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David Littleproud

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David Littleproud

David Littleproud July 2018.jpg
Littleproud in 2018
Deputy Leader of the National Party
Assumed office
4 February 2020
LeaderBarnaby Joyce (2021-present)
Michael McCormack (2020-2021)
Preceded byBridget McKenzie
Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia
Assumed office
6 February 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byBridget McKenzie
In office
20 December 2017 – 29 May 2019
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Scott Morrison
Preceded byBarnaby Joyce
Succeeded byBridget McKenzie
Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management
In office
29 May 2019 – 6 February 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byHimself (Agriculture and Water Resources)
Succeeded byKeith Pitt (Resources and Water)
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Maranoa
Assumed office
2 July 2016
Preceded byBruce Scott
Majority32.49% (41,718 v PHON)
Personal details
Born (1976-09-04) 4 September 1976 (age 44)
Chinchilla, Queensland, Australia
Political partyNationals (LNP)
FatherBrian Littleproud
EducationChinchilla State High School
Toowoomba Grammar School
OccupationRural banker

David Kelly Littleproud (born 4 September 1976) is an Australian politician who was elected deputy leader of the National Party in February 2020. He serves as Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia in the Morrison Government and has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2016, representing the Division of Maranoa.

Littleproud grew up in Chinchilla, Queensland, the son of former state government minister Brian Littleproud. He worked as an agribusiness banker before entering politics. He was appointed to cabinet in the Turnbull Government in December 2017, and has served as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources (2017–2019), Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management (2019–2020), and Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management (2020–present).

Early life

Littleproud was born in Chinchilla, Queensland. His grandfather George Littleproud served on the Chinchilla Shire Council, while his father Brian Littleproud was a state Nationals MP and government minister.[1] He attended Chinchilla State High School and Toowoomba Grammar School.[2] As of 2019, he was one of the two members of the national cabinet who had no tertiary qualification.[3]

Littleproud was an agribusiness banker before entering politics.[4] He spent 17 years with the National Australia Bank (NAB), including 12 years based in Warwick, Queensland, as district manager (agribusiness and commercial). He joined Suncorp in 2011 as executive manager (business and agribusiness banking) for South West Queensland.[5] As of 2018 Littleproud was the owner of Mr Rental Southern Downs, a rent-to-buy business that employed four people.[6]

Political career

Littleproud in Brazil in 2018
Littleproud in Brazil in 2018

Littleproud was elected to parliament in 2016, succeeding retiring Nationals MP Bruce Scott.[4]

Within 18 months, Littleproud was elevated directly to cabinet as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, following a reshuffle of the Second Turnbull Ministry. He was sworn in at Government House in Canberra on 20 December 2017.[7][8]

In November 2018, Littleproud was additionally appointed Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Drought Preparation and Response. Following the Morrison Government's return at the 2019 federal election, his title was changed to Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management. He re-assumed the agriculture portfolio following Bridget McKenzie's resignation in February 2020, becoming Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management.[9]

Deputy leadership

Littleproud was viewed as a potential candidate to replace Barnaby Joyce as National Party leader in February 2018. The position was eventually won by Michael McCormack.[10] On 4 February 2020, following Bridget McKenzie's resignation, he defeated Keith Pitt and David Gillespie to become deputy leader of the National Party.[11][12] The ballot for the deputy leadership was held simultaneously with a leadership spill in which McCormack defeated a challenge by Joyce. It has subsequently been suggested that Littleproud may emerge as a compromise candidate if conflict continues between supporters of McCormack and Joyce.[13][14]

