Greg Hunt

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

After the 2013 election, Hunt was appointed Minister for the Environment under Prime Minister Tony Abbott on 18 September 2013.

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.”

In November 2013, Hunt was criticised by Greens MP Adam Bandt, for ruling out attending the upcoming UN Climate Summit despite being the Environment Minister, saying: “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.”

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