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The Hon John Anderson AO

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia

The Hon John Anderson began his political career in 1989 and served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the rural-based National Party of Australia from July 1999 to July 2005. John is a well-known politician of deep Christian conviction and during his political career remained a strong advocate for society’s core institutions, including family life and marriage as the cornerstone of society. John was regarded by his political peers as a man with deep integrity and a person of steadfast character.

John retired from mainstream political life in 2005. He currently farms on the family property whilst also being active through various directorships, in public speaking and in the not-for-profit sector. John is strongly committed to Christian mission and serves as the Board Chair of Overseas Council Australia. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his support of rural and regional communities. As an esteemed elder statesman in Australia, his commentary is often sought out. He has recently been published on topics such as civic freedoms, global food security, modern slavery and the economy.