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Wran ministry (1976–1978)

First Wran ministry
71st Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Neville Wran
Date formed14 May 1976 (1976-05-14)
Date dissolved19 October 1978 (1978-10-19)
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
GovernorSir Roden Cutler
PremierNeville Wran
Deputy PremierJack Ferguson
No. of ministers17
Member partyLabor
Opposition partiesLiberal National coalition
Opposition leader
Election(s)1976 New South Wales election
PredecessorWillis–Punch ministry
SuccessorSecond Wran ministry

The Wran ministry (1976–1978) or First Wran ministry was the 71st ministry of the New South Wales Government, and was led by the 35th Premier of New South Wales, Neville Wran, representing the Labor Party. It was the first of eight consecutive occasions when Wran was Premier.


After 11 years in government, the LiberalNational Country Party coalition was narrowly defeated at the election on 1 May 1976 by the Wran–led Labor Party, with a swing to Labor of 6.82% giving Labor a one seat majority.

Wran had been elected to the Legislative Council of New South Wales by a joint sitting of the New South Wales Parliament on 12 March 1970.[1] He was Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council from 22 February 1972.[2] He resigned from the council on 19 October 1973 to switch to the Legislative Assembly, successfully contesting the election for Bass Hill, which he would hold until his retirement in 1986.[3] Labor, led by Pat Hills, was defeated at the 1973 election and Wran successfully challenged Hills to become Leader of Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 3 December 1973.[4]

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Wran and sworn in on 14 May 1976. There were minor rearrangements of the ministry in August 1976[a][b] and February 1977.[c][d] The ministry ended on 19 October 1978, when Wran was successful at the 1978 election and the Second Wran ministry was formed.[5]

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Neville Wran   Labor 14 May 1976 19 October 1978 2 years, 158 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Public Works
Minister for Ports
Jack Ferguson[c]
Minister for Housing 10 February 1977 272 days
Ron Mulock[c] 10 February 1977 19 October 1978 1 year, 251 days
Treasurer Jack Renshaw 14 May 1976 19 October 1978 2 years, 158 days
Minister for Transport
Minister for Highways
Peter Cox
Attorney General Frank Walker
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in Legislative Council
Paul Landa, MLC[a]
Minister for Industrial Relations 9 August 1976 87 days
Pat Hills[a] 9 August 1976 19 October 1978 2 years, 71 days
Minister for Mines
Minister for Energy
14 May 1976 2 years, 158 days
Minister for Decentralisation and Development
Minister for Primary Industries
Don Day
Minister for Education Eric Bedford
Minister for Local Government Harry Jensen[b] 19 October 1978 2 years, 158 days
Minister for Planning 9 August 1976 87 days
Minister for Lands Bill Crabtree[b] 19 October 1978 2 years, 158 days
Minister for Environment 9 August 1976 87 days
Minister for Planning and Environment Paul Landa, MLC[b] 9 August 1976 19 October 1978 2 years, 71 days
Minister for Health Kevin Stewart 14 May 1976 19 October 1978 2 years, 158 days
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Syd Einfeld
Minister for Justice Ron Mulock[d]
Minister for Services 10 February 1977 272 days
Bill Haigh[d] 10 February 1977 19 October 1978 1 year, 251 days
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Tourism
Ken Booth 14 May 1976 19 October 1978 2 years, 158 days
Minister for Conservation
Minister for Water Resources
Lin Gordon
Minister for Youth and Community Services Rex Jackson
Minister Assisting the Premier Bill Haigh[d] 10 February 1977 272 days

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ a b c In August 1976 Pat Hills gained the portfolio of Industrial Relations previously held by Paul Landa.
  2. ^ a b c d In August 1976 Paul Landa gained the new portfolio of Planning and Environment, combining the portfolios of planning, previously held by Harry Jensen and environment, previously held by Bill Crabtree.
  3. ^ a b c In February 1977 Ron Mulock gained the portfolio of housing, previously held by Jack Ferguson.
  4. ^ a b c d In February 1977 Bill Haigh gained the portfolio of services, previously held by Ron Mulock.


  1. ^ "Candidates declared to be elected Members of the Legislative Council". Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales. No. 36–37. 13 March 1970. p. 849. Retrieved 3 December 2020 – via Trove.
  2. ^ "Part 3 Members of the Legislative Council" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  3. ^ Green, Antony. "Elections for the District of Bass Hill". New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  4. ^ "The Hon. Neville Kenneth Wran (1926–2014)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Part 6 Ministries since 1856" (PDF). NSW Parliamentary Record. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 April 2020.


Preceded byWillis–Punch ministry First Wran ministry 1976–1978 Succeeded bysecond Wran ministry(1978–1980)
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