ID 0068

State Government of New South Wales beginning 2 May 1995 - period in office of Premier Carr, Robert John ending on 3 August 2005

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

Carr, Robert John
Date of beginning of period in office
2 May 1995
Date of end of period in office
3 August 2005 
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

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 22 March 2003Robert John CarrAustralian Labor PartyRobert John CarrAustralian Labor Party
NSW 27 March 1999Robert John CarrAustralian Labor PartyRobert John CarrAustralian Labor Party
NSW 25 March 1995John Joseph FaheyLiberal PartyRobert John CarrAustralian Labor Party

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Loss of election (Greiner) Beginning of Carr's period in office; see Tony Smith, '1995', in Michael Hogan and David Clune (editors), The People's Choice: Electoral Politics in 20th Century New South Wales, vol. 3 (1968-1999), pp. 323-368, (Sydney: Parliament of New South Wales and University of Sydney, 2001, ISBN 0909907412).

Change of party leader (Carr): On 27 July 2005, Carr announced he would resign as Premier. The Labor Party caucus chose Iemma to lead the Party, and he was commissioned as Premier on 3 August 2005; see Smith, pp. 496-497 (see 'References', 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), and an extended review of the Australian Labor Party's period in government is provided in David Clune and Rodney Smith (editors), From Carr to Keneally: Labor in Office in NSW 1995-2011, (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2012, ISBN 9781742376639).

For surveys of Carr's political career, see David Clune, 'Bob Carr: The Unexpected Colossus', in John Wanna and Paul Williams (editors), Yes Premier: Labor Leadership in Australia's States and Territories, pp. 33-59, (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2005, ISBN 0868408409), and Rodney Smith, 'Robert John Carr', in Clune and Turner, vol. 2, pp. 479-498, (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.