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Australian Government to Support Hazelwood Workers

Today I announced that the Federal Government will deliver $43 million to support Hazelwood Power Station workers and Victoria’s Latrobe Valley following the closure of the facility at the end of March 2017.

The support will include $20 million in support for local infrastructure, $3 million to help employees and a $20 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package to help create local jobs and growth, build a highly skilled local workforce, take advantage of export opportunities and diversify the regional economy.

Visit to Paris

As many would know Paris is home to a number of key political institutions and businesses in the global context. I was fortunate enough to meet with the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova to update her on the progress we have made in protecting the Great Barrier Reef. As outlined in the Reef 2050 Annual Report substantial progress has been made to date on a number of the 151 actions in the Plan. This progress was warmly welcomed by the Director General and she acknowledged the considerable effort Australia is putting into protecting one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Following my trip to UNESCO I caught up with my French counterpart Segolene Royal ahead of COP22 to discuss the work both nations are doing to reduce emissions and to tackle climate change. Australia is making an important contribution to the global effort on climate change. Whether it’s through the ambitious set of targets we took to Paris or our significant levels of investment in renewables, we have a strong suite of policies to manage our transition to a lower emissions future. We successfully met our first Kyoto target by 128 million tonnes and we are on track to beat our 2020 target by 78 million tonnes. As I explained to the French Environment Minster the Turnbull Government has tabled in the Parliament the Paris Agreement for ratification, which sets our target of 26 to 28 per cent reduction on our 2005 emissions by 2030. On a per capita basis that's one of the highest in the G20.

Next stop was Renault HQ where I was able to hear and also experience first-hand what the future of electric cars looks like. As technology improves the uptake of electric cars is going to be important as we seek to reduce global emissions. Renault is one the leaders in affordable electric cars having already rolled out the Kangoo, Zoe and the Twizy which I was fortunate to test drive. We also saw what the future will look like in terms of sporty electric cars when we inspected a prototype which Renault launched at the recent Paris motor show.

At the OECD I caught up with its Secretary General Angel Gurria where I was able to update him on the strength of our economy and the work we are doing to develop a National Energy Security Blueprint for Australia led by Dr Alan Finkel. The team at the OECD was impressed by our continued economic growth, which is now in its 25th year, and the preparedness of the government to look at ways to reduce government spending to reduce debt.

The trip was capped off with a big win for Australia at the International Whaling Conference in Slovenia. The adoption of two Australian-led resolutions will put greater pressure on Japan to end its so-called ‘scientific’ whaling and reform the Commission into a more effective organisation. I am extremely proud of the team of the officials we had on the ground and their dedication. The adoption of the resolutions send a clear message that you don’t need to kill whales to study them.

Seeds of Peace book presentation

I was honoured when Camberwell Rotary Club President Nick Pane and committee member Adrian Campbell presented me with Seeds of Peace, a beautiful book which contains a collection of student essays and reflections commemorating the Centenary of Anzac.

The Seeds of Peace program was made possible through federal government funding of the Centenary of Anzac Local Grants Program. The Rotary Seeds of Peace project provided the opportunity for local schools to be involved in this historic event through an essay competition and commemorative events. Based on their peace essays, seven students were selected to travel to Gallipoli as youth peace ambassadors. The federal government grant also enabled schools to establish a commemorative garden with a lone pine tree and plaque which became the solemn setting for whole of school commemorative services.

The Seeds of Peace pictorial book which was presented to me today is a fantastic record of this program and it is a credit to Rotary clubs in Kooyong, particularly the Camberwell Rotary Club's Seeds of Peace Project Leader Adrian Campbell who developed the program.

Bureau of Meteorology's New App the Must-Have for Every Season

On a rainy Melbourne day like today, the Bureau of Meteorology's new 'BOM Weather' app comes in handy. I'm one of more than 290,000 Australians who have downloaded the app since its launch 14-days ago. Already, its been used to check the weather more than 2.3 million times. Congratulations to the BOM team for designing their first app, which gives Australians access to our leading experts in the palm of their hands, no matter where they are. I'm pictured here with the Director of Meteorology, Dr Andrew Johnson and hydrologists in the Bureau’s National Operations Centre.

Visiting Year 6 students at Carey Baptist Grammar School

Today the 21 October, I had a great discussion about Australia's political system with the Year 6 students from Carey Baptist Grammar School, in advance of their trip to Parliament House Canberra next week. 

Trinity Grammar School Visits Canberra

Today 20 October 2016, I met a group of Year 6 students from Trinity Grammar School, Kew, in Parliament House Canberra. Nearly two million students have participated in Parliament’s school programs since 1988. The Trinity Grammar students and teachers enjoyed a tour of Parliament House and attended Question Time. Our informal session was capped off with questions on politics and Parliament.

Genazzano FCJ College students at Parliament

On Tuesday 18 October, I enjoyed welcoming a group of students from Genazzano FCJ College, Kew, to Parliament House Canberra. 100,000 students visit Parliament each year. The Genazzano FCJ students experienced Parliament in action and asked me a series of great questions about our political system.

A Grand Design for the Ian Potter National Conservatory

Today marked a significant step towards the realisation of a bold vision that will transform the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. I was very pleased to announce that a design acclaimed Sydney architects CHROFI was selected for the Ian Potter National Conservatory. The "hovering cube" design will house tropical plants from places like Kakadu and Christmas Island, creating a critical safety net. I sincerely thank the Ian Potter Foundation for its support of such an important national asset, providing $1.5 million in funding. As a Government, we too are proud to support this project through a $5 million investment to help fund the Conservatory and a bushland nature walk. I’m pictured with CHROFI architect John Choi and the Gardens' Executive Director Dr Judy West. 

Minifie Park Early Childhood Centre 30th anniversary celebration

It was great to join the Minifie Park Early Childhood Centre in Balwyn on 15 October for the Centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Minifie Park is an eighty place early childhood education and care service that provides long day care programs for children aged from age three months to school age, as well as integrated three year old and four year old kindergarten programs five days a week.  Situated next to a community park, the Centre has two beautiful outdoor play areas as well as a green roof with more than 5,500 indigenous plants which create an improved habitat for insects, butterflies and birds. The green roof also incorporates several ecologically sustainable development initiatives including rain water harvesting. Congratulations to the wonderful community that is Minifie Park - teachers, families and locals – who were all out in force to celebrate this milestone in the Centre's history today. As well as cutting a giant cake I got to inspect a beautiful commemorative mosaic wall especially created to mark this occasion.

Snowy Mountains Scheme added to National Heritage List

The Snowy Mountains Scheme is part of the fabric of our nation and was our biggest ever industrial development. Today, the scheme was added to the National Heritage List joining the Sydney Opera House, MCG and Harbour Bridge among others. This will ensure this amazing engineering feat which took 25 years to build and was kicked off by Ben Chifley and Robert Menzies back in 1949 will be protected and celebrated by generations to come. It was great to mark the occasion with some of the original workforce which numbered more than 100,000, including people from 30 countries. Remarkably the Snowy Scheme provides a third of all renewable energy used across Australia's National Electricity Market. 


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