ID 0065

State Government of New South Wales beginning 4 July 1986 - period in office of Premier Unsworth, Barrie John ending on 25 March 1988

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

Unsworth, Barrie John
Date of beginning of period in office
4 July 1986
Date of end of period in office
25 March 1988 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Change of party leader 
Reason for end of this government
Loss of general election
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
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 19 March 1988Barrie John UnsworthAustralian Labor PartyNicholas Frank Hugo GreinerLiberal Party

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Change of party leader (Wran): Beginning of Unsworth's period in office; 'After completing 10 years as Premier, in June 1986 Wran announced his intention to retire. Unsworth, the Government Leader in the Legislative Council, was chosen by the dominant right wing faction to succeed him. In the two ensuing by-elections, Wran's own seat was lost and Unsworth secured a seat in the Legislative Assembly by merely 50 votes', Hughes, p. 50, (see 'Sources', below); see also Hagan and Clothier, (see reference in paragraph below).

Loss of election (Unsworth): See Jim Hagan and Craig Clothier, '1988' in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 251-281 at p. 254, (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 Unsworth's political career, see Rodney Cavalier, 'Barrie John Unsworth', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 425-441, (see 'Sources', below).


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 1985-1999, pp. 298-311, (Sydney: Federation Press, 2002, ISBN 1862874344); 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.