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Meeting key resources and energy stakeholders in Western Australia

In November I travelled to Kalgoorlie, the Pilbara and Perth to meet with key resources and energy sector stakeholders and to visit major projects currently underway in Western Australia. These projects included the Port Dampier iron ore operations, the gold Super Pit in Kalgoorlie, a new $1 billion ammonia-nitrate facility in the Burrup Peninsula, and seeing the Pluto and North West Shelf gas facilities in Karratha. The visit also highlighted the impressive innovation being utilised in the sector. For example, I visited BHP and Rio Tinto’s operations control centres in Perth where trucks, trains and drilling on mine sites 1,500 kilometres away is controlled remotely. Further, the visit highlighted that despite lower commodity prices, demand for Australian resources continues to be strong with $225 billion of investment in Australian projects at the committed stage. 

I’m pictured here visiting the Kalgoorlie Super Pit with the Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson.

I’m pictured here with the Member for Durack, Melissa Price, and Rio Tinto’s Head of Iron Ore, Andrew Harding, at Rio’s Port Dampier  operations.

I’m pictured here at Yara Fertilisers’ new plant under construction in the Burrup Peninsula

I’m pictured here visiting Woodside’s Karratha operations with Member for Durack, Melissa Price, and Roger Martin

Visit to Far North Queensland

It was terrific to join a number of my federal parliamentary colleagues on a visit Far North Queensland between 26 and 30 October. With 71 per cent of northern Australians living in north Queensland, this region is an important part of the Government’s northern Australia agenda.  
On Monday I joined George Christensen MP, Member for Dawson, in Mackay. We visited G&S Engineering where Mick Crowe, Managing Director, gave us a tour of their impressive mining services workshop and discussed issues facing the industry. I also addressed the Mackay Resource Industry Network lunch and met with a number of local industry stakeholders.

Touring G&S Engineering with Mick Crowe and George Christensen MP.

On Tuesday I travelled to Townsville to join my colleague Ewen Jones MP, Member for Herbert and Government Whip. We joined local business leaders for an energy roundtable, followed by a meeting to discuss the development of Townsville and potential infrastructure initiatives. We then travelled to the Sun Metals zinc refinery where CEO Yun Choi took us on a tour of their facility. Ewen and I spent the afternoon meeting with a number of local stakeholders about infrastructure projects.

At Sun Metals zinc refinery with CEO Yun Choi and Ewen Jones MP.

On Wednesday I flew to Rockhampton with Michelle Landry MP, Member for Capricornia. During the day, we were also joined by Senator Matt Canavan and Ken O’Dowd MP, Member for Flynn, to discuss water infrastructure for the region. After an interview on ABC Radio, I met with proponents of the Eden Bann and Rookwood weirs and then joined Michelle, Matt and Ken who organised the Fitzroy Water Workshop, a public forum hosted by Professor Scott Bowman, Vice-Chancellor of CQ University.

Speaking at Fitzroy Water Workshop co-hosted by Michelle Landry MP, Ken O'Dowd MP and Senator Matt Canavan.

On Thursday I joined the Hon Warren Entsch MP, Member for Leichhardt, in Cairns. First, we heard from local business leaders at a roundtable hosted by Trent Twomey, Chair of Advance Cairns, and Sam Marino, President of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, which was a terrific opportunity to hear from the community about their priorities for Cairns. We then toured the BSE Cairns Slipways with Managing Director Justin Parer, and met with the Kevin Brown, CEO of Cairns Airport, to discuss their exciting development plans.

Appearing on the cover of the Cairns Post with the Hon Warren Entsch MP.

All in all, it was a very successful week, and I look forward to working with all stakeholders in Far North Queensland to progress the Government’s significant commitment to northern Australia.

Visiting BSE Slipways in Cairns with the Hon Warren Entsch MP.

Representing the Australian Government at APEC and in Japan

In October, I travelled to the Philippines to represent the Australian Government at the 2015 APEC Energy Ministerial meeting. The meeting is an important energy policy forum, with APEC member countries accounting for around 60 per cent of world energy demand. The ministers discussed energy security and resilience in our region, the ever increasing use of renewable energy and how to increase private sector participation in energy trade and investment.

I’m pictured here with the APEC Energy Ministers

As part of the trip I also travelled to Japan to meet with my ministerial counterpart, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Motoo Hayashi, and with Japanese industry leaders, including the Chairman of Inpex, Mr Naoki Kuroda, the President and CEO of Mitsui & Co, Tatsuo Yasunaga, the President and CEO of Mitsubishi, Ken Kobayashi, all with significant investment in Australia. 

