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Xavier College commemorates fallen students

On 10 November, I was honoured to speak at the unveiling of Xavier College Burke Hall’s Remembrance wall featuring ceramic poppies to commemorate the fallen soldiers of WWI.

The 185 handmade poppies were crafted by the Year 4 students of 2015, to honour the Old Xaverians who fought and died in the service of their country. 

It was a moving tribute coinciding with Remembrance Day and will be a constant reminder of the sacrifices of past students.

Lest we forget. 

Speech at Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

On 5 November, I attended the Asia-Pacific Regional conference hosted by the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann, in Perth.

The conference is the largest gathering of German and Australia business and political leaders and is designed to explore the future opportunities for business, trade and investment between both countries as well as the Asia-Pacific region.

I delivered a speech and participated in a panel discussion about Australia's innovative approach to integrating energy and climate policy: the National Energy Guarantee.

I also met with Germany's Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Uwe Beckmeyer, to discuss our country's respective energy policies and the potential for further collaboration.

Trip to Israel to commemorate the Battle of Beersheba

I was honoured to be in Israel with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan and a number of my parliamentary colleagues from both sides of politics to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba. The day was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, New Zealand Governor General Patsy Reddy and dignitaries from many other nations.

The Battle of Beersheba occurred one hundred years ago during World War I in modern day Israel. On the 31 October 1917, 800 brave Australian soldiers of the 4th Light Horse Brigade mounted a daring cavalry charge across six kilometres of open land. Charging through a sea of machine gun and rifle fire, the light horseman overwhelmed the entrenched troops of the Ottoman Empire. This famous manoeuvre – the world’s last great cavalry charge – was pivotal in turning the tide against the Ottoman forces which in turn helped paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel.

The day’s events included remembrance services with Israel, New Zealand and Turkey, a parade with the local Beersheba community and a stirring reenactment of the charge itself. It ended with an evocative dusk service at the Park of the Australian Soldier where we paid homage to the bravery and skill of the Australian men and horses of the 4th brigade and the sacrifice of the 31 men who lost their lives.

A moving experience at the Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba.

Reenacting the charge at Beersheba.

The parade through Beersheba.

While in Israel, I had the opportunity to deepen Australia’s enduring relationship with Israel. As I said in my welcome address to over 100 guests at an Australia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce function, this relationship is built on shared history, shared values and a common interest. With 10 Israeli companies listing on the ASX in the last 12 months and growing links across innovation, energy, agriculture and water, I am confident the relationship will go from strength to strength. 

At a meeting with my counterpart, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, we discussed our experiences dealing with the challenges and opportunities of energy security, gas and renewables. I was briefed by a number of innovative Israeli companies pushing the boundaries on dispatchable power and energy storage which are both major focuses for the Turnbull Government. Whether it is game-changing electric vehicles that can charge in just five minutes, Israel’s investments in solar thermal and pumped hydro plant or new technology to produce electricity from aluminium (rather than the other way around), opportunities abound for greater collaboration between Australia and Israel in energy and storage.

Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.

With Prime Minister Turnbull, Lucy Turnbull, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu.

Roundtable with Israeli companies innovating on energy and storage.

On a more personal level, together with my colleague and friend, Dan Tehan, I toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum on the outskirts of Jerusalem. With more than one million people visiting every year, Yad Vashem tells the story of the horror that swept through Europe. The message from Yad Vashem is clear: Never again.

The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem.

Community Safety Forum

On 27 October 2017, I joined a panel with Boroondara Mayor, Phillip Healey, Member for Camberwell, John Pesutto and Inspector Stephen Noy to discuss the community’s safety concerns at the Community Safety Forum.

Over 200 residents attended the Forum to hear from the three levels of Government about their initiatives and proposals to keep the community safe. 

Also in attendance to support this important initiative was Mr Tim Smith, Federal Member for Kew, Mr Robert Clark, Federal Member for Box Hill, Mr Graham Watt, Federal Member for Burwood and Councillor Felicity Sinfield. 


Visit to The Baker at Sutton with Prime Minister

On 25 October, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and I visited The Baker at Sutton to further understand the pressures facing small businesses and discuss electricity prices.

Located 20 minutes northeast of Canberra, the family owned business employs 60 people – half in Sutton and half in Fyshwick Markets’ Crust Bakery.

The Prime Minister and I toured the bakery and “helped” make some pies and pastries while we spoke to the team about the importance of affordable energy.

Thanks to business owners and bakers Nick and Louise for hosting us – and for the eclairs!

Visit from Carey Baptist Grammar School

Thanks to Year 6 from Carey Baptist Grammar School who stopped by Parliament House on 24 October as part of their week-long trip to Canberra.

The students and I discussed life at Parliament House and our democracy at work.

Visit from Genazzano FCJ College

It was a pleasure to meet and speak with Year 6 students from Genazzano FCJ College on 23 October at Parliament House.

I spoke with the students about our parliamentary processes and the various careers that each of them want to pursue – everything from scientists to footballers and fashion designers!

Visit to CSR Viridian Glass with the Prime Minister

On 23 October, alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Senator Zed Seselja, I visited CSR's Viridian Glass in Hume, ACT.

Viridian is a leading glass provider and the only local manufacturer of architectural glass in Australia.

The Prime Minister, Senator Seselja and I toured the facility and spoke with CSR CEO Rob Sindel about our recently announced National Energy Guarantee.

The glass manufacturing process is energy intensive and the CSR team absolutely know the importance of an affordable and reliable system.

Interview with Barrie Cassidy on Insiders

On 22 October, I appeared on ABC TV’s Insiders and was interviewed by host Barrie Cassidy.

I spoke with Barrie about the Turnbull Government’s recently announced National Energy Guarantee – and the importance of delivering affordable and reliable energy as we meet our international emissions reduction commitments.

Kew Little Athletics Centre 50th Anniversary

On 21 September 2017, the Kew Little Athletics Centre celebrated its 50th anniversary at Stradbroke Park in Kew East. 

I was thrilled to join President Mark Rice, Vice President Simon Olive, State Member for Kew Tim Smith, Boroondara Mayor Phillip Healey, Councillor Felicity Sinfield, Olympians Brooke Stratton - long jump, Luke Mathews - middle distance runner and Damien Birkinhead - shot put, along with hundreds of children and their families to mark the milestone. 

Kew Little Athletics Centre has 350 athletes competing on weekends and run entirely by volunteers. Clubs like this are integral to Australia’s sporting fabric and the Turnbull Government is investing $415 million across the nation to support sport and recreation activities in 2017-18. 



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