Join the Smart Energy Council and colleagues to hear from 6 State Energy Ministers at the Smart Energy Council's 'Energy Minister's Summit'
- The Hon Anthony Lynham, Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
- The Hon Bill Johnston, WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations
- The Hon Dan van Holst Pellakaan, SA Minister for Energy and Mining
- The Hon Guy Barnett, Tamanian Minister for Energy
- The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
- The Hon Matt Kean, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment
- The Hon Shane Rattenbury, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
Hon Matt Kean MP
NSW Minister for Energy and Environment
The energy and environment portfolio was first combined after the Berejiklian Government’s re-election in March 2019.
Minister Kean was elected as the member for Hornsby in 2011 at the age of 29.
Prior to entering politics, the Minister, a chartered accountant, worked as a senior manager for Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Shortly after entering politics, he was elected to chair the NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer General where he led a major review of the valuation system used for land tax, council rates and compulsory acquisitions.
In January 2017, Mr Kean was elevated to cabinet as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, giving him the opportunity to continue to be a champion for the little guy.
Mr Kean sees mental health as a major concern, and is proud of the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy he implemented in 2018. His first speech in Parliament back in 2011 was dedicated to a young friend who had recently taken his own life.
In his role as Energy and Environment Minister, the Minister wants to ensure the community has access to energy that is affordable and reliable. He’s also determined to tackle climate change and eager to leave the planet in a better state than the one we inherited.
Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Liliana (Lily) D’Ambrosio is a member of the Australian Labor Party and has represented the electorate of Mill Park in the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 2002. She was appointed the Minister for Industry and Minister for Energy and Resources following the election of the Andrews Labor Government in 2014. In 2016 she became Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change and Minister for Suburban Development.
Lily grew up in the suburb of Fawkner. She studied english, philosophy, and politics at the University of Melbourne and also holds a Diploma in Public Policy.
Before being elected to Parliament, Lily was involved in many community campaigns including support for local jobs for the northen suburbs, fair pay and conditions for women in work, better public transport, decent schools, and well paid skilled jobs for our young people.
Minister D’Ambrosio is a leader in action on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency in Australia. She oversaw the passage of the Climate Change Act, Victoria’s landmark climate legislation which saw it become the first Australian state to legislate in line with the Paris Agreement for net zero emissions by 2050. The Minister has also overseen an overhaul of the Environmental Protection Act 1970, refocussing the regulatory body to focus on the prevention of harm to human and environmental health.
As Minister for Suburban Development, she is developing strategic partnerships between Australia’s three levels of government, community and business to address local opportunities and priorities. This includes the co-ordination of social, economic and environmental investment and service delivery in Melbourne suburbs.
In 2015, Minister D’Ambrosio oversaw the development and implementation of the Andrews Labor Government’s Future Industries Fund, and Sector Strategies to harness Victoria’s competitive advantage to target growth industries including the new energy technologies sector.
She remains the only woman responsible for energy across the nine national and sub-national governments in Australia, and is a leading advocate for a modernised Australian energy system that facilitates a smooth transition into a clean, reliable and affordable energy future.
Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP
SA Minister for Energy and Mining
Dan van Holst Pellekaan was elected to the South Australian Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010.
He was appointed as the Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Government, in March 2018.
Dan previously served as the Shadow Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources from 2014 to 2018 and has developed a broad understanding of these portfolios.
Dan was born in Australia after his father migrated from Holland in 1937.
Growing up, he enjoyed playing sport and eventually made it to the National Basketball League, playing four seasons with Hobart Devils.
During his basketball career, Dan completed a Bachelor of Economics which later led to a career change with BP Australia where he worked for more than ten years.
Dan moved to Pimba in the state’s mid north and ran numerous roadhouses before relocating to Wilmington to be with his now wife, Rebecca.
Dan is passionate about regional communities and has been a volunteer CFS member for his local brigade.
Dan is a devoted Uncle to ten nieces and nephews and three god children.
Hon Bill Johnston MLA
WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations
Member for Cannington
Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017.
This occurred a week after the WA Labor Party’s landslide victory against the Liberal Government.
