Queensland mines minister Anthony Lynham has informed state parliament that he will be stepping down from his role this year.
The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy will not be recontesting his seat at the upcoming state election in October.
“As I told parliament, I cannot maintain my medical registration and give 100 per cent to this job. And the people of Stafford and Queensland deserve 100 per cent,” he said.
The specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon has held the Labor seat of Stafford since 2014.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane thanked Lynham for his service as a minister over the last five years on behalf of the 372,000 Queenslanders working in or because of the resources industry across the state.
“Lynham entered politics to prevent the tragic loss of young Queenslanders to one-punch assaults, but he has achieved much more than that important achievement,” Macfarlane said.
“For the resources industry, he oversaw key reforms to reinvigorate mineral and gas exploration, the further development of our gas and critical mineral reserves, and he worked with industry to improve the conditions for the coal, mineral and gas industries to invest more and employ more. This work is ongoing.”