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Visit to Antarctica

Last week I was lucky enough to travel Antarctica to meet with our scientific researchers and hear about their important programs. our crucial scientific research programs.

In Antarctica opened the new East Wing of Casey Station.  The East Wing is an extension to the main living facility known as the Red Shed.  It includes 39 bedrooms with shared bathroom and laundry facilities.  It will increase accommodation capacity at the station to 120, which is vital during the busy summer months when Australian Antarctic Program researchers use it as a launching pad for work across the continent. Casey research station also serves as a hub for other Antarctic nations that transit through Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome to their national stations. There are scientific laboratories, a meteorological office, mechanical workshop, powerhouse, food and equipment store and communications facilities.

While down south I was also able to inspect the work we are carrying out in order to find the million year old ice core. An area at Dome C, 1100 kilometres inland from Australia’s Casey research station and 40 kilometres from the European Concordia station, is most likely to have ice more than a million years old. The Australian Antarctic Division has taken a leading role in identifying the Dome C site, through survey work to map the region’s ice and bedrock using airborne radar and laser measurements, and glaciological modelling. This work, with partners including the United States, United Kingdom and France, has found a region where the ice is almost three kilometres thick and has the right conditions to preserve such very old ice. The ice and the bubbles of air trapped within it, hold information which make it a ‘holy grail’ for ice core scientists to solve a major puzzle in climate science. The data could reveal why a major change in ice age rhythms occurred around a million years ago, and whether this was connected to changes in carbon dioxide levels. This will in turn help scientists understand and better predict the long-term future of the world’s climate.

Importantly, I was also able to announce a new competition for school kids to name our new Antarctic icebreaker.  The competition will coincide with the start of construction of the vessel in February, with the ship scheduled to arrive in its homeport of Hobart in 2020. The Coalition Government has committed a $1.9 billion package to cover the design, build and 30 year operational and maintenance lifespan of the ship. The current icebreaker Aurora Australis, which has served the Australian Antarctic Program since 1989, is scheduled to depart for the continent tomorrow (8 December) to resupply Casey research station then undertake a marine science voyage.  Scientists on the ship will undertake important climate research along the coast of East Antarctica, seeking to understand changes in the largest glacier in East Antarctica, the Totten Glacier. Details regarding the ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition, to be led by the Australian Antarctic Division will be released early next year. 








Visit the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies

While in Tasmania I was fortunate to visit the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania. Research at IMAS is conducted across six integrated multidisciplinary research areas, with a particular focus on the cool temperate and cold marine environment from Tasmania to Antarctica. Specific research includes analysing ice cores so we can understand our past, present and future climate. Some 200 staff make up the Institute where both graduate and post-graduate study is offered.




2016 Volunteer Grants

I am delighted to announce the Federal Government’s 2016 Volunteer Grants are now open with $10 million in funding available to community organisations. Applications close on 20 December 2016. Local community organisations are eligible for funding of $1000 to $5000 under the 2016 Volunteer Grants to buy much-needed equipment that supports their work, trains volunteers or improves fundraising efforts.

Volunteers are our unsung heroes and the work that they do in our local community is integral to many aspects of our way of life. In Kooyong, many organisations deliver services with the support of volunteers. At Basscare in Canterbury, volunteers deliver more than 30,000 Meals on Wheels a year to the sick and elderly. Last year at Alzheimer's Australia Vic, in Hawthorn volunteers contributed 3,191 hours in roles include Board members, fundraising committees, event and administrative, practical support to family and friends at information sessions and mentors to younger onset dementia clients.

For further information please contact my office or visit the dss.gov.au/grants website. You can also call the Volunteer Grants 2016 Hotline on freecall 1800 020 283 or email grants@dss.gov.au


2016 Kooyong Student Prize

On 5 December, in front of a crowd of nearly 300 guests I held a special presentation ceremony at the MCC Kew Sports Club in Kew, for the 2016 Kooyong Student Prize. Each student was acknowledged for outstanding general excellence, leadership and their contribution to the community, with a medal, lapel pin, and certificate to mark their successes. 

The Kooyong Student Prize recognises and celebrates students who go above and beyond in what they do. It also reflects on the exceptional commitment to learning and teaching in Kooyong.

Kooyong is home to 50 schools and over 32,000 students and is one of the most significant academic and educational hubs in Australia. Education is such a big part in the foundation of shaping our society and future. I applaud each school for striving for excellence in education and congratulate every recipient for being recognised for their individual strengths, skills and commitment to being the best they can be.




Menzies Research Centre presentation to Parliamentarians

On 30 November, I was thrilled to be a part of the Menzies Research Centre presentation to Parliamentarians who had quoted Sir Robert Menzies in their Maiden Speech. Together with Mrs Heather Henderson, Sir Robert Menzies’ daughter, I had the honour of making a few remarks about his legacy. Today, Menzies’ political philosophy still lives strong, providing a foundation for good government. 



Chanukah on the Hill

On 29 November, I attended Chanukah on the Hill celebrations in Parliament House and was honoured to light a candle on the (Chanukah) Menorah. 

It was a wonderful gathering of parliamentarians, members of the ACT Jewish community and the community at large to celebrate Chanukah and the importance of light filling the darkness around the world. It was also a time to reflect on the contribution the Australian Jewish community has made to Australian society and Australian politics. 

Chanukah is an eight day festival of lights celebrating Jewish continuity following the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem centuries ago. It reminds us of the importance of family and promotes unity and togetherness.





Israeli-Australian Relations

It was a pleasure to discuss the full range of Israeli-Australian relations, including on energy and the environment, with Minister Tzachi Hanegbi from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu's Office. We look forward to hosting the Prime Minister in Australia in early 2017. I am pictured below with Minister Hanegbi and my colleague, The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, as well as Israel's Ambassador to Australia Shmuel Ban-Shmuel. 




Local Colombo Plan students visit Canberra

On 28 November, I was delighted to meet Arman, Louis, Samuel, and Rebecca - New Colombo Plan scholars from my electorate of Kooyong. These students were visiting Parliament House before they embark on their studies in Singapore, China and Hong Kong. The New Colombo Plan is in its fourth year and is an Australian Government scholarship which facilitates opportunities for students to work and study in Asia. Students are selected on their academic merit, leadership in the community, adaptability and ability to promote the New Colombo Plan goals of understanding our region and building links with our neighbours. It’s a great initiative as students return home with new insights and understanding of the Indo-Pacific that will help them to contribute to the economic and cultural life of their University. More information about the New Colombo Plan scholarships can be found here: http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/scholarship-program/Pages/scholarship-program.aspx


Cement Industry Federation Board Meeting

It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak to leaders of the cement industry. As a key employer and heavy energy user, they are keenly aware of the importance of a secure energy supply. 


Wet Tropics Ministerial Forum

I received briefings alongside my Queensland counterpart Dr Steven Miles today from the Wet Tropics Management Authority on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This is an important and iconic region of North Queensland and the Authority is doing important work managing some complex issues. I was pleased to reaffirm with Minister Miles our commitment to delivering more than $11 million to tackle the problem of yellow crazy ants in the region. 


 

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