The Honourable
Nathan Rees

41st Premier of New South Wales

In office
5 September 2008 – 4 December 2009

Elizabeth II

Marie Bashir

Carmel Tebbutt

Preceded by
Morris Iemma

Succeeded by
Kristina Keneally

Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Toongabbie

In office
24 March 2007 – 6 March 2015

Preceded by
New district

Succeeded by
District abolished

Personal details

Nathan Rees
(1968-02-12) 12 February 1968 (age 48)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Political party
Australian Labor Party

Stacey Haines

Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School
University of Sydney

Nathan Rees (born 12 February 1968[1]), is a former Australian politician, 41st Premier of New South Wales and parliamentary leader of the New South Wales division of the Australian Labor Party from September 2008 to December 2009. Rees was a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Toongabbie for Labor from 2007 to 2015.
Rees replaced Morris Iemma as Premier and party leader on 5 September 2008.[2] On 3 December 2009, Rees was deposed as leader of the Labor Party by Kristina Keneally after he resoundingly lost a secret ballot in the Labor Party caucus after fifteen months as Premier. He is the shortest-serving member of the New South Wales Parliament to become Premier since Federation, and the only Labor Premier of New South Wales not to lead the party into an election.


1 Early life
2 Politics

2.1 Minister for Water Utilities and Minister for Emergency Services
2.2 Premier

2.2.1 Economy
2.2.2 Education
2.2.3 Law and order
2.2.4 Environment
2.2.5 Transport
2.2.6 Health
2.2.7 Aboriginal affairs
2.2.8 Arts
2.2.9 Labor links with unions
2.2.10 Government reform

2.3 Resignation
2.4 Independent Commission Against Corruption
2.5 Retirement

3 Post-political career
4 Personal life
5 References

Early life[edit]
Rees was born in 1968 in Western Sydney to parents Daryl and Frances, his mother being a longtime member of the Labor Party, reportedly from Penrith, New South Wales.[3] He attended Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School where he served as school captain. On leaving school he initially took up a horticultural apprenticeship and worked as a greenskeeper for Parramatta Council. Subsequently he went on to study English literature at the University of Sydney, attaining an honours degree in 1994, supporting himself by