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Fuller ministry (1922–1925)

Fuller ministry
41st Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Sir George Fuller
Date formed13 April 1922
Date dissolved17 June 1925
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
GovernorSir Walter Davidson / Sir Dudley de Chair
PremierSir George Fuller
No. of ministers12
Member partyNationalist
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLabor
Opposition leaderJames Dooley / Greg McGirr / Bill Dunn / Jack Lang
Election(s)1922 New South Wales election
PredecessorDooley ministry (1921–1922)
SuccessorLang ministry (1925–1927)

The Fuller ministry (1922–1925) or Second Fuller ministry was the 41st ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 22nd Premier, Sir George Fuller. This ministry was the second of two occasions where Fuller was Premier.

Fuller was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1889, defeated in 1894, elected to the House of Representatives in 1901, defeated in 1914, and re-elected to the Assembly in 1917 and serving until 1928.[1] Fuller becoming leader of the Nationalist Party following the 1920 state election.[2] 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]

James Dooley became Premier following the death of John Story. In December 1921 Fuller indicated to Levy that it was likely he could form a coalition with the Progressives and Levy resigned as speaker on 12 December 1921. Levy was replaced by Labor's Simon Hickey and the government was defeated on the floor of the house 44 votes to 45.[5][6] The Dooley ministry resigned and as a result Fuller was asked by Governor Sir Walter Davidson to form a government. The coalition did not have complete support, with Nationalists William Ashford and William Bagnall reportedly dissatisfied, while formal coalition was opposed by the True Blue members of the Progressive party, led by Michael Bruxner and Ernest Buttenshaw.[2][7] It is not clear who Fuller hoped would take the role of speaker, however when the Legislative Assembly resumed, Bagnall offered to accept the role of speaker.[8] Rather than have Bagnall as speaker, Levy agreed to return to the role.[3][8] Fuller sought an early election, which was refused and the ministry resigned, seven hours after it was commissioned.[2][9]

Davidson commissioned Dooley to form a second ministry that lasted until the 1922 state election when Fuller was successful in defeating Dooley, with the Nationalists winning 41 seats, the Progressive Party 9 and Labor having 36 seats.[10]

The ministry covers the period from 13 April 1922 until 17 June 1925[11] when Fuller was defeated by Labor's Jack Lang at the 1925 state election.

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Fuller on 13 April 1922.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Sir George Fuller   Nationalist 13 April 1922 17 June 1925 3 years, 65 days
Chief Secretary
Minister of Public Health
Charles Oakes, MLC
Treasurer Sir Arthur Cocks[a] 14 February 1925 2 years, 307 days
Sir George Fuller 24 February 1925 17 June 1925 113 days
Attorney General Thomas Bavin, KC 13 April 1922 3 years, 65 days
Secretary for Lands
Minister for Forests
Walter Wearne
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Railways
Minister for Housing
Sir Thomas Henley[b] 19 June 1922 67 days
Richard Ball 28 June 1922 17 June 1925 2 years, 354 days
Minister for Agriculture 13 April 1922 28 June 1922 2 years, 354 days
Frank Chaffey 28 June 1922 17 June 1925 2 years, 354 days
Minister of Justice Thomas Ley 13 April 1922 3 years, 65 days
Minister of Public Instruction Albert Bruntnell
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Local Government
John Fitzpatrick
Vice-president of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Sir Joseph Carruthers, MLC
Minister for Labour and Industry Ernest Farrar, MLC
Honorary Minister Francis Boyce, MLC 4 March 1924 1 year, 105 days

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

  1. ^ Resigned and appointed as Agent General for New South Wales in London.
  2. ^ Resigned, necessitating a minor reshuffle.

See also


  1. ^ "Sir George Warburton Fuller (1861–1940)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Ward, John M. (2006). "Fuller, Sir George Warburton (1861–1940)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b Fredman, L E. "Levy, Sir Daniel (1872–1937)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. 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. ^ a b "Resignation of speaker" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). New South Wales: Legislative Assembly. 12 December 1921. pp. 2598–2602. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  6. ^ As the speaker did not vote, with Hickey as speaker Labor was reduced to 43 votes, plus the support of Arthur Gardiner (Independent Labor).[5]
  7. ^ "Why the progressives refuse to join the coalition". Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post. 3 February 1922. p. 2. Retrieved 3 November 2021 – via Trove.
  8. ^ a b "New ministry" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). New South Wales: Legislative Assembly. 20 December 1921. pp. 2617–2622. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  9. ^ "State politics". Daily Advertiser. 22 December 1921. p. 2. Retrieved 3 November 2021 – via Trove.
  10. ^ Green, Antony. "1922 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  11. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.


Preceded byDooley ministry (1921–1922) Fuller ministry 1922–1925 Succeeded byLang ministry (1925–1927)
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