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Visit to electorate of Mayo

On 14 June, I visited the electorate of Mayo in South Australia, alongside Georgina Downer – the Liberal candidate for the upcoming Mayo by-election. We visited Strathalbyn Woodshed, home of the Strathalbyn Woodcraft Group – one of four community groups in Mayo set to benefit from Turnbull Government funding for solar PV, battery and solar hot water systems. 

The Woodcraft Group is a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, but opens its doors to schools, the University of the Third Age and Scouts. Woodcraft Group President Ken and Secretary Eric showed Georgina and I as well as Keith, the Mayor of Alexandrina, around the very tidy Woodshed which will now be fitted with a 13.11 kW solar PV system worth over $8000. 

Find out more about the other organisations set to benefit from the Solar Communities Program here.

Together with State Member for Heysen Josh Teague, Georgina and I also attended a graduation ceremony for the Green Army team of the Adelaide Hills Project at the Upper Sturt Soldiers Memorial Hall. The Green Army team has been working hard to help protect threatened species’ habitats in the Mount Lofty Ranges, a biodiversity hot spot.

The graduation ceremony provided an opportunity for team members to reflect on the achievements of the project. Some members noted that they had secured future employment as a result of their participation and others noted how the project had “changed their lives”. All members were particularly grateful for the support that they’d received from their team leader Phil.

Thanks to Landcare Association of South Australia Chairman Gerry Butler for the invitation and congratulations, once again, to all Green Army team members.

Launch of Howard: the Art of Persuasion

On 12 June, I had the honour of launching a new collection of the finest speeches by our 25th Prime Minister, John Howard. The collection, edited by David Furse-Roberts and sponsored by the Menzies Research Centre, highlights John Howard’s courage, conviction and consistency of purpose over the course of his public life. 

In the many speeches chronicled in this new book, the historic achievements of the Howard Government are there for all to see. Tax, industrial relations and welfare reform coupled with an extensive privatisation and free trade agenda, created the lowest unemployment in more than 30 years. Stronger ties with Indonesia, Japan, China and the United States also characterised Howard’s time in office. 

In the end, John Howard like his observation of Margaret Thatcher before him, got the big things right and the breadth and depth of his spoken word were fundamental to his political success. 

You can read my op ed in The Australian here. I am pictured below with Mr Howard, Director of the Menzies Research Centre Nick Cater and the book’s editor David Furse-Roberts. 

Speech at Energy Networks 2018

On 7 June, I delivered a speech at Energy Networks 2018 Conference and Exhibition in Sydney.

The event, held every two years, attracts over 1000 Australian and international decision makers from the energy sector, including regulators, policy makers and industry and consumer representatives.

I spoke about the opportunities and the challenges that come from a rapidly changing energy market.

Rogetta Mine announcement in Burnie

While in Tasmania on 6 June, I also visited the Burnie headquarters of Mineral Resources Australia to announce the approval under national environment law of Rogetta Iron Ore Mine.

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, Tasmanian Energy Minister Guy Barnett and Liberal candidate for Braddon Brett Whiteley also visited the headquarters where we were joined by Geoff Summers, the proponent of Rogetta Mine.

Located approximately 30 kilometres south of Burnie, Rogetta Mine will create 200 construction jobs, 100 ongoing jobs, $100 million of investment and up to $100 million of export revenue per year – subject to strict conditions including the protection of the Tasmanian devil, the spotted-tail quoll and wedge-tailed eagles.

Find out more about the project here.

Pumped hydro energy storage announcement at Cethana Dam and Power Station

On 6 June, I visited Cethana Dam and Power Station on Lake Cethana in north west Tasmania alongside Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, Tasmanian Energy Minister Guy Barnett and Liberal candidate for Braddon Brett Whiteley.

We were there to mark the release of a joint Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and Hydro Tasmania report that identified 14 ‘high potential’ pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) sites across Tasmania.

