Coupled with his sound approach to stakeholders, his consistent performance on the front bench and in Cabinet, Minister Hunt has established his credentials as a strong and reliable parliamentarian and Minister.
Minister Hunt is also respected for his considerable media skills and adept ability in handling difficult questions on challenging issues. He has a highly effective and efficient office, known for their professionalism and attention to detail.
Highly regarded for his strong policy and analytical skills when dealing with complex and sensitive policy issues and his ability to engage with a broad range of stakeholders, Minister Hunt was appointed the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science in the second Turnbull Ministry announced on 19 July 2016.
So what’s the benefit to the health sector with Minister Hunt’s appointment?
He is very passionate about the sector, and knows first hand the challenge that health professionals face – his wife is a nurse, as is his mother. Minister Hunt has already been involved in a number of reviews and discussions on issues of importance to the sector, including the intellectual property review and regulatory processes associated with clinical trials. And in the last 6 months he has also been undertaking the R&D tax incentive review – well aware of the issues facing many in the health sector – particularly those innovative companies keen to establish Australia as a medtech hub.
A key challenge for Minister Hunt is to get up to speed on the many and varied other complex issues in the health portfolio, prepare for the 2017-18 Budget in May and manage myriad of stakeholders, each with their own slant on what the new Minister’s priorities should be for the remainder of the term.