Eric Robinson (Australian politician)

Eric Robinson (Australian politician)

Eric Laidlaw Robinson (15 November 19267 January 1981) was an Australian politician.

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. [cite web
last = Fraser
first = Malcolm
authorlink =Malcolm Fraser
title =Death of Right Honourable Eric Laidlaw Robinson
work= Hansard
publisher = Parliament of Australia
date = 24 February 1981
url =
accessdate = 2007-11-11
] He was elected to the Federal seat of McPherson in the House of Representatives. Following the 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 wrong-doing.cite web
last = Hodges
first = John
authorlink =John Hodges (Australian politician)
title =Death of Right Honourable Eric Laidlaw Robinson
work= Hansard
publisher = Parliament of Australia
date = 24 February 1981
url =
accessdate = 2007-11-12
] 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. [cite web
title=Members of Commonwealth ministries
publisher=Parliament of Australia
date=4 June 2007
accessdate = 2007-11-11
] He was not reappointed to the ministry, following the 1980 election.

Robinson died suddenly, survived by his wife, Narelle, a son and a daughter.


NAME = Robinson, Eric Laidlaw
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Australian politician
DATE OF BIRTH = 18 January 1929
DATE OF DEATH = 7 January 1981

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