The Hon. Martin Ferguson AM


The Hon. Martin Ferguson AM is a member of CEDA's Board of Governors, an advisory body comprised of eminent Australians.
Martin Ferguson has a long history of public service and work in economic and social policy.


From 1984 until 1990, Martin served as the General Secretary of the Miscellaneous Workers Union, and from 1990 until 1996, as President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). As a senior trade union official, from 1984 until 1996, he sat on the ACTU National Executive, participating directly in shaping and implementing many of the economic reforms of the Hawke and Keating governments.

In March 1996, Martin was elected as a Member of the Federal Parliament in the seat of Batman, in Melbourne, which he held until retiring at the 2014 election. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1996.

During the Howard Government, Martin served in a range of economic shadow portfolios, including Employment and Training; Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Regional Development, Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Services and Population; Urban and Regional Development, Transport and Infrastructure; Primary Industries, Resources, Forestry and Tourism; and Transport, Roads and Tourism.

Upon the Rudd Government assuming office in December 2007, Martin was appointed the Minister for Resources and Energy and the Minister for Tourism, and acted as the Chair of the Standing Council on Resources and Energy and the Ministerial Council for Tourism. He held the Resources, Energy and Tourism portfolios until March 2013, when he resigned from the Ministry.

Martin is Chairman of the advisory board to the Australian oil and gas industry association, APPEA; is an executive with the Seven Group Holdings with responsibility for natural resources and is a Non-Executive Director of British Gas. In March 2014, Martin was appointed to Chair of the University College of London's Adelaide Advisory Board.

Martin is also a pro bono member of the University of Western Australia's advisory board on resources and energy.

Martin has an honours degree in economics from Sydney University.

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