Greg Hunt

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The Honourable
Greg Hunt
MP
Greg Hunt.jpg
Hunt in 2015
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Assumed office
19 July 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Christopher Pyne
Minister for the Environment
In office
18 September 2013 – 19 July 2016
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Mark Butler (as Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water)
Succeeded by Josh Frydenberg (as Minister for the Environment and Energy)
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Flinders
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Peter Reith
Personal details
Born Gregory Andrew Hunt
(1965-11-18) 18 November 1965 (age 51)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Paula Lindsey
Children 2
Alma mater University of Melbourne (BA, LLB)
Yale University (MA)
Website Official website

Gregory Andrew "Greg" Hunt (born 18 November 1965) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal member of the House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Flinders in Victoria. He served as the Minister for the Environment from September 2013 to July 2016, serving first in the Abbott Government and then in the Turnbull Government.[1] He is currently the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.

Background and early career[edit]

Hunt was born in Melbourne and attended the Peninsula School.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[4] His title was altered to Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Heritage after the 2010 election.[5]

After the 2013 federal election, Hunt was appointed Minister for the Environment in the Abbott Government.[6] 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.[7] In December 2013, he announced a project to dredge Abbot Point, which was approved by the Marine Park Authority in January 2014.[8] Following the change in Liberal Party leadership in September 2015, Hunt was retained as Minister for the Environment in the new Turnbull Government.[9]

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.[10]

With the reelection of the Turnbull Government in 2016, Hunt became the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in the Second Turnbull Ministry.[11]

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 c "The Hon Greg Hunt MP". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Greg's on desperate Hunt for credibility". dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "About Greg". Greghunt.com.au. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Commonwealth Government – Abbott Ministry". Parliament of Australia. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Abbott shuts down Climate Commission". Melbourne: theage.com.au. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority approves plan to dump Abbot Point spoil". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 31 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Malcolm Turnbull's Cabinet reshuffle: Who's going where?". ABC. Australia. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Greg Hunt named 'best minister in the world'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  11. ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Peter Reith
Member for Flinders
2001–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Christopher Pyne
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
2016–present
Incumbent
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