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Kooyong student wins Simpson Prize

Today 21 of March, I met with and congratulated two students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School who were awardees of 2017 Simpson Prize; Katia Testarotta winner and Sabrina Tse runner up.

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students that encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia.

This year, students were asked to look beyond Gallipoli and consider the significance of the Western Front battles in helping to shape the Anzac story. The prize was presented at a ceremony in Parliament House by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan.

I am pictured below with Katia, Sabrina and Dr Brendan Nelson, the Director of the Australian War Memorial.





Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Siosi Sovaleni of Tonga and Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku'aho

On 20 March, I was honoured to meet with the Honourable Siaosi Sovaleni, the Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga and Her Royal Highness Princess Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho, the High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia. The meeting provided an important opportunity to discuss Australia and Tonga’s strong friendship, our cooperation on the protection of whales and the increasing role of renewable energy in our energy system.

For more information on Australian-Tongan relations, please click here 

 


Meeting with Snowy Hydro

Today 20 March 2017, I was delighted to meet with the Snowy Hydro Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Paul Broad, Chief Operating Officer Roger Whitby, Chair Mr Noel Cornish and General Manager Ms Jane McMillan, following the Prime Minister’s major announcement last week of Snowy 2.0.

The Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 is a plan to increase generation of the Snowy Hydro scheme by 50%, adding 2000 megawatts of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market – enough to power 500,000 homes. The expansion will provide greater energy efficiency security and stabilise electricity supply into the future, ensuring affordable and reliable electricity for Australian households and businesses.

We had a constructive discussion about the feasibility study into the proposed pumped hydro, which Snowy Hydro will be working closely with ARENA.



40th Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival

It was wonderful to enjoy the hospitality of the Carmelite nuns for their legendary afternoon tea following this year's 40th Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival. The service was hosted by Rev Chris Middleton SJ from Xavier College and included readings from local church leaders and featured musicians from Trinity Grammar School Brass Ensemble and the Melbourne Women's Choir. It's always a pleasure to join my colleagues and members of the community in supporting this great local event. 



Meeting with the Energy Efficiency Council

On 17 March 2017, I was pleased to meet with the Energy Efficiency Council's CEO Luke Menzel and Head of Policy, Rob Murray. We had a constructive conversation about energy efficiency initiatives and innovation.



Visit to Giant Steps in Kew

On 17 March I visited Giant Steps Melbourne in Kew, a local school that provides wonderful support to students with autism. During my visit, which coincides with GSM's first birthday, I also got to see the shadecloths recently installed in the play area thanks to a grant from the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program.



AFR Summit on Energy

This afternoon I was on a panel at the Australian Financial Review Business Summit focusing on our electricity and gas market challenges. The wide ranging discussion covered the need for more gas supply to ensure gas fired generation can balance out intermittent renewables to maintain energy security and help of manufacturing sector, the role new disruptive companies like Reposit Power and Mojo can play in offering new and innovative products to households to manage their demand or better use their batteries lowering their electricity bills and the role interconnectors could potential play in dealing with the issues South Australia is currently facing .   



Meeting Capital City Lord Mayors on Energy

This morning I meet with the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors to discuss the role local government can play in addressing our energy and climate challenges. The eight capital cities account for two thirds of Australia’s population and economy. There are great opportunities to enhance energy productivity in our cities through more efficient buildings, more fuel efficient cars and more efficient street lighting. The Government is driving these improvements through our National Energy Productivity Plan, which will improve energy productivity by 40 per cent by 2030, saving money and reducing emissions. 



International Women’s Day 2017

Today 8 March 2017, I had the pleasure of hosting a lunch for a group of extraordinary women from our local community to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017. Our special guest, was my colleague, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. I was pleased to introduce the Minister to leading women from the fields of business, non-for-profit, education and medicine. The conversation focused on how we can encourage and inspire more women and girls to achieve their goals. 




State of the Environment 2016 report

On 7 March, I tabled the State of the Environment 2016 report, which will this year for the first time be available in an interactive digital format expanding its reach and ensuring greater use and engagement from the academic and broader community.  It was a pleasure to meet the report’s lead authors across its nine thematic areas including the Antarctic environment, atmosphere, biodiversity, built environment, coasts, heritage, inland waters, land and the marine environment.  The report can be accessed at https://www.environment.gov.au/science/soe and my op-ed on the report can be accessed here. I am pictured below receiving the report and a briefing from the authors.




 

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