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Electric vehicle test drive

On 13 September, it was great to test drive the Tesla Model S at Parliament House alongside Behyad Jafari of the Electric Vehicle Council.

The Tesla Model S accelerates from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in as little as 2.7 seconds! It also has autopilot capabilities.

The Electric Vehicle Council is the national body representing the electric vehicle industry in Australia. Thanks to Behyad for the invitation.

Visit from Beth Rivkah Ladies College

It was a pleasure to meet and chat with students from Beth Rivkah Ladies College alongside their local member Michael Danby on 12 September at Parliament House.

Michael and I spoke about the upcoming Rosh Hashanah celebrations as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Australia.

Welcome to Parliament House, students!

Meeting with Zionist Federation of Australia

On 11 September, it was a pleasure to meet with key leadership figures and other prominent members of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) at Parliament House.

The ZFA represents 20 national Jewish organisations and an additional 117 state Jewish organisations across Australia.

I spoke about Israel and various issues that of interest to the Jewish community.

Threatened Species Day

On 7 September, we celebrated Threatened Species Day at Parliament House alongside Koda and Kayah the Tasmanian devils, Tilly the yellow-footed-rock-wallaby, Irene the koala, George the wombat as well as a rough-scaled python, an eastern bearded dragon and eastern quolls.

In 2014, the Coalition Government launched our Threatened Species Strategy and appointed Australia's first Threatened Species Commissioner. Since, we have invested $228 million in more than 1,000 projects. On Threatened Species Day, I was delighted to announce $3 million worth of funding for another 19 projects designed to fight extinction.

Threatened Species Day is a strong reminder of the remarkable wildlife that we have in Australian – and have to protect. Congratulations and a big thank you to the Threatened Species Commissioner and the Australian Reptile Park for organising such a memorable day.

Speech at Greening Australia 35th anniversary celebration

It was a pleasure to speak at the Greening Australia 35th anniversary celebration on 6 September at Parliament House.

Over 35 years, 11,000 landholders and tens of thousands of volunteers, staff and contractors have joined together in planting over 40 million trees to conserve and restore 350,00 hectares across Australia.

The celebration brought together major supporters and partners from government, business and the community from across Australia. I spoke about the importance of restoring and conserving Australia’s environment and landscape. 

Congratulations Greening Australia and thank you for the invitation.

Address at Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Australia Joint CEO Forum

It was a pleasure to address delegates at the Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Australia Joint CEO Forum on 1 September in Melbourne.

The Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Australia represent various major electricity and gas businesses and the Forum is designed to discuss the current state of the energy industry.

I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s actions on all fronts to manage the energy transition, helping deliver greater affordability and more reliability.

U3A Hawthorn

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

On 31 August 2017, I had the privilege to speak to U3A in Hawthorn on how the Government is managing the energy transition.

Listing of Abbotsford Convent on the National Heritage List

On 31 August, I was delighted to announce the listing of Melbourne’s Abbotsford Convent on the National Heritage List, the highest heritage recognition in Australia.

Becoming the 111th place on the List, Abbotsford Convent has outstanding heritage value for illustrating the provision of welfare in Australia and the role of religious and charitable institutions in Australia’s social history during the 19th and 20th centuries.

On the day, I also launched the Australian Heritage Council’s publication Australia’s National Heritage List – The Story So Far.

Congratulations to Abbotsford Convent CEO Collette Brennan and everyone associated with the Convent as well as Australian Heritage Council Chair the Hon Dr David Kemp AC.

Find out more here.

Meeting with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation

It was great to catch up CEO Ian Learmonth and the team from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) on 30 August in Sydney.

The CEFC is designed to mobilise capital investment in renewable energy, low-emission technology and energy efficiency in Australia. 

The Corporation has committed almost $4.3 billion to new investments in the Australian clean energy sector since it began investing in 2013, contributing to projects with a total value of $11 billion.

At the meeting, we discussed the CEFC’s upcoming priorities, which will continue to serve as a catalyst for clean energy investment in Australia.

Follow up meeting with electricity retailers

On 30 August, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Treasurer Scott Morrison and I met with the heads of seven electricity retailers for the second time to further work out what more we can do to lower the cost of energy for consumers.

The retailers confirmed their commitments from the first meeting to ensure that an estimated one million families on expired discount offers are contacted and directed to the best electricity plan for them.

At the follow up meeting, the retailers agreed to go further, contacting another one million customers on “standing offers” – usually the most expensive rates.

The retailers included Energy Australia, Momentum Energy, Simply Energy, Alinta Energy, Origin Energy, AGL and Snowy Hydro. The media release is available here


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