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Launch of the Electric Vehicle Council

On 22 May 2017, I was excited to attend the launch of the Electric Vehicle Council Australia, with the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure. Alongside CEO AGL Energy – Andy Vesey, CEO Mitsubishi Motors Australia – Mutsuhiro Oshikiri and Head of Implementation at ClimateWorks Australia – Scott Ferraro, I was pleased to announce a $390,000 Australian Renewable Energy Agency grant for ClimateWorks to support the uptake of lower emissions vehicles in Australia.

Passenger vehicles account for around 10 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions which means if we can reduce emissions in this area, it can help us meet our targets under the Paris Agreement. The uptake rate of electric vehicles in Australia is around 0.1 per cent of new vehicle sales and is projected to increase to 0.3 per cent by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030 as electric vehicles become more price competitive. This would result in more than 12,000 electric vehicles registered in Australia by 2020, and around 1 million by 2030.

The Electric Vehicle Council brings together car manufacturers, energy companies, charging infrastructure providers and a range of interested companies and organisations. It was fantastic to see the range of electric cars already in Australia, including the Mitsubishi Outlander, Tesla Model S and Model X, Nissan Leaf, Hyundai IONIQ and BMW i8. It was also good to meet the founder of Jet Charge charging infrastructure, Tim Washington, and to hear from industry about the different options available to Australians interested in electric vehicles. 

Minister Fletcher and I were also pleased to welcome the partnership between AGL and Mitsubishi to incentivise electric vehicle use.

Maccabiah Games 2017 Australian Team Farewell

During the opening ceremony of the 1997 Maccabiah Games in Israel, a footbridge collapsed below the Australian team, killing 4 Australian athletes and injuring 60. On 22 May 2017, I joined Maccabi Australia in Sydney to participate in a moving ceremony to commemorate the tragedy and pay tribute to the 4 lives lost. I also had the honour of representing the Prime Minister in wishing the team success in the upcoming Maccabiah Games to be held in Israel in July 2017. In 2017, Australia is sending its largest-ever delegation of athletes to Israel, including 473 athletes and 101 officials.

Below I am pictured with (from left to right): Barry Smorgon OAM - President Maccabi Australia, Adam Kellerman - Wheelchair Tennis Paralympian, Adam Zines, Sein Bloch - Flagbearer and Tom York OAM - Head of Delegation. 

BCNA and Bakers Delight Pink Bun campaign

On 19 May, I was once again happy to support the annual Pink Bun campaign at Bakers Delight in Camberwell with Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and their CEO Christine Nolan. 

Each year over 17,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. BCNA in partnership with Bakers Delight has raised $17 million over 17 years. 100% of the sale of Pink Buns is donated to BCNA so they can provide information and support to those affected by breast cancer. 

Make sure you pop into your local Bakers Delight from now until the 31st of May and help give breast cancer the finger bun.

Below I am pictured with (from left to right): Dave Christie - Joint CEO Bakers Delight, Josy Shaw - Group General Manager Bakers Delight, Elise Gillespie - Joint CEO Bakers Delight, Christine Nolan - CEO  Breast Cancer Network Australia and Rozalee Erceg - Head of Fundraising Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Balwyn High School and Deepdene Primary School visit Parliament House

On 18 May, I welcomed two schools to Parliament House - the Year 8 students from Balwyn High School and the Year 6 students from Deepdene Primary School. I spoke with both schools about the role of a Member of Parliament, the seat of Kooyong, and the three levels of Government. The students also asked a series of great questions about our political system. 

Young Leadership Dialogue

On 11 May 2017, I participated on a panel at the Young Leadership Dialogue in Parliament House with the Hon Mark Butler MP – Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy and Brendan Pearson – Chief Executive at Minerals Council of Australia, to discuss the energy situation in Australia. 

