The Hon Warren Truss MP Biography

Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Wide Bay, Queensland, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Parliamentary positions

  • Deputy Chair of Committees from 12.9.91 to 21.2.94.
  • Member, Speaker's Panel from 21.2.94 to 31.1.95 and from 1.5.96 to 20.10.97.

Ministerial appointments

  • Deputy Prime Minister from 18.09.13
  • Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development from 18.09.13
  • Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs from 9.10.97 to 21.10.98.
  • Minister for Community Services from 21.10.98 to 20.7.99.
  • Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.7.99 to 6.7.05.
  • Minister for Transport and Regional Services from 6.7.05 to 29.9.06.
  • Minister for Trade from 29.9.06 to 3.12.07.

Committee service

  • House of Representatives Standing: Library from 16.5.90 to 8.2.93; Procedure from 16.5.90 to 8.2.93 and from 29.5.96 to 30.10.97; Environment, Recreation and the Arts from 16.5.90 (Chair from 30.5.96) to 22.10.97; Long Term Strategies from 26.5.93 to 29.1.96.
  • Joint Statutory: National Crime Authority from 18.6.96 to 23.10.97.
  • Joint Standing: Treaties from 17.6.96 to 23.10.97; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 3.2.10 to 22.2.10.

Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, 39th CPA Conference, Cyprus, and bilateral visits to Germany and Malta, September 1993.
  • Member, Delegation to the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum Annual Meeting, Acapulco, and bilateral visits to Chile and Barbados, December 1994-January 1995.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to AIPO meeting, Phuket, Thailand, September 1996.
  • Official visits to New Zealand, July-August 1998 and May 1999; Canada and USA, September-October 1999; Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland and UK, November 1999; Singapore, France and Germany, October 2000; New Zealand, March 2001; USA, December 2001; Japan, Korea and the Philippines, January 2002; Indonesia, Italy, Denmark and Sweden, June 2002; Japan, July 2002; Indonesia, March 2003; Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, June-July 2003; China, August-September 2003; Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan and Israel, April-May 2004; New Zealand, December 2004; United Arab Emirates, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, April-May 2005; Malaysia, China and Japan, June-July 2005; China, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, January 2006; Japan, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and Belgium, November 2006; the Philippines, January 2007; Switzerland, UK and USA, January-February 2007; India, February-March 2007; United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan and China, April 2007; France, May 2007; Germany and Indonesia, June 2007; New Zealand and Vanuatu, July-August 2007; Malaysia and the Philippines, August 2007; Bali, Indonesia, June 2009; Taiwan, September 2009.

Parliamentary party positions

  • Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 13.12.94 to 11.3.96 and from 6.12.07. Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs from 13.12.94 to 11.3.96; Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Local Government from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government from 22.9.08 to 25.3.10; Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport and Local Government from 25.3.10 to 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport from 14.9.10.
  • Deputy Leader of the House from 5.10.97 to 21.10.98.
  • Federal Parliamentary Deputy Leader, The Nationals from 6.7.05 to 3.12.07.
  • Federal Parliamentary Leader, The Nationals from 3.12.07.

Party positions

  • Member, NPA Central Council (Qld) 1981-2008.
  • President, NPA Kumbia Branch 1974-87.
  • Vice-President, NPA Barambah State Electorate Council 1978-88.
  • President, NPA Wide Bay Divisional Council 1984-90.

Personal

  • Born 8.10.1948 at Kingaroy, Qld.
  • Married.

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Farmer.
  • President, Australian Council of Rural Youth 1973-74.
  • Member, Queensland Graingrowers' Association State Council 1979-90.
  • Chair, Sugar Coast Burnett Regional Tourism Board 1985-89.
  • Deputy Chair, Bulk Grains Queensland 1985-90.

Electorate

  • Description: rural.
    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 (approx.).

    Electors enrolled: 92 636 (at 21.8.10).

    Industries: tourism, timber, dairying, grain, grazing, sugar, tropical fruit orchards and railway rolling stock.

    State electorates: Wide Bay includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Gympie, and parts of Callide, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Nicklin and Noosa.