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State Government of New South Wales beginning 17 April 2014 - period in office of Premier Baird, Michael Bruce (Mike) ending on 23 January 2017

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

Baird, Michael Bruce (Mike)
Date of beginning of period in office
17 April 2014
Date of end of period in office
23 January 2017 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Resignation of premier 
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 28 March 2015Michael Bruce (Mike) BairdLiberal PartyMichael Bruce (Mike) BairdLiberal Party

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Resignation of Premier(O'Farrell): Beginning of Baird's period in office; 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], and David Clune, 'New South Wales', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Political Chronicles, January to June 2014, 60(4) June 2014: 627-633.

Baird was elected leader of the Liberal Party unopposed by a meeting of the Parliamentary Party on 17 April, and was commissioned as Premier of a Liberal Party and National Party coalition government later in the day; the other members of the ministry were commissioned on 23 April 2014.


Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales, Number 38, Wednesday 23 April 2014; on line at: [accessed 23 April 2014]