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Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation

On 19 October 2017, I met with Kooyong constituent Professor Eric Reynolds AO, recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation - Australia’s most prestigious and highly regarded award for outstanding achievements in research-based innovation. 

Mr Reynolds AO was awarded the prize due to his extraordinary work to strengthen and improve dental health outcomes. His research on a milk protein that strengthens and repairs teeth has been commercialised into a product that improves oral health and now sold in over 50 countries.

Speech at Torah Completion Ceremony

I was honoured to represent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a Torah Completion Ceremony hosted by the Chabad ACT Synagogue on 19 October in Parliament House.

The term Torah means instruction and offers a way of life for those who follow it. It is believed that every word of a Torah scroll has divine meaning.

At this Torah Completion Ceremony, it was fantastic to see so many people of different faiths, political parties and walks of life celebrating together.

Thanks to Rabbi Shmeuli Feldman and the Chabad ACT Synagogue community for organising such an uplifting event.

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.


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