Twenty sixth governor
of New South Wales.
Born in England
in 1876 and arrived as governor in Sydney in 1930 after a distinguished
Faced a very difficult
and controversial time as governor. He arrived during a severe depression.
Adding to this was the radical socio-economic views of
J. T. Lang, the premier who also
wanted to abolish the nominated Upper House.
Game raised objections
when asked for a number of appointments to the legislative Council,
in order to abolish that chamber. The previous government had, in
1929 obtained an act providing that the council might not be abolished
without a referendum.
urged Lang, the premier, to wait until the council had rejected an
abolition bill; but when Lang insisted he agreed to appoint twenty-five
new members. Lang however presented a much larger list, which Game
The issue arose
again in March 1931 when the council blocked two of Langs most
controversial legislative proposals, an arbitration bill and the reduction
of interest bill. Game refused to support these and was accused by
some of Langs supporters of acting in the interests of the bondholders.
He rejected a similar request in June after a split between the premier
and Federal Labor Party and the economic situation aggravated by the
closure of the Government Savings Bank had further complicated the
political situation. By this time the council had built up a large
list of rejected bills and political tension had increased amid growing
economic depression. Lang was particularly concerned about his emergency
taxation bill. The secretary of state in London refused Langs
request to intervene.
The question of
whether the governor was entitled to discretion in the matter of advice
concerning Upper House appointments remained unresolved. In September
and November, Lang asked for more appointments. He refused in September
but relented in November. This led to accusations by the public and
the media of accepting bribes from Lang.
When Lang would
not pay the interest on his overseas debts, a confrontation developed
between him and the Commonwealth government. Game was pushed toward
a confrontation with his premier. Game felt that Lang should follow
the law or resign. Lang refused and on May 13, 1932, Game dismissed
him. Parliament was dissolved and in the election that followed Langs
party was heavily defeated. The Labor Party split and Lang lost support.
term (23 April 1934) the nominated Legislative
Council of New South Wales was replaced by a body elected
by proportional representation and by the members of the Legislative
Council and Legislative
Assembly voting as an Electoral College. This meant that
the powers of the Governor were considerably less than those that
early governors had enjoyed. The Governor had become primarily the
local representative of the Crown and titular head of the Government
of New South Wales, performing many ceremonial and formal duties.
duties included appointing the Executive Council, presiding over its
deliberations, assenting or refusing to assent to Bills passed by
the Legislature, to keep and use the Public seal of the State, to
appoint all ministers and officers of the state and in proper cases
to remove and suspend officers of the State. He exercised the Kings
prerogative of mercy but only on the advice of the
Executive Council in capital cases.
The rest of Games
term was uneventful. He remained unhappy that he had felt forced to
dismiss his premier. He remained on good terms with Lang after the
dismissal exchanging gifts at Christmas.
Left Sydney in
1935 and became Commissioner of the London Metropolitan Police.
- Died in England