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Keith Pitt

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Australia

Keith Pitt was sworn in as the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister on 5 March 2018. Mr Pitt was elected to represent the Hinkler Electorate in the Australian Parliament in September 2013. He has been a voting member on Parliamentary Joint Standing Committees: Infrastructure and Communications (now communications and the arts); Defence Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Privileges and Members' Interests. He was heavily involved in the establishment of Taskforce Cadena – a multi-jurisdictional taskforce targeting worker exploitation – which began operating in May 2015. Mr Pitt first called for the taskforce in 2014 and had unanimous support from his National Party colleagues in seeing the taskforce formed. Mr Pitt chaired the Nationals working group on media reform, which considered whether current regulations best serve the needs of regional Australia. He believes that local content is key to ensuring all Australians are informed, educated and entertained. In February 2016, Mr Pitt became the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister taking responsibility for a range of policy areas such as natural resource management and the Landcare program, soil health, animal welfare, rural skills and central Queensland water. After retaining the seat of Hinkler in the 2016 election, Mr Pitt was sworn in as the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 19 July 2016. Before entering politics Mr Pitt owned a consulting and training business (including a registered training organisation) delivering Vocational Education and Training across the East Coast of the country, but particularly in rural Queensland. Prior to that he owned cane farms in Bundaberg and Mr Pitt's family continues to farm and run a substantial harvesting business. He holds a Bachelor degree in computer and electrical engineering from the Queensland University of Technology, and is a qualified electrical fitter and engineer. An active member of the Hinkler community, Mr Pitt was a surf lifesaver for over 10 years. Through his previous business interests he supported a wide variety of local community groups and events. Mr Pitt is married with three children.