Eric Robinson (Australian politician)


Eric Laidlaw Robinson 18 January 1929 – 7 January 1981 was an Australian politician He served as the Member of Parliament for the electoral district of McPherson from 1972 to 1981 as a member of the Liberal Party

Robinson took over his family's sporting goods business and built it up from a single store into a chain along the Queensland coast He was president of the Queensland branch of the Liberal Party in from 1968 to 1973 He was elected to the Federal seat of McPherson in the House of Representatives Following Malcolm Fraser's win at the 1975 election, he was appointed Minister for the Capital Territory in the Fraser ministry In February 1976, he was moved to Minister for Post and Telecommunications He was appointed Minister for Finance following Phillip Lynch's standing down in 1977 Allegations of malpractice by him were dealt with in the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Matters in Relation to Electoral Redistribution in Queensland 1977, which exonerated him of wrongdoing On 22 February 1979, he resigned from the ministry, stating in a letter to Fraser that he could no longer give him his "unqualified support" On 27 February he agreed to return as Minister for Finance—Fraser said that "there were no significant differences" between them He was not reappointed to the ministry following the 1980 election

Robinson died suddenly in 1981, while still in office He was survived by his wife, Narelle, a son and a daughter

Notes

  1. ^ Fraser, Malcolm 24 February 1981 "Death of Honourable Eric Laidlaw Robinson" Hansard Parliament of Australia Retrieved 5 April 2011 
  2. ^ a b Hodges, John 24 February 1981 "Death of Honourable Eric Laidlaw Robinson" Hansard Parliament of Australia Retrieved 5 April 2011 
  3. ^ "Members of Commonwealth ministries" PDF Parliament of Australia 4 June 2007 Archived from the original PDF on 29 February 2008 Retrieved 11 November 2007 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Charles Barnes
Member of Parliament for McPherson
1972–1981
Succeeded by
Peter White
Political offices
Preceded by
Gordon Bryant
Minister for the Capital Territory
1975–76
Succeeded by
Tony Staley
Preceded by
Victor Garland
Minister for Post and Telecommunications
1976–77
Preceded by
Phillip Lynch
Minister for Finance
1977–79
Succeeded by
John Howard
Preceded by
John Howard
Minister for Finance
1979–80
Succeeded by
Margaret Guilfoyle


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