The Hon John Anderson MP


Former Member

The Nationals
House of Representatives


Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Gwydir, New South Wales, at by-election 15.4.1989, vice the Hon. RJD Hunt (resigned). Re-elected 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Primary Industries and Energy from 11.3.96 to 21.10.98.
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Development from 25.9.97 to 9.10.97.
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 21.10.98 to 6.7.05.
  • Deputy Prime Minister from 20.7.99 to 6.7.05.
Committee service
  • House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 16.8.89 to 19.2.90; Aboriginal Affairs from 16.5.90 to 4.5.92; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 4.5.92 to 8.2.93; Employment, Education and Training from 16.5.90 to 6.5.92; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 16.5.90 to 8.2.93.
  • Joint Standing: Australian Capital Territory from 1.6.89 to 19.2.90; Parliamentary Library from 28.2.06.
Conferences, delegations and visits
  • Official visits to Taiwan, September 1996; Italy, France and Belgium, November 1996; USA, July 1997; Japan, July-August 1997; France, Italy, UK and Korea, March 1998; Indonesia, February 1999; South Pacific Forum, Palau, October 1999; UK, July 2000; China, April 2001; New Zealand, July-August 2001; UK, France, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands and Turkey, April 2002; Samoa, June 2002; New Zealand, August 2002; Indonesia, October 2002; Singapore, September 2003; UK, Belgium and Denmark, February 2005.
  • Parliamentary Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Canberra, February 1998.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Federal Parliamentary Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia from 23.3.93 to 1.7.99.
  • Federal Parliamentary Leader, National Party of Australia from 1.7.99 to 11.10.03.
  • Federal Parliamentary Leader, The Nationals from 11.10.03 to 6.7.05.
  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 28.4.92 to 11.3.96. Parliamentary Secretary to the Chair of the Manpower and Labour Market Reform Group from 28.4.92 to 7.4.93; Shadow Minister for Primary Industry from 7.4.93 to 11.3.96.
Party positions
  • Chair, National Party Tambar Springs Branch 1984-89.
  • Chair, Gwydir Federal Electorate Council 1986-89.
  • Member, Central Council, National Party of Australia (NSW) from 1986.
  • Member, Central Executive, National Party of Australia (NSW) from 1987.
  • Born 14.11.1956, Sydney, NSW.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • MA (Syd).
  • Farmer and grazier.
  • Description: rural.
  • Location: central northern New South Wales; it includes the towns of Aberdeen, Baradine, Boggabri, Bourke, Brewarrina, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Coonamble, Gilgandra, Gulgong, Gunnedah, Kandos, Mendooran, Moree, Mudgee, Narrabri, Quirindi, Rylstone, Scone, Walgett, Warialda, Wee Waa and Wellington.
  • Area: 185 604 sq km (approx.).
  • Electors enrolled: 82 626 (at 9.10.04).
  • Industries: wool, beef, pork, wheat, cotton, oil seed crops, lucerne, fruit, vegetables, dairy cattle, horse, sheep and cattle studs, timber, coal and opal mining and wine growing.
  • State electorates: Gwydir includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Barwon, Bathurst, Dubbo, Murray-Darling, Orange, Tamworth and Upper Hunter.