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Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island
In office
1 April 2017 – 31 May 2023
Monarch Elizabeth II
Charles III
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove
David Hurley
Preceded by Gary Hardgrave
Succeeded by George Plant
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Lyons
In office
7 September 2013 – 2 July 2016
Preceded by Dick Adams
Succeeded by Brian Mitchell
Personal details
Eric Russell Hutchinson

(1965-06-19) 19 June 1965 (age 58)
Launceston, Tasmania
Nationality  Australia
Political party Liberal
Spouse Amanda
Children 2
Occupation Business manager

Eric Russell Hutchinson (born 19 June 1965) is an Australian politician who was the administrator of Norfolk Island, in office from 2017 to 2023. 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.


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. He did not live in his electorate but in neighbouring Bass. He was defeated after one term by Labor's Brian Mitchell at the 2016 election. After his defeat, he took up a role as an advisor to the President of the Senate, Stephen Parry.

Administrator of Norfolk Island

On 1 April 2017, Hutchinson began a two-year term as Administrator of Norfolk Island, which was extended by a further two years in February 2019. In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, he declared a state of emergency on the island and imposed a 32-day travel ban. He was again reappointed for a two-year term beginning on 1 April 2021. On 11 May 2023, it was announced by the Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories that Hutchinson would be succeeded by George Plant as Administrator. Plant was sworn in on 26 May 2023 and began his term as Administrator on 1 June 2023.

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