Such a friend of the mining industry that the Greens deliberately kept the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency out of his grip so he couldn’t scupper them (see Christine Milne quote).
Fell out with Gillard because she got Victorian left behind Rudd in 2006 spill with Beazley without asking his permission…
On 28 May 2008 leaking of cabinet advice against proposed Fuelwatch scheme.
“The leak was particularly damaging because it was assumed… to have come from the minister for resources, Martin Ferguson, a fully enrolled member of Club Sensible and a seriously sincere advocate for the interests of the industry sector within his administrative responsibility….”
(Cooney, 2015: 242)