Martin Ferguson

Governments have little appetite for awards reform

Calls for reform to penalty rates are likely to grow louder following last month’s rise in unemployment in Western Australia.

Clark joins UWA institute

The new chair of the University of Western Australia’s Energy and Minerals Institute says scientists and researchers need to deliver tangible results to their industry partners.

Slow burn could engulf WA Labor

The problems keep mounting for federal Labor in WA, with former colleagues speaking out against each other in a very public stoush.

Ferguson lauds floating LNG

Former Labor minister Martin Ferguson has heralded floating liquefied natural gas as the wave of the future, urging the Western Australian government to work with developers like Shell, Woodside Petroleum, ExxonMobil and BHP Billiton.

Voelte resigns as Nexus chairman

Seven Group Holdings chief executive Don Voelte has stepped down from his role as chairman of oil and gas junior Nexus Energy, saying the position was no longer appropriate as Seven Group eyes opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

Ferguson joins UWA's resources institute

Former federal resources minister Martin Ferguson has joined the board of trustees of the University of Western Australia's Energy and Minerals Institute.

No guarantees on coalition 457 changes

The coalition has refused to commit to reducing application fees for 457 visa workers if elected to government, despite flagging plans to make the scheme more “user-friendly”.

Industry lauds Ferguson after rough patch

FORMER federal resources and energy minister Martin Ferguson has gained genuine respect from a sector that nearly brought his government down.

Little time for Gray to settle into new role

Last week’s failed leadership tilt has sparked further upheaval in the Labor caucus and yet another ministerial reshuffle.

Mining construction boom to taper off but still a long way from collapse

At the very end of an extraordinary week, a late announcement from an unlikely source – Transport Minister Troy Buswell – gave one of the few clear signals about future growth in the mining sector.

Ministers’ advice falls on deaf ears

The parallels with the emerging industrial climate and that which prevailed in the 1970s and 1980s are clear.

Analysis: the wage and tax debate

High wage demands, according to two senior Australian Government ministers are bad for the economy, but high taxes in the form of the carbon and mining tax, are not.

Oil giants to spend $303m on new acreage

The federal government has granted some of the world’s largest oil and gas players, including Woodside Petroleum and BHP Billiton, the right to drill new permits off the coasts of Western Australia an

Global trends change mix for WA LNG

Changing global markets and local community pressures are crimping the growth prospects for big gas projects but the industry is still in a boom.

Taiwan signs up for LNG from Ichthys

The Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, which will develop gas reserves off WA's northern coast, has moved closer to a final go-ahead after the partners finalised three new sales agreements t

WA remains opposed to national regulator

The state government remains resolute in its opposition to a federal offshore gas regulator, even after federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson announced it would be based in Perth.

Slow response on industry issues

Getting politicians to understand business issues is hard work; getting them to take action is even harder.

Woodside, BP get exploration go-ahead

The federal government has granted offshore petroleum exploration permits to four companies, including Woodside Petroleum and BP, to operate in Western Australia and South Australia.

More tax consultation to come: Ferguson

Miners will have more chances to comment on the proposed mining tax in coming months, even though the government's tax implementation panel still aimed to report by the end of the year, federal resources minister Martin Ferguson said today.

New oil regulator top priority: Ferguson

Creating a new all-powerful national regulator for the offshore oil and gas industry would be a top priority of a re-elected Gillard Labor government, federal resources minister Martin Ferguson said today.

Analysis: Does Labor like success?

If bets were placed on the chances of pigs flying over Perth, or a former president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions criticising employers for paying their workers high wages, it's a fair chance that the flying pigs would get shorter odds.

Analysis: Ferguson lets tax-cat out

Oops! Has the Resources Minister, Martin Ferguson, just let the tax-cat out of the bag by admitting the obvious, but previously denied fact, that "one size does not fit all" in the mining super-tax debate?

Browse partners given decision deadline

The national and state governments have given the Browse joint venture partners four months to decide on a development path for the project and three years to make a final investment decision as a condition of a lease renewal arrangement.

Fight brewing over regulator plan

THE Western Australian government has vowed to fight a proposed federal takeover of offshore oil and gas regulation that could significantly affect one of the state’s most vital industries.

Ferguson plans Montara inquiry

A petroleum industry body has welcomed federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson's plans for an inquiry into an oil spill off the coast of Western Australia.

WA's biggest-ever resource deal signed

Western Australia has signed its biggest-ever resources deal overnight, a $50 billion agreement to export liquid natural gas to China.

Fast-track exploration scheme: miners

Mining and market groups have called the federal government to fast track the implementation of its promised investment incentive scheme that is expected to encourage mineral exploration.

Martin Ferguson gets resources as WA ministers moved

One of the big surprises of the new Labor ministry was the selection of fomer ACTU president Martin Ferguson as the resources and energy minister, in place of WA senator Chris Evans who held that role in the shadow ministry.

Election: ALP commits $60m to Esperance port access upgrade

The Federal Labor Party will fund a third of an estimated $180 million upgrade to road and rail networks in Esperance to improve access to the port, Opposition Transport spokesman Martin Ferguson announced today.