It was an honour and a privilege to be sworn in as Minister for the Environment and Energy in the Turnbull Ministry on 19 July. I am looking forward to continuing the great work of Greg Hunt who has served the portfolio so well in government and opposition for almost a decade. I also want to congratulate Senator Matt Canavan who takes on the portfolio of Resources and Northern Australia. It was great to work with Senator Canavan on developing northern Australia, which included the implementation of the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. I’m looking forward to working with key stakeholders to ensure our environment is protected and enhanced. As we transition to a lower emissions economy, I’m also focused on ensuring Australia has a stable and secure energy supply, capitalising on new energy efficient technologies.
It was an honour to represent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in welcoming United States Vice President Joe Biden to Australia on 16 July. The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationship, one shaped by shared values and an unshakable commitment to the pursuit of freedom.
On 12 July, I addressed the Australian citizenship ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre in Boroondara. I joined Cr Jim Parke, Mayor of Boroondara, and Georgie Crozier MLC to welcome and congratulate more than 100 new Australian citizens. The ceremony was also attended by local Order of Australia recipients in the 2016 Australia Day and Queen's Birthday Honours Lists.
Pre-poll locations: AEC: Level 2, 695 Burke Rd, Camberwell. Kooyong: Suite 1, 191 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn. Opening hours below.