APPOINTING a one-time antifracker as mining minister sends the wrong message to industry, according to federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan.
The appointment of former ETU organiser Paul Kirby as Territory mining minister last week raised eyebrows across the sector given his history as a strong opponent of fracking.
Senator Canavan said he was concerned by the “messaging” of the appointment.
“It comes back to the general principle that the general message coming out of this government is more regulation, more taxes, appointing ministers that don’t seem … to have a passion for the industry from day one,” he said.
“That cumulative effect does have an impact on investment.”
However he said he would give Mr Kirby the “courtesy of being able to prove he’s put that past behind him.”
“Everyone deserves a second chance in life, even people who’ve voted for the Greens,” Senator Canavan said.
Source: NT News