Peter Walsh (Victorian politician)
|Victorian Minister for Agriculture|
2 December 2010
|Preceded by||Joe Helper|
|Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Swan Hill
30 November 2002
|Preceded by||Barry Steggall|
|Born||9 January 1954
|Political party||National Party of Australia|
Peter Lindsay Walsh (born 9 January 1954) is an Australian politician. He has been a National Party of Australia member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002, representing the electorate of Swan Hill. He is the Deputy Leader of the National Party and the state Minister for Agriculture and Food Security and Minister for Water.
Walsh was born and raised at Boort in Northern Victoria, attending Fernihurst Primary School and Boort Secondary College. He was the president of the Victorian Farmers Federation from 1998 until his election to parliament in 2002. Before entering politics, he operated an irrigated horticulture and cropping enterprise, producing tomatoes, cereals, oilseeds and legumes. He was also a director of SPC Limited, a member of the state Food Industry Advisory Council, and a board member of the National Farmers Federation.
Walsh was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to the environment. He is a keen Australian rules football fan, having served as a Boort player, committee man and selector. He was President of the Boort Football Club between 1988 and 1990. Walsh was also a member of the local Apex Club from 1982 to 1992, again including a term as President.
Walsh was elected to the Legislative Assembly at the 2002 election, easily retaining the seat for the National Party after the retirement of long-serving MP Barry Steggall. He was re-elected at the 2006 and 2010 elections, receiving 79.3% of the two-party preferred vote in 2010.
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Swan Hill