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Heffron ministry (1962–1964)

Heffron ministry
60th Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Bob Heffron
Date formed14 March 1962
Date dissolved30 April 1964
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
GovernorSir Eric Woodward
PremierBob Heffron
Deputy PremierJack Renshaw
No. of ministers15
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyLiberal/Country coalition
Opposition leaderRobert Askin
Election(s)1962 New South Wales election
PredecessorFirst Heffron ministry
SuccessorRenshaw ministry

The Heffron ministry (1962–1964) or Second Heffron ministry was the 60th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 30th Premier, Bob Heffron, of the Labor Party. The ministry was the second of two consecutive occasions when the Government was led by Heffron, as Premier.

Heffron was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1930 and served continuously until 1968, representing the seats of Botany and Maroubra. Having served continuously as Minister for Emergency Services in the first McKell ministry, and Minister for Education in the second McKell ministry, and in the first, second, and third ministries of Jim McGirr, and then the first, second, third and fourth ministries of Joseph Cahill. Heffron served as Deputy Premier to Cahill between 1953 and 1959 until Cahill died in office on 22 October 1959. The following day, Heffron was elected as Labor Leader and became Premier.[1] Heffron led Labor to victory at the 1962 state election, where Labor's primary vote decreased by 0.55% however it picked up an additional 5 seats. Historian David Clune attributed Heffron's easy victory to a backlash against the economic policies of the Menzies federal government rather than a vote of confidence in Heffron's Labor.[2]

This ministry covers the period from 14 March 1962 until 30 April 1964,[3] when Heffron, aged 73, resigned as Premier and retired to the backbench, his successor as Premier being his deputy, Jack Renshaw.

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Heffron following the 1962 state election on 14 March 1962, and covers the period until 30 April 1964, when Heffron resigned as Premier.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Bob Heffron[a]   Labor          14 March 1962 30 April 1964 2 years, 47 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Industrial Development and Decentralisation
Jack Renshaw[a]
Attorney General
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Reg Downing, MLC[a]
Chief Secretary
Minister for Tourist Activities
Gus Kelly[a]
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Highways
Pat Hills[a]
Minister for Health Bill Sheahan[a]
Minister for Child Welfare
Minister for Social Welfare
Frank Hawkins[a]
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Conservation
George Enticknap[a]
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Abe Landa[a]
Minister for Education Ernest Wetherell[a]
Minister for Labour and Industry Jim Maloney, MLC[a]
Minister for Mines Jim Simpson[a]
Minister for Transport John McMahon[a]
Minister for Public Works Norm Ryan[a]
Minister of Justice Jack Mannix[a]
Minister for Lands Keith Compton[a]

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also

    • Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
    • 1962–1965


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Retained portfolios from first Heffron ministry.


  1. ^ Carr, Bob (1996). "Heffron, Robert James (1890–1978)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 8 February 2010.
  2. ^ "1961 Redistribution". Atlas of New South Wales. NSW Land & Property Information. Archived from the original on 23 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.


New South Wales government ministries Preceded byHeffron ministry (1959–1962) Heffron ministry (1962–1964) 1962–1964 Succeeded byRenshaw ministry
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