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Chemistry industry welcomes appointment of new Federal Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia

Chemistry industry welcomes appointment of new Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia


Chemistry Australia and its members have welcomed the appointment of the Hon Keith Pitt MP to the federal resources portfolio.

Chemistry Australia CEO Samantha Read said the Australian chemistry sector was looking forward to working with Minister Pitt to help Australian manufacturers compete in the global market through the supply of reliable and affordable Australian natural gas.

“As one of the largest manufacturing sectors and a significant user of Australian gas, the Australian chemistry industry welcomes the opportunity to work with Minister Pitt and his ministerial colleagues to ensure our vast natural resources deliver broad economic benefit by supporting thousands of Australian jobs in gas-based manufacturing,” said Ms Read.

“Affordable, reliable feedstock and energy is critical for our industry, which underpins the employment of more than 212,000 Australians in highly skilled, full-time equivalent jobs and provides inputs to 108 of 114 industries.

“We look forward to working with Minister Pitt to implement policies that enable our manufacturers to continue contributing to our economy and communities by adding significant value to our abundant local gas resources.”

Chemistry Australia thanks Senator the Hon Matt Canavan for his support during his tenure as Federal Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.

The Australian chemistry industry is a significant user of Australian gas, driving more than $286 million of local economic activity for every petajoule of gas it consumes.  The sector contributes $38 billion to Australia’s GDP and supports thousands of jobs located in every state in Australia.

Media contacts:
Shayna Welsh – swelsh@chemistryaustralia.org.au or 0448 660 443


Chemistry Australia is the pre-eminent national body representing the $40 billion Australian chemistry industry, one of the largest manufacturing sectors in the country. The industry supports more than 212,000 full time jobs and contributes more than $38 billion to Australia’s GDP. Members of Chemistry Australia are positioned across the entire value chain including manufacturers, importers and distributors, logistics and supply chain partners, raw material suppliers, fabricators, compounders, recyclers, research, academia and service providers to the industry. These businesses range from small family-owned companies to leading national and multinational enterprises.

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