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The Western Australian Government has announced the replacement for former WA Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston.

Johnston announced that he would step down from Cabinet last week, and wouldn’t be seeking re-election in 2025. Now, first term Member for Victoria Park Hannah Beazley will fulfill Johnston’s spot in Cabinet.

The portfolios Johnston previously held – Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Hydrogen Industry, and Industrial Relations – will be shared between several experienced Ministers.

WA Environment and Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby will add Energy to his portfolios, allowing him to lead WA’s energy transition and drive the state’s future as a clean energy powerhouse.

WA Premier Roger Cook will take responsibility of the Hydrogen Industry portfolio, alongside his State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade portfolio.

WA Ports Minister David Michael will take care of the Mines and Petroleum portfolio to deliver close synergies with his Ports portfolio.

WA Minister for Training Simone McGurk will serve the Industrial Relations portfolio, helping to oversee the state’s work health and safety regime while leading negotiations under the public sector wages policy.

Cook said his refreshed Cabinet has the experience and energy to do what’s right for the state.

“Hannah Beazley will be a welcome addition to the Ministry, bringing new energy and perspectives to the Cabinet,” he said.

“These changes elevate Ministers Whitby and Michael within our economic team, to turn WA into a clean energy powerhouse and to make more things here in WA. I’m proud to lead a stable, highly capable and experienced team, which is delivering on what matters to WA.”

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