Ian Viner

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The Honourable
Ian Viner
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Stirling
In office
2 December 1972 – 5 March 1983
Preceded by Harry Webb
Succeeded by Ron Edwards
Personal details
Born (1933-01-21) 21 January 1933 (age 84)
Claremont, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

Robert Ian Viner AO (born 21 January 1933) is an Australian solicitor and barrister,[1] and former politician. He was the Liberal member for the House of Representatives seat of Stirling from 1972 until his defeat by Labor's Ron Edwards in the 1983 election.[2] He was Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 1975 to 1978, Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs from 1978 to 1981—he was a cabinet minister from November 1980. In 1981, he was appointed Minister for Industrial Relations and, in April 1982, Minister for Defence Support and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence[1] and a member of the Defence Council.


Viner is a former first-grade hockey player in Perth competitions. He has also represented Western Australia and Australia in veterans' hockey. He was captain of the first Australian Masters international touring team (1989-1990).[1]


He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 1999.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Robert Ian Viner: Curriculum Vitae at Western Australian Bar Association
  2. ^ "Members of the House of Representatives since 1901". Parliamentary Handbook. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 1 September 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2007. 
  3. ^ VINER, Robert Ian Award entry, "It's an Honour" at Australian Government
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Drake-Brockman
Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Succeeded by
Fred Chaney
Preceded by
Tony Street
Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs
Succeeded by
Neil Brown
Preceded by
Andrew Peacock
Minister for Industrial Relations
Succeeded by
Ian Macphee
Preceded by
New title
Minister for Defence Support
Succeeded by
Brian Howe
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Harry Webb
Member for Stirling
Succeeded by
Ron Edwards