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Former Federal Resources Minister
Since resigning as Minister for
Resources, Martin Ferguson on 22 March 2013 and not seeking re-election at the
September 2013 elections, he has taken the following paid positions:
Sept 2013: Group executive of
natural resources for Seven Group Holdings which owns WesTrac, the WA/NSW/ACT
Mr Ferguson told the
Australian Financial Review his "skills and contacts" as a former resources
minister would be a major advantage for Seven Group.
"What I will be looking for
is to develop the mining sector with Seven Group," he said.
A new New South Wales Operational Headquarters in Tomago,
near Newcastle was opened in 2012.
September 28 2013: Chairman of the
advisory board of the gas and oil industry's peak body, the Australian Petroleum
Production & Exploration Association. APPEA's website acknowledges its
status as a lobby group, saying it "works with Australian governments to help
promote the development of the nation's oil and gas resources in a manner that
maximises the return to the Australian industry and community".
21 October 2013: Martin Ferguson joined
the Energy and Minerals Board of The
University of Western Australia's Energy and Minerals Institute.
UWA said "the incoming board members were a trusted group of industry and
government representatives who had worked with UWA for many years, and shared
the University's vision of WA as an international centre of excellence in
resources and energy research."
"It is a privilege to have Martin Ferguson share his many years of parliamentary
expertise with our Board and I look forward to developing our relationship
further as we guide the Energy and Minerals Institute to achieve our objectives
of leading research, contributing to global knowledge and meeting the needs of
local, national and international communities," Professor Johnson said.
March 18, 2014 Martin Ferguson joins
University College London’s Australian board as chairman
“UCL is one of the world’s top five universities and its research in Australia
is focused squarely in the minerals, energy and natural resources areas,’’
“I think Australia in general, and South Australia in particular, can better
exploit UCL’s international connections and this is an area
I’m keen to direct the board’s effort towards.”
“We have been patiently laying a foundation of research activity in the past two
years, in areas including unconventional gas, adding value to Australian
resources and resource monitoring (particularly offshore petroleum) but
understand we need to now raise our profile and attract more PhD students to
take ourselves to the next level," said UCL’s Australian campus chief executive
“This has been evidenced in recent months with Mr Ferguson joining BG (British
Gas) as a non-executive director and drawing praise from the Prime Minister
about his thinking on improving resource sector productivity,’’ Mr Travers said.
13 December 2013 BG Group appointed Martin Ferguson as Non-Executive
Director on its international board.
BG Group owns QGC which operates in the
Queensland gas fields.
BG Group Chairman Andrew Gould said "Martin also brings with him international
expertise, particularly in the resources and energy sector. With Australia
poised to become one of the world's leading suppliers of LNG, and with BG Group
set to deliver the world's first coal seam gas to LNG project in 2014,
Martin's insight and experience in the development of Australia's natural gas
industry and the growing LNG market in Asia will prove invaluable to the
Last October, the Greens called him out
with claims that Martin Ferguson has breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct ...
ABC Fact Check called it In The Ballpark ... his appointment to the board at
BG Group was made since then and was also within the 18 months stipulated by the
Ministerial code of conduct - Post-separation employment
The Standards of Ministerial Ethics states:
2.19. Ministers are required to undertake that, for an eighteen month period
after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby, advocate or have business
meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence
force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as Minister in
their last eighteen months in office. Ministers are also required to undertake
that, on leaving office, they will not take personal advantage of information to
which they have had access as a Minister, where that information is not
generally available to the public.
2.20. Ministers shall ensure that their personal conduct is consistent with the
dignity, reputation and integrity of the Parliament.
The standards include a specific reference to restrictions on the
post-separation employment of ministers who intend to engage in lobbying
8.6. In addition, as outlined earlier, Ministers will undertake that for an
eighteen month period after ceasing to be a Minister, they will not lobby,
advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament,
public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official
dealings as Minister in their last eighteen months of office.
These restrictions are repeated in the Lobbying Code of Conduct (see
here for more information on this code).
Mr Ferguson was Australia's Federal Minister for Resources and Energy for
nearly six years until his retirement from politics in early 2013. During that
time, he was also the Federal Minister for Tourism.
He was elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 1996 as the
Australian Labor Party's Member for Batman, a Melbourne-based electorate. He was
responsible for several portfolios while in opposition until 2007, including
transport, employment, training, multi-cultural affairs, regional development,
infrastructure, roads and primary industries.
He was President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions for six years until
entering parliament and is a life member of Australia's Liquor, Hospitality and
Miscellaneous Workers' Union.
Mr Ferguson chairs a Tasmanian Government advisory panel into the state's timber
industry; is chair of an advisory board to the Australian oil and gas industry
association, APPEA; and is an executive with the Seven
Group Holdings with responsibility for natural resources.
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