Minister for the Environment (Australia)

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Minister for the Environment
Incumbent
Greg Hunt

since 18 September 2013
Style The Honourable
Appointer Governor-General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Australia
Inaugural holder Peter Howson
Formation 10 March 1971

The Australian Minister for the Environment is the Hon. Greg Hunt MP since 18 September 2013.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment is Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham.

In the Government of Australia, the minister and parliamentary secretary are responsible for the protection and conservation of the environment; to ensure that Australia benefits from meteorological and related sciences and services; and to see that Australia's interests in Antarctica are advanced. The minister provides direction and oversight of the Department of the Environment (previously the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) in order to develop and implement national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's environment and heritage.

Portfolio responsibilities[edit]

The minister administers their portfolio through the Department of the Environment and its component bodies, including:

List of Environment Ministers[edit]

The following individuals have been appointed as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water, or any precedent titles:[1]

Order Minister Party affiliation Prime Minister Ministerial title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Peter Howson   Liberal McMahon Minister for the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts 10 March 1971 (1971-03-10) 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 1 year, 270 days
2 Gough Whitlam1 Labor Whitlam 5 December 1972 (1972-12-05) 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 14 days
3 Moss Cass Minister for the Environment and Conservation 19 December 1972 (1972-12-19) 21 April 1975 (1975-04-21) 2 years, 169 days
Minister for the Environment 21 April 1975 (1975-04-21) 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06)
4 Jim Cairns 6 June 1975 (1975-06-06) 2 July 1975 (1975-07-02) 26 days
n/a Gough Whitlam 2 July 1975 (1975-07-02) 14 July 1975 (1975-07-14) 12 days
5 Joe Berinson 14 July 1975 (1975-07-14) 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 120 days
6 Andrew Peacock Liberal Fraser 11 November 1975 (1975-11-11) 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 41 days
7 Ivor Greenwood Minister for Environment, Housing and Community Development 22 December 1975 (1975-12-22) 8 July 1976 (1976-07-08) 199 days
8 Kevin Newman 8 July 1976 (1976-07-08) 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 1 year, 165 days
9 Ray Groom 20 December 1977 (1977-12-20) 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 350 days
10 James Webster Minister for Science and the Environment 5 December 1978 (1978-12-05) 8 December 1979 (1979-12-08) 1 year, 3 days
11 David Thomson 8 December 1979 (1979-12-08) 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 331 days
12 Robert Ellicott Minister for Home Affairs and the Environment 3 November 1980 (1980-11-03) 17 February 1981 (1981-02-17) 106 days
13 Michael MacKellar 17 February 1981 (1981-02-17) 19 March 1981 (1981-03-19) 30 days
14 Ian Wilson 19 March 1981 (1981-03-19) 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 1 year, 49 days
15 Tom McVeigh National Country 7 May 1982 (1982-05-07) 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 308 days
16 Barry Cohen Labor Hawke 11 March 1983 (1983-03-11) 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 4 years, 135 days
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Environment 13 December 1984 (1984-12-13) 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24)
17 John Brown Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment, Tourism and Territories 24 July 1987 (1987-07-24) 18 December 1987 (1987-12-18) 147 days
18 Graham Richardson 19 January 1988 (1988-01-19) 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 2 years, 75 days
19 Ros Kelly 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 3 years, 331 days
Keating Minister for Arts, Sport, the Environment and Territories 20 December 1991 (1991-12-20) 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24) 1 March 1994 (1994-03-01)
n/a Graham Richardson 1 March 1994 (1994-03-01) 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 24 days
20 John Faulkner 25 March 1994 (1994-03-25) 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 1 year, 352 days
21 Robert Hill Liberal Howard Minister for the Environment 11 March 1996 (1996-03-11) 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 5 years, 260 days
22 Minister for the Environment and Heritage 21 October 1998 (1998-10-21) 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26)
23 David Kemp 26 November 2001 (2001-11-26) 26 October 2004 (2004-10-26) 2 years, 335 days
24 Ian Campbell 26 October 2004 (2004-10-26) 30 January 2007 (2007-01-30) 3 years, 38 days
25 Malcolm Turnbull Minister for the Environment and Water Resources 30 January 2007 (2007-01-30) 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 307 days
26 Peter Garrett Labor Rudd Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 8 March 2010 (2010-03-08) 2 years, 285 days
Minister for Environment Protection, Heritage and the Arts 8 March 2010 (2010-03-08) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24)
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)
27 Tony Burke 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 2 years, 290 days
28 Mark Butler Rudd Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 79 days
29 Greg Hunt Liberal Abbott Minister for the Environment 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) Incumbent 1 year, 2 days

Notes

1 Whitlam was one of a two-man ministry consisting of himself and Lance Barnard for two weeks until the full ministry was announced.

List of Ministers for Climate Change[edit]

The Minister for Climate Change was responsible for developing climate change (global warming) solutions, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, and promoting energy efficiency. The following individuals have been appointed to the post, or any of its precursor titles:[2][3]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Penny Wong   Labor Rudd Minister for Climate Change and Water 3 December 2007 (2007-12-03) 10 March 2010 (2010-03-10) 2 years, 286 days
Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water 10 March 2010 (2010-03-10) 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24)
Gillard 24 June 2010 (2010-06-24) 15 September 2010 (2010-09-15)
2 Greg Combet Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 15 September 2010 (2010-09-15) 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 2 years, 289 days
3 Mark Butler Rudd Minister for Climate Change 1 July 2013 (2013-07-01) 18 September 2013 (2013-09-18) 79 days

Minister for Sustainable Population[edit]

The Minister for Sustainable Population was a ministerial portfolio administered through the Department of the Treasury responsible for "planning properly for the infrastructure needs, for the housing needs, for the transport needs, for the regional needs" of the Australian population of the future.[4] Originally entitled the Minister for Population by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, his successor, Julia Gillard, renamed the portfolio to the Minister for Sustainable Population to reflect her policy changes on the matter of population growth and the need for a sustainable future for Australia, saying the change sends a clear message about the new direction the Government is taking.[5] After the 2010 federal election, the portfolio was subsumed by the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities portfolio.[6]

Order Minister Party Prime Minister Title Term start Term end Term in office
1 Tony Burke   Labor Rudd Minister for Population 14 April 2010 (2010-04-14) 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 75 days
  Gillard Minister for Sustainable Population 28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) 14 September 2010 (2010-09-14)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministries and Cabinets". 43rd Parliamentary Handbook: Historical information on the Australian Parliament. Parliament of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kevin Rudd announces new Cabinet ... in great detail". News Limited. 29 November 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Second Rudd Ministry" (PDF). Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Commonwealth of Australia. 3 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  4. ^ Burke takes on population portfolio, ABC Online, 3 April 2010
  5. ^ "Gillard puts brakes on 'big Australia'". ABC News Online. 27 June 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Second Gillard Ministry". The Australian. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010. 

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