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Speech at “Plumbing Meets Parliament”

I was pleased to meet and speak with guests of the “Plumbing Meets Parliament” event on 19 October at Parliament House.

I spoke about the importance of energy affordability and reliability – particularly, for Australian businesses – and the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee.

The “Plumbing Meets Parliament” event was hosted by the Plumbing Products Industry Group which represents manufacturers and importers of plumbing products.

Becoming a “Polished Man”

On 18 October, I became a “Polished Man”, painting one fingernail to help raise awareness about ending violence against children.

At the morning tea hosted by Andrew Wallace in Parliament House, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, other members of parliament and some media representatives also became “Polished Men”.

The Polished Man campaign, an initiative of YGAP, is now its fourth year. Painting one fingernail in October represents the one child who dies every five minutes as a result of violence.

Find out more about Polished Man here.

Our National Energy Guarantee

On 17 October, the Turnbull Government announced our National Energy Guarantee.

Recommended by the Energy Security Board (ESB), the National Energy Guarantee will help deliver affordable and reliable energy while meeting our international commitments.

Our approach allows for a range of technologies, including solar, wind, coal gas, batteries or hydro.

As a result, the ESB estimates that residential bills could reduce by $100 to $115 per year over the 2020-2030 period.

Read my opinion editorial, published in The Australian, about the Guarantee here.

The media release is available here.

And further information is available here.

Visit from Trinity Grammar School

It was great to have Year 6 from Trinity Grammar School in Kew visit Parliament House on
16 October.

I spoke with the students about Parliament House and parliamentary processes.

Trinity is one of 52 schools in my electorate of Kooyong – totalling more than 30,000 students!

Announcement of demand response trial

On 11 October, alongside the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the NSW Coalition Government, I announced funding for a new “demand response” trial.

Demand response works by providing a financial incentive to energy users to conserve their energy use during times of peak demand. It’s an initiative successfully used overseas in countries such as the US and New Zealand.

At the launch which took place at ARENA’s office in Sydney, I was joined by ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht, AEMO CEO Audrey Zibelman and NSW Energy Minister Don Harwin.

Find out more about demand response here.

Launch of National Carbon Offset Standards for Buildings and Precincts

I was pleased to launch the National Carbon Offset Standards for Buildings and Precincts on 9 October at the first building to be certified against the Standard, International Towers in Barangaroo, Sydney.

The two new categories for buildings and precincts are an expansion of the already successful voluntary program to which 49 different organisations across Australia have already signed up.

Thanks to the Green Building Council of Australia and the National Australian Built Environment Rating System Administrator for partnering with Department of the Environment and Energy to make this expansion happen.

Thanks also to Lucy Turnbull who joined us on the day for the launch in her capacity as Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission.

Find out more about the Standards here.

Address at The AFR National Energy Summit 2017

On 9 October, I delivered an address at The Australian Financial Review’s 2017 National Energy Summit in Sydney.

My speech, titled How we are fixing Australia’s energy market, outlined the challenges Australia’s energy system is currently facing and the Turnbull Government’s comprehensive plan to deliver affordable and reliable energy for households and businesses as we transition to a lower emissions future.

The Summit brings together more than 300 industry stakeholders, ranging from federal and state governments to business energy users, suppliers and regulators.

You can read my speech here or my opinion editorial, published in The Australian Financial Review on the same day, here.

Announcement of the “Name our Icebreaker” competition winner

On 29 September, I was delighted to visit Hobart and announce that 12 school students are set to become the first children to fly and set foot on Antarctica as part of the Australian Antarctic Program, following their win in the “Name our Icebreaker” competition.

The winning students are from St Virgil’s College in Hobart and Secret Harbour Primary School near Perth. They suggested that the ship be named RSV Nuyina, meaning “Southern Lights” in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

All school participating in the naming competition can be proud of their thought-provoking contributions. Congratulations to the winning students who will embark on their exciting landmark journey to the icy continent in November.

Securing more gas for Australian consumers

On 25 September, the Turnbull Government received and released two important reports on the state of the gas market in eastern Australia from the Australia Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). 

These reports indicated that the shortfall of gas in the east coast domestic market would be considerably higher than estimated six months ago.

As such, on 27 September, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Treasurer and I met with Australia’s three large gas companies: Origin, Santos and Shell. At this meeting, we secured the companies’ guarantee that they will offer gas to Australian households and businesses as a priority – and hence, supply the gas needed to ensure that there is no shortfall.

Opening of the North Balwyn Community Men's Shed

On 18 September, I spoke at the opening of the North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed – a terrific community initiative bringing together men in the local area.

The North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed is a pivotal community project providing a safe environment where men can be productive, contribute to the local community, connect with friends and maintain an active body and mind.

The new Men’s Shed is the third Men’s Shed in Kooyong, and is strategically situated in the north east corridor of the electorate. Other sheds are located in Kew and Hawthorn.

In making this project possible, the Men’s Shed has been supported by the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program, City of Boroondara and Rotary Club of North Balwyn.


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