Ian Armstrong (politician)

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The Honourable

Ian Armstrong

Deputy Premier of New South Wales
In office
26 May 1993 – 4 April 1995
Preceded byWal Murray
Succeeded byAndrew Refshauge
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Lachlan
In office
Preceded byNew District
Succeeded byDistrict Abolished
Personal details
Born (1937-07-17) 17 July 1937 (age 81)
Political partyNational Party
EducationNewington College

Ian Morton Armstrong, AM OBE (born 17 July 1937) is a former Deputy Premier of New South Wales.[1]

Early life[edit]

Armstrong attended Newington College (1949–1953).[2]

Parliamentary career[edit]

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.

Armstrong was set to lead the Nationals at the March 1999 state election but was ousted by his deputy George Souris just two months beforehand in January 1999. It was the second part of leadership changes from the Coalition as Armstrong's ousting came a month after Peter Collins was deposed as Liberal leader by Kerry Chikarovski.

His seat of Lachlan was abolished for the 2007 state election. The abolition of Lachlan prompted Armstrong's retirement at the 2007 election because if he had wanted to remain in Parliament he would have to find another seat and there was no incentive for Armstrong to remain in Parliament with the abolition of Lachlan.

in 2013 he was appointed as 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.[3]


  1. ^ NSW Parliament Website
  2. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp5
  3. ^ "The Queen's Birthday 2009 Honours List". Government House of The Commonwealth of Australia.
Parliament of New South Wales
New district Member for Lachlan
1981 – 2007
District abolished
Political offices
Preceded by
Wal Murray
Deputy Premier of New South Wales
1993 – 1995
Succeeded by
Andrew Refshauge
Party political offices
Preceded by
Wal Murray
Deputy Leader of the New South Wales National Party
1984 – 1993
Succeeded by
George Souris
Leader of the New South Wales National National Party
1993 – 1999