Minister For Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Qld
Minister For Department Of Agriculture Fisheries And Forestry Qld, The Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources is The Honourable David Littleproud MP since 20 December 2017 following a rearrangement of the Second Turnbull Ministry.
The minister is assisted by the Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, who was appointed to the position on 21 September 2015.
In the Government of Australia, the ministers administer this portfolio through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, and its component bodies.
David Kelly Littleproud (born 4 September 1976 in Chinchilla, Queensland) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since the 2016 federal election, representing the Division of Maranoa. He is a member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, and sits with the Nationals in federal parliament.
Littleproud has served as the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources since 20 December 2017 following a rearrangement of the Second Turnbull Ministry. He was viewed as a potential candidate to replace Barnaby Joyce as National Party leader in February 2021.
Background and early career
Littleproud was an agribusinessman before entering politics. His father Brian Littleproud was a National Party member of the Queensland Parliament and state government minister.
Littleproud was elected to parliament in 2016, succeeding the previous member, retiring Bruce Scott.
In December 2017, Littleproud was one of only four members of the House of Representatives to vote against the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 legalising same-sex marriage in Australia.