ID 0288

State Government of New South Wales beginning 3 August 2005 - period in office of Premier Iemma, Morris ending on 5 September 2008

Period in office of premier (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Iemma, Morris
Date of beginning of period in office
3 August 2005
Date of end of period in office
5 September 2008 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Coalition partner 2
Coalition partner 3
Coalition partner 4
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of premier
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

Assembly elections contested as premier or after which became premier (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Premier at election Premier's party Premier after election Premier's party
NSW 24 March 2007Morris IemmaAustralian Labor PartyMorris IemmaAustralian Labor Party

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Change of party leader (Carr): Beginning of Iemma's period in office; On 27 July 2005, Carr announced he would resign as Premier. The Australian Labor Party caucus chose Morris Iemma to lead the Party, and he was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government on 3 August 2005; see Rodney Smith, 'Robert John Carr', in David Clune and Ken Turner (eds), The Premiers of New South Wales, vol. 2 (1901-2005), pp. 479-498, at pp. 496-497, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 1862875510).

Change of party leader (Iemma): The unpopularity of the government and severe factional tensions within the Australian Labor Party organization and the parliamentary caucus led to the forced resignation of Iemma as Premier. When attempting to recast his cabinet on Friday 5 September 2008, '... Iemma's own Right faction colleagues would not support the changes. Rather than testing the numbers in a formal vote, an emotional Morris Ieamma resigned his premiership that afternoon ...', Lloyd Cox, 'New South Wales State Politics', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, July to December 2008, 55(2) June 2008: 269-274, at p. 271.

References: For an extended study of the details and context of the removal of Iemma as Premier, see Rodney Cavalier, Power Crisis: The Self-Destruction of a State Labor Party, (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2010, ISBN 9780521138321); a detailed review of the Australian Labor Party's period in government is provided in David Clune and Rodney Smith (editors), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in Office in NSW 1995-2011, (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2012, ISBN 9781742376639).


New South Wales Parliament, website: (accessed 15 August 2005).