ID 0062

State Government of New South Wales beginning 3 January 1975 - period in office of Premier Lewis, Thomas Lancelot (Tom) ending on 23 January 1976



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

Premier
Lewis, Thomas Lancelot (Tom)
Date of beginning of period in office
3 January 1975
Date of end of period in office
23 January 1976 
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
385 

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
If change in parliamentary support during period
--none--  
If further change during period
--none--  

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

Total number of ministers
18
Number from party of premier
12
Number from coalition party 1
6
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')

This premier did not win office as the result of an election, and was not (or has not been) in office long enough to contest an election as premier ; see 'Period in office' table above.


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Notes

Change of party leader (Askin): Beginning of Lewis's period in office; Askin retired from his position late in December 1974 and the parliamentary Liberal Party chose Lewis as his successor. He 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).

Change of party leader (Lewis): 'On 20 January 1976 a meeting of the parliamentary Liberal Party declared the leadership vacant by a vote of 22-11. Willis was the only candidate, and Maddison remained deputy leader of the party', Hughes, p. 34, (see 'Sources', below)); see also 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. 117-119, (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 Lewis's political career, see Norman Abjorensen, 'Thomas Lancelot Lewis', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 375-384, (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 1975-1984, p. 34, (Rushcutters Bay, NSW: Australian National University Press, 1986, (ISBN 008033038X); 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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