As Western Australia's first Asian Engagement Minister, Minister Johnston’s focus was to capitalise on the rapid population and economic growth in Asia to create more job-boosting opportunities in Western Australia.
The Minister has a particular affinity with Indonesia, having spent time in West Java as a high school exchange student, and he maintains a working proficiency in both written and spoken Indonesian.
After almost two years in those roles, Minister Johnston was appointed Energy Minister on December 13, 2018.
To accommodate these changes, and to focus on this important new role, the Asian Engagement, Commerce and Electoral Affairs portfolios were handed over to other Cabinet Ministers.
He retains the Mines and Petroleum and Industrial Relations portfolios.
In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.
He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.
Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.
During this time he was also a member of the Australian Labor Party’s National Executive.
As Assistant State Secretary of WA Labor from 1998 until 2001, his duties included creating and operating the Labor Business Roundtable, that connects WA Labor with business, industry and the not-for-profit sector in WA.
In 1985, he was a delegate to the International Youth Conference in Kingston, Jamaica during the UN International Youth Year; he participated in the Australian Young Political Leaders Program delegation to Indonesia in 1991; he participated in the US State Department’s Australian Young Political Leaders tour for the Mid-Term Elections in 2002; and in 2006 he was an ALP International Delegate for the UK Labour Party National Conference.
He was a senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association for eight years, President of ACT Young Labor in 1988, and appointed by Prime Minister Bob Hawke as Youth Director to the Board of the Australian Bicentennial Authority from 1985 until 1989.
Dr Anthony Lynham MP
Queensland Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
Member for Stafford
Before entering Parliament as the Member for the Brisbane seat of Stafford in 2014, Dr Lynham worked as a maxillofacial surgeon. Dr Lynham is an Adjunct Professor at QUT and an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine. Upon his election in July 2014, he served as the Shadow Minister for Education, Innovation, Science and Information Technology, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries and Fisheries, and shadow spokesman for the public service assisting the Leader.
Dr Lynham graduated in medicine from the University of Newcastle and completed his maxillofacial surgery training in Queensland. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He worked most of his medical career at the Royal Brisbane and Women's hospital and is part of a research team at Prince Charles Hospital. Dr Lynham also served in the Australian Army.
As a surgeon who continuously dealt with the aftermath of violence, including domestic violence, Dr Lynham is a passionate opponent of all forms of violence. Before entering Parliament, Dr Lynham was a prominent advocate of policies to minimise alcohol-fuelled violence. He is also a White Ribbon ambassador.
Hon Shane Rattenbury MLA
ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability
Member for Kurrajong
Greens Minister, fighting for people and planet.
Shane Rattenbury is a Greens MLA and Minister in the ACT Government. Together with another Greens Member, he holds the balance of power in the ACT Legislative Assembly which allows the Labor party to form a minority Government.
Shane has been a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2008 when the ACT Greens first gained balance of power, and negotiated for ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in their Parliamentary Agreement with the Labor Party. In 2012 Shane negotiated an Agreement that locked in a target of 90% renewable electricity consumption by 2020.
Since November 2016, Shane has held Ministerial responsibility for Climate Change and Sustainability, Justice and Road Safety, Corrections and Mental Health.
Hon Guy Barnett MP
Minister for Primary Industries & Water
Minister for Resources
Minister for Energy
Minister for Veterans Affairs
Born and raised on a farm in northern Tasmania, Guy Barnett studied law (LLB, LLM) and worked in a Melbourne and Washington DC law firm before he established and managed his award winning government and public affairs business.
After almost a decade representing Tasmania in the Senate, Guy was elected to the Tasmanian State Parliament in 2014.
He was appointed to Cabinet in 2016 and now serves as the Minister for Primary Industries & Water, Resources, Energy and Veterans Affairs.
Guy is an author of several books including, ‘Our Heros, Tasmania’s Victoria Cross Recipients’ and ‘Make a difference – a practical guide to lobbying’.
Guy is married with 3 children, and is a sports enthusiast with a keen interested in cycling, tennis and fishing.