The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
Streamlining Government Processes by Dissolving the Climate Commission
19 September 2013
Minister for the Environment the Hon Greg Hunt has announced that the Climate Commission will be dissolved today.
As part of the Coalition's plans to streamline government processes and avoid duplication of services the Commission's function to provide independent advice and analysis on climate change will be continued by the Department of the Environment.
The Minister spoke to Professor Flannery Chief Commissioner this morning to personally advise him of the decision.
I would like to recognise the efforts of the Climate Commission in providing information on climate change to the Australian public and thank all the Commissioners for their work.
Letters informing the Commissioners of the decision have been sent today.
In Opposition the Coalition indicated publicly the Climate Commission did not have an ongoing role as it believed that providing advice on climate change is the role of the Department of the Environment.
This decision will save the Budget $580,000 in 2013/14 and an annual funding of up to $1.6 million in future years.