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Meeting with MSF Sugar

On 9 May 2017, I met with Mike Barry, Director and CEO and Paul Heagney, General Manager Marketing of MSF Sugar, along with the Hon Keith Pitt MP, Federal Member for Hinkler and the Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism, & Investment. It was fantastic to hear about how this Australian company is maximising the value of sugarcane by building new renewable power plants that will run on biomass. I was also pleased to hear of the company's work with growers on better farming practices. MSF Sugar is the second largest exporter of sugar in Australia and brings around 1000 jobs to Queensland. 

Meeting with OzHarvest

On Friday 5 May, I met with Ronni Khan, the founder and CEO of OzHarvest, to discuss the development of Australia's National Food Waste Strategy to halve food waste by 2030. Since its founding in 2004, OzHarvest has delivered more than 60 million meals to people in need while at the same time rescuing more than 20,000 tonnes of food from ending up as landfill and waste. Today, OzHarvest delivers approximately 1.2 million meals each month through a fleet of more than 40 vehicles.

In Australia we produce enough food to feed 60 million people a year but every month more than 600,000 people, one third of them children, seek food relief from relevant charities. The cost of food waste to the overall economy each year in Australia is estimated to be $20 billion. The Government is committed to working with business, industry and food rescue organisations to coordinate a strategy to halve food waste by 2030.

It was also terrific to meet Dr Richard Swannell who is the Development Director at the Waste and Resourced Action Programme (WRAP) in the UK. Richard provided important insights into the initiatives, programs and campaigns the UK has put in place to reduce food waste and how we could build on these in the Australian context.

Launching the Threatened Species Recovery Fund

On 5 May 2017, I was delighted to launch the Threatened Species Recovery Fund grant round with Tony Smith MP - Federal Member for Casey and Speaker of the House of Representatives and with Gregory Andrews - Threatened Species Commissioner at Healesville Sanctuary.

Grants from $20,000 to $250,000 are available for communities to protect threatened plants and animals, like the beautiful mountain pygmy-possum which I met at Healesville.

The Australian Government is committed to recovering threatened species and has mobilised over $211 million to support our endangered animals and plants across Australia since 2014, when we appointed the Threatened Species Commissioner. In 2015 we launched Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy and in February this year we launched a Threatened Species Prospectus to encourage the private sector to join us in the fight against extinction.

I am proud of our commitment to threatened plants and animals, and the steps we are taking to reduce the threats. But I am even prouder of the local community groups across Australia that are doing their best to save our species.

That’s why I encourage community groups, local Landcare groups and friends of groups fighting extinction across Australia to apply under the Threatened Species Recovery Fund here

It was also great to bump into students from Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School from my seat of Kooyong at Healesville Sanctuary.

Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia

On 5 May 2017, it was great to join Tony Smith MP the Speaker of the House of Representatives in his electorate of Casey and visit one of the local businesses - Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia - and talk about important gas reforms.

Aussie Growers Fruits is a family owned business employing 60 to 70 staff and a manufacturer of fruit products including Yarra Valley Jams, Noah's juice, chutneys, fruit condiments and bakers fillings. The products are distributed to large food chains including McDonalds, Aldi, Coles and Safeway.

Over the last three years wholesale electricity prices have dramatically increased causing Aussie Growers Fruits electricity prices to rise exponentially. The Turnbull Government has released a framework for a new Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism (ADGSM) to ensure a secure and adequate supply of gas. The ADGSM is a critical part of the Turnbull Government’s gas market security plan aimed at making sure adequate and reasonably priced gas is delivered to Australian homes and businesses, such as Aussie Growers Fruits. 

Launching 'Name our Icebreaker' competition

On 3 May 2017, I announced an Antarctic experience of a lifetime at Hawthorn West Primary School, the launch of the 'Name our Icebreaker' competition. You can find my media release here.

The competition calls for students to name our nation's new Antarctic resupply and research vessel and the winning entry will win a trip to Antarctica. Up to 12 students will have the opportunity to fly to Antarctica for a day, becoming the first children to set foot on the icy continent as part of this Australian Antarctic program.

In 2016 the Australian Government committed a $1.9 billion package under the  Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan to cover the design, build and 30 year operational and maintenance lifespan of the icebreaker, representing the single biggest investment in the history of Australia’s Antarctic program. 

