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TRUSS, the Hon. Warren ErrolBiography for TRUSS, the Hon. Warren Errol

Member for Wide Bay (Qld) 1990-2016


Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Wide Bay, Queensland, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Retired prior to general elections, 2016.

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

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.

Deputy Prime Minister from 18.9.13 to 18.2.16.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development from 18.9.13 to 18.2.16.

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.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 13.12.94 to 11.3.96 and from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. 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 to 18.9.13.

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 to 12.2.16.

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.


Born 8.10.1948 at Kingaroy, Qld.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


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.

Local Government Service

Member, Kingaroy Shire Council 1976-90.

Chair, Kingaroy Shire Council 1983-90.

President, Burnett District Local Government Association 1989-90.

President, South Burnett Local Government Association 1984-85 and 1989-90.


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: 95 172 (at 7.9.13).

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.