Vale the Honorable Ian Robinson MP
Chairman of the NSW Nationals, Bede Burke, has today paid tribute to the Honourable Ian Robinson, who passed away on Thursday last week.
Mr Robinson joined the then Country Party in 1945 and went on to spend 10 years in the NSW State Parliament as the Member for Casino followed by 21 years as the Member for Cowper and 6 years as the Member for Page in Federal Parliament.
His funeral will be held on Monday 3rd April at 2pm, at the Christ Church Cathedral, Duke Street, Grafton.
In total, he served a record 37 years in State and Federal Parliament contesting 15 elections and is the second longest-serving member of the Nationals, only exceeded by Sir Earle Page, who served for 42 years.
In 2010 he was made a Life Member of the NSW Nationals, an honour that has only been bestowed on a few dozen members in the Party’s 97-year history.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to Ian’s family, particularly to his wife Florence,” Mr Burke said.
“He was a giant of our Party, serving as an elected representative for 37 years, as a member of the Party for 70 years, and campaigning well into his retirement.”
“As a mentor for many in The Nationals, including encouraging Doug Anthony to stand for parliament, he will be sorely missed.”
Born in Coraki, New South Wales, Mr Robinson was educated at state schools before becoming a dairy farmer, a journalist, and company director prior to entering parliament.
He served as Assistant Minister assisting the Postmaster-General from 1971 to 1972.
He will be remembered on the North Coast for always putting his electorate first, including flood mitigation for Grafton and Maclean, his support for the local sugar industry and developing and upgrading the Grafton, Casino and Coffs Harbour Airports.