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Visit to Montreal and Washington DC

On 10 July, I delivered the keynote address at the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Montreal. In this address, I outlined Australia and Canada’s shared history, values and interests which are as important as ever today during a period in which the world is facing many challenges to the global order.  You can read my speech in full here.



On 11 and 12 July, I travelled to Washington D.C. to represent the Government at the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, deliver an address at the State Department and participate in a panel on the US-Australia alliance in the Indo-Pacific with Senator Penny Wong.

During the visit, I also meet my American energy and environment counterparts to advance cooperation between the United States and Australia. This included constructive discussions with the Senior Director on the National Security Council and Special Assistant to the President Wells Griffith at the White House, Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler at the Environmental Protection Agency. I also met the Chairs of both the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Lisa Murkowski, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Greg Walden.























 


Visit to New York

On 8 and 9 July, I visited New York to advance the Government’s agenda on energy and the environment.

I delivered a keynote address to the UN Forum on Forests about Australia’s leadership on sustainable forest management including through the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Partnership. I am pictured below with the Undersecretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, Liu Zhenmin.

At the Council on Foreign Relations, I held a roundtable discussion on the global energy outlook and Australia’s perspective.

I also visited the largest energy exchange in the world, namely the New York Stock Exchange and met with its Chair, COO and Stacey Cunningham, the first female CEO in its 226 year history.

At Bloomberg Headquarters, I briefed Bloomberg New Energy Finance on the National Energy Guarantee and heard from their experts about the global energy outlook. I also held a roundtable with significant renewable energy investors with an interest in Australia.



















Visit to Paris

On 5 and 6 July, I travelled to Paris for high level meetings with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and UNESCO.

At the IEA, I delivered a speech as part of its Big Ideas series on the energy transition underway in global markets and the importance of National Energy Guarantee in managing this transition in Australia. I held a Q&A session and meeting with Executive Director of the IEA, Dr Fatih Birol.

At UNESCO, I updated the Director General Audrey Azoulay on the Turnbull Government’s $500 million investment in the Great Barrier Reef. The visit to UNESCO coincided with an event earlier in the week where Australia assumed the co-chairmanship of International Coral Reef Initiative.

While in Paris I also met with Neoen who are investing $2 billion in renewable energy storage projects across five states in Australia. I was also fortunate enough to visit Syctom, a state of the art waste to energy facility in the heart of Paris, where they are producing enough energy to power 300,000 homes and museums such as the Louvre.















Meeting with Birdlife Australia

On 27 June, I met with Birdlife Australia, a science-based organisation working in partnership with government and the community for the conservation of our native birds and their habitats since 1901.

Birdlife has welcomed the Turnbull Government’s decision to not approve an exploration program on Christmas Island because it would have been likely to have significant and unacceptable impacts on matters protected under national environment law.

These matters included the endangered cave fern and the endangered Abbott’s Booby whose rainforest home on the Island is the only remaining nesting habitat for this bird in the world.


Industry and business leaders reiterate support for the National Energy Guarantee

On 26 June, I joined industry and business leaders at a meeting with the Coalition’s backbench committee for the environment and energy to discuss the National Energy Guarantee.

Leaders comprised Business Council of Australia CEO Jennifer Westacott, Australian Industry Group CEO Innes Willox, Minerals Council of Australia Chair Vanessa Guthrie, National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson, BlueScope CEO Mark Vasella and BHP Chief Commercial Officer Arnoud Balhuizen.

Throughout the constructive conversation, all leaders reiterated their support for the National Energy Guarantee as a means to deliver cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power.



Parliamentary showcase of film Food Fighter

On 25 June, I spoke at a parliamentary showcase for the film Food Fighter which features OzHarvest CEO and Founder Ronni Kahn and raises awareness in regard to food waste.

The estimated cost of food waste to the Australian economy is $20 billion per year. That’s why the Turnbull Government is committed to halving food waste in Australia by 2030 – and food rescue charity OzHarvest is joining us in this fight.







Launch of Woolworths' phase out of single-use plastic bags

On 20 June, I was delighted to join Assistant Minister Melissa Price, Woolworths CEO Brad Banducci, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) CEO Brooke Donnelly and Landcare Australia CEO Dr Shane Norrish to mark Woolworths’ phasing out of single-use plastic bags from their supermarkets as well as BWS, Metro and Woolworths petrol stores.

With this move, 3.2 billion single-use plastic bags will be taken out of the system each year, with better outcomes for our waterways, oceans and marine life.

I also congratulate Woolworths on their other packaging initiatives including to stop selling plastic straws and to bring together key industry stakeholders to help in reducing, reusing and recycling our plastics and packaging.

I again commend Woolworths as well as Coles, Aldi and other retailers who have committed to phasing out single-use plastic bags and other plastics and packaging initiatives to benefit our environment.





Contribution to The Forgotten People Updated

On 16 June, I attended the book launch of The Forgotten People Updated for which I wrote a chapter on the qualities Sir Robert Menzies identified as being important for public leadership, reflecting on his radio broadcast “The New Minister to Washington” in 1942.

Edited by Paul Ritchie and published by Jeparit Press, the book revisits Sir Robert’s radio broadcasts from 1941 to 1943 and relates them to contemporary issues. Other contributors to the book include Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith.

An excerpt of my contribution was published in The Australian and is available here.



Visit to electorate of Mayo

On 14 June, I visited the electorate of Mayo in South Australia, alongside Georgina Downer – the Liberal candidate for the upcoming Mayo by-election. We visited Strathalbyn Woodshed, home of the Strathalbyn Woodcraft Group – one of four community groups in Mayo set to benefit from Turnbull Government funding for solar PV, battery and solar hot water systems. 

The Woodcraft Group is a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, but opens its doors to schools, the University of the Third Age and Scouts. Woodcraft Group President Ken and Secretary Eric showed Georgina and I as well as Keith, the Mayor of Alexandrina, around the very tidy Woodshed which will now be fitted with a 13.11 kW solar PV system worth over $8000. 

Find out more about the other organisations set to benefit from the Solar Communities Program here.







Together with State Member for Heysen Josh Teague, Georgina and I also attended a graduation ceremony for the Green Army team of the Adelaide Hills Project at the Upper Sturt Soldiers Memorial Hall. The Green Army team has been working hard to help protect threatened species’ habitats in the Mount Lofty Ranges, a biodiversity hot spot.

The graduation ceremony provided an opportunity for team members to reflect on the achievements of the project. Some members noted that they had secured future employment as a result of their participation and others noted how the project had “changed their lives”. All members were particularly grateful for the support that they’d received from their team leader Phil.

Thanks to Landcare Association of South Australia Chairman Gerry Butler for the invitation and congratulations, once again, to all Green Army team members.







Launch of Howard: the Art of Persuasion

On 12 June, I had the honour of launching a new collection of the finest speeches by our 25th Prime Minister, John Howard. The collection, edited by David Furse-Roberts and sponsored by the Menzies Research Centre, highlights John Howard’s courage, conviction and consistency of purpose over the course of his public life. 

In the many speeches chronicled in this new book, the historic achievements of the Howard Government are there for all to see. Tax, industrial relations and welfare reform coupled with an extensive privatisation and free trade agenda, created the lowest unemployment in more than 30 years. Stronger ties with Indonesia, Japan, China and the United States also characterised Howard’s time in office. 

In the end, John Howard like his observation of Margaret Thatcher before him, got the big things right and the breadth and depth of his spoken word were fundamental to his political success. 

You can read my op ed in The Australian here. I am pictured below with Mr Howard, Director of the Menzies Research Centre Nick Cater and the book’s editor David Furse-Roberts. 




 

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