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Premier of New South Wales

In Australia, a Premier is the head of government of a state. The Premier is appointed by the Governor of the state, who in normal circumstances will appoint the head of whatever party, or coalition of parties, holds the majority of seats in the lower house of the state parliament (in New South Wales, the Legislative Assembly). However, in times of constitutional crisis the Governor can appoint someone else as Premier. This is exactly what happened in 1932, when Premier Jack Lang refused to co-operate with the Commonwealth. The Governor sacked him, on the grounds that he was acting unconstitutionally, and appointed the opposition leader Bertram Stevens as Premier. Shortly afterwards, Stevens won a landslide election.

Premiers of New South Wales

(Note: prior to the 1890s, formal political parties did not exist in NSW)

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