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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 14:27

Ag's new man

Australia’s new federal agriculture minister is 41-year-old Queensland conservative David Kelly Littleproud.

He is the member for the sprawling electorate of Maranoa, located in south western Queensland.
This month, Littleproud was one of only four members of the House of Reps to vote against legalising same-sex marriage in Australia.
The new minister is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland and was first elected at the 2016 federal election.
He was born and raised in Chinchilla and is married to Sarah and they have three boys Tom, Hugh and Harry.
Littleproud was educated initially at Chinchilla State High School before finishing his secondary education at Toowoomba Grammar.
During the past 20 years, he says he forged a career in agribusiness while living and working in towns such as Miles, Nanango, Charleville, St George, Stanthorpe and Warwick.
Together with his wife, they own a small business at Warwick that services the Southern Downs and employs four people from the local community.
“This background provides me with an acute understanding of the important role small business and agriculture plays in creating jobs and promoting economic growth in regional Australia,” he says.
“I understand the importance of economic development as a means of building a prosperous future for younger generations and developing the capacity of health, education, agriculture, telecommunications and small business sectors.”
Early this year, David Littleproud, attracted social media attacks after his call for people to take their banking and insurance business away from Suncorp Bank, which had previously employed him.
Littleproud had warned his constituents that the bank was pulling retail services from Kingaroy, Miles, Goondiwindi and Stanthorpe, which he tagged as ‘chosing profits over people’.
A Suncorp representative responded that the decision had not been taken lightly, noting that it was only over-the-counter transactional banking services that were being withdrawn from Miles, not business banking services.
The news item caused a flurry of criticisms of Mr Littleproud, who had been Suncorp’s central and south west Queensland business and agribusiness manager prior to beginning his career as a politican.


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