Martin Ferguson previously held the portfolio for Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism. Mr Ferguson resigned from Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s cabinet last week.
APIA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said “Mr Gray has a strong background in the resources industry, with a particular focus on the Western Australian sector, and we look forward to working with him on the energy policy.
“Natural gas is an important commodity for Australia – both as an export and for use in the domestic market.”
According to Ms Cartwright, Australia is facing a real challenge to address the current demand and supply issues in the gas industry.
She stated that while the challenge of gas supply and gas pricing is a little different in the west compared to the east of Australia, the industry is looking forward to working with Mr Gray to ensure Australia has a national gas policy that encourages the industry.