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Marrakech climate conference

I joined my colleague, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in Marrakech, Morocco, to represent Australia at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22). These global climate change talks came at an important time, with Australia having just joined more than 100 countries in ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force on the 4th of November 2016.

At COP22 I participated in a number of panels with ministerial representatives from around the world, including the USA, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia. One panel discussed Mission Innovation, which is an initiative of more than 20 countries who have agreed to double investment in clean energy technology R&D by 2020. Australia has been at the forefront of renewable energy technology development for some time; by 2018 more than 60% of the solar PV cell technology used around the world will be linked back to intellectual property developed at Australian universities. Another panel discussed the critical role of for carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) technology. The International Energy Agency estimates that 12% of emissions reductions could be from CCUS by 2035.

I also met with counterparts from Germany, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, Malaysia and Fiji to discuss environmental issues, rainforest protection, energy efficiency and the transition in our economies. I had the opportunity to present at the Global Landscapes Forum to discuss Australia’s Emissions Reduction Fund and blue carbon – sea grass, mangroves which can store four times as much carbon as land – and had the chance to meet with young Australian students with Global Voices.

Australia continues to play a leading role in international climate action, such as co-chairing the Green Climate Fund with South Africa, and jointly leading with the UK the development of a Climate Finance Roadmap. We also co-chaired with China negotiations on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, which led to a global agreement to phase down these harmful greenhouse gases which will save an estimated 72 billion tonnes of emissions by 2050 – equal to one and a third of annual global emissions.

Australia beat its first Kyoto emissions target by 128 million tonnes, is on track to beat our 2020 target by 78 million tonnes and has the policies in place to meet our ambitious 2030 target, which is one of the largest reductions per person among major economies.

Talking about rainforest protection at the Indonesia pavilion

With US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz 

With UK Climate Change Minister Nick Hurd

Discussing carbon capture, use and storage

At the Clean Energy Ministerial

With Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry H.E. Dr Siti Nurbaya Bakar

Committee For Melbourne

It was pleasure to address the Committee for Melbourne breakfast this morning and discuss the transition underway in the Australian energy market. The Committee’s hard work contributes to maintaining Melbourne’s status as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

Photo – Left to right – Martine Letts (CEO, Committee for Melbourne), Scott Tanner (Chief Executive, Bank of Melbourne), Minister , Geoff Healy (Chief External Affairs Officer, BHP Billiton)

Remembrance Day Service

On Remembrance Day we honour more than 102,000 Australians who have died serving our country. It is important we keep their memory alive and also keep in our thoughts the servicemen and women who are currently serving in our armed forces. I was honoured to represent the Prime Minister at the Remembrance Day Service at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. We will remember them. 

Bialik College visits Parliament House

It was great to share Australian Parliament House with the year 6 students from Bialik College on Wednesday 9 November. They enjoyed experiencing Question Time and exploring Parliament House. Bialik College is my old school and I have such great memories from those days. 

Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Address

On Tuesday I addressed the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council Annual General Meeting, where I discussed the important role the built environment can make to meeting our 2030 Paris emission reduction targets. The Government through our National Energy Productivity Plan, which aims to improve energy productivity by 40 per cent, will reduce costs and emissions from the built environment. The Government has already expanded the Commercial Building Disclosure Programme, which will provided an estimated $50 million in new energy savings.

Paris Agreement Ratification

On 10 November, I was pleased to join the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in announcing that Australia had ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.  Australia joins more than 100 other countries in ratifying the Paris Agreement.  Our emissions reduction target of 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 is ambitious and responsible.  I am pictured below with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

Energy Networks Association's Annual Dinner

Last night I addressed the Energy Networks Association's Annual Dinner. With COP 22 underway in Marrakesh, I outlined how Australia's climate polices are enabling the electricity sector to transition to a lower emissions future. But, with the recent blackout in South Australia and the announced closure of Hazelwood, I emphasised energy security must remain our number one priority.

CEO Forum of the Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Association

Today I met with the chief executive officers of Australia’s energy industry at the CEO Forum of the Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Association at Parliament House. It was an important opportunity to meet with the leaders of Australia’s energy industry and discuss the transition taking place in Australia’s energy system. The discussion covered the COAG Energy Council reform agenda, harmonisation of state based renewable energy targets and the imperative of delivering a secure, reliable and affordable energy supply as this transition to lower emissions energy occurs. 

Kew Baptist Church 160th anniversary

On Sunday 6 November I joined Senior Pastor Nick Tuohy and Pastor Khoi Doan at Kew Baptist Church for the Church's 160th anniversary celebrations. During my visit I inspected Highbury Common, the new vegetable garden made possible through Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program, addressed congregants and viewed some wonderful old photos found among cobwebs. Kew Baptist Church has a rich history of providing support to the local community and it was great to see so many locals at the anniversary festivities. The Church conducts services for its wide range of congregants including the Vietnamese community as well as a night church for youth and services at Karana Baptist Aged Care and provides monthly outreach services to Servants Community Housing in Hawthorn.

Launch of Access Health and Community

I had the privilege of speaking and cutting the ribbon at the official launch of Access Health and Community at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on 4 November 2016.
Access Health and Community (AccessHC) has been created as a result of a recent merger of three health not-for-profit organisations, formerly known as Inner East Community Health Service, Manningham Community Health Service and Biala Box Hill Early Childhood Intervention Centre. 

With 260 staff and 300 volunteers the organisation has a mission to deliver access to all in the community with a focus on the disadvantage, providing primary healthcare services GP, nursing, allied health, dental, alcohol and other drug support, programs, as well as child and family services.


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