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Hawthorn (Boroondara) Relay For Life 2017

On the 25 – 26 March 2017, I had the privilege to officially open and close the Hawthorn (Boroondara) Relay For Life 2017 at the John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn, and participate with my team the 'Kooyong Colts' for the sixth consecutive year in a row to raise money for cancer research, advocacy and support.

This year there were 44 teams participating in the 18 hour relay, with a large presence of schools, including first time participant Auburn High School. The Kooyong Colts walked non-stop all night to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, and to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer. Over $65,000 was raised by Boroondara Relay For Life after the 18 hour walkathon.

I'm proud the Kooyong Colts were crowned this year's highest fundraiser, making our team the highest fundraising team for the past five years. This year the Kooyong Colts raised over $19,000, bringing our total fundraising effort since 2012 to over $100,000. There is still one more month to donate to this wonderful cause here.

Thank you to our generous donors, walkers, volunteers and to the event organisers including committee members Graeme Jacobs and Richard Heron, Nick Wald from Cancer Council, and Jo Xuereb Chair of Hawthorn Relay for Life for making this worthy event possible.

Kooyong Colts team up for 2017 Relay for Life fundraiser

On the weekend of 25th – 26th March 2017, our team the Kooyong Colts will again be supporting the Cancer Council of Victoria and participating in this year’s Hawthorn Relay for Life.  I am delighted that the local community has rallied behind and supported the Kooyong Colts relay team since 2012.  With this generous support, the Kooyong Colts team has raised over $82,000 across five relays with last year’s fundraising effort just shy of $20,000.  The team has also been named the highest fundraising team four years in a row. Read more about the Relay here or donate here

Opening the Centre for Business & Social Enterprise at Trinity Grammar School

Today 24 March 2017, I had the honour of opening Trinity Grammar School’s newest building in Kew, the Centre for Business & Social Enterprise. Alongside Principal Dr Michael Davies, Bishop to Anglican Schools - the Right Rev Lindsay Urwin, Chairman of School Council Garry Ringwood, honourable guests, parents and students past and present, I experienced the unveiling of the school’s remarkable new centre.

The centre focuses on teaching students the skills of economics, accounting and legal studies whilst emphasizing the importance of giving back to the wider community. I spoke about the importance of leadership in today’s globalising world, and equipping our students with the education to inspire growth across disadvantaged communities of the world and empower others with the tools they need to engage in business and improve their societies.

I enjoyed speaking with some of the Year 12 students who expressed their appreciation of the new centre and the opportunity and resources it provides. 


Meeting with the Australia Germany Advisory Group (AGAG)

On 23 March, I met with Mr Volkmar Klein, Member of the German Parliament for Siegen-Wittgenstein and member of the Australia Germany Advisory Group and Dr Gerhard Walhers, Deputy Secretary General of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, along with my colleague the Hon Bert van Manen MP, the Federal Member for Forde. It was a good opportunity to discuss energy security, investment and trade. Germany is the world’s fourth largest economy. The Australia Germany Advisory Group was established in 2014 to identify ways to broaden and strengthen the relationship between Australia and Germany.

Meeting with One Gippsland

It is always a pleasure to meet with the One Gippsland team who are working across the region to increase the economic development opportunities for the community. With the impending closure of the Hazelwood power station next week, the efforts of One Gippsland are particularly relevant and valued. We discussed the importance of the Federal Government's investment in the region in response to the Hazelwood closure along with $340 million in other infrastructure developments. In addition, I was able to outline the Government energy reforms to ensure the reliability, security and affordability of Australia's energy system.

Below I am pictured with Mary Aldred, Phil Cantillon, Joe Gauci, Richard Elkington and Tim Weight. 

Meeting with Cr Graham Quirk and the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland

It was great to meet today with Cr Graham Quirk and the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland.  In particular, I was excited to hear about their Resilient Rivers Initiative, a collaborative approach to managing the catchments of South East Queensland and ensure the future economic, social and environmental health of the region.  The Australian Government has a proud history of supporting projects aimed at improving river health, including this Initiative.

Gas Vision 2050

On the 23 March 2017, I received the report “Gas Vision 2050” along with my colleague Senator Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.

The Gas Vision 2050 is a collaborative report from peak gas industry bodies, describing an aspirational future for gas across Australia’s economy. As we move to a lower emissions future with more renewables, gas has important role to play as a transition fuel as it has half the emissions of coal. Gas also has the advantage of being able to generate baseload power which is critical until storage for renewables is able to be rolled out on a commercial scale and in an affordable manner.

I would like to extend my thanks to the organisations who worked together in developing this report, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, Energy Networks Australia, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association, Gas Energy Australia and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association of Australia.

Mount Scopus Memorial College visits Parliament House

Today 22 March 2017, I welcomed students from Mount Scopus Memorial College to Parliament House, Canberra, along with my colleague Julia Banks MP. 100,000 students visit Parliament House each year. Julie Banks and I spoke to the students about our experiences as a Member of Parliament, the seats we represent and Australia’s system of government. Mount Scopus is my old school and I have such great memories from those days. 

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 



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