Lou Lieberman

The Honourable
Lou Lieberman
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Indi
In office
13 March 1993  8 October 2001
Preceded by Ewen Cameron
Succeeded by Sophie Panopoulos
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Benambra
In office
March 1976  August 1992
Preceded by Thomas Mitchell
Succeeded by Tony Plowman
Personal details
Born (1938-05-13) 13 May 1938
Swan Hill, Victoria
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Marjorie Cox
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Occupation Barrister

Louis Stuart "Lou" Lieberman AM (born 13 May 1938) is an Australian politician and was a member of both the Victorian Legislative Assembly and the Australian House of Representatives.[1][2]

Born on 13 May 1938 at Swan Hill, Lou Lieberman was educated at Albury High School. He studied law while working as a law clerk at Tietyens Angel & Jackling and on becoming a barrister in 1961 became a partner.[2] He bought the Wodonga practice and merged it with J. S. N. Harris in 1966.[2] In 1978 he became a founding partner in the Wodonga law firm of Lieberman Harris Boyd.[2] He also did National Service and served in 8/13 VMR (Victorian Mounted Rifles) working with Centurion tanks.[2]

He served on the local consultative council for the development of the Albury-Wodonga growth centre planned by the Whitlam Government in 1973.[3]

Political career

In 1976, he stood for the Liberal Party for the seat of Benambra in the Victorian Legislative Assembly.[1] Although it had been held by the National Party since 1932, he defeated the National Party candidate, Bill Baxter, and was elected. He served as Assistant Minister of Health from 1979–1981, Minister for Planning from 1979–1982, Minister of Minerals and Energy and Minister of Mines in 1981, and Minister of Local Government 1981-1982.[1] He was a member of the Victorian Parliament until 1992.[1][2]

During his term in the Victorian Parliament, he was an alternate delegate to the Australia Constitutional Convention in 1977, 1979 and 1983.[2]

He stood for the seat of Indi for the Liberal Party at the 1993 Federal Election. He retained the seat, succeeding Ewen Cameron.[1] During his three terms in parliament he served on several committees; he chaired the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and the Joint Committee on Publications.[2] Despite his previous experience as a Victorian Government Minister, Lieberman never served as a Federal Government Minister.

He was in New York on 11 September 2001 attending a United Nations conference.[4] He was staying in a flat 3 km north of the World Trade Center when the first plane hit.

After he decided not to stand for the seat of Indi, the Liberal Party preselected Melbournian Sophie Panopoulos as their candidate for the 2001 Federal Election.

Retirement and Honours

In 1999, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Hume Building Society, a local building society in the Albury Wodonga area.[2]

He became involved in raising money to upgrade facilities at Albury’s Mercy Health Service where he headed the building gift-giving program committee.[2] He has also served on the Council of La Trobe University.

In 2016 Lieberman was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the Parliaments of Australia and Victoria through a range of portfolio responsibilities, and to the community of Albury/Wodonga.[5]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Parliamentary Debates" (PDF). Official Hansard. Commonwealth of Australia. pp. 117–118. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Lieberman, Louis Stuart". re-member. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  3. "Annual Report" (PDF). Hume Building Society. 2005. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
  4. "Many Aussies feared dead". AAP/tripod.com. 2001-09-12. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
  5. "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (A-L)" (PDF). Australia Day 2016 Honours Lists. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Thomas Mitchell
Member for Benambra
Succeeded by
Tony Plowman
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ewen Cameron
Member for Indi
Succeeded by
Sophie Panopoulos
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