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LNG Marine Fuels Institute Launch

World energy markets are changing rapidly and the shipping sector is no exception – hence on 19 June, I was delighted to launch the LNG Marine Fuels Institute, an independent non-profit organisation established to promote the best practice use of LNG as a marine fuel.

Every year, ships emit around 1,000 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the world’s atmosphere, the equivalent of 2.5 per cent of emissions annually. Compared with bunker fuel oil, LNG has around 27 per cent less greenhouse gas emissions per unit when used in transport applications. Combined with advances in the efficiency of ship design, future shipping fleets have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions by around 40 per cent.

With Australia a major producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the Turnbull Government progressing a wide range of reforms to increase domestic supply and put downward pressure on prices, the case for LNG as a marine fuel is strong.

Congratulations to CEO Captain Walter Purio, Chairman Richard Sandover, the board and all others involved.

Asialink Leaders Program

On 19 June, I had the pleasure of speaking with almost 60 leaders from business, government, the arts, media and not-for-profits who were participating in the Asialink Leaders Program at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Program is designed to train our next generation of leaders with an interest in deepening ties with Asia by giving them access to current leaders and encouraging them to examine issues central to engagement with the peoples and cultures of Asia.

I outlined the Turnbull Government’s actions to create a more secure and affordable energy system, while meeting our international commitments.

MobileMuster’s Local Government Awards

In mid-June, I was honoured to present awards to the mayors of the winning MobileMuster councils.

MobileMuster’s Local Government Awards recognise the outstanding efforts of local councils in promoting and collecting mobile phones and components for recycling. In the last year, councils have increased their collections by a huge 25 per cent and recycled over 4.5 tonnes through the program.

With electronic waste one of the fastest growing waste issues in Australia, it’s great to see MobileMuster bringing industry and local government together to make it easy to recycle and deliver important environmental benefits to our communities.

Congratulations National Top Collector per Capita District Council or Orroroo-Carrieton from South Australia as well as all state and territory Top Collectors.

2017 Australian Olympiad Team

Congratulations are in order for Kooyong students Anne Pham and Angus Cramond of Balwyn High School and Hadyn Tang of Trinity Grammar School for being selected for the 2017 Australian Olympiad Team.

Anne, Angus and Hadyn recently visited Parliament House in Canberra for the official team announcement.

I wish you all the very best ahead of the upcoming international science and maths competitions, Anne, Angus and Hadyn!

Crohn’s & Colitis Australia report launch

On 14 June, I attended a celebration marking the launch of the Australian Government supported IBD Audit and Australian Standards 2016 Report by Crohn's & Colitis Australia, an organisation based in my electorate of Kooyong.

Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease. About 70,000 Australians suffer from it. The cause is still unknown and there is no cure.

Crohn's and Colitis Australia's mission is to support the Crohn's and colitis community with a focus on support programs. I thank the organisation, its CEO Francesca Manglavati and her team for their tireless advocacy and support for those affected by these diseases.

Grace Park Hawthorn Club - Official Launch

On 11 June, I had the privilege of opening the new facilities at Grace Park Hawthorn Club with former tennis World No. 1, Frank Sedgman, and Australian squash legend, Geoff Hunt. Frank Sedgman collected 22 major titles in just five years winning an astounding 16 out of 24 major trophies in 1951 and 1952. Sedgman was also a particularly talented doubles player winning all four majors in 1951 with his partner Ken McGregor. Geoff Hunt is Australia’s most prolific squash player winning every major international tournament over his star-studded career, and holding the No. 1 spot from 1975 to 1980. The Club’s new facilities feature new state of the art squash courts in combination with existing tennis courts to create an elite sporting facility in Kooyong. The Grace Park Hawthorn Club is a recent amalgamation of Grace Park Lawn Tennis Club, established in 1889, and the Hawthorn Club, which focused on squash and snooker and formed as the Hawthorn Cycling Club in 1902. In 2014, members of both clubs unanimously agreed to join forces combining their long and distinguished history in the local community and setting the Club up for a bright future.

World Environment Day

5 June was World Environment Day and, on a visit to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in the ACT, I announced a $29 million boost to further protect Australia’s environment: $27 million for more tree-planting projects across the country as part of the 20 Million Trees program and $2 million for targeted threatened species projects that fight extinction.

At Mulligans Flat, together with ACT Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman, Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews and Conventions on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Secretary General John Scanlon, I met Brian the eastern bettong and “turned the sod” to mark the start of work on the Australian and ACT government funded expansion of the feral-free fenced area that protects the likes of Brian.

2017 Maccabiah Games farewell to Victorian athletes

The 2017 Maccabiah Games to be held in Israel in July marks 20 years since a footbridge collapsed during the 1997 Opening Ceremony, tragically killing four Australian team members. As a competitor in the 1997 Maccabiah Games, I was honoured to join Maccabi Australia on 4 June 2017 at The Ark in Hawthorn to commemorate the Australian lives lost and those who were injured. I had the privilege of addressing guests about my experience and recollections of the Maccabiah Games as a competitor and farewelling the Victorian contingent of the 2017 Australian team before they leave for Israel. On 22 May I had the honour of representing the Prime Minister in wishing the Sydney contingent success as they prepare to compete in the Games.

Boroondara Netball Association turns 21

It was great to attend Boroondara Netball Association’s 21st birthday celebrations and to announce the completion of the facilities upgrade at the Boroondara Netball Centre thanks to a federal government grant of $25,000. Congratulations to Sue Reddish, Kirrily Zimmerman and the wonderful volunteers who have made the Association, which has over 3,500 players, one of Victoria’s largest and most successful.

Clean Energy Council Parliamentary Reception

On 30 May, it was great to join the Clean Energy Council at their annual parliamentary reception in Parliament House, to talk about the record investment in renewables under the Turnbull Government. 

During the parliamentary reception the Clean Energy Council 2016 report was released showing renewables share is now 17% in Australia’s electricity mix, with more than 2.6 million households having solar PV and hot water installed on their roofs. 

Alongside the CEO of the Clean Energy Council, Ken Thornton, I spoke about the exciting developments in clean energy, including record levels of investment underway. Large scale renewable energy investment was five times greater than that in 2015 with more than $4 billion committed over the last year. 


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