Wran ministry (1981–83)

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Fourth Wran ministry
74th cabinet of Government of New South Wales
Date formed 2 October 1981 (1981-10-02)
Date dissolved 1 February 1983 (1983-02-01)
People and organisations
Head of state Queen Elizabeth II (represented by Sir James Rowland)
Head of government Neville Wran
Deputy head of government Jack Ferguson
No. of ministers 19
Member party Labor
Opposition parties Liberal National coalition
Opposition leader John Dowd
Predecessor Third Wran ministry
Successor Fifth Wran ministry

The Wran ministry (1981–83) or Fourth Wran ministry was the 74th 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 fourth of eight consecutive occasions when Wran was Premier.


Tenure of ministry[edit]

The ministry covers the period from 2 October 1981 when the Wran–led Labor Party was re-elected at the 1981 election, until 1 February 1983, when Wran reconfigured his ministry, and the Fifth Wran ministry was formed.

Composition of ministry[edit]

First arrangement[edit]

Ministers are listed in order of seniority and in all cases serve the full term of this ministry; with a slight rearrangement in May 1982 that altered the titles of two ministers.[1][2]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Minister for Mineral Resources
Hon. Neville Wran, QC MP   Labor 2 October 1981 1 February 1983 1 year, 122 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Public Works
Minister for Ports
Hon. Jack Ferguson, MP  
Minister for Transport Hon. Peter Cox, MP  
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Hon. Frank Walker, QC MP  
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Technology
Hon. Pat Hills, MP  
Minister for Energy
Minister for Water Resources
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in Legislative Council
Hon. Paul Landa, MLC  
Treasurer Hon. Ken Booth, MP  
Minister for Industrial Development
Minister for Decentralisation
Hon. Don Day, MP  
Minister for Corrective Services Hon. Rex Jackson, MP  
Minister for Planning and Environment Hon. Eric Bedford, MP  
Minister for Youth and Community Services Hon. Kevin Stewart, MP  
Minister for Education Hon. Ron Mulock, MP  
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Lands
Minister for Forests
Hon. Lin Gordon, MP  
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Hon. Jack Hallam, MLC  
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Minister Assisting the Premier
Hon. Terry Sheahan, MP  
Minister for Health Hon. Laurie Brereton, MP  
Minister for Police
Minister for Services
Hon. Peter Anderson, MP   26 May 1982 236 days
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Tourism
Hon. Michael Cleary, MP  
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister for Roads
Hon. Paul Whelan, MP   1 February 1983 1 year, 122 days

Second arrangement[edit]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Hon. Peter Anderson, MP   Labor 26 May 1982 1 February 1983 251 days
Minister for Leisure, Sport and Tourism Hon. Michael Cleary, MP  

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: 48. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
Preceded by
Wran ministry (1980–1981)
Fourth Wran ministry
Succeeded by
Wran ministry (1983–1984)