Industry thanks veteran Liberal MP

Former Federal Energy Minister Ian Macfarlane
Former Federal Energy Minister Ian Macfarlane

The Australian Energy Council has thanked former Federal Energy Minister Ian Macfarlane for his commitment to energy market reform throughout the past decade.

The Council’s chief executive Matthew Warren said Mr Macfarlane is one of the architects of a national approach to energy policy in this country.

“The energy industry greatly appreciated Ian Macfarlane’s intelligent and down-to-earth approach to difficult policy issues. His deep understanding of the industry made him a powerful political advocate, and he consistently demonstrated an ability to unite his fellow energy ministers behind necessary reforms,” Mr Warren said.

“The energy industry thanks Ian Macfarlane for his outstanding service to the Australian Parliament and to the energy industry, which is so central to a well-functioning economy, and wishes him well in the next chapter of his career.”

The veteran Liberal MP and former cabinet minister is quitting politics following his failed bid to defect to the Nationals. After 18 years in Parliament, including nine as a minister, Mr Macfarlane said the next election is the right time to “pass the baton”.