|Election||Premier at election||Premier's party||Premier after election||Premier's party|
|NSW 26 March 2011||Kristina Kerscher Keneally||Australian Labor Party||Barry Robert O'Farrell||Liberal Party|
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: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/one-bottle-topples-premier-barry-ofarrell/story-e6frgczx-1226887148555 [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: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/Parlment/Members.nsf/V3ListCurrentMinisters (accessed 27 June 2011).