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Paris Agreement Ratification

On 10 November, I was pleased to join the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in announcing that Australia had ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.  Australia joins more than 100 other countries in ratifying the Paris Agreement.  Our emissions reduction target of 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 is ambitious and responsible.  I am pictured below with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister.

Energy Networks Association's Annual Dinner

Last night I addressed the Energy Networks Association's Annual Dinner. With COP 22 underway in Marrakesh, I outlined how Australia's climate polices are enabling the electricity sector to transition to a lower emissions future. But, with the recent blackout in South Australia and the announced closure of Hazelwood, I emphasised energy security must remain our number one priority.

CEO Forum of the Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Association

Today I met with the chief executive officers of Australia’s energy industry at the CEO Forum of the Australian Energy Council and Energy Networks Association at Parliament House. It was an important opportunity to meet with the leaders of Australia’s energy industry and discuss the transition taking place in Australia’s energy system. The discussion covered the COAG Energy Council reform agenda, harmonisation of state based renewable energy targets and the imperative of delivering a secure, reliable and affordable energy supply as this transition to lower emissions energy occurs. 

Kew Baptist Church 160th anniversary

On Sunday 6 November I joined Senior Pastor Nick Tuohy and Pastor Khoi Doan at Kew Baptist Church for the Church's 160th anniversary celebrations. During my visit I inspected Highbury Common, the new vegetable garden made possible through Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program, addressed congregants and viewed some wonderful old photos found among cobwebs. Kew Baptist Church has a rich history of providing support to the local community and it was great to see so many locals at the anniversary festivities. The Church conducts services for its wide range of congregants including the Vietnamese community as well as a night church for youth and services at Karana Baptist Aged Care and provides monthly outreach services to Servants Community Housing in Hawthorn.

Launch of Access Health and Community

I had the privilege of speaking and cutting the ribbon at the official launch of Access Health and Community at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on 4 November 2016.
Access Health and Community (AccessHC) has been created as a result of a recent merger of three health not-for-profit organisations, formerly known as Inner East Community Health Service, Manningham Community Health Service and Biala Box Hill Early Childhood Intervention Centre. 

With 260 staff and 300 volunteers the organisation has a mission to deliver access to all in the community with a focus on the disadvantage, providing primary healthcare services GP, nursing, allied health, dental, alcohol and other drug support, programs, as well as child and family services.

Australian Government to Support Hazelwood Workers

Today I announced that the Federal Government will deliver $43 million to support Hazelwood Power Station workers and Victoria’s Latrobe Valley following the closure of the facility at the end of March 2017.

The support will include $20 million in support for local infrastructure, $3 million to help employees and a $20 million Regional Jobs and Investment Package to help create local jobs and growth, build a highly skilled local workforce, take advantage of export opportunities and diversify the regional economy.

Visit to Paris

As many would know Paris is home to a number of key political institutions and businesses in the global context. I was fortunate enough to meet with the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova to update her on the progress we have made in protecting the Great Barrier Reef. As outlined in the Reef 2050 Annual Report substantial progress has been made to date on a number of the 151 actions in the Plan. This progress was warmly welcomed by the Director General and she acknowledged the considerable effort Australia is putting into protecting one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Following my trip to UNESCO I caught up with my French counterpart Segolene Royal ahead of COP22 to discuss the work both nations are doing to reduce emissions and to tackle climate change. Australia is making an important contribution to the global effort on climate change. Whether it’s through the ambitious set of targets we took to Paris or our significant levels of investment in renewables, we have a strong suite of policies to manage our transition to a lower emissions future. We successfully met our first Kyoto target by 128 million tonnes and we are on track to beat our 2020 target by 78 million tonnes. As I explained to the French Environment Minster the Turnbull Government has tabled in the Parliament the Paris Agreement for ratification, which sets our target of 26 to 28 per cent reduction on our 2005 emissions by 2030. On a per capita basis that's one of the highest in the G20.

Next stop was Renault HQ where I was able to hear and also experience first-hand what the future of electric cars looks like. As technology improves the uptake of electric cars is going to be important as we seek to reduce global emissions. Renault is one the leaders in affordable electric cars having already rolled out the Kangoo, Zoe and the Twizy which I was fortunate to test drive. We also saw what the future will look like in terms of sporty electric cars when we inspected a prototype which Renault launched at the recent Paris motor show.

At the OECD I caught up with its Secretary General Angel Gurria where I was able to update him on the strength of our economy and the work we are doing to develop a National Energy Security Blueprint for Australia led by Dr Alan Finkel. The team at the OECD was impressed by our continued economic growth, which is now in its 25th year, and the preparedness of the government to look at ways to reduce government spending to reduce debt.

The trip was capped off with a big win for Australia at the International Whaling Conference in Slovenia. The adoption of two Australian-led resolutions will put greater pressure on Japan to end its so-called ‘scientific’ whaling and reform the Commission into a more effective organisation. I am extremely proud of the team of the officials we had on the ground and their dedication. The adoption of the resolutions send a clear message that you don’t need to kill whales to study them.

Seeds of Peace book presentation

I was honoured when Camberwell Rotary Club President Nick Pane and committee member Adrian Campbell presented me with Seeds of Peace, a beautiful book which contains a collection of student essays and reflections commemorating the Centenary of Anzac.

The Seeds of Peace program was made possible through federal government funding of the Centenary of Anzac Local Grants Program. The Rotary Seeds of Peace project provided the opportunity for local schools to be involved in this historic event through an essay competition and commemorative events. Based on their peace essays, seven students were selected to travel to Gallipoli as youth peace ambassadors. The federal government grant also enabled schools to establish a commemorative garden with a lone pine tree and plaque which became the solemn setting for whole of school commemorative services.

The Seeds of Peace pictorial book which was presented to me today is a fantastic record of this program and it is a credit to Rotary clubs in Kooyong, particularly the Camberwell Rotary Club's Seeds of Peace Project Leader Adrian Campbell who developed the program.

Bureau of Meteorology's New App the Must-Have for Every Season

On a rainy Melbourne day like today, the Bureau of Meteorology's new 'BOM Weather' app comes in handy. I'm one of more than 290,000 Australians who have downloaded the app since its launch 14-days ago. Already, its been used to check the weather more than 2.3 million times. Congratulations to the BOM team for designing their first app, which gives Australians access to our leading experts in the palm of their hands, no matter where they are. I'm pictured here with the Director of Meteorology, Dr Andrew Johnson and hydrologists in the Bureau’s National Operations Centre.

Visiting Year 6 students at Carey Baptist Grammar School

Today the 21 October, I had a great discussion about Australia's political system with the Year 6 students from Carey Baptist Grammar School, in advance of their trip to Parliament House Canberra next week. 


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