Ian Robinson (Australian politician)

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Ian Robinson

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cowper
In office
30 November 1963 – 1 December 1984
Preceded byFrank McGuren
Succeeded byGarry Nehl
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Page
In office
1 December 1984 – 24 March 1990
Preceded byNew seat
Succeeded byHarry Woods
Personal details
Born(1925-03-25)25 March 1925
Coraki, New South Wales
Died23 March 2017(2017-03-23) (aged 91)
Grafton, New South Wales
Political partyNational Party of Australia
OccupationDairy farmer, company director

Ian Louis Robinson OAM (27 March 1925 – 23 March 2017) was an Australian politician.

Born in Coraki, New South Wales, he was educated at state schools before becoming a dairy farmer, a journalist and company director. In 1953 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Country Party member for Casino, holding the seat until 1963, when he retired to contest the Australian House of Representatives seat of Cowper.[1] Cowper had been won in 1961 by Labor's Frank McGuren, who had defeated the ailing longtime Country Party member and former caretaker Prime Minister Earle Page, who had been too ill to campaign. Robinson defeated McGuren, and became Assistant Minister assisting the Postmaster-General, Alan Hulme, on 20 August 1971. Robinson lost the position when the Coalition was defeated in the 1972 federal election. He held Cowper until 1984, when he transferred to the new seat of Page, which had absorbed much of the urbanised portion of Cowper. He held Page until 1990, when he was defeated by Labor's Harry Woods.[2]

Robinson died on 23 March 2017, aged 91.[3] He was posthumously awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours for "service to the Parliaments of Australia and New South Wales".[4]


  1. ^ "Mr Ian Louis Robinson (1925 - )". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Former Page MP Ian Robinson passes away – Echonetdaily". Echonetdaily. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. ^ "ROBINSON, Ian Louis". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
John Reid
Member for Casino
Succeeded by
Richmond Manyweathers
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Frank McGuren
Member for Cowper
Succeeded by
Garry Nehl
Preceded by
new seat
Member for Page
Succeeded by
Harry Woods