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Menzies Research Centre presentation to Parliamentarians

On 30 November, I was thrilled to be a part of the Menzies Research Centre presentation to Parliamentarians who had quoted Sir Robert Menzies in their Maiden Speech. Together with Mrs Heather Henderson, Sir Robert Menzies’ daughter, I had the honour of making a few remarks about his legacy. Today, Menzies’ political philosophy still lives strong, providing a foundation for good government. 



Chanukah on the Hill

On 29 November, I attended Chanukah on the Hill celebrations in Parliament House and was honoured to light a candle on the (Chanukah) Menorah. 

It was a wonderful gathering of parliamentarians, members of the ACT Jewish community and the community at large to celebrate Chanukah and the importance of light filling the darkness around the world. It was also a time to reflect on the contribution the Australian Jewish community has made to Australian society and Australian politics. 

Chanukah is an eight day festival of lights celebrating Jewish continuity following the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem centuries ago. It reminds us of the importance of family and promotes unity and togetherness.





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: http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/scholarship-program/Pages/scholarship-program.aspx


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. 

 

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