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St Bede's Primary School visits Parliament House

Today 15 February 2017, I welcomed the Year 5 and 6 students from St Bede’s Primary School, Balwyn North to Parliament House. I spoke with the students about the role of a Member of Parliament, the seat of Kooyong, and the three levels of Government. The students also asked a series of great questions about our political system. 

Vehicle Emissions Forum

On 15 February, I joined the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, to meet with key stakeholders in Canberra to discuss measures to reduce vehicle emissions that harm our health and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting provided an important opportunity for stakeholders to provide feedback on the issue.  This is the third major forum the Government has organised to hear from a range of representatives including, consumer, environment and health groups, the fuel industry and vehicle manufacturers.

On 20 December 2016, the Australian Government released three consultation papers for public comment, covering the introduction of fuel efficiency standards, the strengthening of emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles and improving fuel quality standards.

Submissions on each of these papers are open until 10 March 2017 and I would encourage all Australians to make comment as we work towards a lower emissions future.

For more information on the Forum or to make a submission, please click here [] and here []. 

Annual Pollies vs Press Tennis Challenge

What a great way to start the day with a tennis match in the annual Pollies vs Press Tennis Challenge at Parliament House. Today I teamed up with Anthony Albanese (on the line was called out by him). While there is usually no quarter given on the floor of the Parliament, the tennis court provides a more relaxed environment for political rivals to come together - and in today's case we came together to beat the press team!  

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.


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