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Ian Bradley Walker (born 18 November 1954) is an Australian politician. He was a Liberal National member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 2012 to 2017, representing the electorate of Mansfield. He was Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts from 2013 to 2015 under Campbell Newman.[1]

Ian Walker
Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
In office
17 February 2013 – 14 February 2015
PremierCampbell Newman
Preceded byRos Bates
Succeeded byLeeanne Enoch
(Science and Innovation) Annastacia Palaszczuk (Arts)
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Mansfield
In office
24 March 2012 – 25 November 2017
Preceded byPhil Reeves
Succeeded byCorrine McMillan
Personal details
Born (1954-11-18) 18 November 1954 (age 64)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLiberal National

Following the LNP's electoral victory in 2012, Walker was appointed Assistant Minister for Planning Reform on 3 April 2012.[2] On 17 February 2013, then Premier Campbell Newman appointed Walker as the new Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts after the resignation of Ros Bates.[3]

Following the LNP's defeat at the 2015 Queensland election, Walker was succeeded as Minister by Leeanne Enoch (Science and Innovation) and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (Arts).

Despite the statewide defeat of the LNP, Walker narrowly retained Mansfield, a noted bellwether seat, becoming its second opposition member. The first, fellow Liberal Frank Carroll, served in opposition for a few months in 1995 and 1996 before a by-election elevated the Coalition to minority government.

The Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg appointed Walker to the Shadow Cabinet, giving him the roles of Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Justice, Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and Shadow Minister for the Arts.

Walker's seat of Mansfield was altered by an electoral redistribution for the 2017 election, becoming a notionally Labor seat with a 0.8% Labor margin, as opposed to Walker's 0.5% margin from the 2015 election. He recontested his seat on the new boundaries, but was defeated by Labor candidate Corrine McMillan.[1]

Walker was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Electorate: Mansfield". Queensland Votes. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 28 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "Premier announces new Ministry". Department of Premier and Cabinet. 30 March 2012. Archived from the original on 19 April 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Ian Walker to be new Qld arts minister". AFR. Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3.

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Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Phil Reeves
Member for Mansfield
Succeeded by
Corrine McMillan