- Government of New South Wales
The form of the Government of New South Wales is prescribed in its Constitution, which dates from 1856, although it has been amended many times since then. Since 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Australian Constitution regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth.
Under the Australian Constitution, New South Wales ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth. Section 109 of the Australian Constitution provides that, where a State law is inconsistent with a federal law, the federal law prevails (to the extent of the inconsistency). The New South Wales Constitution says: "The Legislature shall, subject to the provisions of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act, have power to make laws for the peace, welfare, and good government of New South Wales in all cases whatsoever." Initially the Australian states retained significant independence. Over time, however, that independence has been greatly eroded by both the proliferation of Commonwealth Law, and the increasing financial domination of the Commonwealth.
New South Wales is governed according to the principles of the Westminster system, a form of parliamentary government based on the model of the United Kingdom. Legislative power rests with the Parliament of New South Wales, which consists of the Queen, represented by the Governor of New South Wales, and the two Houses, the New South Wales Legislative Council and the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.
Executive power rests formally with the Executive Council, which consists of the Governor and senior ministers. The Governor, as representative of the Queen, is the formal repository of power, which is exercised by him or her on the advice of the Premier of New South Wales and the Cabinet.
The Premier and Ministers are appointed by the Governor, and hold office by virtue of their ability to command the support of a majority of members of the Legislative Assembly.
Judicial power is exercised by the Supreme Court of New South Wales and a system of subordinate courts, but the High Court of Australia and other federal courts have overriding jurisdiction on matters which fall under the ambit of the Australian Constitution.
New South Wales celebrated the Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in 2006.
Minister Office Portrait Party Opposition
Office Portrait Party Barry O'Farrell Premier of New South Wales Liberal John Robertson Leader of the Opposition Labor Minister for Western Sydney Labor Andrew Stoner Deputy Premier of New South Wales National Linda Burney Deputy Leader of the Opposition Labor Minister for Trade and Investment Mick Veitch Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment Labor Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Shadow Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Jillian Skinner Minister for Health Liberal Andrew McDonald Shadow Minister for Health Labor Minister for Medical Research Shadow Minister for Medical Research Adrian Piccoli Minister for Education National Carmel Tebbutt Shadow Minister for Education and Training Labor Mike Gallacher Minister for Police and Emergency Services Liberal Nathan Rees Shadow Minister for Police and Emergency Services Labor Minister for the Hunter Linda Burney Shadow Minister for the Hunter Labor Duncan Gay Minister for Roads and Ports National Tony Kelly Shadow Minister for Roads and Ports Labor Brad Hazzard Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Liberal Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Planning Infrastructure and Heritage Labor Minister Assisting the Premier on Infrastructure NSW Labor Chris Hartcher Minister for Resources and Energy Liberal Tony Kelly
Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries
Shadow Minister for Energy
Labor Special Minister of State Luke Foley Shadow Special Minister of State Labor Minister for the Central Coast Linda Burney Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Labor Gladys Berejiklian Minister for Transport Liberal Penny Sharpe Shadow Minister for Transport Labor George Souris Minister for Tourism Major Events Hospitality and Racing National Tony Kelly Shadow Minister for Tourism Major Events Hospitality and Racing Labor Minister for the Arts Nathan Rees Shadow Minister for the Arts Labor Mike Baird Treasurer Liberal Michael Daley Shadow Treasurer Labor Greg Pearce Minister for Finance and Services Liberal Shadow Minister for Finance and Services Minister for the Illawarra Labor Katrina Hodgkinson Minister for Primary Industries National Tony Kelly Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries Labor Minister for Small Business Robert Furolo Shadow Minister for Small Business Labor Andrew Constance Minister for Ageing Liberal Barbara Perry Shadow Minister for Ageing Labor Minister for Disability Services Shadow Minister for Disability Services Greg Smith Attorney General Liberal Paul Lynch Shadow Attorney General Labor Minister for Justice Shadow Minister for Justice Don Page Minister for Local Government National Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Local Government Labor Minister for the North Coast Labor Pru Goward Minister for Family and Community Services Liberal Barbara Perry Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Labor Minister for Women Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for the Status of Women Labor Anthony Roberts Minister for Fair Trading Liberal Cherie Burton Shadow Minister for Fair Trading Labor Kevin Humphries Minister for Mental Health National Robert Furolo Shadow Minister for Mental Health Labor Minister for Healthy Lifestyles Cherie Burton Shadow Minister for Healthy Lifestyles Labor Minister for Western New South Wales Labor Robyn Parker Minister for the Environment Liberal Luke Foley Shadow Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Labor Minister for Heritage Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Planning Infrastructure and Heritage Labor Victor Dominello Minister for Citizenship and Communities Liberal Sophie Cotsis Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Communities Labor Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Barbara Perry Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Labor Graham Annesley Minister for Sports and Recreation Liberal Linda Burney Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation Labor
- List of New South Wales Government Agencies
- Local Government Areas of New South Wales
- Public Service Association of NSW
- New South Wales Ministry
- New South Wales Shadow Ministry
- "Ministers (by Seniority)". Parliament of New South Wales official website. http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/V3ListCurrentMinisters. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- "Shadow Ministers (by Seniority)". Parliament of New South Wales official website. http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/members.nsf/V3ListCurrentShadow. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- Government of New South Wales website
- New South Wales Government Annual Reports and Other Publications
- The Constitution of New South Wales
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