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Minister for Agriculture (New South Wales)

Minister for Agriculture
Incumbent
Tara Moriarty
since 5 April 2023 (2023-04-05)
Department of Regional NSW
StyleThe Honourable
NominatorPremier of New South Wales
AppointerGovernor of New South Wales
Inaugural holderSydney Smith (as Secretary for Mines and Agriculture)
Formation28 February 1890

The New South Wales Minister for Agriculture is responsible for the administration and development of agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, state forests, biosecurity, and crown lands in New South Wales, Australia.

The current minister, who also serves as the Minister for Western New South Wales, is Tara Moriarty, since 5 April 2023.[1] The minister administers the portfolio through the Regional NSW cluster, including the Department of Regional NSW and a range of other government agencies such as the Department of Primary Industries.[2]

Ultimately the minister is responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

List of ministers

Agriculture

The following individuals have served as Minister for Agriculture, or any precedent titles:

Title Minister [3] Party Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Secretary for Mines and Agriculture Sydney Smith   Free Trade 28 February 1890 22 October 1891 1 year, 236 days [4]
Thomas Slattery   Protectionist 23 October 1891 2 August 1894 2 years, 283 days
Sydney Smith   Free Trade 3 August 1894 15 August 1898 4 years, 12 days
Joseph Cook 27 August 1898 13 September 1899 1 year, 17 days
John Fegan   Protectionist 15 September 1899 8 April 1901 1 year, 205 days
John Kidd   Progressive 10 April 1901 29 August 1904 3 years, 141 days
Samuel Moore   Liberal Reform 29 August 1904 1 October 1907 3 years, 33 days
John Perry 2 October 1907 21 January 1908 3 years, 18 days
Minister for Agriculture 22 January 1908 20 October 1910
Donald Macdonell   Labor 21 October 1910 10 September 1911 324 days
John Treflé 11 September 1911 29 January 1914 2 years, 140 days
William Ashford 29 January 1914 23 February 1915 1 year, 25 days
George Black 23 February 1915 15 March 1915 20 days
William Ashford 15 March 1915 1 June 1915 78 days
William Grahame 1 June 1915 15 November 1916 4 years, 227 days
  Nationalist 15 November 1916 14 January 1920
William Ashford 9 February 1920 12 April 1920 63 days
Bill Dunn   Labor 12 April 1920 20 December 1921 1 year, 252 days
Frank Chaffey   Nationalist 20 December 1921 20 December 1921 7 hours
Bill Dunn   Labor 20 December 1921 13 April 1922 114 days
Richard Ball   Nationalist 13 April 1922 28 June 1922 76 days
Frank Chaffey 28 June 1922 17 June 1925 2 years, 354 days
Bill Dunn   Labor 17 June 1925 26 May 1927 1 year, 343 days
Paddy Stokes 27 May 1927 18 October 1927 144 days
Harold Thorby   Country 18 October 1927 3 November 1930 3 years, 16 days
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Forests
Bill Dunn   Labor 4 November 1930 15 October 1931 1 year, 191 days
  Labor (NSW) 15 October 1931 13 May 1932
Hugh Main   Country 16 May 1932 1 April 1938 5 years, 320 days
Minister for Agriculture
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Forests
Roy Vincent 2 April 1938 13 April 1938 11 days
Minister for Agriculture Albert Reid 13 April 1938 16 May 1941 3 years, 33 days
Minister for Agriculture and Forests Bill Dunn   Labor 16 May 1941 8 June 1944 3 years, 23 days
Minister for Agriculture Eddie Graham 8 June 1944 6 February 1947 2 years, 243 days
James McGirr 6 February 1947 13 February 1947 7 days
Eddie Graham 13 February 1947 23 February 1953 6 years, 17 days
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Food Production
23 February 1953 13 November 1957
Roger Nott 14 November 1957 1 April 1959 3 years, 109 days
Minister for Agriculture 1 April 1959 3 March 1961
Jack Renshaw 3 March 1961 14 March 1962 1 year, 11 days
George Enticknap 14 March 1962 13 May 1965 3 years, 60 days
Bill Chaffey   Country 13 May 1965 5 March 1968 2 years, 297 days
Geoff Crawford 5 March 1968 17 December 1975 7 years, 287 days
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Water Resources
Bruce Cowan 17 December 1975 14 May 1976 149 days
Minister for Primary Industries Don Day   Labor 14 May 1976 19 October 1978 3 years, 291 days
Minister for Agriculture 19 October 1978 29 February 1980
Jack Hallam 29 February 1980 2 October 1981 8 years, 21 days
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries 2 October 1981 4 July 1986
Minister for Agriculture 4 July 1986 21 March 1988
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ian Armstrong   National 25 March 1988 26 May 1993 5 years, 66 days
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Ian Causley 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Minister for Agriculture Richard Amery   Labor 4 April 1995 2 April 2003 7 years, 363 days
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Ian Macdonald 2 April 2003 3 May 2004 6 years, 229 days
Minister for Primary Industries 3 May 2004 17 November 2009
Tony Kelly 17 November 2009 8 December 2009 21 days
Steve Whan 8 December 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 110 days
Katrina Hodgkinson   National 3 April 2011 2 April 2015 3 years, 364 days
Niall Blair 2 April 2015 23 March 2019 3 years, 355 days [5]
Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales Adam Marshall 2 April 2019 (2019-04-02) 21 December 2021 (2021-12-21) 2 years, 263 days [6]
Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders 21 December 2021 (2021-12-21) 5 April 2023 (2023-04-05) 2 years, 184 days [1]
Tara Moriarty   Labor 5 April 2023 incumbent 1 year, 78 days

