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WA mining minister steps down

Western Australia mining minister Bill Johnston has announced he is stepping down from Cabinet and will not seek re-election at the next election.

Johnston was elected to Parliament representing Cannington in 2008 and has served as Mines and Petroleum Minister since 2017.

He also served as Energy Minister since 2018 and the industrial relations portfolio for around six years.

Johnston said after the 2021 state election victory, he spoke to the then Premier Mark McGowan and let him know he intended to step down from Cabinet before Christmas 2023.

“I let him know that I did not want to continue as a Minister for the full term. Seven years as a Minister is a huge achievement by any measure,” he said.

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“When Roger Cook became Premier, I met with him and let him know that I wanted to leave by the end of this year. I am pleased that Premier Cook has supported me in my decision.

“There are two-and-a-half million Western Australians, to be one of 95 in Parliament is a great privilege, but to be one of just 17 in Cabinet is a rare honour.”

Prior to entering Parliament, Johnston served as State Secretary of WA Labor for seven years, and as a senior official for the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association.

WA Premier Roger Cook thanked Johnston for his contribution to the state and to his community.

“He leaves a significant legacy of reform in our State,” Cook said.

“He has successfully guided WA’s energy system on its biggest transformation in decades, putting us on the path to net zero while keeping our economy strong and supporting local workers.

“He has always understood the essential role of a strong resources sector in the livelihoods of everyday Western Australians, and as Mines and Petroleum Minister, has help to take the industry to new heights.”

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