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Smart Cities Research Institute

On 29 June, it was impressive to see what our urban future holds at the recently launched Smart Cities Research Institute at Swinburne University of Technology with Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, and to learn about the work the institute will do to make cities more liveable and sustainable for all.

A smart city is one that utilises information and communication technology to provide innovative and efficient services. A smart city raises the standard of living for all while promoting sustainability and reducing human impact on the environment. Most of all a smart city introduces fresh opportunities for citizens to participate in the design decisions about the urban environment that directly affects them.

As part of the Smart Cities Research Institute's vision, citizens become the designers of the cities in which they live, allowing for more user focused urban planning, which, when combined with ICT, also provides more efficient services. The Smart Cities Research Institute will tackle challenges facing cities by collaborating with industry, business and community.

Hawthorn Rotary Changeover Dinner

On 29 June, I attended the Hawthorn Rotary Club Leaders’ Changeover Dinner at the Greenacres Gold Club in Kew. As the patron of the Hawthorn Rotary Club, I was delighted to join club members in thanking outgoing president, Meredith Hayes and welcoming new president, Katrina Flinn.

Hawthorn Rotary has a number of community projects underway including supporting the homeless and long-term unemployed. Each year Hawthorn Rotary hosts a Christmas lunch for approximately 250 locals who would otherwise spend Christmas on their own.

I am pictured at the changeover dinner with Councillor Phillip Healey, Andrew Tait - Hawthorn Community Chest, incoming President Katrina Flinn and outgoing President Meredith Hayes.

Book Launch: The Forgotten Speeches

On 28 June, I was delighted to launch David Furse-Roberts’ book Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches at Parliament House in Melbourne.

Sir Robert Menzies is not only the founder of the Liberal Party, but also serves as the gold standard for how to approach the role of being a representative of the people.

These forgotten speeches have only now been transcribed into book form, and I commend the brilliant work of David Furse-Roberts for bringing them to light, particularly given their relevance even today.

The book represents a reinvigoration of the importance and continued relevance of Sir Robert Menzies in the 21st century, continuing his legacy as one of the great Australian Prime Ministers.

2017 Energy Efficiency Council National Forum

On 28 June, I had the great pleasure to speak about energy efficiency at the 2017 Energy Efficiency Council National Forum.

Energy efficiency is critical for lower prices, for a more stable system and as we transition to a lower emissions future – and technology and innovation is key to energy efficiency.

The Turnbull Government is working to help address these issues and improve energy efficiency through regulation reforms.

Energy Networks Australia 2017 Gas Seminar

Gas is increasingly becoming a key source of power, and so I was pleased to be invited to speak at the Energy Networks Australia 2017 Gas Seminar on 28 June.

Through Energy Networks Australia, Australia’s gas industry is collaborating to articulate a vision for the sector that demonstrates its role in the energy transformation.

In my speech, I outlined the Turnbull Government’s plan to ensure secure, sustainable and affordable energy, as well as the trilemma we face in achieving this long-term policy plan.

Australian Energy Week

On 23 June, I had the privilege to address 400 delegates from over 100 energy sector companies about Australia’s energy future at Australian Energy Week in Melbourne.

Australian Energy Week explores some of the biggest challenges facing all aspects of the energy market with a strong focus on innovation, the future grid and developing an effective regulatory regime in a period of change.

With Australia’s energy system undergoing its greatest transition in over a century, the Turnbull Government’s priority is to maintain the security, reliability and affordability.

International CEO Forum

Thanks to the International CEO Forum for inviting me to speak at their 15th Foreign Investor Dialogue on 22 June at Parliament House in Canberra.

Each year, the event brings together the foreign business community active in Australia. I spoke to the challenges that Australia’s energy sector faces and the Turnbull Government’s solutions.

Carlton Football Club visit Canberra

It was fantastic to catch up with Carlton Football Club President Mark Logiudice, CEO Steven Trigg, the great Stephen Silvagni and dozens of other Blues supporters including Speaker the Hon Tony Smith MP at Parliament House in Canberra during June.

The Club was in Canberra to discuss AFL, AFLW and Indigenous participation in the sport – as well as tactics ahead of this weekend’s game, of course! Go Blues.

LNG Marine Fuels Institute Launch

World energy markets are changing rapidly and the shipping sector is no exception – hence on 19 June, I was delighted to launch the LNG Marine Fuels Institute, an independent non-profit organisation established to promote the best practice use of LNG as a marine fuel.

Every year, ships emit around 1,000 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the world’s atmosphere, the equivalent of 2.5 per cent of emissions annually. Compared with bunker fuel oil, LNG has around 27 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions per unit when used in transport applications. Combined with advances in the efficiency of ship design, future shipping fleets have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions by around 40 per cent.

With Australia a major producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the Turnbull Government progressing a wide range of reforms to increase domestic supply and put downward pressure on prices, the case for LNG as a marine fuel is strong.

Congratulations to CEO Captain Walter Purio, Chairman Richard Sandover, the board and all others involved.

Asialink Leaders Program

On 19 June, I had the pleasure of speaking with almost 60 leaders from business, government, the arts, media and not-for-profits who were participating in the Asialink Leaders Program at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Program is designed to train our next generation of leaders with an interest in deepening ties with Asia by giving them access to current leaders and encouraging them to examine issues central to engagement with the peoples and cultures of Asia.

I outlined the Turnbull Government’s actions to create a more secure and affordable energy system, while meeting our international commitments.


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