Member for Callide & Chairman of Parliamentary Policy Committees
Jeff Seeney has been a Member of Parliament since 1998. Following the 2006 State Election Jeff was elected the Leader of The Nationals, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Queensland Coalition, a position he held until 21 January 2008. Jeff was elected Leader of the Opposition (LNP) on 22 March 2011 and was the Shadow Minister for State Development, Shadow for Infrastructure and Planning and Shadow Minister for Reconstruction until the 24 March 2012 State Election. Following that election Jeff became the Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. He is currently the Chairman of Parliamentary Policy Committees.
Born in Brisbane, Jeff grew up in Monto and has lived in the Callide electorate for most of his life. He attended the local high school before completing his secondary education at the Brisbane Grammar School. He has since completed a certificate in Rural Business Management from QUT.
Prior to entering Parliament Jeff served as a Councillor on the Monto Shire Council between 1992 and 1998 and as Deputy Mayor from 1994. He is also a former Chairman of the Burnett Inland Economic Development Organisation (BIEDO).
Like most Queenslanders, Jeff is passionate about sport, particularly cricket and rugby union. It was Jeff’s love of sport and a desire to improve the cricket fields in Monto which first propelled him into politics and convinced him to stand in the local council elections.
As a Member of State Parliament, Jeff has served as a Shadow Minister and Minister in a range of portfolios, including Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Police and Corrective Services and Treasury. Jeff was also Deputy Opposition Leader and Deputy Leader of The Nationals from February 2003 to September 2006 and Opposition Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) from 2011 to 2012.
He is committed to the economic growth of Queensland and is particularly passionate about regional Queensland. During his term as Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning he instigated many reforms that enabled new development and infrastructure. This included the slashing of more than 9,400 regulatory business requirements, the establishment of a single referral agency for development applications (SARA), halved major projects approvals timeframe, implemented a raft of red tape reduction initiatives and implemented the Governing for Growth Economic Strategy and Action Plan. Through the Royalties for Regions program he was able to fund numerous infrastructure projects throughout regional and rural Queensland that would drive economic growth and deliver vibrant communities. As the Member for Callide Jeff will continue to champion the interests of regional Queenslanders.