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Successful bid for 2020 ICOMOS General Assembly

On 15 December, Australia ICOMOS won the rights to host a global meeting of heritage experts in Sydney in 2020.
 
The Turnbull Government proudly supported this bid to bring the triennial General Assembly of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to our region for the first time. It’s great news for Australia, coming just one month after we were elected to the World Heritage Committee.
 
ICOMOS provides expert advice to the World Heritage Committee and nations across the globe. We’ll now see more than 1,200 of its members converge on Sydney in three years’ time. Our world heritage listed Sydney Opera House, Blue Mountains and Australian Convict Sites in and around Sydney will provide the perfect backdrop!


Speech at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy

It was a pleasure to speak at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy annual dinner on 
13 December in Melbourne. The Conservancy manages over 11 million acres of land, the largest private not-for-profit holding in Australia.

With over 100 staff, including a large team of ecologists, the Conservancy, led by Atticus Fleming, has brought a great deal of expertise and commitment to the protection of Australia’s flora and fauna.

We have a unique landscape in Australia, with 89 per cent of our fish, 85 per cent of our plants, 84 per cent of our mammals and 45 per cent of our birds found nowhere else in the world. To protect this environment, the Coalition Government launched Australia's first ever Threatened Species Strategy, appointed our first ever Threatened Species Commissioner and launched a first ever Threatened Species Prospectus that builds public-private sector partnerships.

With more than two thirds of Australians living in our capital cities and 90 per cent of our population living on just 0.22 per cent of our land, it’s vitally important to build awareness and appreciation about the beauty and at the same time the fragility of our natural environment. The Australian Wildlife Conservancy plays a vital role in this task.



Launch of solar research and development projects

On 13 December, I launched 20 solar research and development projects at the University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) new Solar Industrial Research Facility in Sydney, alongside the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Chair Martijn Wilder and CEO Ivor Frischknecht and UNSW’s Dean of Science Emma Johnston.

The 20 projects, led by research teams from UNSW, the Australian National University, Monash University and CSIRO, have been provided almost $30 million worth of funding from the Coalition Government through ARENA.
 
Australia has held the world record for silicon solar cell efficiency for 30 of the last 34 years. This kind of R&D has helped drive the cost of solar down from over US$100 per watt in 1975 to just 35-37 US cents per watt in 2017.

It was great to tour the Solar Industrial Research Facility and meet research teams whose projects range from roll up solar cells to semi-transparent solar cells that could be used in windows.

Find out more here.





Opening of Rheem factory upgrade

On 13 December, I was pleased to join Rheem CEO Chris Taylor and Operations General Manager Gary Higgs at their Rydalmere factory to officially open their new and upgraded $40 million facilities.

Rheem has been operating in Australia for 80 years. It exports to more than 30 countries and employs more than 800 Australians. 

It’s an outstanding Australian manufacturing success story, producing 1,100 hot water systems each day. The company also significantly invests in research and development, working on a number of new technologies, including storage for solar hot water systems and interlinking new technologies to improve consumer preferences. 

It was a pleasure to address the staff and meet some workers who have been with the company for more than 40 years.









Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s Annual General Meeting

On 4 December, I had the pleasure of joining the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council’s (ASBEC) Annual General Meeting to speak about the Government’s energy efficiency agenda.

The built environment is a key area of focus where action can reduce power bills, reduce stress on the grid and reduce emissions at the same time. Our National Energy Productivity Plan aims to increase energy productivity 40 per cent by 2030.

ASBEC’s members, number over 45, are important and constructive partners in driving this agenda.



Address to the Committee of Economic Development of Australia

On 1 December, I was pleased to give a keynote address to the Committee of Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) at the Sofitel Melbourne over lunch.

At this event, I discussed the challenges facing the energy sector, the Turnbull Government’s plan for the National Energy Guarantee and our plan to deliver lower network, retail and wholesale prices.




Launch of the Menzies Research Centre’s Shepherd Review Energy Options Paper

On 1 December, I was pleased to launch the Menzies Research Centre’s Shepherd Review Energy Options Paper. The paper supports the National Energy Guarantee and the need for further gas development as a means of delivering a more affordable and reliable power system.

I spoke about the paper’s findings and the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee. I also participated in a Q&A with Tony Shepherd which was moderated by Nick Cater, where we discussed the challenges facing the energy sector.


Visit to Bennelong ahead of 16 December by-election

On 29 November, I joined local candidate John Alexander in the electorate of Bennelong ahead of the 16 December by-election.

JA and I visited a number of local small businesses in West Ryde, including a cafe, pharmacy and barber. We discussed some of the challenges facing small businesses, the outcomes JA has delivered for Bennelong and the Coalition Government’s plan to help reduce power prices.

We also visited a butcher, travel agent and fish market at Top Ryde Shopping Centre in Ryde, meeting a number of local shoppers along the way.








Visit to BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks with the Prime Minister

On 27 November, I had the opportunity to join the Prime Minister in visiting BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks. The steelworks employs up to 6,000 Australians, including many cadets and apprentices, like the young men and women I’m pictured with below.

BlueScope is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers, exporters and energy intensive users. It stands to benefit $13 million a year in energy bill savings from lower wholesale prices under the Government’s National Energy Guarantee. We were hosted by current and incoming CEOs, Paul O’Malley and Mark Vassella.









National Energy Guarantee progresses at COAG Energy Council

On 24 November, Australia’s energy ministers gathered in Hobart for the 15th COAG Energy Council meeting. As a result of the meeting, the Council agreed to undertake further design work on the National Energy Guarantee.

It was a significant and constructive step forward as we seek to deliver a more affordable and reliable energy system, while transitioning to a lower emissions future. The next COAG Energy Council meeting is in April 2018.

The media release is available here and communique available here.

 

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