Resources Sector Welcomes New State Cabinet

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) welcomes today’s ministerial appointments announced by Premier-elect Mark McGowan.

CME chief executive, Mr Reg Howard-Smith, said he was pleased to see such a balanced Cabinet and the organisation is looking forward to working with Mark McGowan and his new team on issues impacting the Western Australian resources sector.

“As a former State Development Minister and Minister for Environment, Mark McGowan has a good understanding of the issues facing the resources sector,” Mr Howard-Smith said.

“CME is pleased the Labor Government will not implement the iron ore mining tax as proposed by the WA Nationals and looks forward to working together on key policy issues affecting the sector.”

Mr Howard-Smith also said CME will work closely with government to ensure industry’s interests are well represented.

“We are particularly looking forward to working with the new Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Peter Tinley. This portfolio is one of the most important to the sector and the WA economy. Mr Tinley has proved to be a strong voice within the WA Labor Party since his election to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 2009 and we look forward to working with him on a range of advocacy issues.”

Ministry of the McGowan Labor Government-elect

Key appointments of particular relevance to the resources sector are:

Mark McGowan - Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

Ben Wyatt - Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs

Peter Tinley - Mines and Petroleum; Veterans Issues; Youth

Stephen Dawson - Environment; Disability Services; Deputy Leader of the Legislative Council

Alannah MacTiernan - Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Minister Assisting the Minster for State Development, Jobs and Trade

Dave Kelly - Water; Fisheries; Forestry; Innovation and ICT; Science

Rita Saffioti - Transport; Planning; Lands