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McGirr ministry (1950–1952)

McGirr ministry
54th Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Jim McGirr
Date formed30 June 1950
Date dissolved2 April 1952
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge VI
Elizabeth II
GovernorSir John Northcott
PremierJim McGirr
Deputy PremierJoe Cahill
No. of ministers15
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyLiberal/Country coalition
Opposition leaderVernon Treatt
Election(s)1950 New South Wales election
PredecessorSecond McGirr ministry
SuccessorFirst Cahill ministry

The McGirr ministry (1950–1952) or Third McGirr ministry was the 54th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 28th Premier, Jim McGirr, of the Labor Party. The ministry was the third and final of three consecutive occasions when the government was led by McGirr, as Premier.

McGirr was first elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1922 and served continuously until 1952, holding the various seats of Cootamundra, Cumberland, Bankstown, and Liverpool. Having served in the third ministry of Jack Lang, and the first and second ministries of William McKell, McGirr was variously torn between Lang Labor and the newly formed Australian Labor Party. When McKell stood aside as Premier in 1947 in order to take up an appointment as Governor-General of Australia, McGirr was elected Labor Leader and became Premier. McGirr led Labor to victory at the 1947 state election. Labor lost its majority at the 1950 state election and had to rely upon the support of two independent members, James Geraghty and John Seiffert, who had been expelled from Labor as a result of voting against the party ticket in the 1949 election for the Legislative Council. Seiffert was subsequently re-admitted to the Labor party

This ministry covers the period from 30 May 1950 until 2 April 1952[1][2] when McGirr resigned as Premier in favour of his deputy Joe Cahill.[3]

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier McGirr following the election held on 30 May 1950, and covers the period up until 2 April 1952.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Jim McGirr[a]   Labor 30 June 1950 2 April 1952 1 year, 277 days
Deputy Premier
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Local Government
Joe Cahill[a]
Chief Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Clive Evatt[b]
Minister for Education Bob Heffron[a]
Attorney–General Clarrie Martin, KC[a]
Minister for Justice
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in the Legislative Council
Reg Downing, MLC[a]
Minister for Housing Gus Kelly
Minister for Health Maurice O'Sullivan
Minister for Secondary Industries
Minister for Building Materials
William Dickson, MLC[a]
Minister for Agriculture Eddie Graham[a]
Minister for Conservation George Weir[a]
Minister for Labour and Industry
Minister for Social Welfare
Frank Finnan
Minister for Transport Bill Sheahan
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Immigration
Joshua Arthur
Secretary for Lands Jack Renshaw
Minister without portfolio Frank Hawkins

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Retained portfolios of from second McGirr ministry.
  2. ^ Retained portfolio of Assistant Treasurer from second McGirr ministry.

See also

  • Members of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
  • 1950–1953
  • Members of the New South Wales Legislative Council
  • 1949–1952


  1. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856–2006". New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  3. ^ Clune, David. "McGirr, James (Jim) (1890-1957)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 23 March 2021.


New South Wales government ministries Preceded byMcGirr ministry (1947–1950) McGirr ministry (1950–1952) 1950–1952 Succeeded byCahill ministry (1952–1953)
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