Born Maleny 1938. Parents were dairy farmers at Reesville. Later parents moved to a mixed farm in the Miles district on the western Darling Downs. Like most rural children education was limited which meant leaving school before completion of primary education. Followed bush work for a number of years gravitating to the shearing industry in 1967. Returned to education in 1973 and completed adult university entrance requirements over three years. Entered University of Queensland Distance Education Program in 1974; Bachelor of Economics. Moved to Brisbane in 1976 and began working as senior executive in the superannuation industry. On completion of Bachelor of Economics , entered University of New England Bachelor of Literature degree. Completed Litt. B. whilst working in the superannuation industry. Litt. B. degree was later upgraded to Master of Letters.

Moved back to the family farm at Miles in 1984. The rural depression of that time encouraged a questioning of rural policy in Australia. Contacts made in the Economic Society whilst working in Brisbane, led to the formation of a small group of highly respected economist who publicly questioned the direction of rural policy under supply side economic theories. As a consequence of these activities , a public profile was built over regional radio and rural publications. This has led to public speaking on rural policy at regional and state industry levels.