A familiar face has returned as the Australian Government’s minister representing the country’s oil and gas sector.
Ian Macfarlane, who previously held the role of minister for industry, tourism and resources between 2001 and 2007, has been named as the minister for industry for the new Coalition Government following this month’s federal election win.
Macfarlane takes on what has been labelled as a "super-portfolio" in the role, with the energy and resources sectors forming just part of his new responsibilities. He was also the Coalition’s representative for energy and resources while in opposition.
In announcing the ministry for Australia’s new government, incoming Prime Minister Tony Abbott welcomed Macfarlane back to the role he previously held.
“The Honourable Ian Macfarlane MP returns as minister for industry having held this role during the last two terms of the (John) Howard Government,” Abbott said.
“Mr. Macfarlane’s experience and record of success will be invaluable as we seek to build more competitive industries across Australia.
“The new industry portfolio will include responsibility for energy and resources.”
At the election Macfarlane was elected for a fifth term as the federal member for Groom, which is in the resource-rich state of Queensland.
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