Statement on retirement of Warren Truss
11 February 2016
Today I pay tribute to my friend Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Member for Wide Bay, the Hon. Warren Truss.
Warren has served the people of Wide Bay and Australia with distinction over an exemplary 26 year career, including eight years as Leader of the Nationals and more than two years as Deputy Prime Minister.
Warren has personified decency, self-control, attention to detail, leadership, strength and has carved a path for his constituency through the annals of our recent parliament. Warren has delivered by acumen rather than by brute force, and the people of the South Burnett and Wide Bay in Queensland can call him a favoured son of their land.
Over his career Warren has been a passionate advocate for rural and regional Australia. He championed the interests of rural and regional Australia at the Cabinet table in his years as Deputy Prime Minister and in his many portfolio responsibilities, including agriculture.
Warren was responsible for one of the first major appropriations on the Inland Rail between Melbourne and Brisbane and the start of Sydney’s second airport at Badgery's Creek. He has dealt with the trials and tribulations of MH370 and, in the past, managed extremely difficult issues such as the Cormo Express.
As Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren oversaw the most significant investment in infrastructure in Australian history, including $50 billion in infrastructure, the $1.2 billion White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, the $1 billion Stronger National Regions Fund, the $45 million Stronger Communities Programme, investment in regional airports and so much more.
I was particularly pleased to work with Warren to deliver the $4 billion Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, which has laid a platform for farmers, businesses across the agricultural supply chain, regional Australia and the broader economy to grow and prosper now, and in years to come.
Warren has been an adornment to our parliament and our nation and I believe will be in the pantheon of the great leaders of our party.
My wife Natalie and I wish Warren and Lyn all the best as they embark on this new chapter in their lives.