The oil and gas industry has celebrated the career achievements of politician Ian Macfarlane after he announced his resignation from parliament at the next election.
“Since 2001, Mr Macfarlane has been a tireless, passionate champion of the resources sector in general and the gas industry in particular.
“He leaves office with an impressive record of achievement and universal respect.
“Ian’s energy, diligence, pragmatism and genuine belief in bipartisan policy have left an enduring mark on Australian energy policy.”
Mr Macfarlane entered Parliament in 1998 and was Australia’s longest-serving Minister for Resources.
From November 2001 until September 2015, with one brief interval, he served as the Coalition’s Minister or Shadow Minister in the industry, resources and energy portfolio.
Mr Lake said, “Ian played a major role in the rapid development of Australia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, helping to ensure a positive investment environment which attracted $200billion into local projects.
“With Australia poised to become the world’s leading LNG exporter, Ian can be proud of his pivotal role in developing this world-class industry.”
Mr Lake said Mr Macfarlane has been an effective advocate for policies that have seen the oil and gas industry invest hundreds of billions of dollars and bring Australia’s largest-ever resource projects to fruition.
“The industry thanks Ian for his unstinting support. Given his knowledge, experience and practical approach, Ian still has much to contribute. APPEA wishes him well in his life and his career after politics,” Mr Lake said.