Political positions

Murray-Darling Basin

On 14 February 2018 Labor voted with the Greens to disallow a mechanism in the Murray Darling Basin Plan which would have prevented farmers in the Northern Basin giving up 70GL of water which otherwise would have been lost to seepage and evaporation.[15] The disallowance motion triggered a crisis in basin states when New South Wales and Victoria pledged to abandon the Plan as a result. It was widely considered the withdrawal of the two largest states would see the Basin Plan dismantled after it had taken more than a century to strike the agreement.[16] On 7 May 2018, in the lead up to a second disallowance motion that would have blocked 36 environmental water savings projects, Littleproud struck a deal with Labor that both secured the works in question and the 70GL recovery reduction for Northern Basin farmers which had previously been disallowed. This effectively resurrected the Murray-Darling Basin Plan by reassuring Basin states the Plan would be fulfilled as agreed in 2012.[17] In addition to securing the Basin Plan, Littleproud delivered enhanced protections for Aboriginal people in the Basin. This included an Indigenous position on the MDBA board and a world-first $40 million indigenous fund so Aboriginal communities could buy water for either cultural or economic purposes.[18]

Regional Investment Corporation

Littleproud at a July 2018 meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
Littleproud at a July 2018 meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Littleproud successfully negotiated with the Senate cross bench for passage of legislation establishing the Regional Investment Corporation. On 6 February 2018 the new laws passed the upper house,[19] breaking a political deadlock that had dragged on months. On 16 May 2018 it was announced that the RIC's headquarters would be set up in Orange, New South Wales, fulfilling in part the Nationals' commitment to deliver public service jobs to regional areas.[20]

Same-sex marriage

In December 2017, Littleproud was one of four members of the House of Representatives to vote against the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017, which legalised same-sex marriage in Australia.[21] Littleproud had pledged to vote according to the majority response of his electorate of Maranoa in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, and Maranoa recorded a result of 56.1% against changing the definition of marriage.[22]

Personal life

Littleproud has three children. He and his wife Sarah announced their separation in 2019 following a 20-year marriage.[23]


  1. ^ Burgess, Katie (15 February 2020). "'You get it into your blood': For David Littleproud, politics is a family affair". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  2. ^ "ABOUT HON DAVID LITTLEPROUD MP". Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "Maranoa – Australia Votes". Election 2016. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Suncorp appoints new agribusiness head for Sth West Qld". Farm Online. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Minister defends rent-to-buy business". Armidale Express. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Queensland National MP David Littleproud becomes Australia's new agriculture minister". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  8. ^ Turnbull, Malcolm (19 December 2017). "Ministerial Arrangements" (Press release). Government of Australia. Archived from the original on 13 March 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018. David Littleproud will become Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources. He will bring to the role two decades of experience in agribusiness before he joined parliament.
  9. ^ "Hon David Littleproud MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  10. ^ McIlroy, Tom (23 February 2018). "Nationals leadership: who could replace Barnaby Joyce?". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Bridget McKenzie quits Cabinet, resigns as deputy Nationals leader". ABC News. 2 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  12. ^ Worthington, Brett (4 February 2020). "Joyce fails to topple McCormack for Nationals leadership". ABC News. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  13. ^ Grattan, Michelle (14 February 2020). "Morrison can only look on as Nationals' 'wicked problem' damages his government". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Michael McCormack dismisses claims he will stand down as Nationals leader". The Guardian Australia. 16 February 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Basin Plan Amendments disallowed by Parliament". Murray-Darling Basin Authority. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Murray Darling Basin Plan under threat following disallowance motion". The Land. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Statement on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan". Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  18. ^ "New safeguard for Indigenous water rights". Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Regional Investment Corporation to go ahead as Coalition agrees to changes". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Regional Investment Corporation Based in Orange". Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  21. ^ "House of Representatives Hansard THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER 2017". Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Same-sex marriage and the defining image that almost wasn't". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  23. ^ "MP's marriage breakdown revealed as election looms". South Burnett Times. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bruce Scott
Member for Maranoa
Political offices
Preceded by
Barnaby Joyce
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Succeeded by
Bridget McKenzie (Agriculture)
Himself (Water Resources)
Preceded by
Himself (Agriculture and Water Resources)
Minister for Water Resources
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