Not only do these PHES sites have a potential combined capacity of 4800MW, but early modelling shows, if developed, their construction could create up to $5 billion of investment and around 3000 jobs in regional Tasmania.

The report is part of an initiative which could see Tasmania’s existing energy capacity double and, along with the business case study for a second interconnector, improve the affordability and reliability of the National Electricity Market.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht and Hydro Tasmania CEO Stephen Davy also joined us on the day.

Find out more about the report here.

Launch of the Antarctic Science Foundation

On 5 June, World Environment Day, I was delighted to launch the Antarctic Science Foundation at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne.

The Antarctic Science Foundation will bring together government, philanthropic and corporate partners to support world-class scientific research that further advances our understanding and protection of the Antarctic, Southern Ocean and Subantarctic natural environments.

The Governor-General is the patron of the Foundation and Board members include former Environment Minister Robert Hill, University of New South Wales’ Dean of Science Emma Johnston and ultra-marathon runner Mina Guli (with whom I am pictured below) as well as former Australian Antarctic Division Director Tony Press and IT architect Troy Guenther.

The establishment of an Antarctic foundation was identified as a priority of the Coalition Government in our Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan.

Find out more about the Foundation here.

Guide Dogs Victoria launches new platform

On 5 June, it was great to visit Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) in Kew to learn more about a GDV project that aims to reduce social isolation and improve access to information online for people with vision loss.

The Federal Government is funding the project through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The ILC Grant will enable people with low vision and blindness to actively contribute to leading, shaping and influencing their community by playing a central role in designing and participating in a new voice-activated peer support platform.

This is one of 147 projects receiving a total investment of $57 million through the NDIA’s second round of ILC grants, and will contribute towards making a more inclusive Australia, for all people, of all abilities.

Below I am pictured with Karen Hayes CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria and puppies Errol and Ellis. 

Visiting St Bridget's Primary School for World Environment Day 2018

On 5 June, I also visited students from St Bridget’s Primary School in Balwyn North for World Environment Day, where they were learning and participating in environmentally friendly activities, including making sandwich wraps with beeswax, cooking with school produce, sorting rubbish from Koonung Creek and using recycled waste for classroom activities.

It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our beautiful local environment in Kooyong and be proud of the practical initiatives we have introduced to protect our environment, including delivering $1.1 billion over seven years for the National Landcare Program; announcing an additional $500 million investment to further protect the Great Barrier Reef; investing over $255 million for species conservation; and working to phase out the use of microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products.

Below I am pictured with students at St Briget's Primary School.

World Environment Day 2018

On 5 June, I marked World Environment Day with a visit to my local Coles in Camberwell where they have committed to phasing out single-use plastic bags.

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day was Beat Plastic Pollution. Last year, 3.5 million tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia and 5.7 billion single-use plastic bags were used - more than 200 bags per person. 

I’m delighted our country’s largest supermarkets are taking robust action to phase out single-use plastic bags. Coles has committed to phasing out single-use plastic bags as well as reducing plastic wrapping on fruit and vegies and to replacing meat and poultry product packaging with recycled and renewable materials. Meanwhile, Woolworths has announced it will no longer provide single-use plastics bags for customers across their supermarkets while also planning to introduce a ban on plastic straws by the end of this year. This is on top of its commitment to remove plastic wrap from some of its fruit and vegies as well. 

Pictured with Thinus Keeve, Commercial Director, Stores, at Coles Supermarkets.

Rotary Club of Canterbury

On 4 June, I was pleased to speak at the Rotary Club of Canterbury meeting about ensuring a more reliable and affordable energy future.

There are nine Rotary clubs in Kooyong all doing great work both locally and abroad. Rotarians make a real difference to the lives of people in our community so it is always a pleasure to address members. 

Below I am pictured with Canterbury Rotary Club members Chris James, Rob Simpson, Rosemary Waghorne (Assistant District Governor) and Kyle Wightman. 


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