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Kooyong student wins Simpson Prize

On 15 March, I met with and congratulated Felix, a Camberwell High School Year 10 student, on winning the Simpson Prize for Victoria. The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students, funded by the Australian Government, encouraging students to explore Australia’s experience of World War I through a written or audio-visual presentation. Felix’s winning entry was an essay on the landing at Gallipoli. The Prize was presented at a ceremony at Parliament House by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Materiel, the Hon Dan Tehan MP.



Gorgon LNG project in Western Australia

On 14 March, I joined Chevron Australia at its Gorgon project, on Barrow Island off the coast of Western Australia, ahead of its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG). At around $70 billion, the project is the largest single private investment ever undertaken in Australia. It has created more than 10,000 jobs in the construction phase of the project alone and will make a significant contribution to our economy over its 40 year plus lifespan. The project is also an example of the strong innovation in Australia’s resources sector as it includes the world’s largest commercial scale carbon capture and storage initiative. This will reduce the project’s emissions by around 40 per cent. I also wrote an opinion piece about this project and Australia’s golden age of gas which you can read here:

I’m pictured here inspecting the first ship to be loaded with LNG with Chevron Australia Managing Director, Roy Krzywosinski and Western Australian Minister for Finance, Mines and Petroleum, the Hon Bill Marmion.







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.


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.









 

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