David Littleproud on polling day, Federal Election 2016. 02/07/16
David Littleproud on polling day, Federal Election 2016. 02/07/16 Matthew Newton

Maranoa MP 'humbled' by selection in Federal Cabinet

AS A young boy David Littleproud loved visiting his father and former State MP Brian Littleproud's electorate office, performing little jobs - putting stamps on letters or folding papers.

If the boy from Chinchilla had been told then he would go on to become Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, a short 18 months after being elected to represent the sprawling federal electorate of Maranoa, he would not have believed it.

Speaking to The Chronicle this afternoon during a short pit stop at home in Warwick before flying out to Canberra, Mr Littleproud said the promotion - at the behest of Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - was "unexpected".

"But I'm obviously humbled and honoured by this opportunity and I take it very seriously," he said.

Mr Littleproud has 20 years of experience in agribusiness for Suncorp and the National Australia Bank under his belt.

He takes on the responsibility of a mammoth portfolio, and said he would take to it with "all the energy and enthusiasm" that had gone into his previous roles. 

"I've grown up and lived in Maranoa, where every community is intrinsically linked by agriculture. It's a really important electorate to me and my electorate... it's one of the fastest growing industries in the nation and has gone from $40 billion to $52 billion in terms of our export products - we want to see that go to $100 billion." 

FILE PHOTO: Brian and Peta Littleproud with their son, David Littleproud.
FILE PHOTO: Brian and Peta Littleproud with their son, David Littleproud. Matthew Newton

Watching the announcement on television at home in the Western Downs town of Chinchilla this afternoon were Mr Littleproud's parents, Brian and Peta. 

The elder Littleproud and former State MP said he and his wife were "very proud" of their son. 

"It's one hell of a jump... we were thinking he'd be on the outer ministry somewhere, but to be at the cabinet table is an enormous responsibility," Brian said. 

"He was always desperately interested in politics, even when he was eight years old and I just got into parliament."

Mr Littleproud, along with his colleagues, will be sworn in to their new roles tomorrow. 



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