Leader of the Opposition (New South Wales)

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Leader of the Opposition
Incumbent
Jodi McKay

since 29 June 2019
Term lengthWhile leader of the largest political party not in government
Inaugural holderCharles Lee
DeputyYasmin Catley

The Leader of the Opposition is a title held by the leader of the second-largest party in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament of New South Wales. There is also a Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council. He or she acts as the public face of the opposition, leading the opposition on the floor of parliament. They act as a chief critic of the government and ultimately attempt to portray the opposition as a feasible alternate government. They are also given certain additional rights under parliamentary standing orders, such as extended time limits for speeches.

The current leader of the opposition is Jodi McKay, who was elected leader on 29 June 2019.[1] Adam Searle serves as leader of the opposition in the Legislative Council.

List of Leaders of the Opposition in New South Wales since 1901[edit]

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly[edit]

Political parties

  Australian Labor Party   Liberal Party of Australia   Nationalist Party of Australia
  United Australia Party   Liberal Reform Party   Democratic Party

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Tenure
1 Charles Lee CharlesAlfredLee.jpg 23 March 1901 18 September 1902 1 year, 179 days
2 Joseph Carruthers J.H. Carruthers (1898).jpg 18 September 1902 30 August 1904 1 year, 347 days
3 James McGowen James McGowen Premier.png 20 September 1904 21 October 1910 6 years, 31 days
4 Charles Wade SirCharlesWade.gif 21 October 1910 15 November 1916 6 years, 25 days
5 Ernest Durack Ernest Durack, c1913.png 22 November 1916 19 February 1917 89 days
6 John Storey John Storey cropped.jpg 22 February 1917 13 April 1920 3 years, 51 days
7 George Fuller George fuller.jpg 14 April 1920 13 April 1922 1 year, 364 days
8 James Dooley JamesDooleySpeaker.jpg 20 April 1922 9 March 1923 323 days
9 Greg McGirr J. J. G. (Greg) McGirr, c1917.png 9 March 1923 16 April 1923 38 days
10 Bill Dunn William Fraser Dunn, MP, c1920.png 16 April 1923 31 July 1923 106 days
11 Jack Lang JackLang.jpg 31 July 1923 17 June 1925 1 year, 321 days
(7) George Fuller George fuller.jpg 23 June 1925 24 September 1925 93 days
12 Thomas Bavin Thomas Bavin.jpg 24 September 1925 18 October 1927 2 years, 24 days
(11) Jack Lang JackLang.jpg 18 October 1927 4 November 1930 3 years, 17 days
(12) Thomas Bavin Thomas Bavin.jpg 24 September 1925 18 October 1927 2 years, 24 days
13 Bertram Stevens Bertram Stevens.jpg 5 April 1932 13 May 1932 38 days
(11) Jack Lang JackLang.jpg 22 June 1932 5 September 1939 7 years, 75 days
14 William McKell Williammckell.jpg 5 September 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 253 days
15 Alexander Mair Alexander mair.jpg 19 May 1941 10 February 1944 2 years, 267 days
16 Reginald Weaver Weaver 1932.jpg 10 February 1944 12 November 1945 1 year, 275 days
(15) Alexander Mair Alexander mair.jpg 13 November 1945 20 March 1946 127 days
17 Vernon Treatt Vernon Treatt.jpg 20 March 1946 10 August 1954 8 years, 143 days
18 Murray Robson Murray Robson.jpg 17 August 1954 20 September 1955 1 year, 34 days
19 Pat Morton Pat Morton.jpg 20 September 1955 17 July 1959 3 years, 300 days
20 Robert Askin Robert Askin 1966.jpg 17 July 1959 13 May 1965 5 years, 300 days
21 Jack Renshaw Jack Renshaw.png 3 years, 70 days 23 July 1968 3 years, 70 days
22 Pat Hills Pat Hills.jpg 30 July 1968 3 December 1973 5 years, 126 days
23 Neville Wran Neville Wran CNZM (cropped).jpg 3 December 1973 14 May 1976 2 years, 163 days
24 Eric Willis Sir Eric.jpg 15 May 1976 16 December 1977 1 year, 215 days
25 Peter Coleman Peter Coleman, June 2012, His Home (cropped).jpg 16 December 1977 7 October 1978 295 days
26 John Mason No image.png 24 October 1978 29 May 1981 2 years, 217 days
27 Bruce McDonald No image.png 1 June 1981 12 October 1981 133 days
28 John Dowd No image.png 27 October 1981 15 March 1983 1 year, 139 days
29 Nick Greiner No image.png 15 March 1983 25 March 1988 5 years, 10 days
30 Bob Carr Bob Carr.jpg 6 April 1988 4 April 1995 6 years, 363 days
31 Peter Collins No image.png 4 April 1995 7 December 1998 3 years, 247 days
32 Kerry Chikarovski 7 December 1998 28 March 2002 3 years, 111 days
33 John Brogden John Brogden office Sydney.jpg 28 March 2002 1 September 2005 3 years, 157 days
34 Peter Debnam PeterDebnamAtANZACCeremonySydney26042006.jpg 1 September 2005 4 April 2007 1 year, 215 days
35 Barry O'Farrell Premier Barry O'Farrell - Flickr - Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer.jpg 4 April 2007 28 March 2011 3 years, 358 days
36 John Robertson Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, John Robertson, addressing attendees at the Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards (2)-crop.jpg 31 March 2011 23 December 2014 3 years, 267 days
37 Luke Foley Luke Foley - June 2014 (cropped).jpg 5 January 2015 8 November 2018 3 years, 336 days
38 Michael Daley No image.png 10 November 2018 25 March 2019 135 days
39 Jodi McKay No image.png 29 June 2019 Incumbent 50 days

