Andrew Cripps MP Member for Hinchinbrook Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Queensland.
Andrew was born and raised in Tully. After completing his secondary schooling at Tully State High School, Andrew attended the University of Queensland where he completed degrees in Agricultural Economics and Political Science with Honours. Andrew then worked at the University of Southern Queensland before returning to North Queensland.
Andrew was pre-selected by The Nationals and elected as the Member for Hinchinbrook in September 2006. Elected at 25, Andrew was the youngest member of the Queensland Parliament prior to the state election in March 2009. In September 2008, Andrew was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Water.
Andrew was re-elected as the Member for Hinchinbrook in March 2009, this time representing the LNP, following the amalgamation of the National and Liberal Parties in Queensland in July 2008. Following the state election in March 2009, Andrew was appointed Shadow Minister for Disability Services & Multicultural Affairs.
In November 2010, Andrew was appointed Shadow Minister for North Queensland, Reef Protection and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Economic Development and Shadow Minister for Public Works. In April 2011, Andrew was appointed Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Food and Regional Queensland.
Outside politics, Andrew's interests include rugby league, rugby union, cricket, golf and lawn bowls. Andrew is a Rotarian and a member of many local community organisations.
Mr Cripps was a guest speaker at an international forum on sustainable farming and agri-tourism hosted by Get Farming in conjunction with Farm Business. Click here to read more.