Then Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and his wife Lyn Truss pictured at the Torbanlea Picnic Races in 2013.
Then Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and his wife Lyn Truss pictured at the Torbanlea Picnic Races in 2013. Robyne Cuerel

Prime Minister pays tribute to Warren and Lyn Truss

FORMER deputy prime minister Warren Truss and his wife Lyn Truss have been granted lifetime membership of the LNP at the party's annual convention on Saturday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull paid tribute to Mr Truss, who retired from Parliament at the last election, as a gentle man and a gentle soul.

"He is a gentle man, a gentle soul but he gets fired up when he looks at the greatness that this nation can achieve when we put our hearts and backs into it. Big projects are what excites him," Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Truss represented the seat of Wide Bay across areas including Maryborough, Gympie and Noosa for 26 years. 

He was named leader of the National party in 2007 and held the role until his retirement.

When he announced his retirement in February this year, Mr Truss said his greatest pleasure in politics was achieving things for his electorate and individual constituents.

In congratulating Mr and Mrs Truss on their life membership, Mr Turnbull praised Mr Truss's commitment to nation-building.

"I remember in the days of the Howard cabinet how many great discussions and debates we had about water infrastructure and the future of water in Australia. Like your successor Barnaby Joyce, you share, we share a passion for water and the way it unlocks the future and the prosperity of Australia," Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Turnbull said Lyn and Warren had stood up for regional and rural Australia during Warren's tenure in parliament.

"Lyn - Warren could've done nothing without you. You made everything he has done possible. You two are one of the great political couples of our times," he said.

Warren Truss pictured with wife Lyn Truss and supporters at his campaign party after another comfortable election win in 2013. It was the last time Mr Truss contested the seat of Wide Bay.
Warren Truss pictured with wife Lyn Truss and supporters at his campaign party after another comfortable election win in 2013. It was the last time Mr Truss contested the seat of Wide Bay. Robyne Cuerel


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