Whether it be as a country police officer, grazier, business operator or member of the LNP executive, Barry O’Sullivan brings a wealth of experience to his role as Senator for Queensland. Barry is a strong advocate for policies that lift the standard of living, including service-delivery and economic sustainability, across rural and regional Queensland, which has sustained generations of his family for more than a century. Born in Gogango, Central Queensland, Barry was educated at St Joseph’s Wanda Convent and the Christina Brother College (now Cathedral College) at Rockhampton. Barry joined the Queensland police in 1976, the same year he married Annie Van Lathum of Barcaldine. He commenced his policing career in Brisbane serving in Inala, the City Beat, the Metro CIB the Burglary Unit, the Fraud Squad and the Drug Squad. Barry was awarded – two imperial honours (Bronze medal for Bravery, the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal); a Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery, an additional Commissioner’s Commendation for Service and two Commissioner’s Favourable Records. After retiring from the police force, Barry established an Insurance Loss Adjusting practice which specialised in civil litigation cases associated with world-wide catastrophic aviation accidents. He has worked on crash investigations all over the world. Barry also established Jilbridge (currently NewLands) – a construction and development business (both civil and structural) based in Toowoomba, which currently employs over 100 staff. Barry and his family have also operated livestock properties and contracted earthmoving services across leased and owned holdings at Cooyar, Ravensborne and Goondiwindi. Barry was officially appointed to the Senate in February 2014. Barry used his maiden speech the following month to state his primary focus during his time in Federal Parliament would be dedicated to pushing for policies that enable the ‘rehydration’ of rural and regional Queensland. Barry and Annie, who passed away in 2008, raised four children together. The extended O’Sullivan family now includes eight grandchildren. He lives in Toowoomba.