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State Government of New South Wales beginning 28 March 2011 - period in office of Premier O'Farrell, Barry Robert ending on 17 April 2014

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

O'Farrell, Barry Robert
Date of beginning of period in office
28 March 2011
Date of end of period in office
17 April 2014 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Resignation of premier
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Liberal Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
National Party
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 26 March 2011Kristina Kerscher KeneallyAustralian Labor PartyBarry Robert O'FarrellLiberal Party

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Loss of election (Keneally): Beginning of O'Farrell's period in office; 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. The Liberal Party won enough seats at the election to form a majority government but, consistent with its stance before the election, chose to form a coalition government with the National Party. As leader of the Liberal Party and National Party coalition, O'Farrell was commissioned as Premier on 28 March 2011 with Andrew Stoner, the leader of the National Party as Deputy Premier; the full ministry was not sworn in until 3 April 2011.

Resignation of Premier(O'Farrell): O'Farrell resigned as Premier on 16 April 2014 when evidence was disclosed at a hearing of the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption that he had accepted a bottle of vintage wine (worth about $3,000) from a lobbyist in April 2011 without disclosing the gift, and after denying that he had received such a gift; for the context of the resignation, see Mark Coultan, 'One bottle topples Premier Barry O’Farrell', The Australian, 17 April 2014, on line at: [accessed 17 April 2014]

References: A review of the period including the resignation of Premier O'Farrell can be found in David Clune, 'New South Wales', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, January to June 2014, 60(4) June 2014: 627-633. This publication 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.


New South Wales Parliamentary website: (accessed 27 June 2011).