Statement on appointment as Minister for Energy

As Minister for Energy I will be working hard to deliver lower power prices for Australians. It is a simple truth that Australians should not pay high prices for their power, when we have cheap energy sources in Australia, compared to elsewhere in the world.

For 25 years I have been involved in the nation's discussion about the need for affordable, reliable energy.

Previous to my career in politics, I worked as a consultant to Australia's energy, infrastructure and resources sectors and advised global companies on energy policy.

In this new role, I will continue to advocate for the cheapest forms of power generation. Business owners in my electorate of Hume tell me that high energy bills are stopping investment and growth. Householders and families say their standard of living is being reduced.

The energy policies this Government delivers must positively impact the wellbeing and prosperity of generations of Australians.

I am humbled to be able to serve the Australian people in this portfolio.