Renshaw ministry

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The Renshaw ministry was the 61st ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 31st Premier, the Honourable Jack Renshaw, MLA, of the Australian Labor Party. The ministry was the only occasion when the Government was led by Renshaw, as Premier.

Renshaw was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1941 and served continuously until 1980, representing the seat of Castlereagh. Having served as the Secretary for Lands in the third McGirr ministry, Renshaw was promoted as the Secretary for Public Works and Minister for Local Government in the first and second Cahill ministries. He then served as the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Highways in the third and fourth Cahill ministries. When Bob Heffron became Premier in 1959, Renshaw was elected as his Deputy, serving variously as the Treasurer, the Minister for Lands, the Minister for Agriculture, and the Minister for Industrial Development and Decentralisation in the first and second Heffron ministries. When Heffron resigned as Labor Leader in April 1964, Renshaw was elected to lead Labor and became Premier.

This ministry covers the period from 30 April 1964 until 13 May 1965,[1][2] when the Renshaw-led Labor Government was defeated at the 1965 state election by the Liberal-Country coalition led by Robert Askin and Charles Cutler; ending twenty-four consecutive years of Labor government in New South Wales under William McKell, McGirr, Cahill, Heffron and Renshaw.

Composition of ministry[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Renshaw following his appointment as Premier on 30 April 1964, and covers the period until 13 May 1965, when Renshaw's Labor-led government was defeated. Ministers are listed in order of seniority and in all cases, serve the full term of this ministry.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Minister for Industrial Development and Decentralisation
Hon. Jack Renshaw, MLA   Labor 30 April 1964 13 May 1965 1 year, 13 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Highways
Hon. Pat Hills, MLA  
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Reg Downing, MLC  
Chief Secretary
Minister for Tourism Activities
Hon. Gus Kelly, MLA  
Minister for Health Hon. Bill Sheahan, QC, MLA  
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Social Welfare
Hon. Frank Hawkins, MLA  
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Conservation
Hon. George Enticknap, MLA  
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Hon. Abe Landa, MLA  
Minister of Education Hon. Ernest Wetherell, MLA  
Minister for Labour and Industry Hon. James Maloney, MLC  
Minister for Mines Hon. Jim Simpson, MLA  
Minister for Transport Hon. John McMahon, MLA  
Minister for Public Works Hon. Norm Ryan, MLA  
Minister of Justice Hon. Jack Mannix, MLA  
Minister for Lands Hon. Keith Compton, MLA  
Assistant Minister Hon. Thomas Murphy, MLA  

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Members - Chronological List of Ministries 1856 to 2009 (requires download)" (MS Excel spreadsheet). Project for the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in NSW. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VIII. Parliament of New South Wales: 276–277. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
Preceded by
Heffron ministry (1962–1964)
Renshaw ministry
Succeeded by
Askin–Cutler ministry (1965–1968)