SAYING GOODBYE: Former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss is retiring at the next election. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times
SAYING GOODBYE: Former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss is retiring at the next election. Photo Barclay White / South Burnett Times Barclay White

Truss is looking forward to a quiet retirement

WITH a federal election likely to be called within the next few months, Warren Truss is taking time to say goodbye to the electorate he has held for 26 years.

The 67-year-old Nationals member announced last month he was calling it a day, handing leadership of the Nationals to Barnaby Joyce.

"I suppose for everybody, when you pass 65 you are in that retirement zone," Mr Truss said.

"Many people stay too long and their last term becomes unproductive."

Although he rose to the ranks of Deputy Prime Minister, and was formerly chairman of the Kingaroy Shire Council, Mr Truss said he was a reluctant politician.

"There was a vacancy and a councillor who was retiring asked me to run and I said no," he said.

"He came back a few weeks later with a fully signed nomination form with the leading citizens of the community having signed the form, and I said yes."

Since leaving the leadership of the party, life has quietened down. "It's nice to have whole days go by where the phone doesn't ring," he said.

He hoped to spend more time back at his family's farm in Kumbia after the election and wished his successor, Barnaby Joyce, all the best in his fight against independent former MP Tony Windsor.

"I think he will win comfortably. I can't see why anyone in New England would vote out the person who is Deputy PM," he said.

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