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Melbourne Indigenous Transition School graduates

On 13 February 2017, it was a pleasure to meet two graduates from Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) in Richmond, Jody and Layla and the Inaugural Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellow, Michelle Kerrin in Parliament House for Close the Gap week.

I had the honour of opening MITS representing the Prime Minister on 29 April 2016, when I was the Minister for Northern Australia. The school boards and educates up to 22 remote and regional community year 7 Indigenous students each year as they transition into scholarship positions with MITS’ Melbourne based partner schools.

It is remarkable to see the power of education to these young Indigenous Australians as we work towards closing the gap.

Emergency heritage listing for St Kilda Road and surrounds

On Friday 10 February, I announced that the Federal Government has granted emergency heritage protection to St Kilda Road, including its famous tree-lined boulevard and surrounding environment, by adding it to the National Heritage List. The decision will provide interim protection to this important part of Melbourne for 12 months while the Australian Heritage Council conducts a formal assessment of the area. The St Kilda Road precinct is an iconic part of Melbourne, with its historically important nineteenth century boulevard. It is associated with the Shrine of Remembrance, its ceremonial landscape and the design heritage associated with the Domain Parklands. Melbourne’s Metro Project as currently configured would involve the destruction of more than 100 trees in this precinct and have a potentially significant impact upon its heritage values. Although the decision to give the area emergency heritage protection does not revoke previous project approval, I have written to the Premier of Victoria asking him to reconsider the project design to lessen its impact upon the surrounding landscape, including the trees that give important character to the precinct. I am pictured here with the emergency listing nominators the Hon Barry Jones AC and Tom Harley.

Sacred Heart Primary School visits Parliament House

Today 8 February 2017, I welcomed the Year 5 and 6 students from Sacred Heart Primary School, Kew, the first school group from Kooyong to visit Parliament House this year. I spoke to the students about life as a Member of Parliament and Australia’s system of government. It is terrific to see so many students from my electorate have the opportunity to visit the Nation's capital each year.

Q & A

On Monday 6 February I joined the Q & A program in Melbourne. Hosted by Tony Jones, other panel members included Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, the Menzies Research Centre’s Daisy Cousens, climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and political analyst and writer, Helen Andrews. The panel responded to audience questions about issues including refugees, environment and energy policy and law and order including youth detention in Victoria. Of particular note was a question from a Syrian refugee and his brother who came to Australia with his family two years ago - and in that time learnt to speak English, was dux of his VCE year and is now studying medicine at Melbourne University. A wonderful story in light of the global debate regarding humanitarian migration. 

Visit to South Australia

On 2 February I visited South Australia where I met with, the State Energy Minister, Tom Koutsantonis, the leader of the Opposition, Steven Marshall and his Shadow Energy and Resources spokesman Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

With my ministerial colleague, Senator Anne Ruston, I visited Ferguson Australia in Port Adelaide. Ferguson employs over 80 people in 3 locations across the state. It is a family owned business exporting premium seafood product to Asia.

As a result of the electricity affordability and security issues in South Australia, their electricity bill has doubled over the last 12 months and it has been forced to upgrade its diesel generator. At any one time Fergusson's has over a $1 million worth of lobsters onsite, which would not survive 30 minutes if the power went out.
I also met with Business SA and received a briefing from AGL on their innovative virtual power plant, which will see batteries installed in 1,000 homes and businesses.

Boroondara Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

On 26 January 2017, it was an honour to deliver the key note address at the Boroondara Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Over 400 community members welcomed our newest Australian citizens to Boroondara.

It was terrific to watch 129 new Australians take the citizenship pledge and remind us how their diverse backgrounds bring a richness and diversity to our country.

