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PO Box 535, Bundaberg, QLD 4670

Biography

Keith was born into a local farming family in 1969. By that time, the Pitt and Roebuck families had been part of the Wide Bay-Burnett community for two generations.

Educated at Kepnock State High School in Bundaberg, Keith undertook an electrical apprenticeship and was named Queensland Electrical Apprentice of the Year. He went on to complete a Bachelor degree in computer and electrical engineering at the Queensland University of Technology.

Keith’s first full time job was at Fairymead Sugar Mill. Keith and his wife Allison purchased their first cane farm in 1998, followed by a second farm in 2004.

Keith established the Australian Safety & Training Alliance in 2002, going on to train over 10,000 local students from more than 1,000 businesses.

Due to the demands of their growing business, both cane farms were sold. Keith’s family continues to grow cane and run a substantial harvesting business.

An active member of the Hinkler community, Keith was a surf lifesaver for over 10 years. Through his business, Keith supported a wide variety of local community groups and events. Keith also plays touch football and enjoys fishing when holidaying at the family’s Woodgate holiday home.

Keith and Allison have three children; one at Shalom College and one at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School.

In September 2013, following the retirement of long serving MP Paul Neville, Keith was elected to represent the Hinkler Electorate in the Australian Parliament. 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.

In February 2016, Keith became the Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, 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.

In July 2016, Keith successfully retained the seat of Hinkler in the Federal Election and was appointed as Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment.

In March 2018, Keith was appointed as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack. He resigned from this position in August 2018.

He is a member of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving, Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League, Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers.

From Keith

Anthony Albanese has still not learnt the lessons of Labor’s policy failures and the need for a consistent approach on border protection.

Sep 04

Under the Morrison Government bulk billing is at a record high. Read more at: http://lbr.al/whf0

Sep 04

Did you know 28% of child sex offenders sentenced in Australia last year did not serve one day in jail? That’s just not OK, not even close and it has to change. These offenders are the lowest of the low and we’re going to ensure they go to jail with new mandatory sentencing laws. We owe it to our kids to protect them. What’s more, the most serious offenders could be jailed for life under our new laws we’re going to introduce to Parliament next week.

Sep 03

Today is Australian National Flag Day, marking the anniversary of the day our flag was first flown.

Sep 03

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PO Box 535, Bundaberg, QLD 4670