|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|NSW 1 May 1976||Eric Archibald Willis||Liberal Party||Neville Kenneth Wran||Australian Labor Party|
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Change of party leader (Lewis): Beginning of Willis's period in office; 'On 20 January 1976 a meeting of the parliamentary Liberal Party declared the leadership vacant by a vote of 22-11. Willis was the only candidate, and Maddison remained deputy leader of the party', Hughes, p. 34, (see 'Sources', below)); see also Bennett, (reference in paragraph below).
Loss of election (Willis): See Scott Bennett, '1976', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 111-146, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).
References: For an analysis of the role of Premier in New South Wales, see David Clune and Ken Turner, 'Introduction: The Changing Role of the Premier in the 20th Century', pp. 1-14, in Clune and Turner vol. 2 (see, 'Sources', below).
For a survey of Willis's political career, see Malcolm Mackerras, 'Sir Eric Archibald Willis', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2 , pp. 387-399, (reference in 'Sources', below).
David Clune and Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, vol. 2, (1901-2005), (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287551); Colin A Hughes, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1975-1984, p. 34, (Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986, (ISBN 008033038X); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 246-308, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999). In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.