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Meeting of Environment Ministers: taking action on waste and recycling

On 27 April, I chaired a meeting in Melbourne with state and territory environment ministers in response to China’s new restrictions on recyclable waste.

Australia is one of over 100 countries impacted by China’s new restrictions, affecting around 1.3 tonnes of our recyclable waste. This account for four per cent of our Australia’s recyclable waste, but 35 per cent of recyclable plastics and 30 per cent of recyclable paper and cardboard.

Solving for the 1.3 million tonnes of recyclable waste is an urgent and important issue which requires a coordinated approach from supply right through to demand. As such, Australia’s environment ministers agreed to cut waste, increase our recycling capability and increase the demand for recyclable products. Find out more here.

At the meeting, we were also pleased to announce that industry had successfully risen to the challenge previously issued by Australia’s environment minister to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products, with 94 per cent of these products now microbead free. You can read more about this announcement here.
Prior to the meeting, Assistant Minister for the Environment Melissa Price and I also held a bilateral meeting with New Zealand’s Minister for Environment David Parker.

Meeting with DHL Express about electric vehicles

On 26 April, I had a good discussion with DHL Express about their plans to capitalise on new technology and move to an electric vehicle delivery fleet. 

With more than 900 vehicles on the road, this would be a significant step.

DHL Express is based in Mascot, New South Wales, and employ 1,500 people. I am pictured below with Australian CEO Gary Edstein and his team.

Lest we forget - Commemorating the Centenary of Anzac – 2014 - 2018

On 25 April, it was an honour to lay a wreath at the Camberwell City RSL Anzac Day dawn service where hundreds of locals, including young children, gathered to reflect and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of both men and women who have served our nations during times of war, conflict, and peacekeeping operations. 

After the solemn and moving service, I spoke with many diggers – young and old – about the bravery and courage of our soldiers. It was also a special honour to spend time with WWII veteran, 100 year old Jack Bell, who was captured and taken as a POW when his plane was shot down during the North African campaign. Jack's story is just one of the many heroic stories which should never be forgotten.

This year marks the end of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations. To mark this solemn occasion, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and many other dignitaries, including HRH Prince Charles and French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe, along with thousands of Australians with ancestors who fought in WWI, gathered in Villers-Bretonneux for a special Anzac Day dawn service.   

The service coincided with the official opening of the Sir John Monash Centre that honours more than 295,000 soldiers who served on the Western Front, and 46,000 who died there. Under the leadership of General Sir John Monash, Australian soldiers distinguished themselves in battles at Hamel, Amiens, Mont St. Quentin, and Peronne.  It is in recognition of these significant military feats that this museum, which is located alongside the historic Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, has been named in honour of Australia’s greatest citizen soldier, General Sir John Monash.

French Prime Minister, Edouard Phillipe, summed up Australia’s enduring connection to Anzac Day when he said in his moving speech: 
“We cannot relive these stories. The mud, the rats, the lice, the gas, the shellfire, the fallen comrades- we can never truly imagine what it was like. So we must tell them. We must show them- again and again. Show the faces of these young men whose lives were snuffed out in the mud of the trenches. Show the daily lives of these 20-year-old volunteers from far away who listened only to their youthful courage, to their love for their country, or that of their parents or grandparents, to die here in Villiers-Bretonneux. Show it with the help of modern technology, without taking our eyes off the names etched onto the memorial — names which are real, not virtual. We will never forget that 100 years ago, a young and brave nation on the other side of the world made history by writing our history.  Lest we forget."

COAG Energy Council progress National Energy Guarantee to final design stage

On 20 April, I joined state and territory energy ministers in Melbourne for the 16th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council Ministerial Meeting to discuss our top priority: cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power for all Australians.

In a big step forward, we agreed to progress the National Energy Guarantee, a recommendation of the independent Energy Security Board (ESB), to the final design stage for determination by the Council at our next meeting in August. There was a lot of good will in the room and, while there is still much work to do, there was a commitment to getting an outcome in August.

Backed by an unprecedented cross-section of business, industry and community groups, the Guarantee is a technology neutral energy policy that will drive the right investment in the right place and at the right time to secure Australia’s energy future. Modelling undertaken by the ESB shows that wholesale electricity prices will decrease by 23 per cent under the Guarantee, flowing through to households and businesses.

At the meeting in Melbourne, we welcomed new South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan and acknowledged the contribution of previous South Australian Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis. We also acknowledged the significant and enduring contribution of Finkel Review panel member Terry Effeney who sadly passed away in March 2018.

The media release regarding the meeting is available here and the Communique is available here.

