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Australian Strategic Policy Institute Special Report Launch

I was delighted to launch the Australian Strategic Policy’s (ASPI) Special Report, “The challenge of energy resilience in Australia: Strategic options for continuity of supply”, on 24 August at Engineers Australia in Melbourne.

I spoke about the importance of energy resilience and security in Australia, particularly in relation to cybersecurity, transport and liquid fuels, as well as the importance of engineering in addressing the energy challenges which we face.

Thanks to ASPI Executive Director Peter Jennings for his institute's contribution to this important issue and inviting me to be a part of the occasion.

Meeting with Radilink Communications

While in Whyalla on 23 August with local member Rowan Ramsey, I met Denis Colbourne and Kevin Fairman from Radilink Communications.

Using mobile solar power, Radilink provides critical communications in areas where there may otherwise be no power.

Designed to withstand the toughest conditions, Radilink’s technology is particularly useful for the South Australian mining industry.

Speech at Annual Resource Industry Conference

I was pleased to speak at the Annual Resource Industry Conference in the Upper Spencer Gulf Region on 23 August, while on a visit to the electorate of Grey with local member Rowan Ramsey.

The conference and trade expo brought together over 400 delegates from across South Australia’s exploration, mining, energy and mineral processing supply chains.

I spoke about the challenges that Australia and particularly South Australia is facing on the energy front – and the Turnbull Government’s work to deliver affordable and reliable energy as we transition to a lower emissions future.

Visit to Muradel algae to biofuel project

On 23 August, I had the pleasure of visiting biocrude-oil production company, Muradel, in Whyalla with local member Rowan Ramsey.

Muradel has developed technology that can be integrated into existing wastewater treatment plants to sustainably manage sludges and biosolids by producing biocrude-oil.

The biocrude-oil can then be fractioned into various fuel products and petrochemicals that have a smaller carbon footprint than traditional crude oils.

Thanks to the Chief Executive Officer, Ross Mierendorff, and the Muradel team for hosting us.

Visit to truss tomato Sundrop Farm

On 23 August, as part of a trip to the electorate of Grey, I visited the extraordinary Sundrop Farm in Port Augusta with local member Rowan Ramsey.

Sundrop is a hydroponic farm that uses concentrated solar thermal power and desalinated water to produce over 100 million truss tomatoes every year.

Established in 2016 and employing over 200 local people, the farm is a very exciting example of the potential for renewable energy in Australia.

Thanks to Chief Operating Officer, Dougal McOmish, and the whole Sundrop team for providing us a behind the scenes tour.

Address at ARENA’s Innovating Energy Summit

On 14 August, I was delighted to speak at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s (ARENA) Innovating Energy Summit at Parliament House.

The Summit brings together Australia’s top minds in energy innovation and showcases Government supported renewable energy projects.

I spoke about how ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation are accelerating the shift towards a more affordable and reliable renewable energy future.

A better power deal for the Will family

On 9 August, A Current Affair introduced us to the Will family who had received a quarterly electricity bill for over $2,000. Concerned with the extraordinarily high bill, my office made an enquiry with the retailer, AGL.

It was discovered, not only had there been a meter reading error, but also that the Wills were not on the best contract for their circumstances. AGL agreed to waive the outstanding balance and moved the Will family onto a 14 per cent guaranteed discount contract. Find out more here.

I encourage all Australians to check whether they’re getting the best deal for their power via the website

Address to Australian Industry Group

On 9 August, I was pleased to outline to the Australian Industry Group and its members the Turnbull Government’s actions to bring down energy prices. 

Energy prices are key to the competitiveness of Australian industry. 

I am pictured here speaking to members from retailers to restaurants, property to pharmaceuticals, cars to chemicals.

Meeting with electricity retailers

On 9 August, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and I met with the heads of seven electricity retailers and the peak body representing them to work out what more we can do to lower the cost of energy for consumers.

The retailers included Energy Australia, Momentum Energy, Simply Energy, Alinta Energy, Origin Energy, AGL and Snowy Hydro.

As a result of the meeting, we secured agreement from the retailers on a number of immediate measures and ongoing changes to help ensure that individuals, families and businesses are not paying a cent more for their power than they should.

Read my op ed here and media release here.

Energy Security Board appointments

On 8 August, I was delighted to welcome the appointment of Dr Kerry Schott and Clare Savage to the new established Energy Security Board (ESB), both of whom bring extensive experience from the public and private sectors to their new roles.

Dr Schott and Ms Savage join the heads of the Australian Energy Market Operator, Australian Energy Regulator and the Australian Energy Market Commission on the Board.

Established by the COAG Energy Council, the ESB will coordinate the implementation of the Finkel review recommendations that were adopted by the Council last month.


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