Greg Hunt

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The Honourable
Greg Hunt
MP
Greg Hunt.jpg
Hunt in 2015
Minister for Health
Assumed office
28 August 2018
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byVacant
In office
24 January 2017 – 23 August 2018
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded bySussan Ley
Succeeded byVacant
Minister for Sport
In office
24 January 2017 – 20 December 2017
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded bySussan Ley
Succeeded byBridget McKenzie
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
In office
19 July 2016 – 24 January 2017
Prime MinisterMalcolm Turnbull
Preceded byChristopher Pyne
Succeeded byArthur Sinodinos
Minister for the Environment
In office
18 September 2013 – 19 July 2016
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded byMark Butler
Succeeded byJosh Frydenberg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Flinders
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded byPeter Reith
Majority7.1%
Personal details
BornGregory Andrew Hunt
(1965-11-18) 18 November 1965 (age 52)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Paula Lindsey
Children2
Alma mater
WebsiteOfficial website

Gregory Andrew Hunt (born 18 November 1965) is an Australian politician serving as Health Minister in the Morrison Government. He has been a Liberal Member of the House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Flinders in Victoria.

He served in the Australian Government as a Cabinet Minister, as Minister for the Environment from September 2013 to July 2016, in the Abbott and Turnbull Government.[1] Hunt served as Minister for Health from 24 January 2017 until 23 August 2018, following criticism of the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull and an attempted leadership spill. Hunt was re-appointed as Health Minister in the Morrison Government on 28 August 2018.[2][3]

Background and early career[edit]

Hunt was born in Melbourne and attended the Peninsula School.[4] He went on to Melbourne Law School, where he won a prize for a final-year thesis he co-authored, titled A Tax to Make the Polluter Pay.[5] Hunt was an associate to the Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court in 1992, and subsequently attended Yale University as a Fulbright Scholar, where he obtained a Master of Arts in International Relations.[4]

Beginning in 1994, Hunt served as a senior adviser to Alexander Downer, during both his periods as Leader of the Opposition (1994 to 1995) and Minister for Foreign Affairs (1995 to 1998). He then worked for McKinsey & Company from 1999 to 2001, and was also Director of Strategy at the World Economic Forum in Geneva from 2000 to 2001.[4]

Political career[edit]

A member of the Liberal Party since 1994, Hunt was first elected to parliament at the 2001 federal election, replacing the retiring Peter Reith in the Division of Flinders. He was first elevated to the ministry following the 2004 federal election, when he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage. In January 2007, Hunt was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Following the Coalition's defeat at the 2007 election, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water.[6] His title was altered to Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage after the 2010 election.[7]

After the 2013 federal election, Hunt was appointed Minister for the Environment in the Abbott Government.[8] One of his first actions as minister was to inform Tim Flannery, the head of the Gillard government's Climate Commission, that the government was closing this body, as per its election platform.[9] In December 2013, he announced a project to dredge Abbot Point, which was approved by the Marine Park Authority in January 2014.[10] Following the change in Liberal Party leadership in September 2015, Hunt was retained as Minister for the Environment in the new Turnbull Government.[11]

In February 2016, Hunt was named "Best Minister in the World" by a panel established by Thomson Reuters for the 2016 World Government Summit of Dubai.[12]

With the reelection of the Turnbull Government in 2016, Hunt became the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in the Second Turnbull Ministry.[13]

Following the resignation of Sussan Ley as Health Minister, Turnbull appointed Hunt as the Minister for Health and the Minister for Sport.[14][2]

In June 2017 Hunt, Michael Sukkar and Alan Tudge faced the possibility of being prosecuted for contempt of court after they made public statements criticising the sentencing decisions of two senior judges while the government was awaiting their ruling on a related appeal.[15][16] They avoided prosecution by, eventually, making an unconditional apology to the Victorian Court of Appeal.[17][18][19] Conviction could have resulted in their expulsion from the parliament under Constitution s 44(ii) and, as a result, the government losing its one-seat majority in the House of Representatives. On the 23rd of August 2018 Greg Hunt resigned as the Health Minister.

Hunt ran for the position of Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia during the leadership spills of 2018. Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg won a majority in the first round with 46 votes, while Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo received 20 and Minister for Health Greg Hunt received 16.[20] If Hunt had been elected deputy leader, he would become the third member for Flinders to be elected to this position after Sir Phillip Lynch and Peter Reith.

Personal life[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "New federal ministers officially sworn in". Sky News. Australia. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-22/malcolm-turnbull-leadership-crisis-deepens/10149440
  4. ^ a b c "The Hon Greg Hunt MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Greg's on desperate Hunt for credibility". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  6. ^ "About Greg". Greghunt.com.au. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  7. ^ "The Hon Greg Hunt MP". Ministerial appointments Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage from 26.10.04 to 30.1.07. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 30.1.07 to 3.12.07. Minister for the Environment from 18.9.13. Australian Government. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Commonwealth Government – Abbott Ministry". Parliament of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Abbott shuts down Climate Commission". Melbourne: theage.com.au. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approves plan to dump Abbot Point spoil". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle: Who's going where?". ABC. Australia. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Greg Hunt named 'best minister in the world'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-18.
  13. ^ Anderson, Stephanie (20 July 2016). "Election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull unveils ministry with Christopher Pyne, Greg Hunt on the move". ABC News. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Greg Hunt announced as new Health Minister". ABC News. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  15. ^ "Greg Hunt, Alan Tudge, Michael Sukkar face contempt charge". Financial Review. 2017-06-15. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  16. ^ Hutchens, Gareth (2017-06-14). "Greg Hunt declines to say if he'll be in court for hearing over potential contempt charges". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  17. ^ Wahlquist, Calla (23 June 2017). "Coalition ministers will not face contempt charges after court accepts apology". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  18. ^ Bucci, Nino; Massola, James (23 June 2017). "Ministers escape contempt charges after 'unconditional apology' to Supreme Court". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  19. ^ "An Executive and Judicial tussle: Is this healthy for our democracy?". Constitution Education Fund Australia. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  20. ^ David Crowe (24 August 2018). "The vote for deputy leader:
    Josh Frydenberg: 46 votes
    Steve Ciobo: 20 votes
    Greg Hunt: 16 votes
    There were 3 abstentions"
    . Fairfax Media. Twitter.

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Peter Reith
Member for Flinders
2001–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Sussan Ley
Minister for Health
2017–present
Incumbent
Minister for Sport
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Christopher Pyne
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Arthur Sinodinos
Preceded by
Mark Butler
as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water
Minister for the Environment
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Josh Frydenberg
as Minister for the Environment and Energy