Wran ministry (1978–80)

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Second Wran ministry
72nd cabinet of Government of New South Wales
Date formed19 October 1978 (1978-10-19)
Date dissolved29 February 1980 (1980-02-29)
People and organisations
Head of stateQueen Elizabeth II (represented by Sir Roden Cutler)
Head of governmentNeville Wran
Deputy head of governmentJack Renshaw
No. of ministers19
Member partyLabor
Opposition partiesLiberal National coalition
Opposition leaderJohn Mason
PredecessorFirst Wran ministry
SuccessorThird Wran ministry

The Wran ministry (1978–80) or Second Wran ministry was the 72nd ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 35th Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Neville Wran, QC MP, representing the Labor Party. It was the second of eight consecutive occasions when Wran was Premier.


Tenure of ministry[edit]

The ministry covers the period from 19 October 1978 when the Wran–led Labor Party was re-elected at the 1978 election, until 29 February 1980, when Wran reconfigured his ministry and the Third Wran ministry was formed.

Composition of ministry[edit]

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Wran and sworn in on 19 October 1978, and covers the period up until 29 February 1980. One month earlier, former Premier and minister, Jack Renshaw, announced his decision to retire from politics, necessitating a minor rearrangement of the ministry; pending the swearing in of the Third Wran ministry. Ministers are listed in order of seniority and in all cases except Renshaw, serve the full term of this ministry.[1][2]

First arrangement[edit]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Hon. Neville Wran, QC MP   Labor 19 October 1978 29 February 1980 1 year, 133 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Public Works
Minister for Ports
Minister for Housing
Hon. Jack Ferguson, MP  
Treasurer Hon. Jack Renshaw, MP 1   29 January 1980 1 year, 102 days
Minister for Transport Hon. Peter Cox, MP   29 February 1980 1 year, 133 days
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
Hon. Frank Walker, MP  
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Technology
Minister for Energy
Hon. Pat Hills, MP  
Minister for Planning and Environment
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Paul Landa, MLC  
Minister for Agriculture Hon. Don Day, MP  
Minister for Education Hon. Eric Bedford, MP  
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Roads
Hon. Harry Jensen, MP  
Minister for Lands
Minister for Services
Hon. Bill Crabtree, MP  
Minister for Health Hon. Kevin Stewart, MP  
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Hon. Syd Einfeld, MP  
Minister for Mineral Resources and Development
Minister for Services
Hon. Ron Mulock, MP  
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Tourism
Hon. Ken Booth, MP  
Minister for Conservation
Minister for Water Resources
Hon. Lin Gordon, MP  
Minister for Youth and Community Services Hon. Rex Jackson, MP  
Minister Assisting the Premier Hon. Bill Haigh, MP  
Minister for Decentralisation
Minister Assisting the Premier
Hon. Jack Hallam, MLC  
1 Treasury portfolio transferred from Renshaw to Wran as Renshaw resigned from the ministry and from Parliament.[3]

Second arrangement[edit]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Hon. Neville Wran, QC MP 1   Labor 29 January 1980 29 February 1980 31 days

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 26 April 2014.
  2. ^ Wah, Malvyne Jong; Page, Jeffrey E. (November 2007). "New South Wales Parliamentary Record 1824 – 2007" (PDF). VI. Parliament of New South Wales: 46. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Mr John Brophy Renshaw (1909–1987)". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
Preceded by
Wran ministry (1976–1978)
Second Wran ministry
Succeeded by
Wran ministry (1980–1981)