Lang ministry (1930–32)

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State of New South Wales (1915–1938)

The Lang ministry (1930–1932) or Third Lang ministry was the 45th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 23rd Premier, the Honourable Jack Lang, MLA. This ministry was the third and final time 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, his second as Lang Labor, subject to an early election, held in October 1927.[1] Defeated by a Nationalist/Country coalition led by Thomas Bavin and Ernest Buttenshaw at the 1927 election, Lang again won government at the 1930 election, in the middle of the Great Depression.

This ministry covers the period from 4 November 1930 until 13 May 1932[2][3] when the Governor of New South Wales, Philip Game used the reserve power of The Crown to remove Lang as Premier (see Lang Dismissal Crisis), and appointed Bertram Stevens as Premier.

Composition of ministry[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Lang on 4 November 1930 and covers the period up to 13 May 1932, 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 4 November 1930 13 May 1932 1 year, 191 days
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Labour and Industry
Hon. Jack Baddeley, MLA  
Colonial Secretary Hon. Mark Gosling, MLA  
Attorney General Hon. Andrew Lysaght, MLA a   16 June 1931 224 days
Hon. Joseph Lamaro   17 June 1931 13 May 1932 331 days
Minister of Justice   4 November 1930 17 June 1931 225 days
Hon. William McKell, MLA   17 June 1931 13 May 1932 331 days
Minister for Local Government   4 November 1930 17 June 1931 225 days
Hon. James McGirr, MLA   17 June 1931 13 May 1932 331 days
Minister for Transport   22 March 1932 52 days
Minister for Health   4 November 1930 17 June 1931 225 days
Hon. Bill Ely, MLA   17 June 1931 13 May 1932 331 days
Assistant Minister for Labour and Industry   4 November 1930 17 June 1931 225 days
Minister of Public Instruction Hon. Billy Davies, MLA   4 November 1930 13 May 1932 1 year, 191 days
Secretary for Lands Hon. Jack Tully, MLA  
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Forests
Hon. Captain Bill Dunn, MLA  
Secretary for Public Works Hon. Mat Davidson, MLA  
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Albert Willis, MLC b   2 April 1931 149 days
Hon. James Concannon, MLC   3 April 1931 13 May 1932 1 year, 40 days
Honorary Minister   4 November 1930 2 April 1931 149 days
^a Resigned office.
^b Resigned office.

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)" (Excel spreadsheet). Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 271–272. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
Preceded by
Bavin ministry
Lang ministry (1930–1932)
Succeeded by
Stevens-Bruxner ministry (1932–1935)