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Hon Warren Truss MP

Hon Warren Truss MP

Former Member

Party
The Nationals
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Wide Bay, Queensland, 1990. Re-elected 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections 2016.
Parliamentary positions
  • Deputy Chair of Committees from 12.9.1991 to 21.2.1994.
  • Member of the Speaker's Panel from 21.2.1994 to 31.1.1995.
  • Member of the Speaker's Panel from 1.5.1996 to 20.10.1997.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs from 9.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.
  • Minister for Community Services from 21.10.1998 to 20.7.1999.
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.7.1999 to 6.7.2005.
  • Cabinet Minister from 20.7.1999 to 3.12.2007.
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 6.7.2005 to 29.9.2006.
  • Minister for Trade from 29.9.2006 to 3.12.2007.
  • Deputy Prime Minister from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016.
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016.
Committee service
  • Joint Statutory: Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 18.6.1996 to 23.10.1997.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 17.6.1996 to 23.10.1997; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 3.2.2010 to 22.2.2010.
  • House of Representatives Standing: Parliamentary Library from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993; Procedure from 16.5.1990 to 8.2.1993; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 16.5.1990 to 22.10.1997 (Chair from 30.5.1996 to 22.10.1997); Long Term Strategies from 26.5.1993 to 29.1.1996; Procedure from 29.5.1996 to 30.10.1997.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Deputy Leader of the House from 5.10.1997 to 21.10.1998.
  • Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 23.6.2005 to 3.12.2007.
  • Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Nationals from 3.12.2007 to 11.2.2016.
  • Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 13.12.1994 to 11.3.1996.
  • Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Local Government from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 22.9.2008 to 25.3.2010.
  • Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport and Local Government from 25.3.2010 to 14.9.2010.
  • Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.
Party positions
  • President of the National Party Kumbia Branch from 1974 to 1987.
  • Vice-President of the National Party Barambah State Electorate Council from 1978 to 1988.
  • Member of the National Party Central Council (Qld.) from 1981 to 2008.
  • President of the National Party Wide Bay Division Council from 1984 to 1990.
Personal
  • Born 8.10.1948, Kingroy, Australia
  • Married
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • Farmer.
  • President of the Australian Council of Rural Youth from 1973 to 1974.
  • Member of the Graingrowers' Association Council (Qld) from 1979 to 1990.
  • Chair of the Sugar Coast Burnett Regional Tourism Board from 1985 to 1989.
  • Deputy Chair of Bulk Grains (Qld) from 1985 to 1990.
Local Government service
  • Member, Kingaroy Shire Council from 1976 to 1990.
  • Chair, Kingaroy Shire Council from 1983 to 1990.
  • President, South Burnett Local Government Association from 1984 to 1985.
  • President, South Burnett Local Government Association from 1989 to 1990.
  • President, Burnett District Local Government Association from 1989 to 1990.
Electorate
  • Name: Wide Bay
  • Location: southern eastern Queensland coast and hinterland; it includes the centres of Gympie, Maryborough, Murgon and Noosa Heads. It also includes Fraser Island.
  • Area: 14,573 Sq km
  • Electors enrolled: 95,172 (at 7.9.2013)
  • Industries: tourism, timber, dairying, grain, grazing, sugar, tropical fruit orchards and railway rolling stock.
  • Includes: Wide Bay includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Gympie, and parts of Callide, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Nicklin and Noosa.