Deputy Premier of New South Wales

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Deputy Premier of New South Wales
Coat of Arms of New South Wales.svg
John Barilaro 2016.jpg
Incumbent
John Barilaro

since 15 November 2016
StyleThe Honourable
NominatorPremier of New South Wales
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holderSir Michael Bruxner
Formation16 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 current Deputy Premier is the National Party's John Barilaro, who was sworn in on 15 November 2016.

History[edit]

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.

Three Deputy Premiers have subsequently become Premier in their own right: Joseph Cahill, Robert Heffron, and Jack Renshaw. However, this has not occurred since 1964.

Duties[edit]

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[edit]

Political parties

  Country/National   Labor

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Tenure
1 Sir Michael Bruxner Michael Bruxner1951.jpg 16 May 1932 16 May 1941 9 years, 0 days
2 Jack Baddeley JohnMarcusBaddeley.jpg 16 May 1941 8 September 1949 8 years, 115 days
3 Joseph Cahill J. J. Cahill, NSW Minister for Local Government official portrait, 1944.jpg 21 September 1949 2 April 1952 2 years, 194 days
4 Bob Heffron BobHeffron1963.jpg 23 February 1953 28 October 1959 6 years, 247 days
5 Jack Renshaw JackRenshaw1963.jpg 28 October 1959 14 March 1964 4 years, 169 days
6 Pat Hills Pat Hills.jpg 30 April 1964 13 May 1965 1 year, 13 days
7 Sir Charles Cutler No image.png 13 May 1965 16 December 1975 10 years, 217 days
8 Leon Punch No image.png 17 December 1975 14 May 1976 149 days
9 Jack Ferguson No image.png 14 May 1976 10 February 1984 7 years, 272 days
10 Ron Mulock No image.png 10 February 1984 25 March 1988 4 years, 44 days
11 Wal Murray No image.png 25 March 1988 26 May 1993 5 years, 62 days
12 Ian Armstrong No image.png 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
13 Andrew Refshauge No image.png 4 April 1995 3 August 2005 10 years, 121 days
14 John Watkins No image.png 10 August 2005 3 September 2008 3 years, 24 days
15 Carmel Tebbutt No image.png 5 September 2008 26 March 2011 2 years, 202 days
16 Andrew Stoner Andrew Stoner.jpg 28 March 2011 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16) 3 years, 202 days
17 Troy Grant Deputy Premier of New South Wales Troy Grant.jpg 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16) 15 November 2016 (2016-11-15) 2 years, 30 days
18 John Barilaro John Barilaro 2016.jpg 15 November 2016 (2016-11-15) present 2 years, 55 days

Living former Deputy Premiers[edit]

There are six 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 Current age
Ian Armstrong 1993–1995 17 July 1937 81 years, 176 days
Andrew Refshauge 1995–2005 16 January 1949 69 years, 358 days
John Watkins 2005–2008 7 December 1955 63 years, 33 days
Carmel Tebbutt 2008–2011 22 January 1964 54 years, 352 days
Andrew Stoner 2011–2014 14 January 1960 58 years, 360 days
Troy Grant 2014–2016 11 February 1970 48 years, 332 days

See also[edit]