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Industry body welcomes new minister, thanks Canavan for commitment to resources sector

  • Posted on Thursday 6th, February 2020.

Resource and energy advocates congratulated Queensland Nationals MP, Keith Pitt, for his elevation to Cabinet as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia this week.

AMMA Chief Executive, Steve Knott, said AMMA and its members congratulate Pitt for his appointment into a "vitally important portfolio for Australia".

"We look forward to working with the new Minister on policies to support and grow an industry which provides hundreds of thousands of high-paying skilled jobs, supports regional economies and delivers the national revenues that builds vital infrastructure and funds social programs.

"For many years the Australian resources industry has been exceptionally served by committed and highly knowledgeable federal ministers from both ALP and Coalition governments, including Martin Ferguson, Gary Gray, Ian Macfarlane and most recently Matthew Canavan.

“Mr Pitt has big shoes to fill, but as a passionate regional Queenslander with prior experience in the trade and investment portfolio, we are sure he is up to the challenge," he said.

Knott also used the announcement of the new Cabinet to reiterate the appreciation of AMMA and its members for the hard work of Senator Canavan during his near-four years in the portfolio.

"Senator Canavan has been a strong supporter of AMMA, our members and the Australian resources and energy industry since being elected to the Senate in 2013," said Knott.

"We have enjoyed an especially close relationship with Senator Canavan since his appointment as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia in 2016.

"Over this period he has achieved great things for the industry, not the least leading the Resources 2030 Taskforce in 2018 and developing the first National Resources Statement in over 20 years.

AMMA said in a statement it was proud to have played a strong consultative role in that process.

"Senator Canavan should be extremely proud of all he has achieved as Minister for Resources and Northern Australia," said Knott.

"It’s clear he understands how important the resources industry is to supporting communities across regional Australia, and that for our regional areas to prosper, both resources and agriculture
must co-exist and cooperate.

"We wish him all the best for the next phase of his parliamentary career."

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