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 and his ministerial colleagues 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 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.