Meeting with Keep Australia Beautiful

On 10 May 2017, it was terrific to meet with chair of Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) David Carter, and former Senator Mary Jo Fisher to discuss the important work KAB is doing to reduce litter and engage with Australians to care for their local environments. Established nearly 50 years ago, KAB runs well-known community programs such as Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, Sustainable Cities, Eco-Schools and Adopt a Patch.

Meeting with MSF Sugar

On 9 May 2017, I met with Mike Barry, Director and CEO and Paul Heagney, General Manager Marketing of MSF Sugar, along with the Hon Keith Pitt MP, Federal Member for Hinkler and the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism, & Investment. It was fantastic to hear about how this Australian company is maximising the value of sugarcane by building new renewable power plants that will run on biomass. I was also pleased to hear of the company's work with growers on better farming practices. MSF Sugar is the second largest exporter of sugar in Australia and brings around 1000 jobs to Queensland. 

Meeting with OzHarvest

On Friday 5 May, I met with Ronni Khan, the founder and CEO of OzHarvest, to discuss the development of Australia's National Food Waste Strategy to halve food waste by 2030. Since its founding in 2004, OzHarvest has delivered more than 60 million meals to people in need while at the same time rescuing more than 20,000 tonnes of food from ending up as landfill and waste. Today, OzHarvest delivers approximately 1.2 million meals each month through a fleet of more than 40 vehicles.

In Australia we produce enough food to feed 60 million people a year but every month more than 600,000 people, one third of them children, seek food relief from relevant charities. The cost of food waste to the overall economy each year in Australia is estimated to be $20 billion. The Government is committed to working with business, industry and food rescue organisations to coordinate a strategy to halve food waste by 2030.

It was also terrific to meet Dr Richard Swannell who is the Development Director at the Waste and Resourced Action Programme (WRAP) in the UK. Richard provided important insights into the initiatives, programs and campaigns the UK has put in place to reduce food waste and how we could build on these in the Australian context.

Launching the Threatened Species Recovery Fund

On 5 May 2017, I was delighted to launch the Threatened Species Recovery Fund grant round with Tony Smith MP - Federal Member for Casey and Speaker of the House of Representatives and with Gregory Andrews - Threatened Species Commissioner at Healesville Sanctuary.

Grants from $20,000 to $250,000 are available for communities to protect threatened plants and animals, like the beautiful mountain pygmy-possum which I met at Healesville.

The Australian Government is committed to recovering threatened species and has mobilised over $211 million to support our endangered animals and plants across Australia since 2014, when we appointed the Threatened Species Commissioner. In 2015 we launched Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy and in February this year we launched a Threatened Species Prospectus to encourage the private sector to join us in the fight against extinction.

I am proud of our commitment to threatened plants and animals, and the steps we are taking to reduce the threats. But I am even prouder of the local community groups across Australia that are doing their best to save our species.

That’s why I encourage community groups, local Landcare groups and friends of groups fighting extinction across Australia to apply under the Threatened Species Recovery Fund here

It was also great to bump into students from Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School from my seat of Kooyong at Healesville Sanctuary.

Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia

On 5 May 2017, it was great to join Tony Smith MP the Speaker of the House of Representatives in his electorate of Casey and visit one of the local businesses - Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia - and talk about important gas reforms.

Aussie Growers Fruits is a family owned business employing 60 to 70 staff and a manufacturer of fruit products including Yarra Valley Jams, Noah's juice, chutneys, fruit condiments and bakers fillings. The products are distributed to large food chains including McDonalds, Aldi, Coles and Safeway.

Over the last three years wholesale electricity prices have dramatically increased causing Aussie Growers Fruits electricity prices to rise exponentially. The Turnbull Government has released a framework for a new Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism (ADGSM) to ensure a secure and adequate supply of gas. The ADGSM is a critical part of the Turnbull Government’s gas market security plan aimed at making sure adequate and reasonably priced gas is delivered to Australian homes and businesses, such as Aussie Growers Fruits. 


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