A new Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia has succeeded former Minister, Matt Canavan, as of 6 February 2020.

The position has been taken over by Nationals MP Keith Pitt, who has experience as Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister in the agriculture portfolio; Assistant Minister for trade, tourism and investment; and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister in the infrastructure portfolio.

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive, Andrew McConville, said, “APPEA looks forward to working with Minister Pitt as he familiarises himself with the portfolio. He will bring fresh thinking and energy to an industry that is vital to all Australians.”

Mr Conville said that Mr Pitt’s Queensland local knowledge would be vital for regional communities that are heavily influenced by the resources sector.

“We look forward to continuing the constructive dialogue and engagement with Minister Pitt that we have had with previous resources ministers, including Senator Canavan and that he can continue the good work undertaken by the Government in this important portfolio.”

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