ID 0297

State Government of New South Wales beginning 5 September 2008 - period in office of Premier Rees, Nathan ending on 4 December 2009



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

Premier
Rees, Nathan
Date of beginning of period in office
5 September 2008
Date of end of period in office
4 December 2009 
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
455 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
--none--
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Majority
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

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

Total number of ministers
23
Number from party of premier
23
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
5
Number who are women
7

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

This premier did not win office as the result of an election, and was not (or has not been) in office long enough to contest an election as premier ; see 'Period in office' table above.


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Notes

Change of party leader (Iemma): Beginning of Rees's period in office; 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 Iemma 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. Caucus then selected Rees as leader, and he was commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Change of party leader (Rees): Dissatisfaction within the Labor Party over the leadership of Premier Rees grew during 2009 as the government suffered a series of embarrassments and declining support in the opinion polls. 'On 3 December, the right faction met to settle on their challenger to Rees. Kristina Keneally, the forty-year-old, American-born Planning Minster who had only been in cabinet since April 2007, was chosen. ... The full caucus meeting that followed saw Keneally defeat Rees by a vote of 47-21', Lloyd Cox, 'New South Wales State Politics', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, July to December 2008, 56(2) June 2010: 283-288 at p. 287. Keneally was then commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

References: For an extended study of the details and context of the selection and removal of Rees as Premier, see Rodney Cavalier, Power Crisis: The Self-Destruction of a State Labor Party, (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2010, ISBN 9780521138321); an extended 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).

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