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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.

Government of New South Wales
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Formation
Australian stateNew South Wales
Websitehttp://www.nsw.gov.au/
Legislative branch
LegislatureParliament of New South Wales;
Meeting placeParliament House
Executive branch
Main organNew South Wales Ministry
LeaderPremier
AppointerGovernor
Meeting placeParliament House
Judicial branch
CourtSupreme Court
SeatSydney

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]

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Executive and judicial powersEdit

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.

MinistriesEdit

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 and were sworn on by the Governor with effect from 2 April 2019,[3][4] while their opposition counterparts are listed to correspond with the government ministers.[5] All Opposition counterparts are members of the Parliament of New South Wales.

Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
counterpart
Office Portrait Party
Gladys Berejiklian Premier
    Liberal Penny Sharpe Acting Leader of the Opposition     Labor
John Barilaro Deputy Premier     National Deputy Leader of the Opposition   Labor
Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade David Harris Shadow Minister for Regional Development
Shadow Minister for the Central Coast
  Labor
  Labor
Dominic Perrottet Treasurer   Liberal Ryan Park Shadow Treasurer
Shadow Minister for the Illawarra
  Labor
Paul Toole Minister for Regional Transport and Roads   National Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads, Maritime and Freight   Labor
Don Harwin, MLC Special Minister of State   Liberal   Labor
Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts Walt Secord, MLC Shadow Minister for the Arts
Shadow Minister for the North Coast
  Labor
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council
Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council
Andrew Constance Minister for Transport and Roads     Liberal Jodi McKay Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads, Maritime and Freight   Labor
Leader of the House   Labor
Brad Hazzard Minister for Health and Medical Research     Liberal Walt Secord Shadow Minister for Health   Labor
Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Medical Research   Labor
Rob Stokes Minister for Planning and Public Spaces     Liberal Michael Daley Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure   Labor
Mark Speakman SC Attorney General     Liberal Paul Lynch Shadow Attorney General     Labor
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault   Labor
Victor Dominello Minister for Customer Service     Liberal Clayton Barr Shadow Minister for Finance, Services and Property   Labor
Sarah Mitchell, MLC Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning     National Jihad Dib Shadow Minister for Education   Labor
Kate Washington Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education
Shadow Minister for the Hunter
  Labor
David Elliott Minister for Police and Emergency Services   Liberal Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Justice and Police
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
  Labor
Melinda Pavey Minister for Water, Property and Housing     National Chris Minns Shadow Minister for Water   Labor
Clayton Barr Shadow Minister for Finance, Services and Property   Labor
Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Social Housing   Labor
Stuart Ayres Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney     Liberal Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events     Labor
Luke Foley Shadow Minister for Western Sydney     Labor
Matt Kean Minister for Energy and Environment   Liberal Adam Searle Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy     Labor
Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Environment and Heritage     Labor
Adam Marshall Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales     National Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Primary Industries
Shadow Minister for Western NSW
    Labor
Anthony Roberts Minister for Counter Terrorism and Corrections     Liberal Guy Zangari Shadow Minister for Corrections   Labor
Shelley Hancock Minister for Local Government     Liberal Peter Primrose, MLC Shadow Minister for Local Government     Labor
Kevin Anderson Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   National Yasmin Catley Shadow Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation   Labor
Geoff Lee Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education   Liberal Prue Car Shadow Minister for Skills   Labor
John Sidoti Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans   Liberal Lynda Voltz Shadow Minister for Sport
Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs
  Labor
Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism   Labor
Bronwyn Taylor, MLC Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women   National Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Mental Health   Labor
Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Women
Shadow Minister for Ageing
  Labor
Gareth Ward Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services   Liberal Tania Mihailuk Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services   Labor
Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Disability Services   Labor
Damien Tudehope, MLC Minister for Finance and Small Business   Liberal Jenny Aitchison Shadow Minister for Small Business   Labor

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Executive Council". www.parliament.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ Pledge of Loyalty Act 2006 (NSW)
  3. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Premier announces new Cabinet" (Press release). Premier of New South Wales. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Shadow Ministry". Members. Parliament of New South Wales. January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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