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Israeli-Australian Relations

It was a pleasure to discuss the full range of Israeli-Australian relations, including on energy and the environment, with Minister Tzachi Hanegbi from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu's Office. We look forward to hosting the Prime Minister in Australia in early 2017. I am pictured below with Minister Hanegbi and my colleague, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, as well as Israel's Ambassador to Australia Shmuel Ban-Shmuel. 

Local Colombo Plan students visit Canberra

On 28 November, I was delighted to meet Arman, Louis, Samuel, and Rebecca - New Colombo Plan scholars from my electorate of Kooyong. These students were visiting Parliament House before they embark on their studies in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. The New Colombo Plan is in its fourth year and is an Australian Government scholarship which facilitates opportunities for students to work and study in Asia. Students are selected on their academic merit, leadership in the community, adaptability and ability to promote the New Colombo Plan goals of understanding our region and building links with our neighbours. It’s a great initiative as students return home with new insights and understanding of the Indo-Pacific that will help them to contribute to the economic and cultural life of their University. More information about the New Colombo Plan scholarships can be found here:

Cement Industry Federation Board Meeting

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to leaders of the cement industry. As a key employer and heavy energy user, they are keenly aware of the importance of a secure energy supply. 

Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum

I received briefings alongside my Queensland counterpart Dr Steven Miles today from the Wet Tropics Management Authority on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This is an important and iconic region of North Queensland and the Authority is doing important work managing some complex issues. I was pleased to reaffirm with Minister Miles our commitment to delivering more than $11 million to tackle the problem of yellow crazy ants in the region. 

Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef is the collective responsibility of us all and today I sat down with Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles to make sure our two governments are doing all we can to facilitate a healthier Reef. Together we were pleased to announce a $45 million package of measures that will greatly improve gully erosion and sediment runoff into the reef. We are jointly investing $2 billion over the next decade to safeguard the reef for future generations. The Turnbull Government recently upped this investment through the $1 billion Reef Fund which will address the two greatest challenges facing the reef - climate change and water quality. 

Meeting of Environment Ministers

Today, Commonwealth, State and Territory Environment Ministers met in Sydney. I was pleased to chair this meeting which progressed a number of significant initiatives to advance the protection of species and habitats, phase out of microbeads and the use of plastic bags and reducing food waste. 

Threatened Species Strategy assisting Martu people

On 24 November, I welcomed visitors from the Martu region in Western Australia to Parliament House to get an insight into some of the amazing work Kanyirninpa Jakurrpa are doing to help Martu people manage their country in Western Australia. The Australian Government has committed $250,000 under the Threatened Species Strategy to a Martu led project to assist in the reintroduction of up to six threatened mammals and supporting feral cat control. The bilby and the black-flanked rock-wallaby are two targeted species found on Martu land. Josh is pictured here being presented with a framed photo of savanna burning in the region by Martu Rangers, Andrew and Lewis.

Latrobe City Council meeting

I met with the Latrobe City Council Mayor Kellie O'Callaghan and her colleagues on Thursday November 24. It was a great opportunity to discuss the community's ideas for the future of their region. 

2016 Kooyong Giving Tree

Over the last five years through your generosity, the Kooyong Giving Tree has raised in excess of $40,000 in cash, gift vouchers and in-kind donations for Servants Community Housing in Hawthorn and Kew.

Servants has housed and supported homeless members of our community for 30 years.  This year is a special year for Servants. With the support of a $300,000 start-up grant from the Turnbull Government, Servants will establish a special, new, high quality housing facility for vulnerable women.

I am again calling for your support for Servants’ impactful work by donating cheques, vouchers and non-perishable food items, including Christmas puddings and cakes, as well as essentials such as new men’s clothing, blankets and toiletries.

If you are able to provide a tax-deductible cash donation (cheques made out to Kooyong Giving Tree – Servants Community Housing) or in-kind donations, please send these to my electorate office at 695 Burke Road, Camberwell until 5pm on 21 December 2016.

Marrakech climate conference

I joined my colleague, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in Marrakech, Morocco, to represent Australia at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22). These global climate change talks came at an important time, with Australia having just joined more than 100 countries in ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force on the 4th of November 2016.

At COP22 I participated in a number of panels with ministerial representatives from around the world, including the USA, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia. One panel discussed Mission Innovation, which is an initiative of more than 20 countries who have agreed to double investment in clean energy technology R&D by 2020. Australia has been at the forefront of renewable energy technology development for some time; by 2018 more than 60% of the solar PV cell technology used around the world will be linked back to intellectual property developed at Australian universities. Another panel discussed the critical role of for carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) technology. The International Energy Agency estimates that 12% of emissions reductions could be from CCUS by 2035.

I also met with counterparts from Germany, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, Malaysia and Fiji to discuss environmental issues, rainforest protection, energy efficiency and the transition in our economies. I had the opportunity to present at the Global Landscapes Forum to discuss Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund and blue carbon – sea grass, mangroves which can store four times as much carbon as land – and had the chance to meet with young Australian students with Global Voices.

Australia continues to play a leading role in international climate action, such as co-chairing the Green Climate Fund with South Africa, and jointly leading with the UK the development of a Climate Finance Roadmap. We also co-chaired with China negotiations on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, which led to a global agreement to phase down these harmful greenhouse gases which will save an estimated 72 billion tonnes of emissions by 2050 – equal to one and a third of annual global emissions.

Australia beat its first Kyoto emissions target by 128 million tonnes, is on track to beat our 2020 target by 78 million tonnes and has the policies in place to meet our ambitious 2030 target, which is one of the largest reductions per person among major economies.

Talking about rainforest protection at the Indonesia pavilion

With US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz 

With UK Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd

Discussing carbon capture, use and storage

At the Clean Energy Ministerial

With Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry H.E. Dr Siti Nurbaya Bakar


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