Former ministerial titles

Fisheries

The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries was created in 1981 in the fourth Wran ministry[7]. The portfolio had responsibility for the administration and management of oyster farms and fisheries in New South Wales, Australia. Prior to 1981 fisheries had been part of the responsibilities of the Minister for Conservation.[8] The portfolio was abolished in 2004 in the fourth Carr ministry with the portfolio renamed Primary Industries.[9]

Title Minister [7] Party Ministry Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Jack Hallam   Labor Wran (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) 2 October 1981 4 July 1986 4 years, 275 days
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Ian Causley   National Fahey (3) 26 May 1993 4 April 1995 1 year, 313 days
Minister for Fisheries Bob Martin   Labor Carr (1) (2) 4 April 1995 8 April 1999 4 years, 4 days
Eddie Obeid Carr (3) 8 April 1999 2 April 2003 3 years, 359 days
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Ian Macdonald Carr (4) 2 April 2003 3 May 2004 1 year, 31 days

Forests

Title Minister [3] Party Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Secretary for Lands
Minister for Forests
William Ashford   Nationalist 15 November 1916 12 April 1920 3 years, 149 days
Peter Loughlin   Labor 12 April 1920 20 December 1921 1 year, 252 days
Walter Wearne   Nationalist 20 December 1921 20 December 1921 7 hours
Peter Loughlin   Labor 20 December 1921 13 April 1922 114 days
Walter Wearne   Nationalist 13 April 1922 17 June 1925 3 years, 65 days
Peter Loughlin   Labor 17 June 1925 19 November 1926 1 year, 155 days
Jack Lang 25 November 1926 26 May 1927 182 days
Ted Horsington 26 May 1927 18 October 1927 145 days
Minister for Forests Frank Chaffey   Nationalist 18 October 1927 15 April 1929 1 year, 179 days
Reginald Weaver 15 April 1929 3 November 1930 1 year, 202 days
Minister for Agriculture and Forests Bill Dunn   Labor 4 November 1930 15 October 1931 1 year, 191 days
  Labor (NSW) 15 October 1931 13 May 1932
Minister for Agriculture
Minister for Forests
Hugh Main   Country 16 May 1932 17 June 1932 32 days
Minister for Forests Roy Vincent 18 June 1932 16 May 1941 8 years, 332 days
Minister for Agriculture and Forests Bill Dunn   Labor 16 May 1941 8 June 1944 3 years, 23 days
Minister for Lands
Minister for Forests
Milton Morris   Liberal 3 January 1975 30 June 1975 178 days
John Mason 30 June 1975 23 January 1976 207 days
Col Fisher   Country 23 January 1976 14 May 1976 112 days
Minister for Lands
Minister for Forests
Minister for Water Resources
Lin Gordon   Labor 29 February 1980 2 October 1981 1 year, 216 days
Minister for Water Resources
Minister for Forests
Paul Whelan   Labor 1 February 1983 5 April 1984 1 year, 64 days
Minister for Forests Jack Hallam   Labor 5 November 1986 21 March 1988 1 year, 137 days
Minister for Lands and Forests Garry West   National 24 July 1990 6 June 1991 317 days
Minister for Forestry Kim Yeadon   Labor 1 December 1997 2 April 2003 5 years, 122 days
Minister Assisting the Minister for Natural Resources (Forests) Michael Costa 2 April 2003 1 July 2004 1 year, 90 days
Minister for Mineral and Forest Resources Ian Macdonald   Labor 4 December 2009 4 June 2010 182 days
