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Wran ministry (1978–1980)

Second Wran ministry

72nd Cabinet of the State of New South Wales
Premier Neville Wran
Date formed19 October 1978 (1978-10-19)
Date dissolved29 February 1980 (1980-02-29)
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
GovernorSir Roden Cutler
PremierNeville Wran
Deputy PremierJack Ferguson
No. of ministers19
Member partyLabor
Opposition partiesLiberal National coalition
Opposition leaderJohn Mason
Election1978 New South Wales election
PredecessorFirst Wran ministry
SuccessorThird Wran ministry

The Wran ministry (1978–1980) or Second Wran ministry was the 72nd 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 second of eight consecutive occasions when Wran was Premier.


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] Wran successfully challenged Pat Hills to become Leader of Labor Party and Leader of the Opposition from 3 December 1973 and became Premier following a narrow one seat victory at the 1976 election.[4]

Labor had returned to government in 1976 after 11 years in opposition, following a narrow one seat victory at the 1976 election. 85% of voters approved a referendum in June 1978 to introduce direct elections for the Legislative Council. The election on 7 October 1978 was a landslide victory for Labor, popularly known as the "Wranslide", with a swing to Labor of 9.1%, gaining 13 seats. The first election for the Legislative Council in 127 years saw Labor win nine of the 15 available seats, giving it a majority of four seats in the council.

Composition of ministry

The composition of the ministry was announced by Premier Wran and sworn in on 19 October 1978. Former Premier and minister, Jack Renshaw, announced his decision to retire from politics in January 1980, with Wran assuming his portfolio of Treasurer pending a reconfiguration of the ministry on 29 February 1980 and the Third Wran ministry was formed.[5]

First arrangement

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Premier Neville Wran   Labor 19 October 1978 29 February 1980 1 year, 133 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Public Works
Minister for Ports
Jack Ferguson[a]
Treasurer Jack Renshaw[b] 29 January 1980 1 year, 102 days
Neville Wran[b] 29 January 1980 29 February 1980 31 days
Minister for Transport Peter Cox 19 October 1978 29 February 1980 1 year, 133 days
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
Frank Walker[a]
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Technology
Minister for Energy
Pat Hills
Minister for Planning and Environment
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in Legislative Council
Paul Landa, MLC[a]
Minister for Agriculture Don Day
Minister for Education Eric Bedford[a]
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Roads
Harry Jensen
Minister for Lands
Minister for Services
Bill Crabtree
Minister for Health Kevin Stewart[a]
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Syd Einfeld
Minister for Mineral Resources and Development Ron Mulock
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Tourism
Ken Booth
Minister for Conservation
Minister for Water Resources
Lin Gordon[a]
Minister for Youth and Community Services Rex Jackson[a]
Minister Assisting the Premier Bill Haigh
Minister for Decentralisation
Minister Assisting the Premier
Jack Hallam, MLC

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Retained portfolios from the first Wran ministry.
  2. ^ a b Jack Renshaw resigned from the ministry and from Parliament on 29 January 1980,[6] with Neville Wran taking on the Treasury portfolio.


  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 14 March 2022.
  6. ^ "Mr John Brophy Renshaw (1909–1987)". Former members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 May 2019.


Preceded byFirst Wran ministry(1976–1978) Second Wran ministry 1978–1980 Succeeded byThird Wran ministry(1980–1981)
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