I’m pictured here with Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Motoo Hayashi

I’m pictured here with the Chairman of Inpex, Mr Naoki Kuroda

I’m pictured here meeting with President and CEO of Mitsubishi, Ken Kobayashi, and senior management

I’m pictured here meeting President and CEO of Mitsui & Co, Tatsuo Yasunaga

I also visited a Japanese High Efficiency Low Emission power plant that uses Australian coal. These plants produce up to 40 per cent less emissions than older power plants. Australia’s coal is well suited for use in such plants as it is low in sulphur and low in ash.

Lighter Footprints

On 27 October, I valued the opportunity to again address several hundred community members at the Lighter Footprints climate change forum, this time by teleconference while attending to my ministerial responsibilities in Far North Queensland. Audience questions to me focused on Australia’s energy mix and the Government’s response to climate change. While fossil fuels will remain a part of global energy demand for some years, I emphasised the bipartisan commitment to generate 23.5 per cent of Australian electricity from renewable energy by 2020. I also highlighted the Government’s effective climate change policies, and our responsible and achievable commitment to reduce Australia’s 2030 carbon emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels. The other forum speakers were Professor Ross Garnaut AO, Professor David Karoly and Bishop Genieve Blackwell.

Schools Visit Parliament House

During the week in Canberra, I was delighted to welcome students from Genazzano FCJ College and Trinity Grammar School to Parliament House - two of the 51 schools based in my electorate of Kooyong. It was also great to be joined by local Gen dad, the Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan.

Royal Children's Hospital Wish Them Well Charity Gala

I was delighted to attend the Hawthorn Auxiliary's Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) inaugural Wish Them Well Charity Gala Night on 16 October at the Hawthorn Town Hall.  Money raised on the night will go to the hospital's Department of Developmental Medicine. There are over 50 RCH auxiliaries in Victoria and through thousands of their members and supporters auxiliaries have raised much needed funds to help the RCH improve the lives of our most vulnerable children. During the dinner I was interviewed by Sky News Chief Political Reporter, Kieran Gilbert about my new portfolio and current political issues.

I am pictured here with Peter Yates AM, Chairman of the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, Janet Gibson Hooker, President of the Hawthorn Auxiliary, Monica Anastasopoulos, Hawthorn Auxiliary event manager and Kieran Gilbert.

Visit to Darwin

I was delighted to visit Darwin over three days between 7 and 9 October 2015.  This was my first visit to northern Australia in my capacity as Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia. 

Darwin is a thriving city, and it was fantastic to hear first-hand from those who live and work there.  As a gateway to the people and markets of Asia Pacific and the Tropics, Darwin has a critical role to play in developing northern Australia.

Together with my colleague, Natasha Griggs MP, the Federal Member for Solomon, we visited the INPEX Ichthys LNG project, which is one of Australia’s most significant construction projects, and the Darwin LNG plant operated by ConocoPhillips.  We also visited the innovative Humpty Doo Barramundi farm, which is one of Australia’s largest producers of saltwater barramundi. 

As part of my visit, I also met with the Territory’s Chief Minister, Adam Giles, the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Land Council, the Vice-Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, and other leaders in the agribusiness, education and mining and energy sectors.

I look forward to a strong and ongoing engagement with all stakeholders in the Northern Territory.

G20 Energy Ministers’ meeting in Istanbul

I was proud to represent the Australian Government and lead the Australian delegation at the G20 Energy Ministers’ meeting in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 October 2015. The meeting provided an important opportunity to promote energy access, efficiency and investment while progressing the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration that were agreed at last year’s G20 meeting, in Australia.

As an energy superpower, other nations look to Australia for leadership on priority reforms, including the modernisation of international institutions to make them more inclusive of developing economies. Australia will continue to hold a dominant position in the export of coal and gas but is committed to developing new technologies in both renewable and low emissions fossil fuel power generation recognising that these technologies will play an ever increasing role in the global energy market.

As part of the visit I held bilateral meetings with Energy Ministers from around the globe including those from our major trading partners the United States, China, the EU, Korea, Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and Canada.

I look forward to continuing to play a key role in cultivating strong and resilient energy markets both domestically and abroad. 

Cranlana Programme Alumni Speaker Series

It was a privilege for me to address the Cranlana Programme Alumni Speaker Series on 29 September on the topic ‘Our democratic capitalism model under challenge’.The annual Alumni Speaker Series presents lectures from eminent thinkers from diverse backgrounds exploring their perspectives on the good society and contemporary issues. The address included a Q&A, providing the opportunity for alumni to discuss my speech. You can read my speech here

2015 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology

On 30 September, I spoke at the International Conference on Coal Science and Technology, one of the world’s leading in the field of coal research. In my speech, I emphasised the importance of technology and innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and highlighted important projects, like the CO2CRC Otway Project in Victoria, which is Australia’s first demonstration of the deep geological storage of carbon dioxide. I’m pictured here delivering the speech at the conference.


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