Lang ministry (1927)

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State of New South Wales (1915–1938)

The Lang ministry (1927) or Second Lang ministry or Lang Reconstruction ministry was the 43rd ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 23rd Premier, the Honourable Jack Lang, MLA. This ministry was the second of three occasions where Lang was Premier.

Lang was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1913 and served continuously until 1946. In 1923 Lang was elected NSW Parliamentary Leader of the Labor Party by Labor caucus, and became Opposition Leader. At the 1925 state election, Lang led Labor to victory, defeating the Nationalist Party led by Sir George Fuller.

Lang's initial ministry was confronted with extended cabinet strife, centred on the Hon. Albert Willis, MLC. Lang gained the approval of the Governor to reconstruct the ministry subject to an early election, held in October 1927.[1]

This reconstructed ministry covers the Lang Labor period from 27 May 1927 until 18 October 1927[2][3] when Lang was defeated by a Nationalist/Country coalition led by Thomas Bavin and Ernest Buttenshaw.

Composition of ministry[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Lang on 27 May 1927 and covers the period up to 18 October 1927, unless the Minister retains the portfolio for the full term. Ministers are listed in order of seniority.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Colonial Treasurer
Hon. Jack Lang, MLA   Lang Labor 27 May 1927 18 October 1927 144 days
Colonial Secretary Hon. Mark Gosling, MLA  
Attorney General Hon. Andrew Lysaght, MLA  
Minister of Justice   8 June 1927 132 days
Hon. William McKell, MLA   27 May 1927 7 June 1927 11 days
Assistant Colonial Treasurer  
Hon. Robert Cruickshank, MLC   19 September 1927 18 October 1927 29 days
Honorary Minister   27 May 1927 18 September 1927 114 days
Minister of Public Instruction Hon. Billy Davies, MLA   18 October 1927 144 days
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Railways
Hon. William Ratcliffe, MLA  
Secretary for Lands
Minister for Forests
Hon. Edward Horsington MLA  
Minister for Agriculture Hon. Patrick Stokes, MLA  
Minister for Local Government Hon. Thomas Keegan, MLA  
Minister for Public Health Hon. Robert Stuart-Robertson, MLA  
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Albert Willis, MLC  
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Labour and Industry
Hon. Jack Baddeley, MLA  

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nairn, Bede. "Lang, John Thomas (Jack) (1876–1975)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Former Members - Chronological List of Ministries 1856 to 2009 (requires download)". Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Archived from the original (Excel spreadsheet) on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 270. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
Preceded by
Lang ministry (1925–1927)
Lang ministry
Succeeded by
Bavin ministry