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Kew Rovers Football Club Annual Presidents Breakfast 2018

On 25 April, it was terrific to attend the Kew Rovers Annual President’s Breakfast at the MCC in Kew and hear from the President Anthony Kift and special guest AFL Champion and Collingwood Football Club Coach, Nathan Buckley.

Kew Rovers Football Club has a total of nearly 400 players; 110 female and 390 male making up the 15 male and 6 female teams. The annual breakfast is a great opportunity to rally supporters and hear first hand about the AFL’s initiatives including junior participation, growth and consolidation.

Opening of the Lighting Council of Australia’s new national headquarters

On 17 May, it was a pleasure to open the Lighting Council of Australia’s (LCA) new national headquarters in Hawthorn.

The LCA has around 100 members including lighting suppliers and manufacturers, small businesses and large. They represent an industry of 4,000 employees and more than $2 billion in value. 

COAG Energy Council recently agreed to a phase out of halogen lamps and introduction of minimum standards on LED lamps, which will see households save $65 a year on their power bills. 

I am pictured below with board members of the LCA, their CEO Richard Mulcahy and the Member for Caulfield and Victorian Shadow Energy Minister David Southwick.

Meeting with Argentina’s Undersecretary for Mining and Energy and Ambassador to Australia

On 15 May, it was an honour to meet Argentina’s Undersecretary for Mining and Energy Juan Biset and Ambassador to Australia Hugo Gobbi.

We discussed Argentina’s plans for its presidency of the G20 in 2018, including creating cleaner, more flexible and transparent energy systems. 

The Undersecretary is in Australia for Latin America Down Under and to grow the already strong relationship between Australia and Argentina.

Address at Australian Energy Week 2018

On 11 May, I was pleased to speak at the Australian Energy Week 2018 in Melbourne.

Each year, Australian Energy Week brings together representatives from across the energy supply chain.

I opened the final day of the conference and spoke about the change underway in energy markets and the Turnbull Government’s work to secure a more affordable and reliable system.

Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue panel discussion

On 10 May, I participated in an Australian American Young Leadership Dialogue panel discussion at Parliament House in Canberra.

The discussion focused on infrastructure and I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s $75 billion infrastructure roll out. 

The Australian American Leadership Dialogue brings together Australian and American leaders in support of the relationship between the two countries.

Also appearing on the panel was Connie Sokaris of National Australia Bank and Garry Bowditch of the University of Sydney.

International media interest in Great Barrier Reef investment

The Turnbull Government’s record-breaking $500 million investment in the Great Barrier Reef immediately received international media interest, demonstrating not only the value of the Reef, but also the significance of the investment.

In the days following the announcement, I spoke live from Melbourne with Singapore-based Sharanjit Leyl on BBC World News and London-based Dotun Adebayo on BBC Radio 5 live as well as Los Angeles-based Cyril Vanier on CNN.

You can watch the CNN interview here.

Official opening of Red and Lumo Energy heritage offices

On 3 May, I was delighted to officially open Red Energy and Lumo Energy’s new office at the state heritage-listed Bryant and May Factory in Richmond, Victoria.

Owned by Snowy Hydro, Red Energy and Lumo Energy employ more than 1200 people and have more than one million customers, offering services in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

The iconic Bryant and May Factory has been carefully restored and now houses all 1200 employees.

I am pictured below with Red Energy and Lumo Energy CEO Iain Graham and Victorian Senator Jane Hume as well as Snowy Hydro Managing Director and CEO Paul Broad, Non-Executive Director Joycelyn Morton and Chair Noel Cornish.

Keynote speech at 5th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit

On 2 May, it was great to speak at the Carbon Market Institute’s 5th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Every year, the Carbon Market Institute’s Summit brings together national and international leaders from business, government, technology and finance.

I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s commitment to reduce emissions, while ensuring our international competitiveness, jobs growth and energy security and affordability are maintained.

Keynote address at Energy Users Association of Australia National Conference

On 2 May, I was pleased to join the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA) at their National Conference at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and deliver a keynote address to open day two of the conference.

The EUAA represents major Australian electricity and gas users, including significant retail, mining, manufacturing, materials and food processing industries, all of which know the importance of an affordable and reliable energy system.

I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s actions across the board, including the National Energy Guarantee, to deliver cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power for Australian households and businesses.

Announcement of largest ever single investment in the Great Barrier Reef

On 29 April, alongside Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Assistant Minister for the Environment Melissa Price and new Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker, I announced the largest ever single investment - $500 million – in the protection and restoration of the Great Barrier Reef.

The additional half a billion dollars, announced at the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns, will not only support the health of the Reef, but also the 64,000 jobs and estimated $6.4 billion the Reef contributes to the economy every year.

The investment builds on the Australian and Queensland Governments’ $2 billion Reef 2050 Plan which has received significant praise from the United Nations World Heritage Committee.

At the announcement, we were pleased to be joined by Great Barrier Reef Foundation Chair John Schubert, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Chair and CEO Russell Reichelt, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, Reef 2050 Advisory Committee Chair Penny Wensley, Reef 2050 Independent Expert Panel Chair Ian Chubb, Traditional Owner Dwayne Fraser and Reef Guardians Katie and Molly.

To find out more about the announcement, you can read my opinion editorial here and the media release here.


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