Opening the Greythorn Falcons Juniors and Camberwell Sharks Juniors scoreboards

On 15 April, it was terrific to join two local Football Clubs, Greythorn Falcons ​Juniors and Camberwell Sharks Juniors to open their new scoreboards as the footy season kicks off!

Both clubs received $25,000 from the Turnbull Government - a federal election commitment. The new state of the art LED scoreboards will be community assets for over 1000 players across both clubs.

The Federal Government is pleased to support our local community and this project will benefit local clubs, boost spectator attendance and encourage participation in sport amongst young men and women. 

Siena College's Year 12 politics class visits Parliament House

On 14 April, visiting from my electorate of Kooyong was the Year 12 global politics and legal studies class from Siena College, Camberwell. 

It was great they were able to drop into my office & ask insightful questions about the operations of government.

Launch of Latrobe Valley Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Project

On 12 April, I joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister Michaela Cash, local member Darren Chester as well as a number of other parliamentary colleagues in the Latrobe Valley for the launch of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project.
Led by Kawasaki Heavy Industry (KHI) and including partners J-POWER, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and AGL Energy, the HESC Project seeks to establish a supply chain for hydrogen to be produced  from Latrobe Valley brown coal and exported to Japan. 
Hydrogen has great potential as both Japan and Australia transition to more diverse energy systems. Low or zero emissions hydrogen can be produced via electrolysis using renewable energy or via gasification of coal or gas with carbon capture and storage.
The Turnbull Government has contributed $50 million to the pilot phase of the HESC Project, alongside $166 million from the Japanese Government, $230 million from partners and $50 million from the Victorian Government.
At the launch, I was pleased to spend time with Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Daisaku Hiraki and Japanese Ambassador to Australia Sumio Kusaka (pictured below) as well as KHI Global Chairman Shigeru Murayama.

Address to the National Press Club

On 11 April, I addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on the future of energy in Australia.

The theme of my address was that Australia is paying a high price for our polarised political debate on energy and climate policy. Australia needs an enduring, practical framework that addresses the policy and market failure and cuts through the polarisation to integrate energy and climate policy. 

This is the National Energy Guarantee, which in the words of the independent Energy Security Board represents "a clear investment signal so the cleanest, cheapest and most reliable generation gets built." 

The full text of my speech can be found here.

Visit to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

On 6 April, I visited the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park with local member Rowan Ramsey and South Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ridgway.

We started the day alongside local guide Kym Tilbrook in the foothills of Rawnsley Bluff, situated near Wilpena Pound in the very south of the national park. On the loop walk, we discovered unique native flora and wildlife and learned how the ancient sea floor has been uplifted and eroded to create this amazing landscape.

Later, we travelled to the Wilpena Pound Visitors Information Centre to meet with various government and non-profit representatives working in the area, including Jodie Gregg-Smith from the South Australian Department for Environment and Water and senior ranger Arthur Coulthard. We discussed local threatened species challenges and successes, such as combating feral goats, reintroducing western quolls and brushtail possums and helping the yellow-footed rock-wallaby population to bounce back. We also discussed the value of working with traditional owners and I learned more about the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park World Heritage listing bid.

In the afternoon, we joined local entrepreneurs Tony and Julie Smith and their sons Greg, Glen and Neville at Rawnsley Park Station in celebration of the Station’s 50 years of ecotourism. Originally settled as part of Arkaba Station in 1851 for sheep grazing, Rawnsley Park Station now stretches 29,000 hectares and has been transformed by the Smith Family into an award-winning ecotourism destination. I was delighted to launch the book, Pastoralism to Tourism: A History of Rawnsley Park Station by Kym Tilbrook, which tells this family story of entrepreneurism and congratulate Tony and Julie on their extraordinary achievements.

Electric vehicle event at Parliament House

On 29 March, I joined my colleague Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, at an event on the economic benefits of electric vehicles for Australia. The event was organised by a range of groups representing motorists, recharging manufacturers and the electric vehicle industry. 

Presentations were given by NRMA Chair Tim Trumper, St Baker Energy Innovation Fund Founder Trevor St Baker, Electric Vehicle Council CEO Behyad Jafari and PwC Partner Mark Thomson. We were also joined by parliamentary colleagues, including Trent Zimmerman and Trevor Evans, and by ACT Government Minister Shane Rattenbury.

There are now over two million electric cars on the road worldwide, a tenfold increase over the last five years. Car companies have committed billions of dollars in R&D on electric motors for vehicles, including both battery electric and hydrogen.

Electric vehicles are emerging as an important way to save consumers money over time, improve air quality and health outcomes, reduce vehicle emissions and explore new storage technologies for our electricity grid.


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