The Queensland resources sector has defied the COVID-19 global pandemic economy by adding 10,259 jobs – or more than one extra job every hour – over the quarter to February this year, according to ABS data.
Ian Macfarlane was elected to Federal Parliament in 1998 and became Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions before retiring from parliament in May 2016.
Ian is the Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum, the Chairman of the Innovative Manufacturing Co-operative Research Centre, a member of the University of Queensland Rural Clinical School Toowoomba Community Advisory Committee, a Board Member of both Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise and METS Ignited Australia Limited, an Honorary Fellow of AusIMM Minerals Institute, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Samantha is a Partner in the Brisbane Workplace team at MinterEllison. Samantha has built a strong Queensland practice in workplace, health and safety as well as taking on the role leading the MinterEllison national Safety team. Samantha's safety practice spans strategic front end safety advice for companies and Boards and 'first response' support through to legal defence of enforcement matters. She has extensive experience defending prosecutions and provides rapid and committed client support during investigations, often attending on-site within hours of an incident. Samantha was recently named as a 2022 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Labour and Employment Law.
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