Paul McLeay 4 June 2010 1 September 2010 89 days
Steve Whan 6 September 2010 28 March 2011 203 days
Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole   National 30 January 2017 23 March 2019 2 years, 52 days

Rural affairs

The Minister for Rural Affairs was a ministry in New South Wales. It was initially established as an addendum to the Agriculture portfolio, adding responsibilities for rural land protection and rural adjustment grants. It was first established in the first Greiner ministry in 1988 and abolished in 1993.[10] It was re-established in the second Carr ministry and abolished in 2011, with the responsibilities absorbed into the Primary Industries portfolio.[11][12]

Title Minister [12] Party Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs Ian Armstrong   National 25 March 1988 26 May 1993 5 years, 93 days [13]
Minister for Rural Affairs Harry Woods   Labor 1 December 1997 2 April 2003 5 years, 122 days [14]
Tony Kelly 2 April 2003 5 September 2008 5 years, 156 days [15]
Phil Costa 8 September 2008 30 January 2009 144 days [16]
Tony Kelly 30 January 2009 14 September 2009 227 days [15]
Steve Whan 14 September 2009 28 March 2011 1 year, 195 days [17]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Parliament, Ministerial, Courts and Police (662)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 21 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Administrative Arrangements (Administrative Changes—Public Service Agencies) Order 2019 [NSW] (159)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 7-8. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Designation of Secretary for Mines". New South Wales Government Gazette. No. 116. 28 February 1890. p. 1783. Retrieved 27 June 2021 – via Trove.
  5. ^ Vukovic, Dom; Gerathy, Sarah; McDonald, Philippa (29 January 2017). "NSW Cabinet reshuffle: Premier Gladys Berejiklian announces big changes to front bench". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Government Notices (30)" (PDF). Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 2 April 2019. p. 1088-1090. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  8. ^ "PFO-119 Agriculture and Fisheries [I]". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 28 March 2022.  This article incorporates text available under the CC BY 4.0 license.
  9. ^ "PFO-282 Agriculture and Fisheries [III]". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 28 March 2022.  This article incorporates text available under the CC BY 4.0 license.
  10. ^ "PFO-120 Agriculture and Rural Affairs (1988-1993)". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  11. ^ "PFO-186 Rural Affairs (1997-2011)". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 July 2021.
  13. ^ "The Hon. Ian Morton Armstrong". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  14. ^ "The Hon. Harry Francis Woods". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Mr (Tony) Anthony Bernard Kelly". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Mr Phillip John Costa". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Mr Steven James Robert Whan". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
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