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INDUSTRY Minister Greg Hunt
and Member for Flinders, Greg
Hunt, is the latest to receive scru-
tiny over claims on the taxpayers’
purse, but he has been quick to
defend his record.
Mr Hunt told the ‘Sentinel-Times’
this week that he only claimed for
accommodation where it directly
involved his portfolio duties.
“Being a Minister it is impor-
tant to meet with key stakeholders
across the country to ensure that
our Government can deliver posi-
tive outcomes for our community.
“All trips to Hayman were to at-
tend the annual ADC Forum for
events and meetings. The confer-
ence is attended by business lead-
ers, community leaders and state
and federal parliamentarians from
all sides of politics every year,” Mr
Hunt, who until recently was also
the Environment Minister.
“A key focus of the conference has
been environment, energy and cli-
mate change. In addition, the Davos
Connection has been closely associ-
ated with the World Economic Fo-
In that context, Mr Hunt has been
invited to speak and present at the
conference having been named as
a ‘Global Leader for Tomorrow’ by
the World Economic Forum and
also having previously held a senior
role with the World Economic Fo-
rum, prior to entering parliament.
These six speaking events occurred
over 13 years.
Mr Hunt is presently the Min-
ister for Industry, Innovation and
The other six trips, according
to Mr Hunt occurred over his 15
years in parliament and span his
time as a parliamentary secretary
and shadow minister. On each oc-
casion Mr Hunt said he was based
in a single location and used this
as a base for multiple electorate or
portfolio visits, events or meetings
over a number of days.
These comments relate to criti-
cism in the popular press this
week about him travelling with
his family to Noosa as far back as
2004 and 2006.
“The trips have involved speech-
es, announcements, interviews,
meetings with local councils and
groups, visits to sewerage treat-
“Meetings in Queensland includ-
ed discussions with local environ-
ment groups on Noosa being listed
by UNESCO as a biosphere. This
came to fruition in 2007 after the
preparatory work we had done in-
cluding the launch of agreement
with Council in 2006.”
The Minister has also taken
a strong interest in the work of
the South East Queensland Wa-
ter Catchment Authority. It has
implemented an outstanding com-
munity engagement program for
supporting improved water qual-
ity and revegetation programs. It
is a model that Mr Hunt has used
as an example that other com-
munities should adopt. In was in
this context that Mr Hunt visited
a number of sewerage treatment
plants in South East Queensland.
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