Meet the Speaker The Honorable Robert Hill AC is a former leading Federal Cabinet Minister and Australian Ambassador to the United Nations. He is Australia’s longest serving Minister for the Environment Minister. As Environment Minister he led major new approaches to conservation, including a full and effective approach for marine planning.   His other major environmental achievements included the passage of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the establishment of the $2.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust, the largest environmental rescue package ever undertaken by an Australian Government, and ensuring government support for the work of Indigenous land management and the creation of Indigenous Protected Areas. Following his retirement from public service, Robert was appointed Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 2010-2014, and he is currently an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability and Co-Director of the Alliance 21 project at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He is also a Commissioner of the Global Ocean Commission; Chair of the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute Advisory Board, and Chair of the University of New South Wales’ Cooperative Research Centre on Low Carbon Living.