Mair–Bruxner ministry

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The Mair–Bruxner ministry or Mair ministry was the 49th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 26th Premier, the Honourable Alexander Mair, MLA, in a United Australia Party coalition with the Country Party, that was led by the Honourable Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Bruxner, DSO, MLA. The ministry was the only occasion when the Government was led by Stevens, as Premier; and fourth and final occasion where Bruxner served as Deputy Premier.

Mair was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1932 and served continuously until 1946. Having served as a junior minister in the third Stevens ministry and subsequently promoted,[1] Mair was elected leader of the United Australia Party (UAP) in New South Wales as a result of a no confidence motion against the 25th Premier, Bertram Stevens, for not running a balanced budget. Stevens resigned as Premier and Leader of the UAP[2] and Mair won the leadership ballot and hence became Premier. Bruxner was first elected to the Assembly in 1920 and served continuously until 1962. Initially a member of the Progressive Party, he served as party leader in opposition between 1922 and 1925; and resumed leadership in 1932, following the resignation of his successor, Ernest Buttenshaw. By this stage, the party was renamed as the Country Party.

The Mair formed a coalition with Bruxner, taking over where Stevens was previously in coalition with the Country Party.

This ministry covers the period from 5 August 1939 until 16 May 1941[3][4] when the 1941 state election saw the defeat of the Mair–Bruxner coalition, and the Labor Party under the leadership of William McKell elected to government.

Composition of ministry[edit]

First arrangement[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Mair on 5 August 1939 and covers just eleven days until 16 August 1939 as an "emergency cabinet" pending formation of the full ministry as a result of the turmoil following the resignation of Stevens. At that point there was a minor rearrangement, 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
Premier Hon. Alexander Mair, MLA   UAP 5 August 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 284 days
Colonial Treasurer   16 August 1939 11 days
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Local Government
 
Deputy Premier
Minister for Transport
Hon. Lieut-Colonel Michael Bruxner, DSO, MLA   Country 16 May 1941 1 year, 284 days
Attorney–General
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Henry Manning, KC, BA, LLB, MLC   UAP
Minister of Education Hon. David Drummond, MLA   Country
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Forests
Hon. Roy Vincent, MLA  
Minister for Justice Hon. Lewis Martin, BA, LLB, MLA   UAP 16 August 1939 11 days
Colonial Secretary Hon. George Gollan, MLA  
Minister for Lands Hon. Colin Sinclair, BA, LLB, MLA a   Country 6 November 1940 1 year, 93 days
Minister for Agriculture Hon. Major Albert Reid, MC, MLA   16 May 1941 1 year, 284 days
Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Services Hon. Athol Richardson, MLA   UAP 16 August 1939 11 days
Minister for Health Hon. Hubert Primrose, MLA   5 September 1939 31 days
Assistant Minister Hon. Marsden Manfred, MLC   16 May 1941 1 year, 284 days
^a Resigned

Second arrangement[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Mair on 16 August 1939 and covers the period until 16 May 1941 when Mair was defeated at the 1941 state election. Ministers are listed in order of seniority. Only changes in portfolios are shown.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Colonial Treasurer Hon. Athol Richardson, MLA   UAP 16 August 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 273 days
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Local Government
Hon. Lewis Martin, BA, LLB, MLA  
Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Services Hon. George Gollan, MLA  
Minister of Justice Hon. Vernon Treatt, MM, KC, MA, BCL, MLA  
Colonial Secretary Hon. Alwyn Tonking, MLA  
Minister for Health Hon. Herbert FitzSimons, MLA   5 September 1939 1 year, 253 days
Assistant Minister Hon. Hubert Primrose, MLA  
Secretary for Lands Hon. Alfred Yeo, MLA   Country 6 November 1940 191 days

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ewer, Peter; Spearritt, Peter. "Mair, Alexander (1889 - 1969)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Ward, John M. "Stevens, Sir Bertram Sydney Barnsdale (1889 - 1973)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "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 24 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 275–276. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
Preceded by
Stevens–Bruxner ministry (1938–1939)
Mair–Bruxner ministry
1939–1941
Succeeded by
McKell ministry (1941–1944)