Which former MPs now work for gas or coal companies?

John Anderson, former National's leader now Eastern Star Gas chief.

What do politicians do after leaving parliament to earn a few more dollars? They go and work for gas and coal companies.

Former Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson became chair of Eastern Star Gas — the company behind the Narrabri Gas Project now owned by Santos — about 2 years after leaving politics.

Former National's leader and Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile became a director and then chair of Whitehaven coal.

Former Labor resources minister Martin Ferguson became chairperson of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Advisory Board in October 2013, just six months after he left parliament. The lobbying code of conduct requires an 18-month cooling-off period for ex-ministers.

Former federal Labor trade minister Craig Emerson became a consultant for AGL Energy and Santos.

Former foreign minister Alexander Downer was a registered lobbyist with Bespoke Approach, whose clients included Woodside Petroleum, Xstrata, Petrochina and Yancoal among its clients.

Former Labor climate change minister Greg Combet became a consultant to AGL Energy and Santos.

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