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WA Energy Minister steps down

WA minister steps down

Western Australia (WA) Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Hydrogen Industry, Industrial Relations Bill Johnston has stepped down from cabinet.

Johnston has served as the Mines and Petroleum Minister since 2017, while he has worked as Energy Minister since 2018. He also announced he would not contest the 2025 State election.

Australian Energy Producers WA director Caroline Cherry thanked Johnston for his service and noted the legacy he is leaving.

“Johnston has been a strong advocate for the oil and gas sector – he understands the industry, its priorities and strong and essential role in delivering wide-ranging benefits to the state,” Cherry said.

“This approach has contributed significantly to the prosperity and development of the Western Australian resources sector over the past six years.

“Johnston has driven several important initiatives to help secure the state’s prosperity as it transforms from a resources powerhouse to becoming a decarbonisation powerhouse, seizing the economic opportunities of net zero while lowering emissions.”

WA Premier Roger Cook unveiled his refreshed Cabinet team ahead of the 2025 election and announced that Reece Whitby will add Energy to his Environment and Climate Action portfolios.

Cook will take responsibility for Hydrogen Industry, as part of his State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade portfolio.

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