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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.

Rotary Club of North Balwyn BBQ Trailer Launch

I was delighted to attend Boroondara Council's annual 'Music in the Park' festival on 18 February at Canterbury Gardens. This year's festival was extra special as I launched the Rotary Club of North Balwyn's BBQ trailer - which was made possible with a $15,000 matched grant through the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program.The BBQ trailer will enable the Rotary Club of North Balwyn to raise much needed funds to support important Rotary community projects. Congratulations to President Rowan McLean and Committee Member Greg Matthews who were instrumental in bringing the BBQ trailer project to life.

Bialik Button Project

On 17 February 2017, it was an honour to be at my old school, Bialik College, to deliver the closing remarks at the official opening of the Bialik Button Project, a remarkable memorial for the 1.5 million children who were killed during the Holocaust.

Students from Bialik spent 10 years reaching out around Australia and across the globe for buttons. Every button was distributed into 22 clear cylinders representing the different European countries where the children who perished in the Holocaust were from.

Today highlighted the importance of the next generation; the children and how we can learn from the actions of our past to better our future and to never repeat such heinous atrocities again. 

I commend the students of Bialik College and all those who were involved, for their vision and determination to create a powerful reminder of the past and to honour each child lost to this world during the Holocaust. Kol Ha’Kavod, to one and all.

Meeting with Australia Zoo

On 16 February, I was delighted to meet with Bill Ferguson from Australia Zoo, local member Andrew Wallace MP and the Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews to hear about the Zoo's wonderful work in protecting and recovering our threatened species. Since opening in 2008 the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has admitted more than 65,000 animals, making it one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is renowned for its treatment and rehabilitation of injured koalas, treating more than 70 per cent of all koalas in Queensland. I congratulate Australia Zoo on their dedication to wildlife conservation. 

Meeting with the President of the National Farmers Federation

On 15 February 2017, I was pleased to meet with Fiona Simpson, President of the National Farmers Federation in my office at Parliament House, Canberra. We discussed the critical importance of energy security and affordability in maintaining the international competitiveness of Australian agriculture.

St Bede's Primary School visits Parliament House

Today 15 February 2017, I welcomed the Year 5 and 6 students from St Bede’s Primary School, Balwyn North to Parliament House. I spoke with the students about the role of a Member of Parliament, the seat of Kooyong, and the three levels of Government. The students also asked a series of great questions about our political system. 

Vehicle Emissions Forum

On 15 February, I joined the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, to meet with key stakeholders in Canberra to discuss measures to reduce vehicle emissions that harm our health and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting provided an important opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on the issue.  This is the third major forum the Government has organised to hear from a range of representatives including, consumer, environment and health groups, the fuel industry and vehicle manufacturers.

On 20 December 2016, the Australian Government released three consultation papers for public comment, covering the introduction of fuel efficiency standards, the strengthening of emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles and improving fuel quality standards.

Submissions on each of these papers are open until 10 March 2017 and I would encourage all Australians to make comment as we work towards a lower emissions future.

For more information on the Forum or to make a submission, please click here [] and here []. 

Annual Pollies vs Press Tennis Challenge

What a great way to start the day with a tennis match in the annual Pollies vs Press Tennis Challenge at Parliament House. Today I teamed up with Anthony Albanese (on the line was called out by him). While there is usually no quarter given on the floor of the Parliament, the tennis court provides a more relaxed environment for political rivals to come together - and in today's case we came together to beat the press team!  

Melbourne Indigenous Transition School graduates

On 13 February 2017, it was a pleasure to meet two graduates from Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) in Richmond, Jody and Layla and the Inaugural Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellow, Michelle Kerrin in Parliament House for Close the Gap week.

I had the honour of opening MITS representing the Prime Minister on 29 April 2016, when I was the Minister for Northern Australia. The school boards and educates up to 22 remote and regional community year 7 Indigenous students each year as they transition into scholarship positions with MITS’ Melbourne based partner schools.

It is remarkable to see the power of education to these young Indigenous Australians as we work towards closing the gap.


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