Regional minister (New South Wales)

In New South Wales, regional ministers have been appointed since 1995 on a part-time basis as part of the Government of New South Wales. Each minister has other departmental responsibilities, as well as specific responsibilities for one of the regions of New South Wales. The ministries with regional responsibilities first appeared in 2000 during the Carr Labor Government with a position looking after the Central Coast, this would later be expanded by the Iemma Labor Government from 2005 and O'Farrell Coalition Government in 2011 to five different positions including Western Sydney.[1]

In 2015, the number of ministers was reduced to just two regional ministers: the Minister for Western Sydney, currently Stuart Ayres since 30 January 2017; and the Minister for Regional Development, currently held by John Barilaro, who also serves as the Deputy Premier of New South Wales, both since 2 April 2015.[2][3][4] Following the 2019 state election the ministries were rearranged to comprise three regional ministers, with effect from 2 April 2019:[5]

List of ministersEdit

Former ministerial titlesEdit

Central CoastEdit

Ministry Minister Party Term commence Term end Ministerial title
Third Carr ministry John Della Bosca   Labor 31 March 2000 2 April 2003 Minister Assisting the Premier for the Central Coast
Fourth Carr ministry 2 April 2003 21 January 2005 Minister for the Central Coast
Grant McBride 21 January 2005 2 April 2007
First Iemma ministry
Second Iemma ministry John Della Bosca 2 April 2007 1 September 2009
Rees ministry
John Hatzistergos 1 September 2009 14 September 2009
Keneally ministry Nathan Rees 14 September 2009 8 December 2009
Ian Macdonald 8 December 2009 5 June 2010
John Robertson 5 June 2010 28 March 2011
O'Farrell ministry Chris Hartcher   Liberal 3 April 2011 4 December 2013
Mike Gallacher 9 December 2013 23 April 2014
First Baird ministry 23 April 2014 2 May 2014
Rob Stokes 6 May 2014 2 April 2015 (2015-04-02)
Second Baird ministry Scot MacDonald 24 April 2015 23 January 2017 Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast
First Berejiklian ministry 1 February 2017 5 April 2017 Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and the Central Coast
5 April 2017 1 March 2019 Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter

HunterEdit

Ministry Minister Party Term commence Term end Ministerial title
First, Second and Third Carr ministries Richard Face   Labor 4 April 1995 13 February 2003 Minister Assisting the Premier on Hunter Development
Fourth Carr ministry Michael Egan 13 February 2003 2 April 2003
Michael Costa 2 April 2003 8 September 2008 Minister for the Hunter
First Iemma ministry
Second Iemma ministry
Rees ministry Jodi McKay 8 September 2008 28 March 2011
Keneally ministry
O'Farrell ministry Mike Gallacher   Liberal 3 April 2011 18 December 2013
George Souris   Nationals 18 December 2013 17 April 2014
First Baird ministry Gladys Berejiklian   Liberal 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 (2015-04-02)
Second Baird ministry Scot MacDonald 24 April 2015 23 January 2017 Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter and Central Coast
First Berejiklian ministry 5 April 2017 1 March 2019 Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, the Central Coast and the Hunter

IllawarraEdit

Creation of the role of 'Minister for the Illawarra' was a Labor election commitment in 2003. When the portfolio was abolished in 2015, the region's main newspaper, the Illawarra Mercury, noted that all but one of the men to hold the title later departed politics under a cloud: "The now-defunct ministry has been something of a poisoned chalice over the past 12 years, with five of the six ministers who have held the position being disgraced, sacked or forced to resign over their behaviour."

Labor's David Campbell, the first Minister for the Illawarra, quit politics after being filmed leaving a gay bath-house in Sydney. His successor Matt Brown quit following allegations (denied by Brown) that he'd simulated a sex act and danced in his underpants at a function in Parliament House. Paul McLeay quit cabinet after admitting to using a parliamentary computer to visit gambling and porn websites. Eric Roozendaal was a target of the Independent Commission Against Corruption's Operation Indus due to his dealings with disgraced former minister Eddie Obeid, but was cleared in 2013. Greg Pearce, the first Liberal to hold the post, was dumped from the O'Farrell ministry in 2013 amid claims (denied by Pearce) that he had attended parliament drunk – officially, for failing to declare a conflict of interest in relation to a board appointment. The last Minister for the Illawarra, the Liberal party's John Ajaka, "managed to break the portfolio’s curse," however.[6]

Ministry Minister Party Term commence Term end Ministerial title
Fourth Carr ministry David Campbell   Labor 2 April 2003 5 September 2008 Minister for the Illawarra
First Iemma ministry
Second Iemma ministry
Rees ministry Matt Brown 8 September 2008 11 September 2008
David Campbell 11 September 2008 4 December 2009
Keneally ministry Paul McLeay 8 December 2009 1 September 2010
Eric Roozendaal 6 September 2010 28 March 2011
O'Farrell ministry Greg Pearce   Liberal 3 April 2011 2 August 2013
John Ajaka 2 August 2013 23 April 2014
First Baird ministry 23 April 2014 2 April 2015 (2015-04-02)

North CoastEdit

Ministry Minister Party Term commence Term end Ministerial title
O'Farrell ministry Don Page   Nationals 3 April 2011 23 April 2014 Minister for the North Coast
First Baird ministry Andrew Stoner 23 April 2014 17 October 2014 (2014-10-17)
Duncan Gay 17 October 2014 (2014-10-17) 2 April 2015 (2015-04-02)

Redfern-WaterlooEdit

Ministry Minister Party Term commence Term end Ministerial title
First Iemma ministry Frank Sartor   Labor 3 August 2005 8 September 2008 Minister for Redfern-Waterloo
Second Iemma ministry
Rees ministry Kristina Keneally 8 September 2008 28 March 2011
Keneally ministry

Assistant MinistersEdit

Ministry Minister Party Term commence Term end Ministerial title
O'Farrell ministry Stuart Ayres   Liberal 9 December 2013 23 April 2014 Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney
First Baird ministry 23 April 2014 2 April 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New faces: O'Farrell launches super-ministries". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  2. ^ Robertson, James (28 January 2017). "Anthony Roberts, Brad Hazzard take key roles in Gladys Berejiklian reshuffle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Refreshed NSW cabinet sworn in". Sky News. Australia. AAP. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  4. ^ Hasham, Nicole (3 April 2015). "Premier Mike Baird's new NSW cabinet sworn in: Gladys Berejiklian and Gabrielle Upton first female Treasurer and Attorney-General". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ McIlwain, Kate (1 April 2015). "Kiama MP Gareth Ward appointed parliamentary secretary for the Illawarra".