Government of New South Wales

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Government of New South Wales
Logo of the New South Wales Government and its agencies
Coat of arms of the State of New South Wales, used for formal and ceremonial purposes.
Formation
Australian state New South Wales
Website http://www.nsw.gov.au/
Legislative branch
Legislature Parliament of New South Wales;
Meeting place Parliament House
Executive branch
Main organ New South Wales Ministry
Leader Premier
Appointer Governor
Meeting place Parliament House
Judicial branch
Court Supreme Court
Seat Sydney

The Government of New South Wales, also referred to as the New South Wales Government or NSW Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of New South Wales. It is currently held by a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Government of New South Wales, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, New South Wales ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Contents

Section 109 of the Australian Constitution provides that, where a State law is inconsistent with a federal law, the federal law prevails (to the extent of the inconsistency). The New South Wales Constitution says: "The Legislature shall, subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, have power to make laws for the peace, welfare, and good government of New South Wales in all cases whatsoever." Initially the Australian states retained significant independence. Over time, however, that independence has been greatly eroded by both the proliferation of Commonwealth Law, and the increasing financial domination of the Commonwealth.[ citation needed ]

Executive and judicial powers

New South Wales is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of New South Wales, which consists of the Crown, represented by the Governor of New South Wales, and the two Houses, the New South Wales Legislative Council (the upper house) and the New South Wales Legislative Assembly (the lower house). Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers. [1]

The Governor, as representative of the Crown, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of New South Wales and the Cabinet. The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly. Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.

In 2006, the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in New South Wales, the Constitution Amendment Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 No. 6 was enacted to amend the Constitution Act 1902 to require Members of the New South Wales Parliament and its Ministers to take a pledge of loyalty to Australia and to the people of New South Wales instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen her heirs and successors, and to revise the oaths taken by Executive Councillors. [2] The Act was assented to by the Queen on 3 April 2006.

Ministries

The following individuals serve as government ministers, at the pleasure of the Queen, represented by the Governor of New South Wales. The government ministers are listed in order of seniority as listed on the Parliament of New South Wales website, [3] while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers. [4] All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales. The list is up to date as of January 2018.

MinisterOfficePortraitPartyOpposition
counterpart
OfficePortraitParty
Gladys Berejiklian Premier
  Liberal Michael Daley Leader of the Opposition   Labor
John Barilaro Deputy Premier   National Penny Sharpe Deputy Leader of the Opposition  Labor
Minister for Regional New South Wales David Harris Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Shadow Minister for the Central Coast
  Labor
Minister for Skills Prue Car Shadow Minister for Skills  Labor
Minister for Small Business Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for Small Business  Labor
Dominic Perrottet Treasurer   Liberal Ryan Park Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for the Illawarra
  Labor
Minister for Industrial Relations Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
  Labor
Niall Blair Minister for Primary Industries   National Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Primary Industries
Shadow Minister for Western NSW
  Labor
Minister for Regional Water Chris Minns Shadow Minister for Water  Labor
Minister for Trade and Industry Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events   Labor
Adam SearleShadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy   Labor
Don Harwin Minister for Resources
Minister for Energy and Utilities
  Liberal
Minister for the Arts Walt Secord Shadow Minister for the Arts
Shadow Minister for the North Coast
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
  Labor
Vice-President of the Executive Council   Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Planning   Liberal Michael DaleyShadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure  Labor
Minister for Housing Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Social Housing  Labor
Special Minister of State   Labor
Andrew Constance Minister for Transport and Infrastructure   Liberal Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Transport  Labor
Michael DaleyShadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure  Labor
Brad Hazzard Minister for Health   Liberal Walt SecordShadow Minister for Health  Labor
Minister for Medical Research Tania MihailukShadow Minister for Medical Research  Labor
Rob Stokes Minister for Education   Liberal Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Education  Labor
Mark Speakman Attorney General   Liberal Paul Lynch Shadow Attorney General   Labor
Troy Grant Minister for Police
Minister for Emergency Services
  National Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Justice and Police
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
  Labor
Victor Dominello Minister for Finance, Services and Property   Liberal Clayton Barr Shadow Minister for Finance, Services and Property  Labor
Pru Goward Minister for Family and Community Services

Minister for Social Housing

  Liberal Tania MihailukShadow Minister for Family and Community Services

Shadow Minister for Social Housing

  Labor
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Jenny AitchisonShadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault  Labor
Paul Toole Minister for Lands and Forestry   National Mick VeitchShadow Minister for Lands   Labor
Minister for Racing Michael DaleyShadow Minister for Gaming and Racing  Labor
David Elliott Minister for Corrections   Liberal Guy ZangariShadow Minister for Corrections  Labor
Minister for Veterans Affairs Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs  Labor
Minister for Counter Terrorism   Labor
Gabrielle Upton Minister for the Environment
Minister for Heritage
  Liberal Penny SharpeShadow Minister for Environment and Heritage   Labor
Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose Shadow Minister for Local Government   Labor
Stuart Ayres Minister for Western Sydney   Liberal Luke FoleyShadow Minister for Western Sydney   Labor
Minister for Sport Lynda VoltzShadow Minister for Sport  Labor
Minister for WestConnex   Labor
Melinda Pavey Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight   National Jodi McKayShadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight  Labor
Mike Kean Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   Liberal Yasmin Catley Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation  Labor
Adam Marshall Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events   National Penny SharpeShadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events   Labor
Assistant Minister for Skills  Labor
Tanya Davies Minister for Mental Health   Liberal Tania MihailukShadow Minister for Mental Health  Labor
Minister for Women
Minister for Ageing
Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Women
Shadow Minister for Ageing
  Labor
Sarah Mitchell Minister for Early Childhood Education   National Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
Shadow Minister for the Hunter
  Labor
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David HarrisShadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs  Labor
Assistant Minister for Education Prue CarShadow Assistant Minister for Education  Labor
Ray Williams Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Multiculturalism
  Liberal Sophie CotsisShadow Minister for Disability Services
Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism
  Labor

See also

References

  1. "The Executive Council". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 (NSW)
  3. "Ministers". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. "Shadow Ministry". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.