ID 0317

State Government of New South Wales beginning 4 December 2009 - period in office of Premier Keneally, Kristina Kerscher ending on 28 March 2011

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

Keneally, Kristina Kerscher
Date of beginning of period in office
4 December 2009
Date of end of period in office
28 March 2011 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
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
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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 26 March 2011Kristina Kerscher KeneallyAustralian Labor PartyBarry Robert O'FarrellLiberal Party

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Change of party leader (Rees): Beginning of Keneally's period in office; 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 2009, 56(2) June 2010: 283-288 at p. 287. Keneally was then commissioned as Premier of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Loss of general election (Keneally): The Australian Labor Party suffered one of its worst electoral defeats in the party's history at the Legislative Assembly elections held on 26 March 2011 with swing against the Labor Party of 15 percent and a loss of 32 of the 51 seats it had won at the previous election. Premier Keneally tendered her resignation on 28 March 20122.

References: For the context of the selection of Keneally as Premier, see Rodney Cavalier, Power Crisis: The Self-Destruction of a State Labor Party, ch. 6 (Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2010, ISBN 9780521138321), and 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). The Australian Journal of Politics and History gives brief summaries of New South Wales politics and government since 1956 in the 'Political Chronicle' section of the journal in issues of each annual volume. This publication can be viewed online through Wiley-Blackwell Journals at subscribing libraries.