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Council[edit]

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Tenure
1 Sir Henry Manning[note a] Sir Henry Manning 1947.jpg 16 May 1941 (1941-05-16) 22 April 1958 (1958-04-22) 16 years, 341 days
2 Hector Clayton No image.png 12 April 1960 (1960-04-12) 30 October 1962 (1962-10-30) 2 years, 201 days
3 Arthur Bridges Arthur Dalgety Bridges, MLC, c1954.png 30 October 1962 (1962-10-30) 13 May 1965 (1965-05-13) 2 years, 195 days
4 Reg Downing Reg Downing 1941.jpg 13 May 1965 (1965-05-13) 4 February 1972 (1972-02-04) 6 years, 267 days
5 Neville Wran Neville Wran CNZM (cropped).jpg 22 February 1972 (1972-02-22) 19 October 1973 (1973-10-19) 1 year, 239 days
6 Leroy Serisier No image.png 3 December 1973 (1973-12-03) 13 May 1976 (1976-05-13) 2 years, 162 days
7 Sir John Fuller No image.png 14 May 1976 (1976-05-14) 1 August 1978 (1978-08-01) 2 years, 79 days
8 Max Willis No image.png 1 August 1978 (1978-08-01) 20 October 1981 (1981-10-20) 3 years, 80 days
9 Lloyd Lange No image.png 20 October 1981 (1981-10-20) 3 April 1984 (1984-04-03) 2 years, 166 days
10 Ted Pickering No image.png 3 April 1984 (1984-04-03) 24 March 1988 (1988-03-24) 3 years, 356 days
11 Jack Hallam No image.png 6 April 1988 (1988-04-06) 2 May 1991 (1991-05-02) 3 years, 26 days
12 Michael Egan No image.png 2 July 1991 (1991-07-02) 4 April 1995 (1995-04-04) 3 years, 276 days
13 John Hannaford No image.png 11 April 1995 (1995-04-11) 31 March 1999 (1999-03-31) 3 years, 354 days
14 Mike Gallacher No image.png 31 March 1999 (1999-03-31) 4 March 2011 (2011-03-04) 11 years, 338 days
15 Tony Kelly No image.png 8 April 2011 (2011-04-08) 6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) 59 days
16 Luke Foley Luke Foley - June 2014 (cropped).jpg 14 June 2011 (2011-06-14) 8 April 2015 (2015-04-08) 3 years, 298 days
17 Adam Searle Adam Searle Conference 2015 (cropped).jpg 8 April 2015 (2015-04-08) Incumbent 4 years, 132 days

Notes[edit]

  • ^[note a] : Manning refused the role of 'official' Leader of the Opposition, when offered to him, owing to his beliefs in a non-partisan Legislative Council. Nevertheless he was considered by his colleagues as the de facto leader of the opposition members.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Lisa (29 June 2019). "Jodi McKay elected New South Wales Labor leader after tense meeting". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2019.

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