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Minifie Park Early Childhood Centre 30th anniversary celebration

It was great to join the Minifie Park Early Childhood Centre in Balwyn on 15 October for the Centre’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Minifie Park is an eighty place early childhood education and care service that provides long day care programs for children aged from age three months to school age, as well as integrated three year old and four year old kindergarten programs five days a week.  Situated next to a community park, the Centre has two beautiful outdoor play areas as well as a green roof with more than 5,500 indigenous plants which create an improved habitat for insects, butterflies and birds. The green roof also incorporates several ecologically sustainable development initiatives including rain water harvesting. Congratulations to the wonderful community that is Minifie Park - teachers, families and locals – who were all out in force to celebrate this milestone in the Centre's history today. As well as cutting a giant cake I got to inspect a beautiful commemorative mosaic wall especially created to mark this occasion.

Snowy Mountains Scheme added to National Heritage List

The Snowy Mountains Scheme is part of the fabric of our nation and was our biggest ever industrial development. Today, the scheme was added to the National Heritage List joining the Sydney Opera House, MCG and Harbour Bridge among others. This will ensure this amazing engineering feat which took 25 years to build and was kicked off by Ben Chifley and Robert Menzies back in 1949 will be protected and celebrated by generations to come. It was great to mark the occasion with some of the original workforce which numbered more than 100,000, including people from 30 countries. Remarkably the Snowy Scheme provides a third of all renewable energy used across Australia's National Electricity Market. 

Opening the Howard Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel

The new Howard Lounge at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra is a fitting honour for one of Australia’s greatest leaders. I had the privilege of working with John Howard, including at the 2004 Election. This was an invaluable opportunity to learn from a man who always led from the front. John has enormous courage of convictions, and Australia is a better place because of the tough decisions he made, from introducing the GST to national gun control. Fittingly, the Howard Lounge is located very near the Menzies Suite, two of Australia’s political greats. I’m pictured here with the Hyatt Hotel Canberra General Manager Fredrick Arul, cutting the ribbon today.

Condolences on the passing of Shimon Peres

Today, 10 October 2016, I had the honour to pay my respects to the former President and Prime Minister of the State of Israel and Nobel Prize winner, Mr Shimon Peres, on his passing on 28 September 2016 at the age of 93. 

Shimon Peres was a pillar of Israel’s founding generation and had a life of extraordinary achievements. He will be remembered for his deep personal commitment and dedication for the State of Israel, defender of Israel’s security and a remarkable advocate for peace. He was one of Israel’s longest serving and most distinguished politicians with a political career spanning across seven decades. 

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1994 for his efforts in support of the Oslo Accords and for his devotion to create peace in the Middle East. Throughout his career he pushed strongly for Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation.

My heartfelt sympathy and condolences go to his family, the Government and people of Israel, for the loss of a great visionary, statesman and peacemaker.  His many years of service, legacy of peace and memory will remain an inspiration to Israel and to the world. 

Launch of the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

It’s incredible to think that more than a quarter of the world’s plant and animal life is under our feet, and some termite mounds have been occupied for 50,000 years! But these are just some of the many reasons why the launch of the world’s first Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas today is such a significant step. The Atlas will be an invaluable tool for sustainably managing everything from food security to climate regulation. I congratulate and thank the European Commission for supporting the production of the Atlas.  I am picture here alongside the Minister Assisting the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, European Union Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Sem Fabrizi, the former Governor-General of Australia Michael Jeffery, former Queensland Governor Penny Wensley and one of the authors of the Atlas, Professor Brajesh Singh. 

CEDA Address

On 10 October, I addressed CEDA’s State of the Nation conference, on the issue of energy security. It was timely in light of the wake-up call governments around Australia have received from the recent blackout in South Australia.  I talked about the opportunities in battery technology and the challenges posed by increased intermittent generation across the grid, particularly wind and solar. 

COAG Energy Council Meeting

Following the blackout in South Australia, a meeting of the state and territory Energy Ministers was held in Melbourne on October 7. The meeting secured agreement on two fundamental points. First, Ministers agreed that their primary responsibility is to ensure the security, reliability and the affordability of the energy system, for all Australians. Second, that an independent review, led by Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, will develop a blueprint for energy security, with the recommendations outlining the policy, legislative and governance settings needed. This was a major breakthrough. I'm pictured here with the South Australian, Queensland, Tasmanian and Victorian ministers. 


Announcing funding for the Nambour Heritage Tramway Project in Fairfax

On Thursday 6 October, I also visited Ted O’Brien MP in the electorate of Fairfax to announce the $500,000 for the Nambour Heritage Tramway Project. Ted really put on a great show with the people in Nambour, who have a proud association with their community’s tram tracks. The successful project will build on Nambour’s strong sense of community and provide great local tourism opportunities. I am pictured here with Paul Moriarty, chairman of the Nambour Tramway Company, and Ted O’Brien MP.

Visit to the electorate of Fisher

On Thursday 6 October, I visited the aptly named Sunshine Coast to open Andrew Wallace’s new electorate office in the electorate of Fisher. During the visit, it wasn’t hard for Andrew to bend my arm and convince me to have a nail painted for charity. Australian charity, YGAP, is running a ‘Polished Man’ campaign to raise awareness and funds for children that have fallen victim to sexual and/or physical violence. Men around the world are painting one of their fingernails to begin a conversation about the issue. The money collected from donations goes to trauma recovery and prevention programs across the globe. I wish Andrew and the people of Fisher the very best of success in their support for this important initiative. I am pictured here having my nail painted with Andrew Wallace MP.

Visit to the Great Barrier Reef

On Wednesday 5 October, I had the great privilege of visiting Australia’s Great Barrier Reef alongside Traditional Owners, leading scientists and rangers from the Australian and Queensland Government’s Joint Field Management Program. The Reef is a thing of natural wonder – it gives so much to so many people in terms of cultural use, tourism opportunities, intrinsic beauty and inspiration. I am proud to be part of the Australian Government’s efforts to ensure the Reef is managed well for future generations and was impressed to see first-hand the efforts to cull the coral-eating Crown of Thorns Starfish; to learn the Aboriginal stories associated with Reef; and to see what it means for our eco-friendly tourism industry. Under the landmark Long Term Sustainability Plan, the Coalition will continue to deliver significant programs like the Reef Trust and the $1 billion Reef Fund to protect our iconic Great Barrier Reef. I’m pictured here snorkelling on the Reef and with Sheridan Morris, CEO of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, a fellow diver and Dr Russell Reichelt, Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.


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