Leader of the Opposition (New South Wales)

The Leader of the Opposition is a title held by the leader of the second-largest party in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament of New South Wales. There is also a Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council. He or she acts as the public face of the opposition, leading the opposition on the floor of parliament. They act as a chief critic of the government and ultimately attempt to portray the opposition as a feasible alternate government. They are also given certain additional rights under parliamentary standing orders, such as extended time limits for speeches.

Leader of the Opposition
Incumbent
Jodi McKay

since 29 June 2019
Term lengthWhile leader of the largest political party not in government
Inaugural holderCharles Lee
DeputyYasmin Catley

The current leader of the opposition is Jodi McKay, who was elected leader on 29 June 2019.[1] Adam Searle serves as leader of the opposition in the Legislative Council.

List of Leaders of the Opposition in New South Wales since 1901

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly

Political parties

  Australian Labor Party   Liberal Party of Australia   Nationalist Party of Australia
  United Australia Party   Liberal Reform Party   Democratic Party

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Tenure
1 Charles Lee 23 March 1901 18 September 1902 1 year, 179 days
2 Joseph Carruthers 18 September 1902 30 August 1904 1 year, 347 days
3 James McGowen 20 September 1904 21 October 1910 6 years, 31 days
4 Charles Wade 21 October 1910 15 November 1916 6 years, 25 days
5 Ernest Durack 22 November 1916 19 February 1917 89 days
6 John Storey 22 February 1917 13 April 1920 3 years, 51 days
7 George Fuller 14 April 1920 13 April 1922 1 year, 364 days
8 James Dooley 20 April 1922 9 March 1923 323 days
9 Greg McGirr 9 March 1923 16 April 1923 38 days
10 Bill Dunn 16 April 1923 31 July 1923 106 days
11 Jack Lang 31 July 1923 17 June 1925 1 year, 321 days
(7) George Fuller 23 June 1925 24 September 1925 93 days
12 Thomas Bavin 24 September 1925 18 October 1927 2 years, 24 days
(11) Jack Lang 18 October 1927 4 November 1930 3 years, 17 days
(12) Thomas Bavin 24 September 1925 18 October 1927 2 years, 24 days
13 Bertram Stevens 5 April 1932 13 May 1932 38 days
(11) Jack Lang 22 June 1932 5 September 1939 7 years, 75 days
14 William McKell 5 September 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 253 days
15 Alexander Mair 19 May 1941 10 February 1944 2 years, 267 days
16 Reginald Weaver 10 February 1944 12 November 1945 1 year, 275 days
(15) Alexander Mair 13 November 1945 20 March 1946 127 days
17 Vernon Treatt 20 March 1946 10 August 1954 8 years, 143 days
18 Murray Robson 17 August 1954 20 September 1955 1 year, 34 days
19 Pat Morton 20 September 1955 17 July 1959 3 years, 300 days
20 Robert Askin 17 July 1959 13 May 1965 5 years, 300 days
21 Jack Renshaw 3 years, 70 days 23 July 1968 3 years, 70 days
22 Pat Hills 30 July 1968 3 December 1973 5 years, 126 days
23 Neville Wran 3 December 1973 14 May 1976 2 years, 163 days
24 Eric Willis 15 May 1976 16 December 1977 1 year, 215 days
25 Peter Coleman 16 December 1977 7 October 1978 295 days
26 John Mason 24 October 1978 29 May 1981 2 years, 217 days
27 Bruce McDonald 1 June 1981 12 October 1981 133 days
28 John Dowd 27 October 1981 15 March 1983 1 year, 139 days
29 Nick Greiner 15 March 1983 25 March 1988 5 years, 10 days
30 Bob Carr 6 April 1988 4 April 1995 6 years, 363 days
31 Peter Collins 4 April 1995 7 December 1998 3 years, 247 days
32 Kerry Chikarovski 7 December 1998 28 March 2002 3 years, 111 days
33 John Brogden 28 March 2002 1 September 2005 3 years, 157 days
34 Peter Debnam 1 September 2005 4 April 2007 1 year, 215 days
35 Barry O'Farrell 4 April 2007 28 March 2011 3 years, 358 days
36 John Robertson 31 March 2011 23 December 2014 3 years, 267 days
37 Luke Foley 5 January 2015 8 November 2018 3 years, 336 days
38 Michael Daley 10 November 2018 25 March 2019 135 days
39 Jodi McKay 29 June 2019 Incumbent 171 days

Leaders of the Opposition in the Legislative Council

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Tenure
1 Sir Henry Manning[note a] 16 May 1941 (1941-05-16) 22 April 1958 (1958-04-22) 16 years, 341 days
2 Hector Clayton 12 April 1960 (1960-04-12) 30 October 1962 (1962-10-30) 2 years, 201 days
3 Arthur Bridges 30 October 1962 (1962-10-30) 13 May 1965 (1965-05-13) 2 years, 195 days
4 Reg Downing 13 May 1965 (1965-05-13) 4 February 1972 (1972-02-04) 6 years, 267 days
5 Neville Wran 22 February 1972 (1972-02-22) 19 October 1973 (1973-10-19) 1 year, 239 days
6 Leroy Serisier 3 December 1973 (1973-12-03) 13 May 1976 (1976-05-13) 2 years, 162 days
7 Sir John Fuller 14 May 1976 (1976-05-14) 1 August 1978 (1978-08-01) 2 years, 79 days
8 Max Willis 1 August 1978 (1978-08-01) 20 October 1981 (1981-10-20) 3 years, 80 days
9 Lloyd Lange 20 October 1981 (1981-10-20) 3 April 1984 (1984-04-03) 2 years, 166 days
10 Ted Pickering 3 April 1984 (1984-04-03) 24 March 1988 (1988-03-24) 3 years, 356 days
11 Jack Hallam 6 April 1988 (1988-04-06) 2 May 1991 (1991-05-02) 3 years, 26 days
12 Michael Egan 2 July 1991 (1991-07-02) 4 April 1995 (1995-04-04) 3 years, 276 days
13 John Hannaford 11 April 1995 (1995-04-11) 31 March 1999 (1999-03-31) 3 years, 354 days
14 Mike Gallacher 31 March 1999 (1999-03-31) 4 March 2011 (2011-03-04) 11 years, 338 days
15 Tony Kelly 8 April 2011 (2011-04-08) 6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) 59 days
16 Luke Foley 14 June 2011 (2011-06-14) 8 April 2015 (2015-04-08) 3 years, 298 days
17 Adam Searle 8 April 2015 (2015-04-08) Incumbent 4 years, 253 days

Notes

  • ^[note a] : Manning refused the role of 'official' Leader of the Opposition, when offered to him, owing to his beliefs in a non-partisan Legislative Council. Nevertheless he was considered by his colleagues as the de facto leader of the opposition members.

References

  1. Martin, Lisa (29 June 2019). "Jodi McKay elected New South Wales Labor leader after tense meeting". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 June 2019.

See also

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