Voters still tops with Truss as he takes on acting PM role

AS WIDE Bay MP Warren Truss stepped into the role of acting Prime Minister for the first time, he assured voters his new responsibilities would not affect his representation of Wide Bay.

Mr Truss, who has held the seat since 1990, will be acting Prime Minister until Wednesday while Tony Abbott is in Indonesia.

As National party leader and deputy Prime Minsiter, he will step into the role whenever Mr Abbott is out of the country or on leave.

"My first priority in public life is to my constituents and it will continue to be so," he said.

"My home is in Maryborough where I will continue to live and my ministerial office is in Maryborough and not in a capital city.

"I will make sure I make time for my electorate as I did when I was last a minister and that Wide Bay gets a fair share."

Mr Truss said his office would continue to advertise in regional and rural weekly newspapers when he would be travelling to rural parts of the Wide Bay electorate so voters did not have to travel to Maryborough to meet with him.

"People are always welcome to contact the electorate office and we will try to assist them wherever possible, but I am also available to speak to people by phone or by appointment," he said.