Greg Hunt
Greg Hunt

Greg Hunt 'killed' investigation into Bureau of Meteorology

ENVIRONMENT Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed he "killed" the idea of a review into the Bureau of Meteorology over claims it was exaggerating estimates of global warming.

Freedom of Information documents obtained by the ABC show that former prime minister Tony Abbott's own department considered an investigation into BoM, following reports published by The Australian newspaper.

The reports in August and September 2014 questioned the Bureau's methodology for analysing temperatures, claiming BoM was "wilfully ignoring evidence that contradicts its own propaganda".

But Mr Hunt told Lateline that when the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet raised the matter of an investigation with him, he shut it down.

"My answer was very clear: we have perhaps the best or one of the best meteorological organisations in the world. I have full confidence in their data and the idea was killed at that point," he said.

ABC News