After Politics John Anderson AO

John Anderson AO became interested in politics as a member of the local chapter of the National Party of Australia (NSW) while he was a farmer and grazier. In 1984 Anderson was chosen to run for the seat of Paterson, however, leading up to the election the seat was abolished. He became a member of the party’s NSW Central Council in 1986 and a member of the Central Executive the following year. At that time the National Party represented the interests of those in regional and rural Australian communities focusing on agricultural and trade policies.

In 1989 a by-election was held for the Gwydir seat in the House of Representatives due to the resignation of MP Ralph Hunt of the National party. John Anderson ran unopposed by the Australian Labor Party and won the election. He was reelected in 1990 and continued to hold the seat for another 16 years until he retired prior to the 2007 election.

Young John Anderson 1994, Deputy Leader National Party. During his early career in politics John Anderson was also advancing within the National Party and was elected to Deputy Leader in 1993.

A new government was elected in 1996. The Liberal Party led by John Howard won and formed a coalition partnership with the National Party. John Anderson was then appointed Minister for Primary Industries and Energy.

In July 1999, Tim Fisher the National Party leader retired. John Anderson, who was Fisher’s deputy, was then elected party leader with a relatively smooth and unopposed transition. Although most people felt he filled the qualifications of the position, some were skeptical about whether Anderson, with his urbane and cultured style, would fit well with a rural and regional based party. As the National Partly leader in the Liberal-National coalition government, he also acquired the position of Deputy Prime Minister. At the 2007 election, Anderson retired from his position as MP in the House of Representatives. He was the last of Gwydir’s MPs. The Gwydir Division was abolished before the 2007 election. The boundaries were redrawn, and the electorate was absorbed mainly by the Division of Parkes.

After going from state policies David came back to his home in north New Southern Wales (NSW) at Mullaley, outside Gunnedah and to the career he reveres, herding livestock and agriculture rice, sorghum and legumes. While handling his farming functions, he has taken other roles in both the community and personal areas.

He joined the private sector as Chairman of Eastern Star Gas in 2007 until a takeover in late 2011. In this controversial position, he oversaw the proposed Narrabri coal seam gas project, an unconventional energy source with a pipeline across prime agricultural land from Queensland to NSW. He received much criticism from fellow farmers and many others concerning environment management practices.

He also serves as an advisor to the oil, gas and mining sector at Miro Advisors, a group of independent corporate consultants. In November 2013, Warren Truss, Federal Infrastructure Minister, appointed John Anderson to chair the inland rail project’s implementation group. He brings much experience and expertise to the project: During John’s political career, he was Australia’s longest serving Minister for Transport and Regional Development. For more information visit the site http://johnandersonao.com/ .

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