Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has resigned from the frontbench after opting to support Barnaby Joyce’s demand to be reinstated into the Nationals leadership.
Senator Canavan congratulated Michael McCormack for his re-election as Leader of the Nationals in a statement earlier today.
“It has been a great honour to work with Michael and the Prime Minister as part of Cabinet. I will now commit to supporting Michael and the Coalition as a Senator for Queensland,” Canavan said.
“Over the last decade the Nationals have become the true party of the worker. The people we fight for are those that wear bright orange, bright yellow and even right pink. They are the most visible people in the airport but they often get ignored by the comfortable commentariat of our nation.”
Among those showing appreciation for his leadership as Minister for Resources is the Minerals Council of Australia.
“Senator Canavan delivered untiring and passionate support for Australia’s minerals companies and workforce and regional communities as a Cabinet Minister in the Morrison Government,” MCA CEO Tania Constable said.
“He worked closely with the MCA and our member companies to secure and maintain the growth and success of Australia’s resources industry to create new jobs, strengthen regional communities and drive economic growth.
“The next Minister for Resources and Northern Australia will have big shoes to fill as they build on Senator Canavan’s passionate advocacy for the development of Australia through a globally competitive and sustainable minerals sector.”
Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane said Senator Canavan’s resignation from the Nationals frontbench was unfortunate.
“Matt Canavan is well known for his support of Queensland’s powerhouse commodities of coal and gas which provide energy to Australia and the world, as well as providing the building blocks for everything from modern cities to mobile phones,” he said.
“But Matt has also been just as passionate about the new opportunities in critical minerals and expanding markets, which will consolidate Queensland and Australia’s role as a resources superpower.
“In Queensland alone, the resources sector supports more than 372,000 jobs which are spread across every town and city.”