Angus Taylor (politician)

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Angus Taylor
MP
Angus Taylor Portrait 2015.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Hume
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Alby Schultz
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation
Assumed office
18 February 2016 (2016-02-18)
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by vacant
Personal details
Born (1966-09-30) 30 September 1966 (age 49)
Nimmitabel, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Louise Clegg
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] On 18 February 2016 Taylor was sworn in as the Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation following a rearrangement in the First Turnbull Ministry.[4][5]

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 while residing at St Andrew's College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Economics, winning the university medal[2][6] and a Bachelor of Laws. He won a Rhodes Scholarship, to study for a Master of Philosophy in Economics at New College, Oxford[2][6] 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][6] He was made a partner in 1999.

Taylor 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.

While at Port Jackson Partners, in February 2013, Taylor authored the report “A proposal to reduce the cost of electricity to Australian electricity users”. The report suggests that the Coalition could immediately drop the renewable energy target entirely and save up to $3.2 billion by 2020 and still meet emissions reduction targets.[7]

During his tenure at Port Jackson Partners Taylor was a member of the Victorian government taskforce to investigate the development of a coal seam gas industry in the state.[8] Reporting in November 2013, the taskforce recommended that the State of Victoria should promote the production of additional and largely on-shore gas supply.[9]

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.[10] Taylor was elected as Member for Hume with over 61% of the two-party preferred vote and over 54% of the primary vote.[11]

Taylor has been appointed to a number of parliamentary committees on employment, trade and investment growth and public accounts. In October 2015 he was appointed Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.[12]

On economic policy, Taylor has argued against increasing government debt, saying that Australia’s long-term prosperity is characterised by high real wages and low inequality, and that only by increasing productivity and participation, will Australia’s broad-based prosperity continue.[13]

On agriculture, Taylor believes Australian agriculture needs significant investment to the tune of $180billion.

One renewable energy, Taylor was a speaker at the "Wind Power Fraud Rally"[14] organised by the anonymous anti-wind blog StopTheseThings.com and hosted by Alan Jones on 18 June 2013 in Canberra.

In a 2013 letter to the editor,[15] Taylor stated that he became engaged in "the wind farm debate" in approximately 2003 when a plan was announced to build turbines on a ridge behind his boyhood home, referring to the Boco Rock Wind Farm approximately 10 kilometres from Nimmitabel,[16] which commenced construction in August 2013.[17]

On energy policy, Taylor has called on the Coalition government to reduce its support for wind farms and is concerned with Australia's renewable energy target (RET) based on a belief that renewable energy projects, in particular wind, are increasing electricity costs and a belief that there are cheaper carbon reduction methods.[18]

I am not a climate sceptic. For 25 years, I have been concerned about how rising carbon dioxide emissions might have an impact on our climate. It remains a concern of mine today. I do not have a vendetta against renewables. My grandfather was William Hudson - he was the first Commissioner and Chief Engineer of the Snowy Scheme, Australia's greatest ever renewable scheme. He believed in renewables and renewables have been in my blood since the day I was born.

— Angus Taylor, Wind Power Fraud Rally, 18 June 2013

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."[19]

Taylor has argued that lower-emission natural gas is a “better way to reduce carbon emissions” and Australia can supply countries such as China and India “with the energy they need to continue their rise.”

In February 2016 Angus Taylor was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.

Taylor is also a major donor to the Liberal Party, significantly exceeding amounts donated to the party by other candidates and members of parliament during 2012-2013.[20]

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.[21] 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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24] Reporting in November 2013, the report found that Victoria should promote the production of additional and largely on-shore gas supply.[24] The taskforce was headed by former federal Liberal minister Peter Reith with other members representing energy companies, associated industries and lobby groups.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor competed in the 2009 ITU Triathlon Age Group World Championship on the Gold Coast representing Australia[2] where he finished 36th in the male 40 to 44 age bracket.[26]

He lives near Goulburn on a farm with his wife, Sydney barrister Louise Clegg 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.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pre-selection race well underway". Goulburn Post. 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e 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. ^ Massola, James (13 February 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Malcolm Turnbull announces new frontbench as Mal Brough resigns". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ministerial Swearing-in Ceremony". Events. Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c "Angus Taylor: Liberal for Hume". Liberal Party of Australia – New South Wales. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  7. ^ “RenewEconomy” The dangerous thinking behind Coalition renewable energy policy. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  8. ^ State Government of Victoria 2013 Victorian Gas Market Taskforce Final Report http://www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/205469/Victorian-Gas-Market-Taskforce-Final-Report-October-2013.pdf Retrieved 15 May 2014
  9. ^ State Government of Victoria 2013 Victorian Gas Market Taskforce Final Report http://www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/205469/Victorian-Gas-Market-Taskforce-Final-Report-October-2013.pdf Retrieved 15 May 2014
  10. ^ Coorey, Phillip (1 August 2012). "Coalition split over candidate for Hume". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "House of Representatives: NSW: Hume". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Mr Angus Taylor MP - Parliament of Australia". Commonwealth Parliament. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Opinion – The Australian newspaper". News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Alan Jones lacks wind at protest". 18 June 2013. 
  15. ^ "Letters to the Editor". Crookwell Gazette. 9 April 2013. 
  16. ^ http://bocorockwindfarm.com.au/about
  17. ^ http://www.bocorockwindfarm.com.au/#!about-us
  18. ^ "Liberals tilt at expensive wind mills". Financial Review. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "The inconvenient truth in the push to scrap the renewable energy target". The Guardian. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  20. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/the-biggest-donor-liberal-mp-angus-taylor-gives-a-chunk-of-change-to-his-party-20140205-320qo.html The biggest donor: Liberal MP Angus Taylor gives a chunk of change to his party
  21. ^ Murdoch, Scott (9 September 2011). "Decades of wealth from boom as commodities exports forecast to hit $480bn". The Australian. 
  22. ^ Taylor, Angus (23 September 2010). "More to Nation Building than Big Bucks". The Australian. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "The dangerous thinking behind the Coalition renewable energy policy". RenewEconomy. 29 August 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  24. ^ a b "Victorian Gas Market Taskforce Final Report" (PDF) (PDF). Victorian Government. 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  25. ^ "Victorian Premier Denis Napthine won't be pressured into making coal seam gas decision". ABC News. Australia. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  26. ^ "Angus Taylor triathlon results". triathlon.org. 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  27. ^ "Taylor whips Liberal Field". Goulburn Post. 14 May 2012. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Alby Schultz
Member for Hume
2013–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
vacant
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister for Cities
and Digital Transformation

2016–present
Incumbent