John Anderson to chair think-tank

FORMER deputy prime minister John Anderson has been appointed chair of Nationals think-tank, the Page Research Centre.

Mr Anderson quit politics in 2007 after serving for 18 years as the member for Gwydir.

He led the National Party from 1999-2005 before standing down due to a health scare.

The Page Research Centre was created in 2002 to take over the work of the Sir Earle Page Memorial Trust.

Its researchers explore issues of prominence to regional Australia with their work helping to shape National Party policy.

The centre has identified four research projects which it sees as being critical to regional and rural Australia.

These projects will focus on the issues health, education, energy, food and water, and engaging with Asia.

Policy discussion papers will be delivered over the next 12 months with the aim of generating discussion in the lead-up to the 2013 federal election.

Mr Anderson said the first papers would likely be released in the first quarter of next year.

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