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Carr ministry (1997–1999)

Second Carr ministry
86th Cabinet of Government of New South Wales
Date formed1 December 1997 (1997-12-01)
Date dissolved8 April 1999 (1999-04-08)
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
GovernorGordon Samuels
PremierBob Carr
Deputy PremierAndrew Refshauge
No. of ministers21
Ministers removed1
Total no. of members20
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority Labor Government
Opposition partiesLiberalNational coalition
Opposition leader
Outgoing election1999 New South Wales state election
PredecessorFirst Carr ministry
SuccessorThird Carr ministry

The Carr ministry (1997–1999) or Second Carr ministry was the 86th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 39th Premier of New South Wales, Bob Carr, representing the Labor Party.

The ministry covered the period from 1 December 1997 until 8 April 1999, when Carr led Labor to victory at the 1999 state election.

Composition of ministry

The ministry covered the period from 1 December 1997. There was a minor rearrangement in April 1998 when Brian Langton relinquished his ministerial duties due to his involvement in a political scandal, after the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found him guilty of corruptly rorting charter plane expenses. The ICAC deemed that Langton had sought advantage for himself by deliberate deception of the Parliamentary Accounts Department.[1][2][a] The ministry continued until 8 April 1999 when the ministry was configured following the 1999 state election.[3][4]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Bob Carr[b]   Labor 1 December 1997 8 April 1999 1 year, 128 days
Minister for the Arts
Minister for Ethnic Affairs
Deputy Premier Andrew Refshauge[b]
Minister for Health
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Treasurer Michael Egan, MLC[b]
Minister for State Development
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in Legislative Council
Minister for Police Paul Whelan[b]
Minister for the Olympics Michael Knight[b]
Minister for Fair Trading[a] Brian Langton 30 April 1998 150 days
Jeff Shaw, MLC 30 April 1998 8 April 1999 343 days
Minister for Emergency Services[a] Brian Langton 1 December 1997 30 April 1998 150 days
Bob Debus 30 April 1998 8 April 1999 343 days
Minister for Education and Training John Aquilina[b] 1 December 1997 1 year, 128 days
Minister Assisting the Premier on Youth Affairs
Attorney General Jeff Shaw, MLC[b]
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for the Environment Pam Allan[b]
Minister for Information Technology Kim Yeadon
Minister for Forestry
Minister for Ports
Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney
Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning Craig Knowles[b]
Minister for Housing
Minister for Transport Carl Scully
Minister for Roads[b]
Minister for Agriculture[b] Richard Amery
Minister for Land and Water Conservation
Minister for Energy Bob Debus
Minister for Tourism
Minister for Corrective Services[b]
Minister Assisting the Minister for the Arts[b]
Minister for Community Services Faye Lo Po'
Minister for Aging
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Women[b]
Minister for Regional Development Harry Woods
Minister for Rural Affairs
Minister for Public Works and Services Ron Dyer, MLC
Minister for Gaming and Racing Richard Face[b]
Minister Assisting the Premier on Hunter Development
Minister for Mineral Resources Bob Martin[b]
Minister for Fisheries
Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Harrison[b]
Minister for Local Government Ernie Page[b]

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Brian Langton resigned on 30 April 1998. Jeff Shaw was appointed to his portfolio of Fair Trading and Bob Debus was appointed to his portfolio of Emergency Services.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Retained portfolio from the first Carr ministry.


  1. ^ Besser, Linton (19 May 2008). "Disgraced minister takes the helm". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Annual Report". Independent Commission Against Corruption. 1999. p. 41. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Former Members". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 November 2020.


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