A reshuffle in the Turnbull Government has seen new resources ministers appointed.
Matt Canavan has been appointed Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, the new Industry, Science and Innovation Minister is Greg Hunt and the new portfolio of Environment and Energy has gone to former resources minister Josh Frydenberg.
The reshuffle has been welcomed by resource and industry groups around the country.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche said congratulated the PM on his ministerial choices.
“The resources sector requires steady safe hands to ride through the commodities downturn and in the face of a relentless green activist campaign,” Mr Roche said.
“Senator Canavan has already proven to be a champion for the sector in Queensland, in his role as Minister for Northern Australia, and I am confident he will be a strong voice for resources around the cabinet table.
“I hope that the three ministers will work together to ensure that barriers to investment in the sector be removed wherever possible to ensure that the significant revenue and jobs from the sector continue to flow.
“The resources sector should be an integral part of rolling out the Turnbull Government’s jobs and growth election platform.”
Australian Mines and Metals Association Steve Knott also welcomed the appointments.
“AMMA looks forward to working with Senator Canavan to ensure that the resource industry can continue to attract investment and generate ongoing employment and economic benefits for the nation,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing to work closely with Minister Frydenberg in his new Environment and Energy portfolio. Mr Frydenberg has proven to be a proactive and consultative minister who understands the importance of a diverse energy mix to Australia’s future prosperity.
“The resource industry also thanks Minister Greg Hunt for his global leadership on the environment and will maintain a collaborative relationship with him in his new key portfolio of Industry, Innovation and Science.”