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Storey ministry

Storey ministry
37th Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier John Storey
Date formed12 April 1920 (1920-04-12)
Date dissolved10 October 1921 (1921-10-10)
People and organisations
MonarchGeorge V
GovernorSir Walter Davidson
Head of governmentJohn Storey
No. of ministers11
Member partyLabor
Status in legislatureMinority government
Opposition partyNationalist
Opposition leaderGeorge Fuller
Election(s)1920 New South Wales election
PredecessorHolman Labor ministry
SuccessorDooley ministry

The Storey ministry was the 37th ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 20th Premier, John Storey.

Storey was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1901, serving until his death while Premier in 1921, with a break between 1904 and 1907 following the abolition of his seat. In November 1916 Labor split over conscription, when Premier William Holman, and twenty of his supporters were expelled from the party for defying party policy and supporting conscription.[1] Holman and his supporters joined a grand coalition with the members of the various conservative parties,[2] which by 1917, this had coalesced into the Nationalist Party of Australia. Storey was elected leader of the Labor party in 1917 and helped to reduce the scale of Labor's defeat in the 1917 election.[3]

Storey led Labor to a resurgent result at the 1920 state election, picking up 10 seats with Storey calling the result "half a mandate".[3][4] Holman had been defeated for his seat and George Fuller became leader of the Nationalist Party. The assembly was evenly divided, with Labor having 43 seats and the support of Percy Brookfield (Socialist Labor) and Arthur Gardiner (Independent Labor), while the Nationalists had 28 seats and the support of 15 seats of the Progressive Party and 2 independent Nationalists. 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.[5][6] Storey died in office on 5 October 1921.[3]

The ministry covers the period from 12 April 1920,[7] until 10 October 1821, when the ministry was dissolved and Storey's deputy, James Dooley, was appointed as Premier.[8] This ministry was the first time in which the role of Premier was a separate ministerial portfolio.[9][10]

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Storey on 12 April 1920 and covers the period up to 10 October 1821, five days after Storey's death, when the ministry was dissolved.

Portfolio Minister Party Term start Term end Term length
Premier John Storey[b]   Labor 12 April 1920 5 October 1921 1 year, 176 days
James Dooley[b] 5 October 1921 10 October 1921 5 days
Chief Secretary
Minister for Housing
12 April 1920 1 year, 181 days
Treasurer Jack Lang
Attorney-General Edward McTiernan[a]
Minister of Justice 21 December 1920 253 days
William McKell[a] 22 December 1920 10 October 1921 292 days
Minister without portfolio (Assistant Minister of Justice) 12 April 1920 21 December 1920 253 days
Secretary for Lands
Minister for Forests
Peter Loughlin 10 October 1921 1 year, 181 days
Secretary for Public Works
Minister for Railways
John Estell
Minister of Public Instruction
Minister for Local Government
Thomas Mutch
Secretary for Mines
Minister for Labour and Industry
George Cann
Minister for Agriculture Bill Dunn
Minister for Public Health and Motherhood Greg McGirr
Solicitor General Robert Sproule MLC 15 April 1920 1 year, 178 days
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Representative of the Government in Legislative Council
Edward Kavanagh MLC 21 April 1920 1 year, 172 days

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

  1. ^ a b c Edward McTiernan was both Attorney-General and Minister of Justice until William McKell was appointed Minister of Justice on 22 December 1920.
  2. ^ a b c John Storey died on 5 October and his deputy, James Dooley was acting Premier.

See also


  1. ^ "PLL expulsions". The Sydney Morning Herald. 7 November 1916. p. 7. Retrieved 7 May 2020 – via Trove.
  2. ^ "Proceedings in the Assembly: censure motion defeated". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 November 1916. p. 13. Retrieved 7 May 2020 – via Trove.
    "No state crisis". The Sydney Morning Herald. 13 November 1916. p. 6. Retrieved 7 May 2020 – via Trove.
  3. ^ a b c Nairn, Bede. "Storey, John (1869–1921)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  4. ^ Green, Antony. "1920 election totals". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Fitzpatrick, John (27 April 1920). "Election of speaker" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). New South Wales: Legislative Assembly. pp. 18–33. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Ministerial appointments (73)". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. 12 April 1920. p. 2286. Retrieved 10 October 2021 – via Trove.
  8. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  9. ^ "PFO-30 Premier". NSW State Records & Archives. Retrieved 10 October 2021.[i]
  10. ^ Parliamentary Representatives Allowance and Ministers' Salaries (Amendment) Act 1920 (NSW)
  1. ^ The causes of changes to the composition of the ministry, in chronological order, were McKell appointed,[a] and Storey died,[b]


Preceded byHolman ministry (1916 – 1920) Storey ministry 1920 – 1921 Succeeded byDooley ministry (1921)
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