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New South Wales politics takes place in context of bicameral parliamentary system. The main parties are the Liberal and National parties of the governing Coalition and the Australian Labor Party. Other minor political parties include the Greens, Shooters and Fishers Party and the Christian Democratic Party.

The New South Wales government is sometimes referred to informally as "the bear pit", as a mark of perceived unruly behaviour within the parliamentary chambers, and 'Macquarie Street', a metonym of the street of that name where Parliament House is located, in Sydney's CBD.

Notable New South Wales political figures

  • Henry Parkes, 6th premier of New South Wales, longest-serving premier, regarded as the Father of Australian Federation
  • Jack Lang, 23rd premier. Dismissed by the governor in 1932.
  • Sir Robert Askin, 32nd premier, notable for his long tenure in office and corrupt behaviour.
  • Nick Greiner, 37th premier. Widespread reforms and turbulent premiership.
  • Bob Carr, 39th premier. Longest continual premiership and continued electoral success.
  • Joe Tripodi, member for Fairfield. Labor politician and powerbroker. Notable in the downfall and elevation of consecutive premiers Iemma, Rees and Keneally.

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