ENG: Warren Errol Truss (born 8 October 1948), is an Australian politician, and leader of the National Party in the Commonwealth Parliament. He has been a National Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1990, representing the Division of Wide Bay, Queensland.
Early life and career
He was born in Kingaroy, Queensland, and was a farmer before entering politics. He was chair of the Sugar Coast Burnett Regional Tourism Board and a councillor of the Shire of Kingaroy 1976–90. He was the Nationals candidate in the 1988 by-election for the Queensland Legislative Assembly seat of Barambah, caused by the retirement of former premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, but lost in an upset to the CEC candidate, Trevor Perrett (who would later join the National Party). He was ...
Nationals leader Warren Truss says the bringing forward of federal money for roadworks won't guarantee they will be built faster.
The government's mid-year budget review, released on Tuesday, showed $1.4 billion would be brought forward to be spent in 2011/12 to accelerate construction of major infrastructure projects.
These included the upgrading of Melbourne's Western Ring Road, parts of the Pacific Highway in northern NSW, the Bruce Highway in northern and central Queensland and the South Road Superway in Adelaide.
Read more: 9NEWS (Nov 29 2011)
Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:
The Opposition has taken an altogether unpleasant turn toward xenophobia this week.Malcolm Turnbull yesterday asked the Prime Minister about whether he was considering an “infrastructure bank” -- later a "Labor Government bank" -- based on the premise that the Government’s deposit guarantee was preventing State Governments from borrowing money.There was nothing new in Turnbull’s question. The idea has been kicking around for several weeks. What had happened since then was that State Labor Treasurers (what’s the ...
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