National Party of Australia – NSW

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National Party of Australia – N.S.W.
Leader John Barilaro
Deputy Leader Paul Toole
Youth wing Young Nationals
Ideology Conservatism
Agrarianism [1]
Political position Centre-right
Colours Green and Yellow
Legislative Assembly
13 / 93
Legislative Council
6 / 42
House of
7 / 46
(NSW seats)
2 / 12
(NSW seats)
John Barilaro, the party's current leader and Deputy Premier of New South Wales. Day-3-StartUp-Conference-0189 (26532112720) (cropped).jpg
John Barilaro, the party's current leader and Deputy Premier of New South Wales.

The National Party of Australia – N.S.W. [lower-alpha 1] , commonly known as the NSW Nationals, is a political party in New South Wales which forms the state branch of the federal Nationals. Traditionally representing graziers, farmers and rural voters generally, it began as the Progressive Party , from the 1922 split until 1925. It then used the name the Country Party until 1977, when it became the National Country Party. The party's name was changed to the National Party of Australia in 1982.


The party, commonly referred to as "The Nationals," has generally been the junior partner in a centre-right Coalition with the NSW branch of the Liberal Party of Australia. Since 1927, the Nationals have been in Coalition with the Liberals and their predecessors, the Nationalist Party of Australia (1927–1931), the United Australia Party (1931–1943), and the Democratic Party (1943–1945). New South Wales is the only state where the Coalition has never been broken, and yet has not merged into a unified non-Labor party.

During periods of conservative government, the leader of the Nationals also serves as Deputy Premier of New South Wales. When the conservatives are in opposition, the Liberal and National parties usually form a joint opposition bench. As a measure of the Coalition's solidity in NSW, the Liberals won enough seats to theoretically govern alone during the Coalition's massive landslide at the 2011 state election. However, new Premier Barry O'Farrell kept the Nationals in his government.


Name changes

Neo-Nazi infiltration

In 2018, the party revealed that approximately 30 members of its youth wing were being investigated for alleged links to neo-Nazism. Party leader Michael McCormack denounced these attempts stating that: "The Nationals will not tolerate extremism or the politics of hate. People found to engage with such radicalism are not welcome in our party. We are a grassroots party proudly championing what matters most to our regional and rural communities – always has been, always will be". Several suspected neo-Nazis were expelled from the party and its youth wing. The leader of the NSW Nationals, John Barilaro, also denounced racism and fascism within the party stating that: "I have no problems calling this out, this is something I’m very strong on, I do not accept racism". [4]

Leaders of the New South Wales National Party

This is a list of the Leaders of the National Party of Australia in New South Wales.

Party LeaderStart of TermEnd of TermDeputy Premier
Sir Michael Bruxner 19211925
Ernest Buttenshaw 19251932
Sir Michael Bruxner 193219581932–1941
Sir Davis Hughes 19581959
Sir Charles Cutler 195919751965–1975
Leon Punch 197519851975–1976
Wal Murray 198519931988–1993
Ian Armstrong 199319991993–1995
George Souris 19992003
Andrew Stoner 200320142011–2014
Troy Grant 201420162014–2016
John Barilaro 2016incumbentincumbent

Deputy Leaders of the New South Wales National Party

Deputy LeaderStart of TermEnd of Term
William Fleming 19221922
Ernest Buttenshaw 19221925
William Missingham 19251932
David Drummond 19321949
Roy Vincent 19501953
Doug Dickson 19531958
Sir Charles Cutler 19581959
Bill Chaffey 19591968
Davis Hughes 19681973
Leon Punch 19731975
Tim Bruxner 19751981
Wal Murray 19811984
Ian Armstrong 19841993
George Souris 19931999
John Turner 19992003
Don Page 20032007
Andrew Fraser 20072008
Adrian Piccoli 20082016
Niall Blair 20162019
Paul Toole 2019Incumbent

State election results

ElectionSeats won±Total votes%PositionLeader
13 / 90
Increase2.svg4100,9638.89% NP-CP Coalition government Ernest Buttenshaw
12 / 90
Decrease2.svg1126,7799.56%Opposition Ernest Buttenshaw
23 / 90
Increase2.svg11175,86213.16% UAP-CP Coalition government Michael Bruxner
23 / 90
162,17812.92% UAP-CP Coalition government Michael Bruxner
22 / 90
Decrease2.svg1164,04513.86% UAP-CP Coalition government Michael Bruxner
12 / 90
Decrease2.svg10153,63911.05%Opposition Michael Bruxner
10 / 90
Decrease2.svg2131,95010.41%Opposition Michael Bruxner
15 / 90
Increase2.svg5162,46710.22%Opposition Michael Bruxner
17 / 94
Increase2.svg2144,5738.97%Opposition Michael Bruxner
14 / 94
Decrease2.svg3179,68011.6%Opposition Michael Bruxner
15 / 94
Increase2.svg1172,02010.16%Opposition Michael Bruxner
16 / 94
Increase2.svg1148,7388.71%Opposition Charles Cutler
14 / 94
Decrease2.svg2180,6409.37%Opposition Charles Cutler
16 / 94
Increase2.svg2208,82610.23% LP-CP Coalition government Charles Cutler
17 / 94
Increase2.svg1229,65610.62% LP-CP Coalition government Charles Cutler
17 / 96
193,5098.65% LP-CP Coalition government Charles Cutler
18 / 99
Increase2.svg1261,50410.48% LP-CP Coalition government Leon Punch
18 / 99
270,60310.03%Opposition Leon Punch
17 / 99
Decrease2.svg1276,9849.90%Opposition Leon Punch
14 / 99
Decrease2.svg3314,84111.21%Opposition Leon Punch
15 / 99
Increase2.svg1266,0958.85%Opposition Leon Punch
20 / 109
Increase2.svg5440,48213.74%LP-NP Coalition government Wal Murray
17 / 99
Decrease2.svg3324,21410.52%LP-NP Minority government Wal Murray
17 / 99
378,87811.10%Opposition Ian Armstrong
13 / 93
Decrease2.svg4331,3438.87%Opposition George Souris
12 / 93
Decrease2.svg1368,0049.63%Opposition George Souris
13 / 93
Increase2.svg1396,02310.05%Opposition Andrew Stoner
18 / 93
Increase2.svg5521,86412.56%LP-NP Coalition government Andrew Stoner
17 / 93
Decrease2.svg1464,65310.55%LP-NP Coalition government Troy Grant
13 / 93
Decrease2.svg4401,7189.87%LP-NP Coalition government John Barilaro


  1. The party name includes the periods in "N.S.W." according to the Australian Electoral Commission. [2]

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  1. "National Party Constitution" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
  2. "Current register of political parties". Australian Electoral Commission. 22 March 2017.
  3. Davey, Paul (2006). The Nationals: The Progressive, Country, and National Party in New South Wales 1919–2006. Leichhardt: Federation Press. pp. 452–453.
  4. An abridged list of articles discussing neo-Nazi infiltration: