Treasurer of New South Wales

The Treasurer of New South Wales, known from 1856 to 1959 as the Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales, is the minister in the Government of New South Wales responsible for government expenditure and revenue raising and is the head of the New South Wales Treasury. The Treasurer plays a key role in the economic policy of the government.

Treasurer of New South Wales
Incumbent
Daniel Mookhey
since 28 March 2023 (2023-03-28)
New South Wales Treasury
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
Reports toPremier of New South Wales
Seat52 Martin Place, Sydney
NominatorPremier of New South Wales
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
on the advice of the premier
Term lengthAt the Governor's pleasure
Formation24 April 1824
First holderWilliam Balcombe (as Colonial Treasurer of New South Wales)
The old Treasury Building, designed by Mortimer Lewis (1849). The Treasury building was completed by Edmund Blacket and opened on the 17 October 1851. The Treasury moved to the State Office Block in 1967. In 1995 the Treasury moved to Governor Macquarie Tower in Farrer Place.

The current Treasurer, since 28 March 2023 is Daniel Mookhey.[1]

Each year, the Treasurer presents the NSW Budget to the Parliament. In some other countries the equivalent role is the Minister for Finance, although NSW has had a separate office of that name responsible for regulating government spending. For 103 years the Treasurer was originally known as the 'Colonial Treasurer', however the 'Colonial' word was removed with the passing of the Ministers of the Crown Act 1959 (NSW) from 1 April 1959.[2]

Treasurers Forster, Stuart, Dibbs, Jennings, Reid, Lyne, Waddell, Carruthers, McGowen, Holman, Fuller, Lang, Bavin, Stevens, Mair, McKell, McGirr, Cahill, Heffron, Renshaw, Askin, Lewis, Willis, Wran, Greiner, Fahey and Iemma were also Premier during some or all of their period as Treasurer. By convention, the Treasurer is usually a member of the Legislative Assembly.[3] The exception to this were Treasurers Egan, Costa, Roozendaal and currently Mookhey, who were members of the Legislative Council during their tenure as Treasurer. Egan is the longest serving Treasurer of New South Wales.

The Treasurer administers his or her portfolio responsibilities through The Treasury cluster, and in particular The Treasury and a range of other government agencies.[4]

List of treasurers edit

Ordinal Minister [5] Party Title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 William Balcombe Prior to responsible government Colonial Treasurer 24 April 1824 19 March 1829 4 years, 329 days [6]
William Dumaresq Acting Colonial Treasurer 1 April 1829 31 July 1829 121 days [6][7]
2 Campbell Riddell Colonial Treasurer 23 August 1830 5 June 1856 25 years, 287 days [8]
Pieter Campbell Acting for the Colonial Treasurer 1 March 1839 8 May 1841 2 years, 68 days [9]
Francis Merewether Acting Colonial Treasurer 26 January 1854 27 February 1856 2 years, 32 days [10]
3 Thomas Holt No party Colonial Treasurer 6 June 1856 25 August 1856 80 days [11]
4 Robert Campbell 26 August 1856 2 October 1856 37 days [12]
5 Stuart Donaldson 3 October 1856 7 September 1857 339 days [13]
6 Richard Jones 7 September 1857 3 January 1858 118 days [14]
(4) Robert Campbell 4 January 1858 30 March 1859 1 year, 85 days [12]
7 Elias Weekes 18 April 1859 26 October 1859 191 days [15]
8 Saul Samuel 27 October 1859 8 March 1860 133 days [16]
(7) Elias Weekes 9 March 1860 20 March 1863 3 years, 11 days [15]
9 Thomas Smart 21 March 1863 15 October 1863 208 days [17]
10 Geoffrey Eagar 16 October 1863 2 February 1865 1 year, 109 days [18]
(9) Thomas Smart 3 February 1865 19 October 1865 258 days [17]
(8) Saul Samuel 20 October 1865 3 January 1866 75 days [16]
11 Marshall Burdekin 4 January 1866 21 January 1866 17 days [19]
(10) Geoffrey Eagar 22 January 1866 26 October 1868 2 years, 278 days [18]
(8) Saul Samuel 27 October 1868 15 December 1870 2 years, 49 days [16]
12 George Lord 16 December 1870 13 May 1872 1 year, 149 days [20]
13 William Piddington 14 May 1872 4 December 1872 204 days [21]
14 George Lloyd 5 December 1872 8 February 1875 2 years, 65 days [22]
15 William Forster 9 February 1875 7 February 1876 363 days [23]
16 Alexander Stuart 8 February 1876 21 March 1877 1 year, 41 days [24]
(13) William Piddington 22 March 1877 16 August 1877 147 days [21]
17 William Long 17 August 1877 17 December 1877 122 days [25]
18 Henry Cohen 18 December 1877 20 December 1878 1 year, 2 days [26]
19 James Watson 21 December 1878 4 January 1883 4 years, 14 days [27]
20 George Dibbs 5 January 1883 21 December 1885 2 years, 350 days [28]
21 John Burns 22 December 1885 25 February 1886 65 days [29]
22 Sir Patrick Jennings 26 February 1886 19 January 1887 327 days [30]
(21) John Burns   Protectionist 20 January 1887 16 January 1889 1 year, 362 days [29]
23 James Garvan   Free Trade 17 January 1889 7 March 1889 49 days
24 William McMillan 8 March 1889 27 July 1891 2 years, 141 days
25 Bruce Smith 14 August 1891 22 October 1891 69 days
26 John See   Protectionist 23 October 1891 2 August 1894 2 years, 283 days
27 George Reid   Free Trade 3 August 1894 3 July 1899 4 years, 334 days
28 Joseph Carruthers 3 July 1899 13 September 1899 72 days
29 Sir William Lyne   Protectionist 15 September 1899 20 March 1901 1 year, 186 days
30 Thomas Waddell 10 April 1901 29 August 1904 3 years, 141 days
(28) Sir Joseph Carruthers   Liberal Reform 29 August 1904 1 October 1907 3 years, 33 days
(30) Thomas Waddell 2 October 1907 20 October 1910 3 years, 18 days
31 James McGowen   Labor 21 October 1910 26 November 1911 1 year, 36 days
32 John Dacey 27 November 1911 11 April 1912 136 days
33 Campbell Carmichael 17 April 1912 5 May 1912 18 days
34 John Cann 6 May 1912 29 January 1914 1 year, 268 days
35 William Holman 29 January 1914 15 November 1916 4 years, 274 days
  Nationalist 15 November 1916 30 October 1918
36 John Fitzpatrick 30 October 1918 12 April 1920 1 year, 165 days
37 Jack Lang   Labor 12 April 1920 20 December 1921 1 year, 252 days
38 Sir Arthur Cocks   Nationalist 20 December 1921 20 December 1921 7 hours
(37) Jack Lang   Labor 20 December 1921 13 April 1922 114 days
(38) Sir Arthur Cocks   Nationalist 13 April 1922 14 February 1925 2 years, 307 days
39 George Fuller 14 February 1925 17 June 1925 123 days
(37) Jack Lang   Labor 17 June 1925 18 October 1927 2 years, 123 days
40 Thomas Bavin   Nationalist 18 October 1927 15 April 1929 1 year, 179 days
41 Bertram Stevens 16 April 1929 3 November 1930 1 year, 201 days [31]
(37) Jack Lang   Labor 4 November 1930 15 October 1931 1 year, 191 days
  Labor (NSW) 15 October 1931 13 May 1932
(41) Bertram Stevens   United Australia 16 May 1932 13 October 1938 6 years, 150 days [31]
42 Alexander Mair 13 October 1938 16 August 1939 307 days
43 Athol Richardson 16 August 1939 16 May 1941 1 year, 273 days
44 Bill McKell   Labor 16 May 1941 6 February 1947 5 years, 266 days [32]
45 James McGirr 6 February 1947 3 April 1952 5 years, 57 days
46 Joseph Cahill 3 April 1952 1 April 1959 7 years, 203 days
Treasurer 1 April 1959 22 October 1959
47 Bob Heffron 23 October 1959 28 October 1959 5 days
48 Jack Renshaw 28 October 1959 13 May 1965 5 years, 197 days
49 Sir Robert Askin   Liberal 13 May 1965 3 January 1975 9 years, 235 days
50 Tom Lewis 3 January 1975 23 January 1976 1 year, 20 days
51 Sir Eric Willis 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 112 days
(48) Jack Renshaw   Labor 14 May 1976 29 February 1980 3 years, 291 days
52 Neville Wran 29 February 1980 2 October 1981 1 year, 216 days
53 Ken Booth 2 October 1981 21 March 1988 6 years, 175 days
54 Nick Greiner   Liberal 25 March 1988 24 June 1992 4 years, 91 days
55 John Fahey 24 June 1992 26 May 1993 336 days
56 Peter Collins 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
57 Michael Egan   Labor 4 April 1995 21 January 2005 9 years, 292 days
58 Andrew Refshauge 21 January 2005 3 August 2005 194 days
59 Morris Iemma 3 August 2005 17 February 2006 198 days
60 Michael Costa 17 February 2006 5 September 2008 2 years, 204 days
61 Eric Roozendaal 8 September 2008 28 March 2011 2 years, 208 days
62 Mike Baird   Liberal 4 April 2011 23 April 2014 3 years, 19 days
63 Andrew Constance 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 344 days
64 Gladys Berejiklian 2 April 2015 30 January 2017 1 year, 303 days
65 Dominic Perrottet 30 January 2017 5 October 2021 7 years, 114 days [33]
66 Matt Kean 5 October 2021 28 March 2023 2 years, 231 days [34]
67 Daniel Mookhey   Labor 28 March 2023 incumbent 1 year, 56 days

