Environment Debate

The Hon Greg Hunt MP and the Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for the Environment and Shadow Minister
Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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Greg HuntGreg was born in Frankston in 1965, the son of Alan Hunt, who served West Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula for over 30 years as the State Upper House member for South-Eastern Province.

Raised in Mornington, Greg attended school at Mornington Primary and The Peninsula School. In 1984, prior to entering university, he spent a year based on a kibbutz in Israel. This included a three-month period spent riding a bicycle around Europe.

In 1990, he graduated from Melbourne University with First Class Honours in Law, winning an award for the best final year law thesis. He subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Masters in International Relations at Yale University in the United States.

While at university, Greg captained the Australian Universities Debating Team, was runner-up at the World Universities Debating Championships and won the Edinburgh International Debating Tournament. He also worked casually as a steelworker, fruit picker, waiter and storeman and packer.

After university and a year spent as an articled clerk with Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Greg became an Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court as well as spending time as an intern with the United Nations Centre for Human Rights in Geneva.

Between 1994 and 1998, Greg worked as a senior adviser to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. Greg had responsibility for South East Asia, defence, human rights, trade and international law and counts his contribution to the development of an international initiative for the removal of land mines as his most important work.

After spending time as Chief Australian Electoral Observer in Cambodia, Greg spent almost three years with McKinsey and Co – from early 1999 to late 2001 – rising to the position of Engagement Manager. His time with McKinsey included a secondment as Director of Strategy at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

Greg was elected as the Federal Member for Flinders in 2001. In 2004 he became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage and in January 2007 was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

After the November 2007 Federal election, Greg was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment and Urban Water, a role that brought together the great interests of his time in parliament. In December 2009 Greg’s role was expanded once more when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage.

After the 2013 Federal election Greg became Minister for the Environment. He has responsibility for climate, environment, heritage and environmental water as well as overseeing the new cities agenda.

As the Member for Flinders, Greg has completed three 500km walks around his electorate – in 2004, 2007 and 2011 – to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

He is a keen sportsman and has competed in seven marathons as well as numerous local events such as the Arthurs Seat Challenge fun run, the San Remo Channel Challenge run and swim and the Dromana Life Saving Club swim.

Greg is married to Paula, a surgical nurse. They have two young children and reside on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mark ButlerMark was elected to Federal Parliament in 2007 representing the electorate of Port Adelaide. His career in Parliament has so far included; Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Minister for Climate Change, Environment, Heritage and Water.

Mark is currently the Shadow Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water.

Before entering Parliament, Mark worked for 15 years in the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union (LHMU) including 11 years as State Secretary and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for services to trade unionism.

In 1997, Mark was elected President of the ALP in South Australia, and was a Member of the ALP National Executive and National Executive Committee from 2000 to 2014. He has also served as a member of several government and private sector boards including the South Australian Social Inclusion Board and the SA Tourism Commission.

Mark holds a First Class Honours Law degree, an Arts degree and a Masters degree in International Relations.
He lives in Woodville Park with his wife and two children, and is a keen supporter of AFL team, Port Power.