Sir Charles Cutler||Country||13 May 1965||16 December 1975||10 years, 217 days|
|8||Leon Punch||17 December 1975||14 May 1976||149 days|
|9||Jack Ferguson||Labor||14 May 1976||10 February 1984||7 years, 272 days|
|10||Ron Mulock||10 February 1984||25 March 1988||4 years, 44 days|
|11||Wal Murray||National||25 March 1988||26 May 1993||5 years, 62 days|
|12||Ian Armstrong||26 May 1993||4 April 1995||1 year, 313 days|
|13||Andrew Refshauge||Labor||4 April 1995||3 August 2005||10 years, 121 days|
|14||John Watkins||10 August 2005||3 September 2008||3 years, 24 days|
|15||Carmel Tebbutt||5 September 2008||26 March 2011||2 years, 202 days|
|16||Andrew Stoner||National||28 March 2011||16 October 2014||3 years, 202 days|
|17||Troy Grant||16 October 2014||15 November 2016||2 years, 30 days|
|18||John Barilaro||15 November 2016||present||267 days|
Living former Deputy Premiers
There are five living former Deputy Premiers. The most recent death of a Deputy Premier was that of Ron Mulock (1984–1988), who died on 5 September 2014.
|Name||Term of office||Date of birth|
|Ian Armstrong||1993–1995||17 July 1937|
|Andrew Refshauge||1995–2005||16 January 1949|
|John Watkins||2005–2008||7 December 1955|
|Carmel Tebbutt||2008–2011||22 January 1964|
|Andrew Stoner||2011–2014||14 January 1960|
|Troy Grant||2014–2016||11 February 1970|