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Energy roundtable at ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018

On 17 March, I hosted an energy roundtable as part of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit 2018 in Sydney, where the Prime Minister has brought together his counterparts from Southeast Asia.

Our energy roundtable, co-chaired by Woodside CEO Peter Coleman and Petronas CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkifli, comprised CEOs from the sector across Asia, including from major companies such as GE, Glencore, MSF Sugar, PetroVietnam, Sapura Energy, Sembcorp Marine, Singapore Power and Worley Parsons.

We discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by unprecedented disruption in energy markets and ways to advance our cooperation across infrastructure, investment, policy frameworks and technological skills.

I am pictured below with the co-chairs and other CEOs.

Roundtable discussion with Master Builders Association

On 14 March, I held a roundtable with the Chief Executive Officer Denita Wawn and representatives of the Master Builders Association from across Australia, including Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Western Australia.

We had a productive discussion about how the Government and industry can drive more affordable, cost effective and energy efficient homes through the National Construction Code and through industry led initiatives.

Speech and panel discussion at Green Cities 2018

On 14 March, I delivered a speech and participated in a panel discussion at Green Cities 2018 in Melbourne.

Co-hosted by Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia, Green Cities brings together thought leaders and industry experts from the built environment sector. This year is its 12th consecutive year and the theme is Energising Communities.

Joining me on the panel was Victorian Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, Macquarie Capital’s John Pickhaver, Stockland’s Mark Steinert and ClimateWorks Australia’s Anna Skarbek.

I spoke about the energy efficiency initiatives that the Turnbull Government is driving as we seek to deliver a more affordable and reliable energy system while transitioning to a lower emissions future.

Announcement of further support for Bush Blitz

On 9 March, I was pleased to announce a further $5.5 million worth of support for Australia’s largest species discovery program Bush Blitz at Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens – a figure that will be matched by Bush Blitz project partner BHP.

Bush Blitz is a partnership between the Coalition Government, BHP and Earthwatch Institute Australia. It has led to the discovery of more than 1700 plant and animal species and record of more than 45,000 since 2010.

It was great to spend the morning in Melbourne with BHP’s Geoff Healy, Earthwatch’s Cassandra Nichols and the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Tim Entwisle as well as Ms Sise and students from Lyndale Greens Primary School. Within a few hours, we made a number of “discoveries” ourselves!

Today Show at Moomba Festival

On 9 March, it was great to join Karl Stefanovic and the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, on the Today Show, ahead of the Moomba Festival in Melbourne this weekend.

I spoke with Karl about steel tariffs, education and Gonski 2.0.

Moomba Festival is Australia’s largest community free festival and runs along the banks of the Yarra River showcasing talented performances, great food, and fun activities for the whole family. If you get a chance head down there this weekend.

More information about the Festival can be found here.

International Women’s Day 2018

A pleasure to host a lunch for a group of extraordinary women from our local community to celebrate International Women's Day 2018.

Our special guest was my colleague, the Hon Melissa Price MP, Assistant Minister for the Environment and I was pleased to introduce the Minister to leading women from the fields of business, not-for-profit, education and medicine. 

The conversation focused on how we can encourage and inspire more women and girls to achieve their goals. 

Panel discussion at The AFR’s Business Summit

It was great to join EnergyAustralia’s Catherine Tanna, TransGrid’s Paul Italiano, Power Ledger’s Jemma Green and The Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) Jennifer Hewett at The AFR’s Business Summit in Sydney on 7 March.

We discussed the challenges associated with the transition Australia’s energy system is currently undergoing – the greatest in a century – and the work being done by government and industry to secure a more affordable and reliable system for households and businesses.

Catherine Tanna and Paul Italiano both made comments in support of the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee.

You can read my opinion editorial, published in The AFR on the same day, here.

Meeting the Environment Graduates

On 1 March 2018, I welcomed with the Hon Melissa Price MP, Assistant Minister for the Environment, the new dedicated and dynamic graduates that will be joining the Department of Environment and Energy’s graduate program.

We had a great discussion about the importance of working in the public service, the breadth of my portfolio, my role as a Minister and the many opportunities to work with community and industry this role brings.

These 24 new professional graduates will be bringing a diverse range of skills and qualifications to the department and I wish them all the best on their journey in their new roles.

Meeting with Foodbank Australia

On 1 March 2018, I had a great discussion with the Board of Foodbank Australia about food waste, supply chain logistics & the Turnbull Government’s strategy to halve food waste by 2030.

Foodbank is Australia’s largest distributor of rescued food to charities and does great work right across Australia helping families in need and cutting down on wasted food.

The Turnbull Government supports their work and has funded over $10 million in research directly related to reducing food waste in conjunction with industry. This funding includes $1.2 million to support our four largest food rescue organisations, including Foodbank, to invest in energy saving equipment to help reduce costs associated with food storage and transport.

Meeting with the Hon John Pundari MP, Papua New Guinea Minister for Environment and Conservation

On 28 February, I warmly welcomed the Hon John Pundari MP, Papua New Guinea (PNG) Minister for Environment and Conservation to my office in Parliament House.

Papua New Guinea has a special place in Australia's foreign relations and the bilateral relationship is one of our most wide-ranging.

Minister Pundari and I had a constructive conversation about environmental issues of mutual interest. 


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