Bill Marmion new WA Mines Minister


Bill Marmion, Western Australia’s former Environment Minister, has been given the state’s Mines and Petroleum portfolio.

As WA News reports, the appointment has been welcomed by the mining industry.

Reg Howard Smith, chief executive of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy said that his organisation is looking forward to working with Marmion.

"As the Minister for the Environment, Minister Marmion was focused on reducing duplication and ensuring timely approvals processes,” he said.

"This commonsense approach was welcomed by the Western Australian resource sector."

Greens MLC Robin Chapple also supported the appointment, though for different reasons.

He told WA News that Marmion failed as an Environment Minister and was better suited to Mines and Petroleum portfolio.

"He is more suited to be the Minister for Mines and to a large degree more than Norman (Moore) was – Norman had longevity in the position which gave him a depth of knowledge but Marmion was an engineer,” Chapple said.

"There might be an empathy he has with the mining industry that we didn't get out of Mr Moore.”

The change is part of a larger cabinet reshuffle which follows the recent state election. Other changes include the naming of Ken Baston as Minister for Agriculture and of Albert Jacob as the new Environment Minister.

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