Incumbent Prime Minister Julia Gillard surrounded herself with people whom she thinks are loyal to her and her government. She appointed to new cabinet members while let go of three. Among the newcomers is Gary Gray who takes the seat of the Minister for Energy and Resources.
Gray was a former Woodside Petroleum executive and that's what his detractors is using to question his credibility as Resources Minister. Following his appointment, he immediately denied that his former job has nothing to do with the current seat he's on right now, although, many say it is clear that one of the reasons he was appointed Resources Minister is because of his connections.
According to him, there is no conflict between his current job and Woodside because, in the first place, he doesn't have shares with the company and second, the people whom he had worked with during his tenure have already been gone.
"The management team with whom I had great personal familiarity have gone," he told Fairfax Radio.
"I certainly don't have any Woodside shares."
Another thing that his detractors pointed is him being a climate change denialist. In a report published by Crickey 5 years ago, it told about Gray's "well-known associations with climate change denialism." He was allegedly the founder of greenhouse denialist Lavoisier Group.
But claims like this can easily be put to silence considering there is no direct connection with climate change ministry and resources ministry. The fact is it doesn't really matter if Gray was a climate change denialist or advocate because he currently manages the nation's energy and resources.