Ian Armstrong (politician)
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Deputy Premier of New South Wales
26 May 1993 – 4 April 1995
|Preceded by||Wal Murray|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Refshauge|
|Member of the New South Wales Parliament|
|Preceded by||New District|
|Succeeded by||District Abolished|
|Born||17 July 1937|
|Political party||National Party|
Armstrong was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Lachlan from 19 September 1981 to March 2007. He was Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs from 1988 to 1993. From 1993 until 1995, he was Deputy Premier of New South Wales as well as Minister for Ports and Minister for Public Works.
Although Armstrong was set to lead the Nationals at the March 1999 state election, he was unexpectedly ousted by his deputy George Souris just two months beforehand. This ousting came a month after Peter Collins was deposed as Liberal leader by Kerry Chikarovski.
Armstrong's seat of Lachlan was abolished shortly before the 2007 state election. This change prompted Armstrong's decision to leave the parliament; he had no particular interest in finding another constituency to represent, and he had already been in the legislature for more than a quarter of a century.
Nevertheless, Armstrong's public life did not end in 2007. Six years later he was appointed the inaugural Chair of Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
In 1978, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) in recognition of his service to primary industry and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for his service to the New South Wales Parliament and to international trade. In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2009 Armstrong was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of New South Wales, to the agricultural and livestock sectors, and to the community.
|New South Wales Legislative Assembly|
|New district|| Member for Lachlan
1981 – 2007
| Deputy Premier of New South Wales
1993 – 1995
|Party political offices|
| Deputy Leader of the NSW National Party
1984 – 1993
| Leader of the NSW National Party
1993 – 1999