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CEDA Address

On 10 October, I addressed CEDA’s State of the Nation conference, on the issue of energy security. It was timely in light of the wake-up call governments around Australia have received from the recent blackout in South Australia.  I talked about the opportunities in battery technology and the challenges posed by increased intermittent generation across the grid, particularly wind and solar. 




COAG Energy Council Meeting

Following the blackout in South Australia, a meeting of the state and territory Energy Ministers was held in Melbourne on October 7. The meeting secured agreement on two fundamental points. First, Ministers agreed that their primary responsibility is to ensure the security, reliability and the affordability of the energy system, for all Australians. Second, that an independent review, led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, will develop a blueprint for energy security, with the recommendations outlining the policy, legislative and governance settings needed. This was a major breakthrough. I'm pictured here with the South Australian, Queensland, Tasmanian and Victorian ministers. 




 


Announcing funding for the Nambour Heritage Tramway Project in Fairfax

On Thursday 6 October, I also visited Ted O’Brien MP in the electorate of Fairfax to announce the $500,000 for the Nambour Heritage Tramway Project. Ted really put on a great show with the people in Nambour, who have a proud association with their community’s tram tracks. The successful project will build on Nambour’s strong sense of community and provide great local tourism opportunities. I am pictured here with Paul Moriarty, chairman of the Nambour Tramway Company, and Ted O’Brien MP.



Visit to the electorate of Fisher

On Thursday 6 October, I visited the aptly named Sunshine Coast to open Andrew Wallace’s new electorate office in the electorate of Fisher. During the visit, it wasn’t hard for Andrew to bend my arm and convince me to have a nail painted for charity. Australian charity, YGAP, is running a ‘Polished Man’ campaign to raise awareness and funds for children that have fallen victim to sexual and/or physical violence. Men around the world are painting one of their fingernails to begin a conversation about the issue. The money collected from donations goes to trauma recovery and prevention programs across the globe. I wish Andrew and the people of Fisher the very best of success in their support for this important initiative. I am pictured here having my nail painted with Andrew Wallace MP.




Visit to the Great Barrier Reef

On Wednesday 5 October, I had the great privilege of visiting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef alongside Traditional Owners, leading scientists and rangers from the Australian and Queensland Government’s Joint Field Management Program. The Reef is a thing of natural wonder – it gives so much to so many people in terms of cultural use, tourism opportunities, intrinsic beauty and inspiration. I am proud to be part of the Australian Government’s efforts to ensure the Reef is managed well for future generations and was impressed to see first-hand the efforts to cull the coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish; to learn the Aboriginal stories associated with Reef; and to see what it means for our eco-friendly tourism industry. Under the landmark Long Term Sustainability Plan, the Coalition will continue to deliver significant programs like the Reef Trust and the $1 billion Reef Fund to protect our iconic Great Barrier Reef. I’m pictured here snorkelling on the Reef and with Sheridan Morris, CEO of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, a fellow diver and Dr Russell Reichelt, Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.








Boroondara Sustainable Living Festival 2016 & Farmers Market

Today I was celebrating the Sustainable Living Festival 2016 at the Boroondara Farmers Market,17 September. The Festival takes place every two years, in conjunction with the Boroondara Farmers Market at Patterson Reserve. The Festival demonstrates and educates fun and practical ways to live a sustainable life, including growing vegetables, keeping chooks, worm farming, composting and learning about ways to be more energy efficient. I enjoyed meeting wonderful native Australian creatures and tasting the delicious home grown produce. It is a great initiative to have in my electorate of Kooyong, as it engages the community to be environmentally friendly and live sustainably.
You can see my video at the Sustainable Living Festival here



VAFA Grand Final Lunch

It was great to attend the Victorian Amateur Football Association Grand Final lunch on 16 September along with Carlton legend Mike Fitzpatrick, Member for Goldstein, Tim Wilson MP and Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. This weekend will see two Kooyong teams, Old Trinity and Old Xavs, battling it out in the VAFA grand final at Princes Park. Both teams have had terrific form this season and the game is set to be a nail biting one as the teams compete to get their hands on the prized LA Adamson Cup. Good luck to both teams! 


Energy and climate stakeholders dinner

On 14 September, I was pleased to welcome representatives from the energy and climate change sectors to a dinner at Parliament House. With attendees from Energetics, ClimateWorks Australia, The Climate Institute, the Australian Energy Council, the Carbon Market Institute, the Energy Users Association of Australia, the Investor Group on Climate Change, and the ANU Centre for Climate Law & Policy, I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss this key area of public policy, and hear the views of so many experts in this field. The Turnbull Government is committed to accelerating the deployment of clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency technology, while also keeping energy prices down for all Australians.  


Israel's Minister for Environment at Parliament

On 14 September, I was delighted to welcome Israel’s Minister for the Environment, Mr Ze’ev Elkin MK, to Parliament House. Israel is a world leader in solar technology development, and has made significant investments to improve energy efficiency. This meeting provided an important opportunity to discuss Australia and Israel’s shared interests in acting on climate change, preserving our environment, improving energy productivity, and supporting renewable energy. 

I am pictured with Minister Elkin, Ms Galit Cohen, Deputy Director General for Policy and Planning in the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection, Mr Shaul Goldstein, Director General of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and His Excellency Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, Israeli Ambassador to Australia. 



Dinner with Conservation Groups

On Tuesday 13 September, I was delighted to host dinner for some of Australia's leading conservation groups at Parliament House in Canberra, with representatives from the Australian Conservation Foundation, Birdlife Australia, Bush Heritage Australia, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Greening Australia, the National Landcare Advisory Committee, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy and the Wilderness Society. The Turnbull Government is committed to protecting and preserving our environment, and we will do this through strong community engagement and partnerships with industry, research and non-government sectors, while ensuring we meet our international and national obligations. These organisations are leading the charge in identifying and accessing financing through innovative mechanisms, seeing great collaborative results between communities, governments and the private sector. 


 

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