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Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum

The Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum met in Melbourne on 28 July and received advice from the Chairs of the Reef 2050 Plan Independent Expert Panel (IEP) and the Reef 2050 Advisory Committee (RAC) on further action that could be taken – in addition to the considerable efforts already underway – to respond to coral bleaching.

While we consider the expert advice in detail, we have identified a number of action to be undertaken immediately, including: bringing forward the mid-term review of the Reef 2050 Plan; scaling up crown-of-thorns starfish control, research and management; and improving water quality entering the Reef.

Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum

On 28 July, I joined Queensland's Environment Minister Steven Miles in the Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum.

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1988 and stretches over 900,000 hectares from Cooktown to Townsville.

It is home to the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and a cultural landscape for the Rainforest Aboriginal peoples of Tropical North Queensland.

Find out more about our meeting here.

Meeting of Environment Ministers

On 28 July, Commonwealth, state and territory environment minister met in Melbourne for the sixth Meeting of Environment Ministers to progress work that safeguards our environment.

Threatened species, climate change, litter, plastic bags and food waste were all on the agenda.

You can find out about the outcomes of our meeting here.

ABC’s Q&A: School Special Victoria

On 24 July, I was delighted to participate as a panellist on the ABC’s Q&A “School Special Victoria” alongside Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare Catherine King and high school students Pinidu Chandrasekera, Aretha Brown, Jock Maddern and Jacinta Speer.

It was the first time students have appeared on the Q&A panel and together, in front of an audience of high school students, we answered questions ranging from youth engagement, the voting age and employment to mental health, rural needs and the environment.

It was refreshing and insightful to hear the voice of young Australians both on the panel and in the audience. Congratulations to all involved – and particularly to Pinidu, Aretha, Jock and Jacinta.

Economic and Social Outlook Conference speech and Q&A

On 20 July, I attended the Economic and Social Outlook Conference where I delivered a speech and participated in a Q&A with Professor David Byrne of The University of Melbourne and Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy the Hon Mark Butler MP.

Hosted by the Melbourne Institute and The Australian, the conference’s theme was New Directions in an Uncertain World, bringing together people from a wide variety of organisations in the public service, business, academia, community service, health and welfare groups.

Our session focused on energy and I spoke to the Turnbull Government’s plan to help deliver affordable and reliable energy as we transition to a lower emissions future.

University of the Third Age

As we live longer and healthier lives, the need to keep our minds – as well as our bodies – active becomes more important.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) is one of a handful of organisations which provides learning opportunities for members aged 50+. 

On 20 July 2017, I had the privilege to speak to U3A in Deepdene on energy affordability and reliability. 

Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner Q&A

It was a pleasure to participate in a Q&A with journalist Annabel Crabb in front of more than 500 guests at the Australian Clean Energy Summit Gala Dinner on 18 July in Sydney.

The Clean Energy Council, headed up by Chief Executive Kane Thornton, is the peak body representing Australia’s renewable energy and battery storage sector. Their Summit brings together delegates from nearly 200 organisations, ranging from industry to investors.

I spoke with Annabel about the trilemma of affordability, reliability and transitioning to a lower emissions future.

COAG Energy Council meeting

On 14 July, Australia’s federal, state and territory energy ministers met in Brisbane for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) 12th Energy Council meeting. 

Following the eight month review led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, the Energy Council agreed to immediately act on 49 of the 50 recommendations.

As the report was presented to COAG leaders just five weeks ago, these significant reforms have been agreed to in record time. They will help drive down power prices and ensure we have a more reliable system well into the future.

The meeting communique can be found here.

C-M Concrete Products visit

It was great to visit C-M Concrete Products on 13 July with Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen and meet the director of the family business Phil Thomas.

Specialising in precast civil engineering products, their “Litterbank” could go a long way in reducing waste in our waterways.

Global Change Institute's Challenge of Change Lecture

On 12 July, I was privileged to deliver The University of Queensland Global Change Institute’s (GCI) Challenge of Change Lecture to over 400 guests.

The GCI is an independent source of innovative research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of the changing world.

I outlined the trilemma that Australia faces as our energy system undergoes its greatest transition in over a century and the Turnbull Government’s determination to ensure affordable and reliable energy while lowering emissions.


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