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Backing small business

Small business is a driver of the Australian economy – more than two million small businesses employ nearly five million Australians. On 11 March, I visited local cafe and caterer, Luscious Affairs, and met with its owners Elizabeth and David. Luscious Affairs has operated in Kooyong for 19 years. Elizabeth and David shared with me the challenges and opportunities facing Luscious Affairs, and we discussed the Government’s strong support for small business.



International Energy Agency Roundtable

On 10 March 2016, I hosted a roundtable as part of the Government’s consideration of a range of options to meet Australia’s obligations under the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Agreement on an International Energy Program. Australia has been a member of the IEA since 1979 and as one of the world's leading energy exporters, Australia plays an important role in the IEA’s work, including helping to strengthen international energy governance frameworks.  The roundtable was attended by representatives from across the fuel supply chain including refiners, wholesalers, consumers, motorist associations and terminal operators. It provided a good opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to on a range of topics including the different approaches to return to compliance, mandatory reporting of petroleum statistics and the ways to balance regulatory burden, consumer and budget impact.




Auburn Primary School assembly and leadership awards

I enjoyed returning to Auburn Primary School on 10 March to address a whole school assembly, and to present the school’s 2016 student leadership awards. I addressed 400 students, and met with a number of students, teachers and parents. The young school captains gave me a special morning tour of the school.



Visit to Olympic Dam

On 9th March I visited BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia where I toured the surface operations and underground mine. Employing 3,000 people – many of whom live in nearby Roxby Downs – Olympic Dam houses the world’s largest deposit of uranium, third largest deposit of gold and fifth largest deposit of copper. With 70 per cent of its resources still untouched and plans to expand underground tunnels by 30 per cent over the next five years, there is huge potential for growth. Through the implementation of innovative practices, like geological mapping of mineral deposits and new techniques like heap leaching, BHP is minimising costs and increasing productivity to ensure Olympic Dam remains competitive into the future. I was also impressed to learn that 50 per cent of Olympic Dam’s leadership group is female – a first for any BHP asset.


Touring the Olympic Dam mine with Asset President, Jacqui McGill


I’m pictured here at the smelter, part of the Olympic Dam processing plant


I’m pictured here with a BHP employee, inspecting underground drilling machinery

Discussing underground mining processes with BHP representatives


Trying out a Caterpillar 55 Tone Articulated Dump Truck underground at Olympic Dam


International Women's Day

On International Women's Day we recognise the contribution of women to our economy, society and culture while reflecting on what more we can do to improve gender equality. It was great to celebrate the day by attending an afternoon tea hosted by the Prime Minister and attended by dozens of inspirational women. One of those is Eleni Glouftsis, who I am pictured with below. At just 23 years of age she has made history as the first female field umpire to adjudicate an AFL match - a great achievement and one that I'm sure will inspire young women for years to come.


With Hon Darren Chester MP and female AFL field umpire, Eleni Glouftsis


Opening of new Guide Dogs facilities - $2m election commitment met

On Monday 7 March I was thrilled to officially open stage 1 of the new $3.1m facilities at Guide Dogs Victoria in Kew. The upgrade, which supports the ongoing supply of fully trained Guide Dogs, was made possible by the Federal Government delivering on its 2013 election commitment of $2 million through its Community Grants Development Program. Through this generous funding, the Australian Government has enabled Guide Dogs Victoria to upgrade and modernise its facilities. The result is that Guide Dogs Victoria now has 55 sleeping kennels and 11 kennel yards, as well as three new whelping rooms capable of housing up to 30 pups.

The Federal Government has contributed $1.5 million for the kennels and breeding centre upgrade which was launched today. The balance of the $2 million funding forms part of Stage 2 of the facilities enhancement project at Guide Dogs Victoria and is for the upgrade of the Veterinary hospital. The remaining funds have been raised by Guide Dogs Victoria through benefactors and its own fundraising program.  You can read more about the facilities enhancement program here.


I am pictured with the Hon Craig Ondarchie Member for Northern Metropolitan Region and Official Guide Dogs Victoria Ambassador, Iain Edwards Vice President Guide Dogs Victoria with working Guide Dog Olympia and Karen Hayes.  Also pictured are Official Guide Dog Ambassadors, Ariel and Willow.





Ecumenical Service at Carmelite Monastery Kew

On a beautiful Melbourne afternoon the Carmelite Monastery Chapel and spectacular gardens once again provided a wonderful setting for the 2016 Kew Community Festival Ecumenical Service. With the support of local students from the Trinity Grammar Brass Ensemble and the Xavier College boarders who ushered guests to their seats, the service is a true reflection of many religions coming together to encourage cohesion and harmony.










Glenferrie Road Festival

It was great to join the carnival atmosphere at the Glenferrie Road Festival on 6 March. Organised by the  Glenferrie Traders Association the festival brings together local residents, community organisations, businesses and sporting groups. The Glenferrie Festival has partnered with Hawthorn Community Chest with monies raised supporting the great work the Hawthorn Community Chest does in our local community. I am pictured here with Mayor Jim Parke and Councillor Steve Herd.




At the Glenferrie Road Festival with Swinburne engineering students 


Launch of the Australian Energy Council

On 4th March I was pleased to launch the newly formed Australian Energy Council, which is an amalgamation of energy retailers and suppliers. The Australian Energy Council will be a common voice for the industry, particularly on matters where market reform can promote competition and provide consumers with more choice. In my speech at the launch I spoke about the rapidly changing energy market that is increasingly influenced by the international state of affairs. I emphasised that industry can work in partnership with governments to maintain secure and reliable energy supplies, help smooth the transition to renewable sources of energy, and empower customers with more choice and access to new and smarter technologies.


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Meeting with President and CEO of the NT Farmers Association

On 3 March 2016, I met with Simon Smith, President, and Shenal Basnayake, CEO, of the NT Farmers Association at Parliament House, Canberra. Representing around 220 members, the NT Farmers Association is the peak industry body for the plant industry in the Northern Territory. It was a terrific opportunity to discuss the Association’s priorities for the development of northern Australia, including biosecurity measures and international investment in the north. I am pictured here with Simon and Shenal in my office.

 

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