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Wran ministry (1981–1983)

Fourth Wran ministry
74th Cabinet of Government of New South Wales
Premier Neville Wran
Date formed2 October 1981 (1981-10-02)
Date dissolved1 February 1983 (1983-02-01)
People and organisations
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
GovernorSir James Rowland
PremierNeville Wran
Deputy PremierJack Ferguson
No. of ministers19
Member partyLabor
Opposition partiesLiberal National coalition
Opposition leaderJohn Dowd
PredecessorThird Wran ministry
SuccessorFifth Wran ministry

The Wran ministry (1981–1983) or Fourth Wran ministry was the 74th 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 fourth 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 retained government at the 1981 election, gaining an additional 6 seats despite a 2% swing against Labor, giving a majority of 19 seats in the Legislative Assembly and two seats in the Legislative Council.

Composition of ministry

The ministry covers the period from 2 October 1981. There was a slight rearrangement in May 1982 that altered the titles of two ministers.[5] The ministry ended on 1 February 1983, when Wran reconfigured his ministry, and the Fifth Wran ministry was formed.

Portfolio Minister Party Term commence Term end Term of office
Minister for Mineral Resources
Neville Wran   Labor 2 October 1981 1 February 1983 1 year, 122 days
Deputy Premier
Minister for Public Works
Minister for Ports
Jack Ferguson[a]
Minister for Transport Peter Cox[a]
Attorney General
Minister for Justice
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Frank Walker, QC
Minister for Industrial Relations
Minister for Technology
Pat Hills
Minister for Energy
Minister for Water Resources
Vice-President of the Executive Council
Leader of the Government in Legislative Council
Paul Landa, MLC
Treasurer Ken Booth
Minister for Industrial Development
Minister for Decentralisation
Don Day
Minister for Corrective Services Rex Jackson
Minister for Planning and Environment Eric Bedford[a]
Minister for Youth and Community Services Kevin Stewart
Minister for Education Ron Mulock
Minister for Local Government
Minister for Lands
Minister for Forests
Lin Gordon
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Jack Hallam, MLC[a]
Minister for Housing
Minister for Co-operative Societies
Minister Assisting the Premier
Terry Sheahan
Minister for Health Laurie Brereton
Minister for Police
Minister for Services
Peter Anderson 26 May 1982 1 year, 122 days
Minister for Police and Emergency Services 26 May 1982 1 February 1983
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Tourism
Michael Cleary 2 October 1981 26 May 1982 236 days
Minister for Leisure, Sport and Tourism 26 May 1982 1 February 1983 251 days
Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister for Roads
Paul Whelan 2 October 1981 1 February 1983 1 year, 122 days

  Ministers are members of the Legislative Assembly unless otherwise noted.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Retained portfolios from the third Wran ministry.


  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.


Preceded byThird Wran ministry(1980–1981) Fourth Wran ministry 1981–1983 Succeeded byFifth Wran ministry(1983–1984)
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