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Deputy Premier of New South Wales

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Deputy Premier of New South Wales is the second-most senior officer in the Government of New South Wales. The Deputy Premiership has been a ministerial portfolio since 1932, and the Deputy Premier is appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Premier.

The current Deputy Premier is the National Party's John Barilaro, who was sworn in on 15 November 2016.


The office of Deputy Premier was created in May 1932 for Michael Bruxner, the leader of the Country Party (later renamed the National Party). Prior to that time the term was sometimes used unofficially (without capital letters) for the second-highest ranking minister in the government.

In Labor governments, the Deputy Premier is the party's deputy leader. Generally speaking, this person has come from the left faction of the party whereas the Premier has come from the right faction. In Liberal-National Coalition governments, the position has been held by the Leader of the National Party or its predecessors.

Three Deputy Premiers have subsequently become Premier in their own right: Joseph Cahill, Robert Heffron, and Jack Renshaw. However, this has not occurred since 1964.


The duties of the Deputy Premier are to act on behalf of the Premier in his or her absence overseas or on leave. The Deputy Premier has always been a member of the Cabinet, and has always held at least one substantive portfolio (It would be technically possible for a minister to hold only the portfolio of Deputy Premier, but this has never happened).

If the Premier were to die, become incapacitated or resign, the Governor would normally appoint the Deputy Premier as Premier. If the governing or majority party had not yet elected a new leader, that appointment would be on an interim basis. Should a different leader emerge, that person would then be appointed Premier.

List of deputy premiers of New South Wales

Political parties

  Country/National   Labor

No. Name Portrait Term of office Tenure
1 Sir Michael Bruxner
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16 May 1932 16 May 1941 9 years, 0 days
2 Jack Baddeley
16 May 1941 8 September 1949 8 years, 115 days
3 Joseph Cahill
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21 September 1949 2 April 1952 2 years, 194 days
4 Bob Heffron
23 February 1953 28 October 1959 6 years, 247 days
5 Jack Renshaw
28 October 1959 14 March 1964 4 years, 169 days
6 Pat Hills
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30 April 1964 13 May 1965 1 year, 13 days
7 Sir Charles Cutler 13 May 1965 16 December 1975 10 years, 217 days
8 Leon Punch 17 December 1975 14 May 1976 149 days
9 Jack Ferguson
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14 May 1976 10 February 1984 7 years, 272 days
10 Ron Mulock
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10 February 1984 25 March 1988 4 years, 44 days
11 Wal Murray
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25 March 1988 26 May 1993 5 years, 62 days
12 Ian Armstrong
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26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
13 Andrew Refshauge
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4 April 1995 3 August 2005 10 years, 121 days
14 John Watkins
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10 August 2005 3 September 2008 3 years, 24 days
15 Carmel Tebbutt
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5 September 2008 26 March 2011 2 years, 202 days
16 Andrew Stoner
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28 March 2011 16 October 2014 (2014-10-16) 3 years, 202 days
17 Troy Grant
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16 October 2014 (2014-10-16) 15 November 2016 (2016-11-15) 2 years, 30 days
18 John Barilaro
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15 November 2016 (2016-11-15) Incumbent 4 years, 136 days

Living former deputy premiers

There are five living former Deputy Premiers. The most recent death of a Deputy Premier was that of Ian Armstrong (1993–1995), who died on 16 December 2020.

Name Term of office Date of birth Current age
Andrew Refshauge 1995–2005 16 January 1949 72 years, 74 days
John Watkins 2005–2008 7 December 1955 65 years, 114 days
Carmel Tebbutt 2008–2011 22 January 1964 57 years, 68 days
Andrew Stoner 2011–2014 14 January 1960 61 years, 76 days
Troy Grant 2014–2016 11 February 1970 51 years, 48 days

See also

This page was last edited on 31 March 2021, at 13:53
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