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Meeting with Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Dr Fatih Birol

On 22 February  I welcomed Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to Canberra. Australia has been a member of the IEA for almost 40 years, which has provided us with an important forum to discuss the changing energy market and the importance of energy security and energy supply. We had a broad ranging discussion about the IEA’s support of the Finkel Review, with Dr Birol providing global perspectives as to what can be done to stabilise the system in light of the increased uptake of renewables as well as the importance of base-load generation and particularly gas. We also talked about new technology including carbon capture and storage, high-efficiency, low-emission coal-fired power stations as well as battery storage.

Belle Vue Primary School visits Parliament House

Today 22 February 2017, I welcomed the Year 5 and 6 students from Belle Vue Primary School, Balwyn North to Parliament House Canberra. Nearly two million students have participated in Parliament’s school programs since 1988. I spoke with the students about the role of a Member of Parliament and the three levels of Government which was followed by an informative question and answer session about our political system.

Speech to the Sydney Institute

On 20 February, I spoke to the Sydney Institute about the Government's actions to ensure energy security and affordability as we transition to a lower emissions future.  This is one of the most complex and important issues confronting the nation, as our energy system undergoes a once-in-a-century transformation.  I highlighted the need to maintain baseload generation, the importance of reducing pressure on electricity prices and our strong record in meeting emissions reduction targets as well as the Government's practical, technology-neutral approach to energy policy. It's always a privilege to speak at the Sydney Institute and I thank Gerard and Anne for the invitation.



Launch of Threatened Species Prospectus

On 20 February, I was delighted to be in Sydney with our Threatened Species Commissioner, NSW Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton and US Consul General Valerie Fowler at Taronga Zoo to announce the next milestone in the Australian Government’s approach to saving Australia’s plants and animals.

The Government has taken major steps to support the recovery of threatened species across Australia, including mobilising over $210 million since 2014 towards nearly 1000 projects, guided by our science-based Threatened Species Strategy.

We all have a role to play in the fight against extinction. I invited business, industry and the philanthropic sectors to join us, by launching Australia’s first ever Threatened Species Prospectus.

This Prospectus showcases over 50 exciting, action-oriented projects that are ready to deliver real results for our threatened plants and animals. They highlight valuable contributions that businesses can make in saving species like numbats, quolls and cassowaries. I am really excited that a project in the Prospectus has already received a commitment from San Diego Zooo, to support a $500,000 platypus habitat project.

The Prospectus is available here.

It was also terrific to learn of the special proposal between two of the world’s great zoos – our very own Taronga Zoo and San Diego Zoo to exchange two remarkable animals – the Australian platypus and the African Okapi. The proposal will, of course, be subject to Australia’s strict regulatory processes that protect our biosecurity and our native animals’ welfare.

San Diego Zoo already has custodianship of four Tasmanian Devils which are raising awareness in the US of this iconic species and Australia’s fight to save them. Our unique platypuses can, like our Tassie devils, be wonderful overseas ambassadors for our native species.


Energy Consumers Australia Foresighting Forum

This morning I gave the opening address at the second annual Energy Consumers Australia Foresighting Forum. The Forum aims to bring together consumer groups, regulators, businesses and governments to identify and progress key issues affecting the long term interests of consumers.

I set out the changes occurring in the energy sector while highlighting key reforms the Government is pursing, including reforming the limited merits review regime to stop energy businesses gaming the system by appealing how much they can re-coup from customers and the National Energy Productivity Plan, which will increase energy productivity by 40 per cent by 2030.

The Insiders

It was great to join the Insiders program on 19 February to discuss why energy security and affordability are key Government's priorities. High levels of power from wind and solar without the required planning for intermittency poses a risk to the stability of our system as has been evident in SA recently. That is why the Government is focused on keeping sufficient baseload power in our energy system, promoting energy storage and bringing the states and territories on board in a coordinated approach.

Rotary Club of North Balwyn BBQ Trailer Launch

I was delighted to attend Boroondara Council's annual 'Music in the Park' festival on 18 February at Canterbury Gardens. This year's festival was extra special as I launched the Rotary Club of North Balwyn's BBQ trailer - which was made possible with a $15,000 matched grant through the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program.The BBQ trailer will enable the Rotary Club of North Balwyn to raise much needed funds to support important Rotary community projects. Congratulations to President Rowan McLean and Committee Member Greg Matthews who were instrumental in bringing the BBQ trailer project to life.

Bialik Button Project

On 17 February 2017, it was an honour to be at my old school, Bialik College, to deliver the closing remarks at the official opening of the Bialik Button Project, a remarkable memorial for the 1.5 million children who were killed during the Holocaust.

Students from Bialik spent 10 years reaching out around Australia and across the globe for buttons. Every button was distributed into 22 clear cylinders representing the different European countries where the children who perished in the Holocaust were from.

Today highlighted the importance of the next generation; the children and how we can learn from the actions of our past to better our future and to never repeat such heinous atrocities again. 

I commend the students of Bialik College and all those who were involved, for their vision and determination to create a powerful reminder of the past and to honour each child lost to this world during the Holocaust. Kol Ha’Kavod, to one and all.

Meeting with Australia Zoo

On 16 February, I was delighted to meet with Bill Ferguson from Australia Zoo, local member Andrew Wallace MP and the Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews to hear about the Zoo's wonderful work in protecting and recovering our threatened species. Since opening in 2008 the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital has admitted more than 65,000 animals, making it one of the busiest wildlife hospitals in the world. Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is renowned for its treatment and rehabilitation of injured koalas, treating more than 70 per cent of all koalas in Queensland. I congratulate Australia Zoo on their dedication to wildlife conservation. 

Meeting with the President of the National Farmers Federation

On 15 February 2017, I was pleased to meet with Fiona Simpson, President of the National Farmers Federation in my office at Parliament House, Canberra. We discussed the critical importance of energy security and affordability in maintaining the international competitiveness of Australian agriculture.


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