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Josh Frydenberg - Liberal for Kooyong
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Australian Forest Products Association industry dinner

On 1 March, I joined the Australian Forest Products Association at their industry dinner in Canberra, together with my colleague, Assistant Minister Anne Ruston. The forestry and forest products industry is a significant part of the economy, with over $20 billion in annual turnover and an estimated 120,000 Australians working in the full value chain. In my keynote address I talked about energy policy, which is important to the industry given their large energy use, which is often gas. I also spoke about renewable energy and climate change policy, providing an update on the Emissions Reduction Fund, the plantation method and the Government's climate review.

Our Lady of Good Counsel School visits Parliament House

On 1 March 2017, I enjoyed welcoming the Year 5 and 6 students from Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Deepdene, to Parliament House, Canberra. Thousands of Kooyong’s 30,000 school students experience Canberra and Parliament each year. During their visit to Canberra the students experienced the National Gallery of Australia, the High Court of Australia and Parliament in action. I met with Our Lady of Good Counsel students during the parliamentary role play education program and spoke with them about  the role of a Member of Parliament, the seat of Kooyong, and the three levels of Government. 

Scotch College's Year 12 politics class visits Parliament House

On 1 March 2017, I had the pleasure of welcoming the Year 12 politics class from Scotch College to my office at Parliament House, Canberra. We had a great discussion about politics and Parliament and they had a series of insightful questions about my portfolio and the operation of Government. Following their visit with me the students toured Parliament House and met with a number of politicians and the Speaker of the House.

Camberwell Primary School and Hartwell Primary School visit Parliament House

On 28 February 2017, I enjoyed welcoming the Year 6 students from both Camberwell Primary School and Hartwell Primary School to Parliament House, Canberra. 100,000 students visit Parliament House each year. Both schools toured Parliament House and participated in the parliamentary role play education program. I spoke with the students about the structure and routine of Parliament House and my role as both the Federal Member for Kooyong and Minister for the Environment and Energy. 

Meeting with Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Dr Fatih Birol

On 22 February  I welcomed Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to Canberra. Australia has been a member of the IEA for almost 40 years, which has provided us with an important forum to discuss the changing energy market and the importance of energy security and energy supply. We had a broad ranging discussion about the IEA’s support of the Finkel Review, with Dr Birol providing global perspectives as to what can be done to stabilise the system in light of the increased uptake of renewables as well as the importance of base-load generation and particularly gas. We also talked about new technology including carbon capture and storage, high-efficiency, low-emission coal-fired power stations as well as battery storage.

Belle Vue Primary School visits Parliament House

Today 22 February 2017, I welcomed the Year 5 and 6 students from Belle Vue Primary School, Balwyn North to Parliament House Canberra. Nearly two million students have participated in Parliament’s school programs since 1988. I spoke with the students about the role of a Member of Parliament and the three levels of Government which was followed by an informative question and answer session about our political system.

Speech to the Sydney Institute

On 20 February, I spoke to the Sydney Institute about the Government's actions to ensure energy security and affordability as we transition to a lower emissions future.  This is one of the most complex and important issues confronting the nation, as our energy system undergoes a once-in-a-century transformation.  I highlighted the need to maintain baseload generation, the importance of reducing pressure on electricity prices and our strong record in meeting emissions reduction targets as well as the Government's practical, technology-neutral approach to energy policy. It's always a privilege to speak at the Sydney Institute and I thank Gerard and Anne for the invitation.



Launch of Threatened Species Prospectus

On 20 February, I was delighted to be in Sydney with our Threatened Species Commissioner, NSW Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton and US Consul General Valerie Fowler at Taronga Zoo to announce the next milestone in the Australian Government’s approach to saving Australia’s plants and animals.

The Government has taken major steps to support the recovery of threatened species across Australia, including mobilising over $210 million since 2014 towards nearly 1000 projects, guided by our science-based Threatened Species Strategy.

We all have a role to play in the fight against extinction. I invited business, industry and the philanthropic sectors to join us, by launching Australia’s first ever Threatened Species Prospectus.

This Prospectus showcases over 50 exciting, action-oriented projects that are ready to deliver real results for our threatened plants and animals. They highlight valuable contributions that businesses can make in saving species like numbats, quolls and cassowaries. I am really excited that a project in the Prospectus has already received a commitment from San Diego Zooo, to support a $500,000 platypus habitat project.

The Prospectus is available here.

It was also terrific to learn of the special proposal between two of the world’s great zoos – our very own Taronga Zoo and San Diego Zoo to exchange two remarkable animals – the Australian platypus and the African Okapi. The proposal will, of course, be subject to Australia’s strict regulatory processes that protect our biosecurity and our native animals’ welfare.

San Diego Zoo already has custodianship of four Tasmanian Devils which are raising awareness in the US of this iconic species and Australia’s fight to save them. Our unique platypuses can, like our Tassie devils, be wonderful overseas ambassadors for our native species.


Energy Consumers Australia Foresighting Forum

This morning I gave the opening address at the second annual Energy Consumers Australia Foresighting Forum. The Forum aims to bring together consumer groups, regulators, businesses and governments to identify and progress key issues affecting the long term interests of consumers.

I set out the changes occurring in the energy sector while highlighting key reforms the Government is pursing, including reforming the limited merits review regime to stop energy businesses gaming the system by appealing how much they can re-coup from customers and the National Energy Productivity Plan, which will increase energy productivity by 40 per cent by 2030.

The Insiders

It was great to join the Insiders program on 19 February to discuss why energy security and affordability are key Government's priorities. High levels of power from wind and solar without the required planning for intermittency poses a risk to the stability of our system as has been evident in SA recently. That is why the Government is focused on keeping sufficient baseload power in our energy system, promoting energy storage and bringing the states and territories on board in a coordinated approach.


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