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Greg was born in Frankston in 1965 and grew up on the Mornington Peninsula. In 1990, Greg graduated from Melbourne University with First Class Honours in Law. He subsequently won a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Masters in International Relations at Yale University in the United States.
While at university, Greg 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 Associate to the Chief Justice of the Federal Court.
Between 1994 and 1998, Greg worked as a senior adviser to the then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer. Greg then spent almost three years with McKinsey and Co.
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 September 2008 his role was expanded to include all water responsibilities. 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, with responsibility for climate, environment, heritage and water.