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Lang ministry (1927)

Lang ministry
43rd Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Jack Lang
Date formed27 May 1927 (1927-05-27)
Date dissolved18 October 1927 (1927-10-18)
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
GovernorSir Dudley de Chair
Head of governmentJack Lang
No. of ministers16
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMajority government
Opposition partyNationalist
Opposition leaderThomas Bavin
Outgoing election1925 New South Wales election
PredecessorLang ministry (1925–1927)
SuccessorBavin ministry

The Lang ministry (1927) or Second Lang ministry or Lang Reconstruction ministry was the 43rd ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 23rd Premier, Jack Lang. This ministry was the second of three ministries where Lang was Premier.

Lang was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1913 and served continuously until 1946. In 1923 Lang was elected NSW Parliamentary Leader of the Labor Party by Labor caucus, and became Opposition Leader. At the 1925 state election, Lang led Labor to victory, defeating the Nationalist Party led by Sir George Fuller.

Lang's initial ministry was confronted with extended cabinet strife, centred on Albert Willis. Lang resigned his commission on 26 May 1927.[1] As there was no viable alternative government, Governor Sir Dudley de Chair recommissioned Lang to form a caretaker government on the condition that he would recommend a dissolution of the Legislative Assembly and call an early election,[2] which was held in October 1927.[3]

This reconstructed ministry covers the Lang Labor period from 27 May 1927 until 18 October 1927[4] when Lang was defeated by a Nationalist/Country coalition led by Thomas Bavin and Ernest Buttenshaw.

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Lang on 27 May 1927 and covers the period up to 18 October 1927.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Jack Lang[a]   Lang Labor 27 May 1927 18 October 1927 144 days
Chief Secretary Mark Gosling
Attorney General Andrew Lysaght
Minister of Justice 8 June 1927 132 days
William McKell[a] 27 May 1927 7 June 1927 11 days
Assistant Treasurer
Robert Cruickshank, MLC 19 September 1927 18 October 1927 29 days
Minister without portfolio 27 May 1927 18 September 1927 114 days
Minister of Public Instruction Billy Davies 18 October 1927 144 days
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Railways
Bill Ratcliffe
Secretary for Lands
Minister for Forests
Edward Horsington
Minister for Agriculture Paddy Stokes
Minister for Local Government Tom Keegan
Minister for Public Health Robert Stuart-Robertson
Vice-president of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Albert Willis, MLC[a]
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Labour and Industry
Jack Baddeley
  1. ^ a b c continued with these roles from the first Lang ministry.

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ "Resignation of the Honourable John Thomas Lang, Premier (71)". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 27 May 1927. p. 2637. Retrieved 15 November 2021 – via Trove.
  2. ^ "An election at last". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 May 1927. p. 10. Retrieved 15 November 2021 – via Trove.
  3. ^ Nairn, Bede. "Lang, John Thomas (Jack) (1876–1975)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.


Preceded byLang ministry (1925–1927) Lang ministry 1927 Succeeded byBavin ministry
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