Ian Murray McLachlan AO (born 2 October 1936) is a former Australian politician who served as a member of the House of Representatives from 1990 to 1998, representing the Liberal Party. He was Minister for Defence in the Howard Government from 1996 to 1998. Before entering politics, he served as president of the National Farmers Federation from 1984 to 1988. He played first-class cricket as a youth.
McLachlan in 1998
|Minister for Defence|
11 March 1996 – 21 October 1998
|Prime Minister||John Howard|
|Preceded by||Robert Ray|
|Succeeded by||John Moore|
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
24 March 1990 – 31 August 1998
|Preceded by||James Porter|
|Succeeded by||Patrick Secker|
|Born||2 October 1936|
North Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
He played 72 matches of first-class cricket for Cambridge University and South Australia between 1956 and 1964, scoring 3743 runs at an average of 31.72, with 9 centuries while completing his bachelor and masters in Law.
His business career includes managing director of Nangwarry Pastoral Co. Pty. Ltd., deputy chairman of SA Brewing Pty. Ltd (1983–1990), director of Elders IXL Ltd. (1980–1990) and president of the National Farmers Federation (1984–1988). He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in January 1989 for "service to primary industry". He was a long term president (till 2014) of the South Australian Cricket Association.
|Relations||Brother, Angus McLachlan|
Nephew, Gillon McLachlan
Nephew, Hamish McLachlan
|Domestic team information|
|1956 to 1958||Cambridge University|
|1960-61 to 1963-64||South Australia|
Source: Cricket Archive, 16 November 2013
There was an earlier attempt to get McLachlan into Parliament in the lead-up to the 1987 election. According to John Howard, then Opposition Leader, stated in 2014 that Liberal MP Alexander Downer had offered to stand aside from his seat of Mayo in favour of McLachlan but the offer was declined.
It was revealed in 2006 that McLachlan was present at a meeting between John Howard and Peter Costello, arranging a handover of power after one and a half terms if Howard was allowed to become opposition leader without challenge, and then won office from the Australian Labor Party (ALP). Howard later reneged on this deal, leading to controversy and public bickering between Prime Minister Howard and Treasurer Costello. The revelation was made by McLachlan himself and Howard later said in The Howard Years documentary series that he had decided to handover the Prime Ministership to Costello in 2006 but changed his mind as a result of the revelation of the deal. McLachlan therefore cost Costello his final opportunity to become Prime Minister.
- Wisden 1958, p. 291.
- Ian McLachlan at CricketArchive
- "McLachlan, Ian Murray". It's an Honour. Government of Australia. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
- "Biography for McLachlan, the Hon. Ian Murray, AO". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
- A Country Road: The Nationals Episode 2
- Howard, Costello rift deepens, Jim Middleton, Lateline, ABC TV (10 July 2006)
- Costello bombshell on PM 'deal', AAP, SMH (10 July 2006)
| Minister for Defence
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for Barker