Warren Truss

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The Honourable
Warren Truss
Warren Truss Portrait 2010.jpg
16th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
In office
18 September 2013 – 18 February 2016
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Anthony Albanese
Succeeded by Barnaby Joyce
Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
In office
18 September 2013 – 18 February 2016
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Anthony Albanese (Infrastructure and Transport)
Sharon Bird (Regional Development)
Succeeded by Darren Chester (Infrastructure and Transport)
Fiona Nash (Regional Development)
Leader of the National Party
In office
3 December 2007 – 11 February 2016
Deputy Nigel Scullion
Barnaby Joyce
Preceded by Mark Vaile
Succeeded by Barnaby Joyce
Minister for Trade
In office
10 August 2006 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Mark Vaile
Succeeded by Simon Crean
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
In office
6 July 2005 – 10 August 2006
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by John Anderson
Succeeded by Mark Vaile
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
In office
20 July 1999 – 6 July 2005
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Mark Vaile
Succeeded by Peter McGauran
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wide Bay
In office
24 March 1990 – 9 May 2016
Preceded by Clarrie Millar
Succeeded by Llew O'Brien
Personal details
Born Warren Errol Truss
(1948-10-08) 8 October 1948 (age 67)
Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia
Political party National Party (Federal)
Liberal National Party (State)
Other political
affiliations
Coalition
Spouse(s) Lyn Truss
Website Official website
Warren Truss on Twitter

Warren Errol Truss (born 8 October 1948) an Australian retired politician, who served as the 16th Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development in the Abbott Government and the Turnbull Government.[1] Truss served as the federal leader of the National Party of Australia (The Nationals) between 2007 and 11 February 2016 when he announced his decision to retire and not contest the 2016 federal election.[2][3][4] He was the member of the House of Representatives for Wide Bay from the 1990 election until his retirement in May 2016. Following the merger of the Queensland branches of the Nationals and Liberals, Truss was re-elected in 2010 for the Liberal National Party.

Early life[edit]

Truss Was born in the region of Kingaroy, Queensland. He attended a small state school and was a bean farmer before he entered politics.[5] He was chair of the Sugar Coast Burnett Regional Tourism Board and a councillor of the Shire of Kingaroy 1976–90.[6] He was Chairman of Kingaroy Shire Council from 1983 to 1990.[7]

Politics[edit]

Truss's first attempt at a parliamentary seat was in the Queensland state parliament as the Nationals candidate at the 1988 Barambah by-election, triggered by the retirement of former premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. However, Truss lost in an upset to the Citizens Electoral Council candidate Trevor Perrett, who later joined the National Party.[8]

Parliament[edit]

Truss was elected to the safe National seat of Wide Bay at the 1990 election. He was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1994–96.

With the Liberal/National Coalition defeating the Australian Labor Party at the 1996 election, Truss was appointed Deputy Leader of the House 1997–98, Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs 1997–98, and Minister for Community Services 1998–99. He was promoted to the John Howard cabinet and served as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 1999–2005.[6]

Nationals leadership[edit]

In June 2005 John Anderson announced his intention to resign as National Party Leader. Deputy Leader Mark Vaile was elected the new Leader, and Truss was elected Deputy Leader. In the reshuffled ministry following Anderson's resignation Truss became Minister for Transport and Regional Services.

Truss in 2009

In 2006, following the AWB oil for food scandal, Truss and Vaile swapped portfolios, with Truss becoming Minister for Trade and Vaile taking the Transport and Regional Services portfolio until the defeat of the Liberal/National Coalition government at the 2007 election.[6]

After the election, Mark Vaile resigned as National Party Leader, citing the party's need for "generational renewal". Truss was elected leader of the federal National Party of Australia on 3 December 2007.[9][10][11]

In 2008, Coalition leader Malcolm Turnbull appointed Truss as Shadow Minister for Trade, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.[12] He retained that portfolio after Tony Abbott became Coalition leader in late 2009.[13] Following the 2010 election, Truss became Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.[14]

Deputy Prime Minister[edit]

Truss retained his seat in the 2013 Federal election, in which the Coalition was elected to a strong majority government. On 18 September, Truss was sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister, per a longstanding agreement between the Liberals and Nationals. The leader of the Nationals has ranked second in all but two non-Labor governments since the Coalition was first formed in 1923.

