Dec 19, 2019

Christmas Q&A – Anthony Lynham

Christmas Q&A – Anthony Lynham

Dr Anthony Lynham is the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources Mines and Energy. He joined iQ for a quick Christmas Q&A….

What was the greatest achievement or advance in your industry/organisation in the past year? The biggest issue across Queensland in my portfolio, and for all Ministers in our Government, is jobs. In my portfolio, I am fortunate enough to have the massive job generators of the resources industry as well as our booming renewable energy sector. 

On our government’s watch, there’s been more than $20 billion worth of new investment in resources supporting 7000 jobs. And almost 2400 megawatts of renewable energy capacity has been added over the past three years, creating more than 4000 construction jobs. 

What are your goals and expectations for 2020? The challenges are to keep this growth going into 2020 and beyond. Our new publicly-owned clean energy generator, CleanCo, will help drive generation growth, with the task of bringing on another 1000 megawatts of renewable energy over the next five years.

In the resources sector, we will continue to drive the next generation of projects and jobs. We have just released 30,000 km2 of new land for petroleum and gas exploration in one of the State’s largest ever land releases. More than 30 per cent of this is earmarked for domestic supply to help fuel jobs and growth in the domestic manufacturing sector.

We will also continue our focus on the health and safety of the state’s 55,000 mine workers, with legislation creating the offence of industrial manslaughter to come before the Parliament in the New Year.

What is the worst/funniest Christmas present you have ever received (or given)?  The worst Christmas gift I have ever received was a pair of green thongs.

What is your favourite Christmas or New Year memory or tradition? My favourite Christmas tradition is my mother’s ceremonial parade into the family gift-giving on Christmas Day. She parades in singing Christmas carols with the grandchildren and/or great grandchildren who aren’t yet old enough to be too embarrassed to participate.

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