Eric Russell Hutchinson (born 19 June 1965) is a former Australian politician who is the incumbent Administrator of Norfolk Island, in office since 2017. He previously served a single term in the House of Representatives from 2013 to 2016, representing the Division of Lyons for the Liberal Party.

Early life

Hutchinson was born in Launceston, Tasmania. He worked for various wool-exporting companies before entering politics.[1]


Hutchinson was elected to federal parliament at the 2013 election, when he won the Division of Lyons from incumbent Labor MP Dick Adams. He secured a 1.2-point margin from a swing of 13.5 points.[1] He did not live in his electorate but in neighbouring Bass.[2] He was defeated after one term by Labor's Brian Mitchell at the 2016 election.[3] After his defeat, he took up a role as an advisor to the President of the Senate, Stephen Parry.[citation needed]

Administrator of Norfolk Island

On 1 April 2017, Hutchinson began a two-year term as Administrator of Norfolk Island,[4] which was extended by a further two years in February 2019.[5] In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he declared a state of emergency on the island and imposed a 32-day travel ban.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Eric Hutchinson Candidate for Lyons". Liberal Party of Australia. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ "How local is local? The 12 MPs who don't live in the seats they're trying to win". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Electorate: Lyons". Federal Election 2016. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Former Tasmanian MP Eric Hutchinson appointed Norfolk Island administrator". ABC News. 3 March 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Eric Hutchinson reappointed as Norfolk Island Administrator". Norfolk Online News. 22 February 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Coronavirus fears on Norfolk Island prompt travel ban as state of emergency declared". 17 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Dick Adams
Member for Lyons
Succeeded by
Brian Mitchell
Government offices
Preceded by
Gary Hardgrave
Administrator of Norfolk Island