Hon. David Littleproud & Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon

Minister for Agriculture & Water Resources and Labor Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry and Rural & Regional Australia
'Agriculture Leaders' Election Debate'
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Arrive from 11.20am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30, concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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The agricultural leaders’ debate between Minister David Littleproud and Shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon will provide the voters in rural and regional Australia crucial policy information and transparency on the issues that matter to Australian agriculture and regional & rural services.

This event is being supported by the National Press Club, National Farmers Federation and the National Rural Press Club.

The nation-wide reach of the National Press Club’s broadcaster the ABC  provides direct reach to regional Australians, particularly farmers.

The debate will be moderated by Sabra Lane, President of the National Press Club, presenter of the ABC flagship current program AM.

Sabra grew up in Mildura Victoria and earlier this year moderated the first ever televised Address in regional Australia in Wodonga Victoria.






The Hon. David Littleproud MP
The Hon. David Littleproud MP was sworn in as Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources on 20 December 2017. He is supported by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Richard Colbeck​​.

David was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Maranoa, Queensland, in 2016.

He was born and raised in Chinchilla and currently resides in Warwick.

David was educated at Chinchilla State High School before finishing secondary education at Toowoomba Grammar School.

During the past 20 years, David forged a career in agribusiness while living and working in towns such as Miles, Nanango, Charleville, St George, Stanthorpe and Warwick.

This experience provides David with an acute understanding of the important role agriculture and small business plays in creating jobs and promoting economic growth across rural, regional and remote Australia. He understands the importance of economic development as a means of building a prosperous future for younger generations and developing the capacity of health, education, agriculture, telecommunications and small business sectors.

Since being elected as the Member for Maranoa, David has served as a Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, including the Trade Sub-Committee, and Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee. David has also served as a Member on the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources.

The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP
The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP was first elected to the House of Representatives in March of 1996.

During his 23 years as the Member for Hunter Mr Fitzgibbon has held a number of shadow ministerial positions including Mining, Energy & Forestry, Defence, Assistant Treasurer, Banking & Financial Services, Small Business & Competition, and Tourism.

In Government, Mr Fitzgibbon served as Minister for Defence and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

He also served as Chief Government Whip and chaired the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade.

Mr Fitzgibbon is currently the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Australia and says his main passion is raising his portfolio’s profile in the parliamentary and public debate and ensuring Australia has a sound strategic plan to fully capitalise on growing global demand for our high quality food and fibre products.

Mr Fitzgibbon is also the founder of, and spokesperson for the Country Caucus, a group of Federal Labor MPs and Senators dedicated to promoting the interests of rural and regional Australia.