The Icebreaker being named is more than 156 metres long and will accommodate 116 people. It will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras. It will shape the future of Australia’s Antarctic Program. The new icebreaker replaces the current ship Aurora Australis, which was also named by Australian school children, and has been an integral part of the Australian Antarctic Program since 1989. 

The competition has two categories: primary (years 5 and 6) and secondary (years 7 and 8) with classes able to enter their suggested name in a written or video format.

You can find more information for the name the icebreaker competition here.

4th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit

On 3 May 2017, I had the honour of addressing over 400 guests including industry bodies and NGOs at the Carbon Market Institute's annual conference - the 4th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit, speaking about clean energy innovation and Australia's global engagement on climate change and energy. 

The Carbon Market Institute’s annual conference brings together national and international leaders from business, government, technology and finance for knowledge exchange and commercial interaction on how to manage implementation challenges and create economic opportunities in the transition to a low carbon world.

I also had the pleasure of meeting the Fijian Prime Minister, Hon Frank Bainimarama, who was also a speaker at the event.


Meeting the Canterbury Girls' Secondary College (CGSC) 2017 Leadership Team

On 3 May, I was delighted to speak to the Canterbury Girls' Secondary College (CGSC) 2017 Leadership Team and present the College Captains Victoria Boundy and Zara Wearne with an Australian flag. I enjoyed speaking to the 18 students who form the CGSC Leadership Team and Principal Dr Mary Cannon and Assistant Principal Georgina Padula. The leaders asked a variety of interesting questions ranging from my portfolio responsibilities, women in politics and the daily challenges I face as a politician. I also learnt of the schools waste program, which empowers the school community to be conscious about the amount of school waste they produce and to be sustainable. I wish the school leaders all the best for the year ahead.

Visit to the United States

On 26-27 April, I visited Washington D.C. to meet my Cabinet counterparts in the Trump Administration, including Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scott Pruitt. We discussed important energy and environment issues of mutual interest to Australia and the United States.

I also had the opportunity to meet Senator Cory Gardner, Chair of the Senator Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, and Todd Young, Chair of the Subcommittee on International Economic, Energy and Environmental Policy.  I also met Congressman John Shimkus, who is a Subcommittee Chairman in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

During my visit, I also met business leaders at a US Chamber of Commerce Roundtable and addressed the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on the once in a century transition in global energy markets. You can find my speech here.

On 28 April, I travelled to Houston, Texas, where I met the President of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and several energy sector CEOs.

I also visited Petra Nova, the world’s largest post-combustion carbon capture use and storage project, which involves capturing carbon from a 35-year old 640 megawatt unit on Texas’s largest power plant, a 3,500 megawatt coal-fired plant.  The carbon is put through an absorber where the CO2 is separated and then a regenerator where it is captured in pure form before being transported through a 120 kilometre pipeline to be used for enhanced oil recovery. The project was very impressive and provides a model for commercially viable carbon capture projects.

Israel Trip

From 23-25 April, I visited Israel, accompanied by a delegation of Australian clean energy entrepreneurs and business leaders as well as the CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

I wrote an opinion piece outlining the results of our visit here.

It was a very productive visit during which we had the opportunity to visit the Ashalim solar thermal plant, an autonomous drone company Airobotics, a cyber security firm Claroty, a wave power start-up EcoWave as well as meeting energy companies including GE which is developing the Gilboa pumped hydro project.

My Israeli counterpart, Environment Minister Ze'ev Elkin, and I signed a Declaration of Intent on environmental protection. My press release is here.

I delivered a key note address to the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce on the strength of our relations and prospects for growth, particularly in the clean energy and technology sector.

I also had the honour to attend the official Holocaust Memorial Day service, Yom HaShoah, at Yad Vashem at which the Israeli President and Prime Minister both spoke.

And finally, it was a privilege to visit the Commonwealth war graves at Be'er Sheva, where later this year the Australian and Israeli Prime Ministers will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Be'er Sheva. I spoke about one young Australian buried here during my Anzac Day address at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem, and my speech can be found here.

ANZAC Day 2017

As we approach ANZAC Day on 25 April 2017 we remember Australia’s brave defence personnel, who for over a century, have contributed to every major conflict, fighting for our freedoms and values. In 2017, we also continue to mark the century of service and sacrifice of the First World War. I encourage you to attend an ANZAC Day Service in our community this year, to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served our country with distinction and honour. You will find the Kooyong ANZAC Day brochure with local service details here


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