Former ministerial titles edit

Assistant Treasurers edit

The Assistant Treasurer, when in use and along with the Minister for Finance, effectively acted as Deputy to the Treasurer. In January 1914, Henry Hoyle was appointed as an Honorary Minister in Holman ministry, charged with the duties of Colonial Treasurer, which was held by Premier Holman, but Hoyle was often referred to as the "Assistant Treasurer".[35][36][37]

From 1925–1929 there existed the office of "Assistant Colonial Treasurer". However this office was abolished and when it returned in 1933, it was titled as "Assistant Treasurer". The Assistant Treasurer is not an essential cabinet post, often being appointed on an on-off basis, and there is no Assistant Treasurer at the present. Significantly, the role exists only when in use; there can be a lengthy period between successive holders of the title. The last Assistant Treasurer was John Della Bosca from 1999 to 2006. The title Minister for Finance is also used within New South Wales governments but that role is primarily made responsible for the Revenue collection and administration side of Governance.

Minister [5] Party Title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
William Dick   Liberal Reform Minister without portfolio
assisting the Treasurer
29 August 1904 1 October 1907 3 years, 33 days [38][39]
Henry Hoyle   Labor Minister without portfolio
assisting the Treasurer
29 January 1914 31 October 1916 2 years, 276 days [40]
Bill McKell   Labor Assistant Colonial Treasurer 17 June 1925 7 June 1927 1 year, 355 days [32]
Robert Cruickshank 19 September 1927 18 October 1927 29 days [41]
Bertram Stevens   Nationalist 18 October 1927 15 April 1929 1 year, 179 days [31]
Eric Spooner   United Australia Assistant Treasurer 15 February 1933 21 August 1935 2 years, 187 days [42]
Clive Evatt   Labor Assistant Treasurer 19 May 1947 23 February 1953 5 years, 280 days [43]
George Freudenstein   Country Assistant Treasurer 11 March 1971 19 June 1972 1 year, 100 days [44]
Wal Fife   Liberal 19 June 1972 3 January 1975 2 years, 198 days [45]
Max Ruddock 3 January 1975 10 October 1975 280 days [46]
Peter Coleman 10 October 1975 23 January 1976 105 days [47]
Max Ruddock 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 112 days [46]
Ken Booth   Labor Assistant Treasurer 29 February 1980 2 October 1981 1 year, 216 days [48]
Phillip Smiles   Liberal Assistant Treasurer 1 February 1991 1 February 1992 1 year, 0 days [49]
George Souris   National 3 July 1992 26 May 1993 327 days [50]
John Della Bosca   Labor Assistant Treasurer 8 April 1999 17 February 2006 6 years, 315 days [51]

See also edit

References edit

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