Angus Taylor (politician)

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Angus Taylor
MP
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hume
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Alby Schultz
Personal details
Born (1966-09-30) 30 September 1966 (age 47)
Nimmitabel, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Louise Taylor
Children 4[1]
Residence Goulburn[1]
Alma mater University of Sydney
New College, Oxford
Occupation Politician
Profession Management consultant

Angus Taylor (born 30 September 1966 in Nimmitabel, New South Wales[2]) is an Australian politician. He is a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives, representing the Division of Hume in New South Wales, since 7 September 2013.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Taylor was brought up on a sheep and cattle property near Nimmitabel, New South Wales, and was educated at Nimmitabel Public School and The King's School, Parramatta. Taylor then studied at the University of Sydney whilst in residence at St Andrew's College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Economics, winning the university medal,[citation needed] and a Bachelor of Laws. As a Rhodes Scholar, Taylor continued his studies at New College, Oxford and graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Economics;[2][4] and completed his thesis on competition policy, with a focus on the ties between brewers and pubs in the UK brewing industry.

His father was heavily involved in agricultural politics, as a President of the NSW Farmers and Vice President of the National Farmers Federation. His maternal grandfather, William Hudson headed construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme for hydroelectricity and irrigation in Australia from 1949 to 1967.

Career[edit]

After leaving university, Taylor worked for global management consulting firm McKinsey & Co.[2][4] He was made a partner in 1999, and then went on to become a Director at Port Jackson Partners, an Australian management consulting firm, where most of his consulting work focused on agriculture, infrastructure and resources.[citation needed] Taylor founded and worked with a number of agricultural businesses, including Farm Partnerships Australia, Growth Farms Australia and Eastern Australian agriculture.[citation needed] He was the Director of Rabobank's Executive Development Program for leading farmers in Australia and New Zealand, as well as their Farm Managers Program which focused on younger farmers.

Political career[edit]

Following an April 2012 decision by Alby Schultz, the Liberal Member for Hume, that he would not recontest the seat at the 2013 federal election, Taylor sought and gained Liberal endorsement. Under Coalition rules, the Nationals were also entitled to run a candidate against Taylor; however decided not to.[5] Taylor was elected as Member for Hume with over 61% of the two-party preferred vote and over 54% of the primary vote.[6]

Since his election, Taylor has called on the Coalition government to reduce its support for wind farms and is concerned with Australia’s renewable energy target (RET) on the basis that renewable energy projects, in particular wind, are driving up electricity costs and crowding out cheaper carbon reduction methods.[7]

Taylor was a speaker at the Wind Power Fraud Rally organised by the blog StopTheseThings.com and hosted by Alan Jones on 18 June 2013 in Canberra.[8][9][10][11] Taylor’s attendance with other liberal parliamentarians widened the rift in Coalition ranks over renewable energy targets.[8]

In April 2014, Taylor, along with New South Wales state Members of Parliament Pru Goward, John Barilaro and Katrina Hodgkinson, criticised the ACT government’s support of wind farms in New South Wales, while not allowing any in the ACT itself.,[12] ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher accused the politicians of ‘launching a scare campaign’ regarding the target.[13]

Taylor has referred to anthropogenic climate change as “the new climate religion” telling Parliament that “religious belief is based on faith not facts. The new climate religion, recruiting disciples every day, has little basis on fact and everything to do with blind faith.”[14]

Publications[edit]

Taylor has published reports as part of the ANZ Bank Insight series. The first of these, Earth, Fire Wind and Water — Economic Opportunity and the Australian Commodities Cycle, focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by Australia's commodity exporters in the face of the commodities boom, and was described as a "landmark report" by The Australian.[15] The second report was Greener Pastures — The Soft Commodity Opportunity for Australia and New Zealand, arguing that a soft commodity boom was taking over from the hard commodity boom. Other reports and articles include The Future for Freight, focused on reform in the freight transport sector, and "More to Nation Building than Big Bucks", critiquing the Labor Government's comparison between its National Broadband Network and the Snowy Mountain Scheme.[16]

In February 2013, Taylor authored the report “A proposal to reduce the cost of electricity to Australian electricity users” while a director at Port Jackson Partners. The report claimed that the Coalition could immediately drop the renewable energy target entirely and save up to A$3.2 billion by 2020 and still meet emissions reduction targets.[17]

Taylor, was a member of a taskforce asked by the Victorian Government to investigate the development of a coal seam gas industry in the state.[18] Reporting in November 2013, the report found that Victoria should promote the production of additional and largely on-shore gas supply.[18] The taskforce was headed by former federal Liberal minister Peter Reith with other members representing energy companies, associated industries and lobby groups.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor competed in the 2009 triathlon world championships, representing Australia.[2]

He lives near Goulburn on a farm with his wife Louise and their four children,[1] moving to the area from Sydney six months prior to winning pre-selection for the seat of Hume in May 2012.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pre-selection race well underway". Goulburn Post. 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Chan, Gabrielle (28 May 2012). "Smart, rich, charming: Angus Taylor made to stand". The Australian. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "New Member for Hume: Angus Taylor". The Daily Advertiser. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Angus Taylor: Liberal for Hume". Liberal Party of Australia — New South Wales. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Coorey, Phillip (1 August 2012). "Coalition split over candidate for Hume". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "House of Representatives: NSW: Hume". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Liberals tilt at expensive wind mills". Financial Review. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Libs defy party on wind farms". The Sydney Morning Herald. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Alan Jones lacks wind at protest". Herald Sun. AAP. 18 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Canberra windfarm protests demand end to ‘renewable energy scam.’". The Guardian. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "National Wind Power Fraud Rally". Stop These Thing. YouTube. 29 June 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "NSW politicians up in arms over ACT Government's wind energy plan". ABC News (Australia). 1 April 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Put windfarms on Red Hill and not in NSW say politicians". Canberra Times. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  14. ^ "The inconvenient truth in the push to scrap the renewable energy target". The Guardian. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Murdoch, Scott (9 September 2011). "Decades of wealth from boom as commodities exports forecast to hit $480bn". The Australian. 
  16. ^ Taylor, Angus (23 September 2010). "More to Nation Building than Big Bucks". The Australian. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "The dangerous thinking behind the Coalition renewable energy policy". RenewEconomy. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "Victorian Gas Market Taskforce Final Report" (PDF). Victorian Government. 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Victorian Premier Denis Napthine won't be pressured into making coal seam gas decision". ABC News (Australia). 7 November 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Taylor whips Liberal Field". Goulburn Post. 14 May 2012. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Alby Schultz
Member for Hume
2013–present
Incumbent