ID 0061

State Government of New South Wales beginning 13 May 1965 - period in office of Premier Askin, Robert [also Robin] William ending on 3 January 1975



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

Premier
Askin, Robert [also Robin] William
Date of beginning of period in office
13 May 1965
Date of end of period in office
3 January 1975 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office
3,522 

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of premier at start of period
Liberal Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
Country Party
Coalition partner 2
--none--
Coalition partner 3
--none--
Coalition partner 4
--none--
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
Coalition Minority
If change in parliamentary support during period
6 May 1967
Coalition
Gain at by-election
If further change during period
--none--  

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

Total number of ministers
16
Number from party of premier
11
Number from coalition party 1
5
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 November 1973Robert [also Robin] William AskinLiberal PartyRobert [also Robin] William AskinLiberal Party
NSW 13 February 1971Robert [also Robin] William AskinLiberal PartyRobert [also Robin] William AskinLiberal Party
NSW 24 February 1968Robert [also Robin] William AskinLiberal PartyRobert [also Robin] William AskinLiberal Party
NSW 1 May 1965John Brophy RenshawAustralian Labor PartyRobert [also Robin] William AskinLiberal Party

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Notes

Loss of election (Renshaw): Beginning of Askin's period in office; 'The Labor government was defeated at the general election on 1 May 1965, but determination of the result was slow. On 11 May Renshaw saw the Governor and Askin was commissioned;...', Hughes, p. 23, (see 'Sources', below); see also Chris Puplick, '1965', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 2 (1930-1965), pp. 427-463, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907404).

Change in parliamentary support: After the May 1965 election, the Askin coalition government held 47 of the 94 seats in the Legislative Assembly and relied on two conservative Independents to maintain a majority. The government won an additional seat from the Labor Party at the Bathurst by-election held on 6 May 1967 and secured majority support for the coalition. This was confirmed at the 1968 election; see Hughes, p. 106, (see 'Sources', below); see also Robert Dempsey, '1968', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 1-36, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).

Premier's change of name: Premier Askin changed his first name from Robin to Robert by deed poll in 1973.

Change of party leader (Askin): Askin retired from his position late in December 1974 and the parliamentary Liberal Party chose Lewis as his successor. Lewis was commissioned as Premier on 3 January 1975; see Scott Bennett, '1976', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 111-146 at pp. 115-117, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).

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 Askin's political career, see Ian Hancock, 'Robin (later Sir Robert) William Askin', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 347-372 (see 'Sources', below).

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, A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics 1965-1974, pp. 23-28, (Canberra; Australian National University Press, 1977, ISBN 0708113400); 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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