Today was also an opportunity to acknowledge some outstanding contributors to our community who selflessly help others. We congratulated the Boroondara's shared Citizens of the Year, Jan Dimmick who has contributed to various community, charity and sporting groups in Boroondara and Victoria spanning more than 40 years and Graham and Gwenda Foard who have devoted over 60 years of service to the Boroondara community and share a long history of being members and office bearers of numerous community organisations. Boroondara's Young Citizen of the Year, Lauren Gregory who has been volunteering as a unit leader for the Girl Guides in Boroondara; developing and delivering fun, educational programs for up to 70 girls aged 7 to 13. Volunteer of the Year, Rosemary Chapple who has volunteered for the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), supporting and advising young offenders at police stations in Boroondara and beyond for over eight years. Special Commendations for volunteering, Barbara French who has devoted 42 years with Samarinda Ashburton Aged Care Services and Jean Sloman who has devoted 30 years with the Salvation Army. All who have so generously given so much of their time and expertise to help others.

I wish each new citizen the best of luck for their journey ahead in this great nation.

MCC Kew Sports Club Flag Raising Ceremony

Today 26 January 2017, in front of over 150 Bowlers I had the privilege of speaking and presenting a new Australian Flag during the MCC Kew Sports Club Flag Raising Ceremony for Australia Day.

The ceremony took place before the commencement of Glyn Bosisto Shield Bowls Tournament, a standalone bowls competition held annually at the MCC. The tournament is named after the lawn bowls legend Mr Glyn de Villiers Bosisto (1899-1990) a former club member of MCC and the only Lawn Bowls player inducted into the Australian Sport Hall of Fame.

Today all around Australia flags are raised to recognise our great nation and reflect on our national spirit. We are fortunate enough to live in a great country and today is a time for communities to come together to celebrate what's special about Australia and being Australian.  

Pictured here on my left with Rod Donaldson, Chairman of the MCC and John Joyce, President of the Bowls Section.

Wellcome Trust awards $14 million to Monash University for research project

On 24 January, I was delighted to join Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, Professor John Thwaites, Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, and the federal member for Chisholm, Julia Banks MP, to announce that Monash University has been awarded a $14 million Wellcome Trust Research Project to investigate the health and economic benefits of water-sensitive revitalisation in informal urban settlements. The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable organisation that supports over 14,000 people in more than 70 countries by funding research in health, science and medicine. 

This five year research project will help rebuild 24 informal settlements in Indonesia and Fiji by implementing simple water-sensitive interventions such as building new septic tank technology and constructing wetlands to drain and cleanse stormwater and protect against flooding. The project aims to alleviate health, environmental and economic problems caused by flooding, contaminated water supplies and poor water waste management in developing countries. 

The project will be led by the director of Monash's Sustainable Development Institute, Dr Rebekah Brown, and her team will work with local universities, NGOs and Oxfam on the project as well as in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank.


Budj Bim to be nominated for World Heritage Tentative List

On 20 January, I was delighted to join the Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Premier, Hon Daniel Andrews MP, local federal member, Hon Dan Tehan, and Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners to announce that the Federal Government has submitted a nomination for Budj Bim Cultural Landscape to be included on Australia’s World Heritage Tentative List. Budj Bim was the first place to be added to the National Heritage List when it was created in 2004 and following the preparation of a formal nomination over the next 12 months, it is hoped that Budj Bim will become the first Australian place World Heritage listed solely for Indigenous cultural values. It would also be Australia's 20th World Heritage listed place, joining places like Kakadu National Park, Tasmanian Wilderness and Willandra Lakes Region on the list. Following volcanic eruptions 30,000 years ago, Budj Bim in south-west Victoria is a developed landscape of an ingenious system of channels, waterways, weirs and dams put in place by the Aboriginal community more than 6,500 years ago. 

Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter announcement

On 20 January, I was pleased to join the Prime Minister, Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Premier, Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Greg Hunt MP, and local federal member, Hon Dan Tehan MP, for the announcement of a support package for Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter which will secure 2,000 direct and indirect jobs in the region. Alcoa Portland Aluminium Smelter is an important exporter and employer. Following the power outage last month when the interconnector went down, the smelter lost significant operating capacity. The $30 million Federal Government grant will enable the smelter to restart and provide certainty for workers and the Portland community. 


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