|Minister for Environment|
18 September 2013
|Prime Minister||Tony Abbott|
|Preceded by||Mark Butler|
|Member of the Australian Parliament
10 November 2001
|Preceded by||Peter Reith|
18 November 1965 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne (BA, LLB)
Yale University (MA)
Gregory Andrew "Greg" Hunt (born 18 November 1965) is an Australian politician and has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Flinders, Victoria. He is the Minister for the Environment since 18 September 2013.
Background and early career
Hunt was born in Melbourne and was educated at The Peninsula School. He graduated from Melbourne Law School with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), where he won a prize for a final year thesis he co-authored entitled 'A Tax to Make the Polluter Pay' . He subsequently studied at Yale University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and obtained a Master of Arts in International Relations. He was Associate to the Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court in 1992.
Hunt was senior adviser to Alexander Downer, both as Leader of the Opposition (1994–95) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995–98). He worked for McKinsey & Company (1999–2001) and was Director of Strategy at the World Economic Forum in Geneva (2000–01).
Hunt was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage in October 2004. In January 2007 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Following the 2007 election, Hunt was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water. After the 2010 election, he was re-appointed to the Shadow Ministry as Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage.
On 19 September, one of his first actions as Minister for the Environment was to ring Tim Flannery, the head of the Climate Commission, to announce the closure of the scientific advisory body, as foreshadowed by the Coalition before the 2013 election.
In October 2013, while being interviewed by the BBC, Hunt referred to research that he had conducted using Wikipedia to contradict Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in regards to the relationship between climate change and bushfires. He said:
"Australia has since European settlement and obviously well before that, had a history of recurrent bushfires. I looked up what Wikipedia says, for example, just to see what the rest of the world thought, and it opens up with the fact that bushfires in Australia are frequently occurring events during the hotter months of the year. Large areas of land are ravaged every year by bushfires. That’s the Australian experience."
"Instead of sitting in his office reading Wikipedia, Greg Hunt should be in Warsaw tackling global warming and talking to the world’s experts on climate change."
Hunt is married and has a daughter and a son. His father, Alan Hunt, was a member of the Victorian Legislative Council between 1961 and 1992.
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- Han, Esther; Judith Ireland (24 October 2013). "Greg Hunt uses Wikipedia research to dismiss links between climate change and bushfires". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2013. "Environment Minister Greg Hunt has hosed down suggestions of a link between climate change and increased bushfire intensity, saying he had looked up what Wikipedia said and it was clear that bushfires in Australia were frequent events that had occurred during hotter months since before European settlement."
- Davidson, Helen (24 October 2013). "Greg Hunt uses Wikipedia research to dismiss climate change-bushfires link". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
- "'I looked up what Wikipedia said'". The Age (Fairfax). 24 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
- "'Wikipedia's verdict on Greg Hunt: 'terrible at his job". The Age (Fairfax). 24 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-24.
- Arup, Tom (7 November 2013). "Coalition turns back on UN climate summit". The Age. Retrieved 2013-11-07.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Flinders
as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water
|Minister for the Environment