The Hon. Madeleine King was sworn in as Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia on 1 June 2022 following election of the Albanese Government.
She was first elected to Parliament in 2016, representing the seat of Brand on the outskirts of Perth, where she was born and grew up.
The seat includes some of Perth’s heavy industries, including the HMAS Stirling naval base on Garden Island and the Kwinana Industrial Area. Her father worked at the BP oil refinery in Kwinana and her mother and grandmother ran a drapery store in Rockingham.
She was promoted to the shadow ministry in 2018 and has served as Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs and Small Business, Shadow Minister for Trade and Shadow Minister for Resources.
Before entering parliament, Minister King worked as an adviser to former minister Gary Gray, who had responsibility for Northern Australia and Resources. She also held senior executive roles at The University of Western Australia and served as the inaugural Chief Operating Officer at the Perth USAsia Centre.
As a shadow minister, a former political adviser and through Parliamentary committee work, she was a regular visitor to Northern Australia and has been deeply engaged in issues surrounding development in the north.
Minister King has a strong interest in ensuring the benefits of economic development are shared fairly and create opportunities for all segments of Australian society.
Minister King has a law degree from the University of Western Australia in Perth.
She is also a keen hockey enthusiast, and was a member of the WA Women’s Masters Hockey Team from 2012 to 2015.
Australia can lead the world as it transitions to a clean energy future by producing the critical minerals required, whilst not sacrificing its existing competitive advantage as a traditional mining powerhouse, according to the Australian Minister for Resources the Hon. Madeleine King.