ID 0057

State Government of New South Wales beginning 6 February 1947 - period in office of Premier McGirr, James ending on 3 April 1952



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

Premier
McGirr, James
Date of beginning of period in office
6 February 1947
Date of end of period in office
3 April 1952 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office
1,883 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Australian Labor Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
--none--
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Majority
If change in parliamentary support during period
17 June 1950
Minority
Result of general election
If further change during period
--none--  

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
15
Number from party of premier
15
Number from coalition party 1
0
Number from coalition party 2
0
Number from upper house
2
Number who are women
0

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 17 June 1950James McGirrAustralian Labor PartyJames McGirrAustralian Labor Party
NSW 3 May 1947James McGirrAustralian Labor PartyJames McGirrAustralian Labor Party

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Notes

Change of party leader (McKell): Beginning of McGirr's period in office; 'In February 1947 McKell was appointed to Governor-General on the advice of the Chifley [federal] Government. Caucus elected McGirr as leader on 5 February, and he was commissioned on 6 February', Hughes and Graham, p. 78, (see 'Sources', below). McGirr led the Labor party government to success at the May 1947 election; see David Clune, '1947', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930-1965), pp. 235-267, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

Change in parliamentary support: At the general election held on 17 June 1950, the Australian Labor Party did not win a majority of seats; the McGirr government remained in office as a Labor Party minority government with the support of the two Independent Labor members of the Legislative Assembly; see David Clune, '1950', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930-1965), pp. 269-295, at p. 291, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

Change of party leader (McGirr): 'On 1 April 1952 McGirr tendered his resignation. Caucus elected Cahill leader on 2 April, and he was commissioned to form a ministry on the same day', Hughes and Graham, p. 80, (see 'Sources', below).

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 McGirr's political career, see Ken Turner, 'James McGirr', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 279-293 (see 'Sources', below), and David Clune, 'McGirr, James (1890-1957)', in John Ritchie (general editor), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 15, pp. 215-217, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2000, ISBN 0522848435).

Sources

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.

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