ID 0053

State Government of New South Wales beginning 4 November 1930 - period in office of Premier Lang, John Thomas ending on 13 May 1932

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

Lang, John Thomas
Date of beginning of period in office
4 November 1930
Date of end of period in office
13 May 1932 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Premier dismissed by governor
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
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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
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Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
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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 25 October 1930Thomas Rainsford BavinNationalist PartyJohn Thomas LangAustralian Labor Party
NSW 8 October 1927John Thomas LangAustralian Labor PartyThomas Rainsford BavinNationalist Party
NSW 30 May 1925George Warburton FullerNationalist - Progressive CoalitionJohn Thomas LangAustralian Labor Party

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Loss of election (Bavin): Beginning of Lang's second period in office; See Geoffrey Robinson, '1930', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930-1965), pp. 1-52, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

Premier dismissed by Governor: 'In May 1932 Lang's disagreements with the financial policies being pursued by the Commonwealth Government and the other States came to a head. When the Commonwealth Government issued a proclamation directed to NSW State public servants requiring them to pay certain revenues into the Commonwealth Bank, Lang issued a circular instructing them to avoid the federal order by not paying the moneys in; this action was in breach of the State Audit Act. The Governor, Sir Philip Game, then dismissed Lang on 13 May for a breach of federal law and invited Stevens, leader of the United Australia Party (which had just been formed from the NSW Nationalist Party and the All for Australia League), to form a new ministry.... [Stevens] then obtained a prorogation and a dissolution', Hughes and Graham, pp. 68-69, (see 'Sources', below). See also John Manning Ward, 'The Dismissal', in Radi and Spearritt (see 'References', below).

As leader of the opposition, Lang lost the ensuing election; see Geoffrey Robinson, '1932', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930-1965), pp. 53-103, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

References: For an analysis of the role of Premier in New South Wales, see David Clune and Ken Turner, 'Introduction: The Changing Role of the Premier in the 20th Century', pp. 1-14, in Clune and Turner vol. 2 (see, 'Sources', below).

For a survey of Lang's political career, see Michael Hogan, 'John Thomas Lang', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 179-199 (see 'Sources', below), and Bede Nairn, 'Lang, John Thomas (1876-1975)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Searle (general editors), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, pp. 661-666, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1983, ISBN 0522842739); see also Heather Radi and Peter Spearritt (editors), Jack Lang, (Neutral Bay, NSW: Hale & Iremonger, 1977, ISBN 0908094019).


David Clune and Ken Turner (editors), The Premiers of New South Wales, vol. 2, (1901-2005), (Sydney: Federation Press, 2006, ISBN 186287551); Colin A Hughes and B D Graham, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1890-1964, pp. 57-85, (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1968, SBN 708102700); New South Wales, Parliament, The New South Wales Parliamentary Record: Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly, 1824-1999, vol. VI, pp. 246-308, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales, 1999). In consulting these sources, note the difference between ministries and periods in office.