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Dooley ministry (1921)

Dooley ministry

38th Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier James Dooley
Date formed10 October 1921 (1921-10-10)
Date dissolved20 December 1921 (1921-12-20)
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
GovernorSir Walter Davidson
Head of governmentJames Dooley
No. of ministers13
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyNationalist
Opposition leaderGeorge Fuller
Outgoing election1920 New South Wales election
PredecessorStorey ministry
SuccessorFuller ministry

The Dooley ministry (1921) or the first Dooley ministry was the 38th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 21st Premier, James Dooley. It was the first of two occasions that Dooley was Premier.

Dooley was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1907, serving until 1927, when he fell out with the Labor leadership, lost Labor preselection, and stood unsuccessfully as an Independent Labor candidate for the Senate in the 1931 federal election. Dooley served as Deputy Labor leader to Ernest Durack and then John Storey, when Labor came to power at the 1920 state election,[1] with what Storey called "half a mandate".[2] The assembly was evenly divided, with Labor having 43 seats and the support of Percy Brookfield (Socialist Labor) and Arthur Gardiner (Independent Labor), while the Nationalists had 28 seats and the support of 15 seats of Progressive Party and 2 independent Nationalists. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly did not vote unless there was a tie which meant whichever side provided the speaker was unable to command a majority. Nationalist Daniel Levy controversially accepted re-election as speaker, giving Labor an effective majority,[3][4] Storey died in office on 5 October 1921.[2]

On Storey's death Dooley became Leader and Premier, reconstituting the ministry, which was largely unchanged from the Storey ministry, with the portfolio of Local Government moving from Thomas Mutch to George Cann, the portfolio of Labour and Industry was split into Labour which moved to Greg McGirr and industry becoming State Industrial Enterprises and given to Carlo Lazzarini.[1][5]

The ministry covers the period from 10 October 1921, five days after Storey's death, until they resigned on 20 December 1921. Levy had resigned as speaker on 12 December 1921, replaced by Labor's Simon Hickey and the government was defeated on the floor of the house 44 votes to 45.[6][7] Levy was re-elected as speaker, which meant new Premier George Fuller could not command a majority in the house and resigned within seven hours of his appointment. Levy remained as speaker as the only way to have a workable parliament,[3] allowing Dooley to regain power forming the second Dooley ministry.[1]

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Dooley on 10 October 1921,[8] and covers the period up to 20 December 1921, when the ministry resigned.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Chief Secretary
James Dooley   Labor     10 October 1921 20 December 1921 71 days
Treasurer Jack Lang
Attorney-General Edward McTiernan
Secretary for Lands
Minister for Forests
Peter Loughlin
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Railways
John Estell
Minister of Justice William McKell
Minister of Public Instruction Thomas Mutch
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Local Government
George Cann
Solicitor General Robert Sproule MLC
Minister for Agriculture Bill Dunn
Minister for Public Health and Motherhood
Minister for Labour
Greg McGirr
Minister for State Industrial Enterprises Carlo Lazzarini
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Edward Kavanagh MLC

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Cunneen, Chris. "Dooley, James Thomas (1877–1950)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-522-84459-7. ISSN 1833-7538. OCLC 70677943. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b Nairn, Bede. "Storey, John (1869–1921)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-522-84459-7. ISSN 1833-7538. OCLC 70677943. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b Fredman, L E. "Levy, Sir Daniel (1872–1937)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISBN 978-0-522-84459-7. ISSN 1833-7538. OCLC 70677943. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  4. ^ Fitzpatrick, John (27 April 1920). "Election of speaker" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). New South Wales: Legislative Assembly. pp. 18–33. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Resignation of speaker" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). New South Wales: Legislative Assembly. 12 December 1921. pp. 2598–2602. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  7. ^ As the speaker did not vote, with Hickey as speaker Labor was reduced to 43 votes, plus the support of Arthur Gardiner (Independent Labor).[6]
  8. ^ "Appointment of ministers (150)". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 10 October 1921. p. 5858. Retrieved 2 November 2021 – via Trove.


Preceded byStorey ministry Dooley ministry 1921 Succeeded byFuller ministry (1921)
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