Government of New South Wales

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Government of New South Wales
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Emblem of the New South Wales Government and its agencies
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Coat of arms of the State of New South Wales, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
Formation
Australian state New South Wales
Website http://www.nsw.gov.au/
Legislative branch
Legislature Parliament of New South Wales;
Meeting place Parliament House
Executive branch
Main organ New South Wales Ministry
Leader Premier
Appointer Governor
Meeting place Parliament House
Judicial branch
Court Supreme Court
Seat Sydney

The Government of New South Wales, also referred to as the New South Wales Government or NSW Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of New South Wales, in Australia. The Government of New South Wales, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia 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.[citation needed]

Executive and judicial powers[edit]

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 Crown, 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.[citation needed]

The Governor, as representative of the Crown, 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.

In 2006, the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in New South Wales, the Constitution Amendment Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 No. 6 was enacted to amend the Constitution Act 1902 to require Members of the New South Wales Parliament and its Ministers to take a pledge of loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen her heirs and successors, and to revise the oaths taken by Executive Councillors.[1] The Act was assented to by the Queen on 3 April 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,[2] while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers.[3] All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales.

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
counterpart
Office Portrait Party
Mike Baird Premier
Minister for Western Sydney
Mike Baird   Liberal Luke Foley Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
Luke Foley MLC (cropped).jpg   Labor
Troy Grant Deputy Premier of New South Wales

Minister for Racing

Deputy Premier of New South Wales Troy Grant.jpg   National Michael Daley Deputy Leader of the Opposition

Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing

  Labor
Minister for Justice and Police Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Justice and Police Guy Zangari MP, Member for Fairfield.jpg   Labor
Minister for the Arts Walter Secord Shadow Minister for the Arts   Labor
Gladys Berejiklian Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian   Liberal Ryan Park Shadow Treasurer   Labor
Minister for Industrial Relations Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations   Labor
Adrian Piccoli Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli   National Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Education   Labor
Duncan Gay Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, Duncan Gay speech at the Holbrook bypass open day (cropped).jpg   National Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight   Labor
Vice-President of the Executive Council   Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy   Liberal Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy   Labor
Jillian Skinner Minister for Health Jillian Skinner at the Mosman International Women's Day Breakfast.jpg   Liberal Walt Secord Shadow Minister for Health   Labor
Andrew Constance Minister for Transport and Infrastructure   Liberal Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Transport   Labor
Michael Daley Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure   Labor
Brad Hazzard Minister for Family and Community Services

Minister for Social Housing

Bradley Hazzard, Lismore, December 2012 (crop).jpg   Liberal Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services

Shadow Minister for Social Housing

  Labor
Rob Stokes Minister for Planning MP Rob Stokes 2014 (cropped).jpg   Liberal Michael Daley Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure   Labor
Dominic Perrottet Minister for Finance, Services and Property   Liberal Clayton Barr Shadow Minister for Finance, Services and Property   Labor
Gabrielle Upton Attorney General   Liberal Paul Lynch Shadow Attorney General Hon Paul Lynch MP, Minister for Local Government.jpg   Labor
Pru Goward Minister for Mental Health

Minister for Medical Research

Assistant Minister for Health

Pru Goward   Liberal Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Shadow Minister for Medical Research

  Labor
Minister for Women Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Women   Labor
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault   Labor
John Ajaka Minister for Ageing

Minister for Disability Services

Minister for Multiculturalism

  Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Ageing

Shadow Minister for Disability Services

Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism

  Labor
Stuart Ayres Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres 2015.jpg   Liberal Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg   Labor
Minister for Sport Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Sport   Labor
Victor Dominello Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Dominello with coalition leadership (cropped).JPG   Liberal Yasmin Catley Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   Labor
John Barilaro Minister for Regional Development   National David Harris Shadow Minister for Regional Development   Labor
Minister for Skills Prue Car Shadow Minister for Skills   Labor
Minister for Small Business Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for Small Business   Labor
Paul Toole Minister for Local Government   National Peter Primrose Shadow Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose MLC.jpg   Labor
Niall Blair Minister for Primary Industries

Minister for Lands and Water

  National Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Primary Industries

Shadow Minister for Lands

Mich Veitch MLC.jpg   Labor
Chris Minns Shadow Minister for Water   Labor
Mark Speakman Minister for the Environment

Minister for Heritage

Assistant Minister for Planning

150225 MDCC Election Forum Mark Speakman.jpg   Liberal Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage Penny Sharpe MLC, Nov 2012.jpg   Labor
David Elliott Minister for Corrections

Minister for Emergency Services

  Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Corrections

Shadow Minister for Emergency Services

  Labor
Minister for Veterans Affairs Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs   Labor
Leslie Williams Minister for Early Childhood Education   National Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education   Labor
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David Harris Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs   Labor
Assistant Minister for Education Prue Car Shadow Assistant Minister for Education   Labor

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 (NSW)
  2. ^ "Full Ministry in both Houses (by Seniority)". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. October 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shadow Ministry in both Houses (by Seniority)". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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