|Deputy Leader||Paul Toole|
|Youth wing||Young Nationals|
|Ideology|| Conservatism |
|Colours||Green and Yellow|
13 / 93
6 / 42
| House of |
7 / 46(NSW seats)
2 / 12(NSW seats)
The National Party of Australia – N.S.W., 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.
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".
This is a list of the Leaders of the National Party of Australia in New South Wales.
|Party Leader||Start of Term||End of Term||Deputy Premier|
|Sir Michael Bruxner||1921||1925|
|Sir Michael Bruxner||1932||1958||1932–1941|
|Sir Davis Hughes||1958||1959|
|Sir Charles Cutler||1959||1975||1965–1975|
|Deputy Leader||Start of Term||End of Term|
|Sir Charles Cutler||1958||1959|
|Election||Seats won||±||Total votes||%||Position||Leader|
13 / 90
|100,963||8.89%||NP-CP Coalition government||Ernest Buttenshaw|
12 / 90
23 / 90
|175,862||13.16%||UAP-CP Coalition government||Michael Bruxner|
23 / 90
|–||162,178||12.92%||UAP-CP Coalition government||Michael Bruxner|
22 / 90
|164,045||13.86%||UAP-CP Coalition government||Michael Bruxner|
12 / 90
10 / 90
15 / 90
17 / 94
14 / 94
15 / 94
16 / 94
14 / 94
16 / 94
|208,826||10.23%||LP-CP Coalition government||Charles Cutler|
17 / 94
|229,656||10.62%||LP-CP Coalition government||Charles Cutler|
17 / 96
|–||193,509||8.65%||LP-CP Coalition government||Charles Cutler|
18 / 99
|261,504||10.48%||LP-CP Coalition government||Leon Punch|
18 / 99
17 / 99
14 / 99
15 / 99
20 / 109
|440,482||13.74%||LP-NP Coalition government||Wal Murray|
17 / 99
|324,214||10.52%||LP-NP Minority government||Wal Murray|
17 / 99
13 / 93
12 / 93
13 / 93
18 / 93
|521,864||12.56%||LP-NP Coalition government||Andrew Stoner|
17 / 93
|464,653||10.55%||LP-NP Coalition government||Troy Grant|
13 / 93
|401,718||9.87%||LP-NP Coalition government||John Barilaro|
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