Treasurer of New South Wales

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Treasurer of New South Wales
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Incumbent
Gladys Berejiklian

since 2 April 2015
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor of New South Wales
Term length At the Governor's pleasure
Formation 6 June 1856
First holder Thomas Holt

The Treasurer of New South Wales, known from 1856 to 1959 as the Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales, is the minister in the Government of New South Wales responsible for government expenditure and revenue raising and is the head of the New South Wales Treasury. The Treasurer plays a key role in the economic policy of the government. By convention, the Treasurer is usually a member of the NSW Parliament with a seat in the Legislative Assembly. The exception to this is Michael Egan, Michael Costa and Eric Roozendaal, who were members of the Legislative Council during their tenure as Treasurer.

The current Treasurer, since 2 April 2015, is Gladys Berejiklian MP. The Treasurer is assisted in her portfolio by the Minister for Finance, Services and Property, currently Dominic Perrottet since 2 April 2015.[1]

Each year, the Treasurer presents the NSW Budget to the Parliament. In some other countries the equivalent role is the Minister for Finance, although NSW has had a separate office of that name responsible for regulating government spending. For 103 years the Treasurer was originally known as the 'Colonial Treasurer', however the 'Colonial' word was removed with the passing of the Ministers of the Crown Act 1959 (NSW) from 1 April 1959.[2]

Treasurers Forster, Stuart, Dibbs, Jennings, Reid, Lyne, Waddell, Carruthers, McGowen, Holman, Fuller, Lang, Bavin, Stevens, Mair, McKell, McGirr, Cahill, Heffron, Renshaw, Askin, Lewis, Willis, Wran, Greiner, Fahey and Iemma were also Premier during some or all of their period as Treasurer.

List of New South Wales Treasurers[edit]

Colonial Treasurers – 1856 to 1959[edit]

The old Treasury Building, designed by Mortimer Lewis (1849). The Treasury building was completed by Edmund Blacket and opened on the 17 October 1851. The Treasury moved to the State Office Block in 1967. In 1995 the Treasury moved to Governor Macquarie Tower in Farrer Place.
Ordinal Colonial Treasurer Party affiliation Period
1. Thomas Holt No party 6 June 1856 – 25 August 1856
2. Robert Campbell 26 August 1856 – 2 October 1856
3. Stuart Donaldson 3 October 1856 – 7 September 1857
4. Richard Jones 7 September 1857 – 3 January 1858
Robert Campbell 4 January 1858 – 30 March 1859
5. Elias Weekes 18 April 1859 – 26 October 1859
6. Saul Samuel 27 October 1859 – 8 March 1860
Elias Weekes 9 March 1860 – 20 March 1863
7. Thomas Smart 21 March 1863 – 15 October 1863
8. Geoffrey Eagar 16 October 1863 – 2 February 1865
Thomas Smart 3 February 1865 – 19 October 1865
Saul Samuel 20 October 1865 – 3 January 1866
9. Marshall Burdekin 4 January 1866 – 21 January 1866
Geoffrey Eagar 22 January 1866 – 26 October 1868
Saul Samuel 27 October 1868 – 15 December 1870
10. George Lord 16 December 1870 – 13 May 1872
11. William Piddington 14 May 1872 – 4 December 1872
12. George Lloyd 5 December 1872 – 8 February 1875
13. William Forster 9 February 1875 – 7 February 1876
14. Alexander Stuart 8 February 1876 – 21 March 1877
William Piddington 22 March 1877 – 16 August 1877
15. William Long 17 August 1877 – 17 December 1877
16. Henry Cohen 18 December 1877 – 20 December 1878
17. James Watson 21 December 1878 – 4 January 1883
18. George Dibbs 5 January 1883 – 21 December 1885
19. John Burns 22 December 1885 – 25 February 1886
20. Sir Patrick Jennings 26 February 1886 – 19 January 1887
John Burns Protectionist 20 January 1887 – 16 January 1889
21. James Garvan Free Trade 17 January 1889 – 7 March 1889
22. William McMillan 8 March 1889 – 27 July 1891
23. Bruce Smith 14 August 1891 – 22 October 1891
24. John See Protectionist 23 October 1891 – 2 August 1894
25. Sir George Reid Free Trade 3 August 1894 – 3 July 1899
26. Joseph Carruthers 3 July 1899 – 13 September 1899
27. Sir William Lyne Protectionist 15 September 1899 – 20 March 1901
28. Thomas Waddell 10 April 1901 – 29 August 1904
Sir Joseph Carruthers Liberal Reform 29 August 1904 – 1 October 1907
Thomas Waddell 2 October 1907 – 20 October 1910
29. James McGowen Labor 21 October 1910 – 26 November 1911
30. John Dacey 27 November 1911 – 11 April 1912
31. Ambrose Carmichael 17 April 1912 – 5 May 1912
32. John Cann 6 May 1912 – 29 January 1914
33. William Holman 29 January 1914 – 15 November 1916
Nationalist 15 November 1916 – 30 October 1918
34. John Fitzpatrick 30 October 1918 – 12 April 1920
35. Jack Lang Labor 12 April 1920 – 20 December 1921
36. Sir Arthur Cocks Nationalist 20 December 1921
Jack Lang Labor 20 December 1921 – 13 April 1922
Sir Arthur Cocks Nationalist 13 April 1922 – 14 February 1925
37. Sir George Fuller 14 February 1925 – 17 June 1925
Jack Lang Labor 17 June 1925 – 18 October 1927
38. Thomas Bavin Nationalist 18 October 1927 – 15 April 1929
39. Bertram Stevens 16 April 1929 – 3 November 1930
Jack Lang Labor 4 November 1930 – 15 October 1931
Labor (NSW) 15 October 1931 – 13 May 1932
Bertram Stevens United Australia 16 May 1932 – 13 October 1938
40. Alexander Mair 13 October 1938 – 16 August 1939
41. Athol Richardson 16 August 1939 – 16 May 1941
42. William McKell Labor 16 May 1941 – 6 February 1947
43. James McGirr 6 February 1947 – 3 April 1952
44. Joseph Cahill 3 April 1952 – 1 April 1959

Treasurers – 1959 to present[edit]

Ordinal Treasurer Party affiliation Period
Joseph Cahill Labor 1 April 1959 – 22 October 1959
45. Bob Heffron 23 October 1959 – 28 October 1959
46. Jack Renshaw 28 October 1959 – 13 May 1965
47. Sir Robert Askin Liberal 13 May 1965 – 17 December 1975
48. Tom Lewis 17 December 1975 – 23 January 1976
49. Sir Eric Willis 23 January 1976 – 14 May 1976
Jack Renshaw Labor 14 May 1976 – 29 February 1980
50. Neville Wran 29 February 1980 – 2 October 1981
51. Ken Booth 2 October 1981 – 21 March 1988
52. Nick Greiner Liberal 25 March 1988 – 24 June 1992
53. John Fahey 24 June 1992 – 26 May 1993
54. Peter Collins 26 May 1993 – 4 April 1995
55. Michael Egan Labor 4 April 1995 – 21 January 2005
56. Andrew Refshauge 21 January 2005 – 3 August 2005
57. Morris Iemma 3 August 2005 – 17 February 2006
58. Michael Costa 17 February 2006 – 5 September 2008
59. Eric Roozendaal 8 September 2008 – 28 March 2011
60. Mike Baird Liberal 4 April 2011 – 23 April 2014
61. Andrew Constance 23 April 2014 – 2 April 2015
62. Gladys Berejiklian 2 April 2015 – present

Assistant Treasurers[edit]

The Assistant Treasurer (along with the Finance Minister) effectively acts as Deputy to the Treasurer. From 1925–1929 there existed the office of 'Assistant Colonial Treasurer'. However this office was abolished and when it returned in 1933, it was titled as 'Assistant Treasurer'. The Assistant Treasurer is not an essential cabinet post, often being appointed on an on-off basis, and there is no Assistant Treasurer at the present. Significantly, the role exists only when in use; there can be a lengthy period between successive holders of the title. The last Assistant Treasurer was John Della Bosca from 1999 to 2006. The title Minister for Finance is also used within New South Wales governments but that role is primarily made responsible for the Revenue collection and administration side of Governance.

Assistant Treasurer Party affiliation Period Ministerial title
William McKell Labor 17 June 1925 – 7 June 1927 Assistant Colonial Treasurer
Robert Cruickshank 19 September 1927 – 18 October 1927
Bertram Stevens Nationalist 18 October 1927 – 15 April 1929
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Eric Spooner United Australia 15 February 1933 – 21 August 1935 Assistant Treasurer
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Clive Evatt Labor 19 May 1947 – 23 February 1953 Assistant Treasurer
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
George Freudenstein Country 11 March 1971 – 19 June 1972 Assistant Treasurer
Wallace Fife Liberal 19 June 1972 – 3 January 1975
Max Ruddock 3 January 1975 – 10 October 1975
Peter Coleman 10 October 1975 – 23 January 1976
Max Ruddock 23 January 1976 – 14 May 1976
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Ken Booth Labor 29 February 1980 – 2 October 1981 Assistant Treasurer
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
Phillip Smiles Liberal 1 February 1991 – 1 February 1992 Assistant Treasurer
George Souris National 3 July 1992 – 26 May 1993
Office not in use N/A N/A N/A
John Della Bosca Labor 8 April 1999 – 17 February 2006 Assistant Treasurer

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