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Can an ex-Woodside Operative Keep Up in Federal Politics?

Tuesday 26th March / posted by Chris Wheeldon

Does an ex-Woodside operative have what it takes to be your Minister for Resources and Energy, Tourism and Small Business?

Continuing on the fallout from Labor’s botched leadership spill last week, WA politician Gary Gray has been promoted to the front bench to take that role.

At Woodside he was as an adviser on the company’s ultimately successful bid to repel the takeover of the company by the Shell Oil Company.

He became the Director of Corporate Affairs on the company's executive board and represented the company before governments across the world, acting as a negotiator, advocate and leader.

WA’s resources account for half of the country’s mining sector, so while  Gray may have an intimate knowledge of mining in the state, is this a good thing when we consider, for example, the fierce local opposition to the proposed James Price Point Gas Hub?

Where does he stand now in relation to such matters?

Can the Minister for Tourism be so associated with the mining of the very country to which he seeks to draw visitors?

The Conservation Council of WA Climate and Energy Program Manager Jamie Hansen joined Joe Cassidy to weigh in on the debate.

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