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Industry thanks sacked mining chief for his ‘unrelenting’ support

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan
Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan (L)

An industry advocate has been commended for promoting the mining sector and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it creates.

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) thanked outgoing Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan for his “unrelenting support” for the industry and 372,000 people it employs.

The senator had to step down from his ministerial duties for failing to disclose his “regional supporter” membership with the North Queensland Cowboys before the Federal Government granted a $20 million loan to the Townsville rugby club. He maintains he did nothing wrong.

‘Footy’ cost him his job

“My membership entitles me to a membership of the league’s club, I do not have any control or influence over the football club itself,” Canavan said according to the Australian Associated Press. “I have sought advice from the prime minister’s office about it. I do not think there has been a breach of ministerial standards.”

QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane felt gutted after learning the senator is no longer the federal minister for resources.

“Matt Canavan has been a passionate and unrelenting advocate of the resources sector,” Macfarlane said in a public statement. “In particular, he has recognised how important the resources sector is to create jobs for regional Queenslanders and to support regional communities.”

He described the senator as a “well known” advocate for the Sunshine State’s “powerhouse commodities of coal and gas”.

“Matt has also been just as passionate about the new opportunities in critical minerals and expanding markets, which will consolidate Queensland and Australia’s role as a resources superpower,” Macfarlane said. “I know he will continue to support the resources sector as a major employer in his home of Central Queensland.”

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QRC encouraged all sides of politics to support better policies for the industry.

“Resources policy works best with the bipartisan support of the Federal Parliament and QRC also thanks Matt Canavan for his commitment to work with the opposition on policies to strengthen the resources sector to benefit all Australians,” Macfarlane said. “QRC looks forward to working with the new Minister and the Australian Government to continue to develop policies that keep the resources sector strong.”

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