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North Balwyn RSL Dawn Service

Josh was honoured to attend the North Balwyn RSL dawn service on 25 April 2014. The turnout for the dawn service was wonderful with many local residents, veterans and their families, serving members and young people including a large contingent of scouts and cubs in attendance. Following the dawn service Josh spoke about the selfless contribution of servicemen and women and the history and significance of Anzac Day. Josh is pictured at the dawn service with RSL President and Secretary Graham and Gwenda Foard, committee member Ron Griffin and local veterans.

Visit to Probus Club of Balwyn Central

On 17 April Josh addressed a meeting of the Probus Club of Balwyn Central, held at the St Barnabus Church Hall in Balwyn. Over 60 members attended the meeting and during his address Josh spoke about parliamentary life, the government's focus on the economy, social policy and international affairs. In his role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, he also touched on the deregulation agenda. Josh then took questions from the Probus members in the audience. Josh is pictured at the Probus Club of Balwyn Central meeting.

Prime Minister’s North Asia Visit

Josh had the great privilege of joining the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott for his historic trip to North Asia (5-13 April).

Not only was the Prime Minister warmly received by the leaders of Japan, Korea and China, but substantive economic and political agreements were reached that will advance Australia’s interests well into the future.

In particular, the economic partnership concluded in Tokyo, the free trade agreement signed in Seoul and the advances made in FTA negotiations with Beijing will create new export opportunities for our farmers, our manufacturers and our service industries.

Japan, Korea and China already represent Australia’s three largest export markets, but it is their growth potential that is so important.

With a combined population of 1.5 billion and a combined GDP of $15 trillion, these countries are seeing a rapid increase in the size of Asia’s middle-class, with Australia particularly well placed to meet their growing needs.

Another major initiative that was launched during the visit was the New Colombo Plan. This remarkable education program will see thousands of Australian students gain an opportunity to spend a semester at a university in Asia with their time abroad credited towards their degree. This program will be invaluable in educating our young people about the incredible opportunities that are on offer in our region.

One of the unique aspects of the Prime Minister’s historic North Asia visit was that he took with him the largest and most senior business delegation to leave Australia’s shores. CEOs from Westpac, CBA, ANZ, Rio Tinto, BHP, CSL, SEEK, Woodside, Santos, Fortescue, among many others, joined the PM for his visit. It was an emphatic sign of the Australian business community’s intent and an important way for them to build productive long-term business relationships in the region.

Jogging in Tokyo with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Japanese MP Shinjiro Koizumi
and Santos CEO David Knox

Toasting the Australia-Korea relationship with President Park in Seoul

At the China-Australia CEO Roundtable in Beijing with Prime Minister Abbott and Vice Premier Wang Yang

Colombo's Business Lunch

On April 16, Josh was the guest speaker at the annual Colombo's Business Lunch with a number of local small business leaders. Hosted by Bill Kurban at Colombo's Family Restaurant in Balwyn, there were many small business leaders present representing a range of industries. Josh outlined the Government's Cutting Red Tape agenda and took questions from the audience. Lunches like these are a great way to informally engage with local business people and discuss issues that are effecting them on a day-to-day basis. Josh is pictured here with Bill Kurban, Graham "Smokey" Dawson who MC'd the event, and a number of guests.

Official Opening of Headspace Hawthorn

On April 16, Josh was honoured to speak at the official opening of Headspace Hawthorn. Headspace is an innovative national program that aims to support young people with mental health issues. The program was spearheaded by former Australian of the Year, Professor Patrick McGorry AO, and Josh has been actively involved in advocating for a Headspace in Hawthorn. Josh was joined at the event by Cr Coral Ross, Mayor of the City of Boroondara, the Hon Ted Baillieu MLA, State Member for Hawthorn, and Chris Tanti, the CEO of Headspace. Josh is pictured here discussing Headspace Hawthorn with a group of passionate young supporters of this terrific initiative.

Kew RSL Anzac Service

On 13 April Josh was honoured to attend the Kew RSL Anzac Day march and service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. Each year the march, which starts at the Kew RSL, proceeds to the Kew cenotaph and then heads up to Holy Trinity Church, stops local traffic. Many local residents attend the march and service which is followed by afternoon tea at the Kew RSL. Josh is pictured during the march to the Kew cenotaph.

Official opening of Barnsbury retirement living

On Sunday 30 March Josh attended the official opening of Barnsbury, a 32 apartment retirement living development in Deepdene. Barnsbury has been developed by the parish of OLGC and All Hallows on the parish’s tennis courts in Barnsbury Road. This is the first major development by the parish of OLGC and All Hallows in the electorate of Kooyong. The complex provides residents with accommodation options within the Deepdene community. Josh is pictured at the launch with Bruce MacIsaac, Chair PLT, OLGC & All Hallows, the Most Reverend Denis Hart, Archbishop of Melbourne and Father Brenden Reed, parish priest of OLGC and All Hallows.

European Australian Business Council lunch

On 3 April, Josh spoke at a European Australian Business Council (EABC) lunch on the Government’s Cutting Red Tape agenda. Josh spoke about the need to free the business and not-for-profit sectors from the burden of unnecessary red tape and also highlighted the important deregulation initiatives the Government has announced as part of the Parliament’s first ever repeal day on 26 March 2014. Josh is pictured here with Michael Zorbas, Head of External Affairs at Lend Lease, Alistair Walton, President of the EABC, the Hon Simon Crean, Director of the EABC, and Michael Ullmer, Director of Lend Lease.  

Visit to Bialik College's Kitchen Garden with Assistant Minister Fiona Nash

On April 2, Josh was joined in Kooyong by special guest Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, the Assistant Minister for Health. The Minister and Josh were invited to see Bialik College’s innovative Kitchen Garden program by school principal Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, for which they won GOLD for biodiversity in the 2012 Boroondara Sustainability Awards. Students are involved in every aspect of planting in the garden, from mulching to planting seedlings, and finally harvesting the crops to use in cooking classes in the student kitchen. Josh is pictured here with Minister Nash and students working in Bialik’s kitchen garden. 

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Kew RSL Saluting Their Service grant

On 1 April, Josh joined the President of the Kew RSL, Chris McGuinness, and his fellow RSL members to celebrate the branch being awarded a Saluting Their Service grant from the Federal Government. The grant has been used to restore the field gun on display at the front of the branch. With ANZAC Day on 25 April, the event provided a timely opportunity to remember those Australian men and women who have served in uniform. Josh is pictured here with Chris and the restored field gun.


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