Matt Canavan has been appointed the new mines minister, as well as Northern Australia.
It comes after prime minister Malcom Turnbull’s cabinet reshuffle, as the government no longer has one environment minister, instead shifting former resources minister Josh Frydenberg to the environment and energy portfolio.
Greg Hunt was also selected as the new industry, science, and innovation minister.
Outgoing Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Michael Roche said 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,” Roche added.