The minerals industry recognises the outstanding contribution to the national interest made by the Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy, Gary Gray who last night indicated he will not contest the next election.

Gary contributed to public life in many ways including as a party official, a senior resources industry executive, as the Minister for Resources and Energy and other portfolios and as the member for Brand.

Gary’s priority has always been the pursuit of the national interest rather than political advantage.  He shared this approach with his predecessor, Martin Ferguson and his political opponents, Ian Macfarlane and more recently Josh Frydenberg. Australia has benefited greatly from the willingness of these politicians to rise above the political fray in pursuit of policy settings that will deliver sustained employment and prosperity for all Australians.

Gary’s political trademark is candour, often delivered robustly.  His counsel to the resources sector was always wise, even when it was unsolicited.

His ambition was always to benefit others’ interests, not to advance his own. His approach recalls a comment that a biographer once made about George Orwell; “His style is a common sense style, unadorned by tricks and graces.”  

We expect that Gary Gray’s contribution to the national interest will continue after his retirement from the Parliament.

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