On 11 February 2016 Truss announced his decision to retire from politics at the 2016 federal election and immediately stood aside as Leader of The Nationals. Barnaby Joyce was elected as Leader and was sworn as the Deputy Prime Minister.[2][3][4] Truss also resigned from the Turnbull Ministry.[15]

Truss's leadership of the Nationals was considered steady, albeit rarely visible.[16] He lifted the party's representation in the House of Representatives from ten seats in 2007 to 15 seats in 2013.[16]

Honours and awards[edit]

On 1 January 2001 Warren Truss was awarded the Centenary Medal for 'service as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry'.[17]

In 2014, the South Burnett Regional Council named their Kingaroy Chambers the 'Warren Truss Chamber' in recognition of Truss's time as Mayor of the former Kingaroy Shire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Murphy, Katharine (11 February 2016). "Barnaby Joyce wins Nationals leadership, Fiona Nash named deputy". The Guardian. Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Gartrell, Adam (11 February 2016). "Parliament pays tribute to retiring deputy PM Warren Truss ahead of Barnaby Joyce elevation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Keany, Francis (11 February 2016). "Barnaby Joyce elected unopposed as new Nationals leader". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Warren Truss: from bean farmer to Deputy PM — and now retirement". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 11 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "The Hon Warren Truss MP, Member for Wide Bay (Qld)". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 8 November 2007. 
  7. ^ "Landscapes of Change", by Dr Tony Mathews, p688
  8. ^ "Political Chronicle: Australia and Papua New Guinea January–June 1988.". Wiley InterScience. 28 November 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Pearlman,, Jonathan (4 December 2007). "Nationals decide it is a matter of Truss". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  10. ^ Murphy, Katharine (29 November 2007). "Truss puts his hand up for Nats job". The Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "Truss wins Nationals leadership". ABC News. ABC. 3 December 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007. 
  12. ^ "Appointment of Shadow Ministry". Liberal.org.au. 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  13. ^ http://www.australia.to/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17088:a-reshaped-coalition-team-for-australias-future&catid=72:australian-news&Itemid=200
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010. 
  15. ^ Massola, James (13 February 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Malcolm Turnbull announces new frontbench as Mal Brough resigns". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Malcolm Turnbull's challenge: replace Warren Truss, Andrew Robb and Stuart Robert". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  17. ^ It's an honour entry – Centenary Medal – 1 January 2001 Citation: For service as Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Clarrie Millar
Member of Parliament
for Wide Bay

1990–2016
Succeeded by
Llew O'Brien
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Ellison
Minister for Customs and Consumer Affairs
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Amanda Vanstone
Preceded by
Judi Moylan
Minister for Community Services
1998–1999
Succeeded by
Larry Anthony
Preceded by
Mark Vaile
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
1999–2005
Succeeded by
Peter McGauran
Preceded by
John Anderson
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Mark Vaile
Preceded by
Mark Vaile
Minister for Trade
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Simon Crean
Preceded by
Anthony Albanese
Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Barnaby Joyce
Preceded by
Anthony Albanese
as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Minister for Infrastructure and
Regional Development

2013–2016
Succeeded by
Darren Chester
as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Preceded by
Sharon Bird
as Minister for Regional Development
Succeeded by
Fiona Nash
as Minister for Regional Development
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mark Vaile
Deputy Leader of the National Party of Australia
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Nigel Scullion
Leader of the Nationals
2007–2016
Succeeded by
Barnaby Joyce