Ian James Laurance (born 30 April 1940) is a former Australian politician who was a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1974 to 1987, representing the seat of Gascoyne. He was a minister in the governments of Sir Charles Court and Ray O'Connor, and briefly served as deputy leader of the Liberal Party (from 1986 to 1987).
|Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party|
in Western Australia
25 November 1986 – 3 September 1987
|Preceded by||Barry MacKinnon|
|Succeeded by||Richard Court|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly|
of Western Australia
30 March 1974 – 3 September 1987
|Preceded by||Daniel Norton|
|Succeeded by||Dudley Maslen|
|Born||30 April 1940|
Northam, Western Australia
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia|
Laurance was born in Northam, in the Wheatbelt, but was educated in Perth, attending Perth Boys' School and John Curtin Senior High School. He went on to study at Graylands Teachers College and the University of Western Australia, subsequently working as a country schoolteacher. Laurance married Barbara Anne Berry (the daughter of George Berry) in 1964, with whom he had two children. He left teaching in 1970 to work for the Prudential Assurance Company, which brought him back to Perth.
A longtime member of the Liberal Party, Laurance stood for parliament at the 1974 state election, winning the seat of Gascoyne. After the 1977 election, he was made a parliamentary secretary in the Court ministry. He was elevated to the ministry after the 1980 election, although he was an honorary minister rather than a substantive one. Following the resignation of Sir Charles Court in January 1982, Laurance was appointed Minister for Lands, Minister for Forests, and Minister for Conservation and Environment in the new ministry formed by Ray O'Connor. His time in cabinet was brief, however, as the Liberal government was defeated at the 1983 election. Laurance continued to serve in the Liberal shadow ministry until leaving parliament in September 1987, serving under three leaders of the opposition (Ray O'Connor, Bill Hassell, and Barry MacKinnon). He was elected deputy leader of the party in November 1986, when MacKinnon replaced Hassell as leader, but was in the position for less than a year before retiring.
After leaving politics, Laurance initially worked as a company director. He later served as chairman of several state government agencies, including the Midland Redevelopment Authority (from 2000 to 2004), the Tourism Council of Western Australia (from 2006 to 2008), and the Perth Convention Bureau (from 2009 to 2016).
- Ian James Laurance – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN 0730984095.
|Parliament of Western Australia|
| Member for Gascoyne
| Minister for Lands
| Minister for Forests
| Minister for Conservation and the Environment