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International Mining and Resources Conference

On 13 November, I spoke at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne at which more than 2500 attendees from over 40 countries  participated.  I spoke about the Australian Government’s priorities for the resources sector, including the opportunity to build on the successes of Australia’s mining equipment, technology and services industry.  The Australian mining sector is at the forefront of global innovation, with 60 per cent of the world’s mining-related software written in Australia. You can read my full speech here.

Addressing the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority Board

I had a very constructive meeting with the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on 13th November.  NOPSEMA is the statutory agency responsible for the health, safety, structural integrity and environmental management of offshore petroleum facilities in Commonwealth waters.  I thanked them for their contribution to managing safety, integrity and environmental risks in the offshore petroleum sector.

Meeting with the NOPSEMA Board at my Canberra office

Epilepsy Foundation Lunch

I was the guest speaker at a lunch hosted by the Epilepsy Foundation on 13 November. Many Australians live with epilepsy. Groups like the Epilepsy Foundation help improve their quality of life by promoting awareness. The Epilepsy Foundation through a range of activities including advice, education and training strive to bring epilepsy into the light. I am pictured here with Joe Azoulay, Epilepsy Foundation Board member, Graeme Shears, CEO Epilepsy Foundation and Professor Mark Cook, Chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation Board.


Bialik College visits Parliament House

On Wednesday 11 November, I had a ball catching up with students from Bialik College during their visit to Parliament House. Just prior to their tour of Parliament, Bialik was fortunate enough to be selected as the school to lay a wreath at the War Memorial as part of the Remembrance Day ceremony, which was attended by many distiniguished guests including Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Prime Minister. As a Bialik graduate myself, it was great to see so many familiar faces of the kids whose parents I went to school with!

Energy Users Association of Australia

On 11 November 2015 I met with Phillip Barresi, CEO Energy Users Association of Australia(EUAA). Mr Barresi was joined by representatives from EUAAs member companies including Mr Brian Morris (Schneider Electrics), Mr Peter Dobney (Orora Group Ltd), Mr Jonathan Wood (Crown Resorts), Mr Brian Green (Australian Paper) and Mr. Steve Mouzakis (Brickworks). The Energy Users Association of Australia is the peak industry body for large energy users in the manufacturing, retail and resource-based industries. Total workforce coverage of the EUAAs members exceeds one million jobs across these sectors. In our meeting we discussed a range of issues including how Australian businesses can continue to access secure and affordable gas and electricity supplies.

Meeting with members from EUAA's representative companies

Energy Networks Association

The Energy Networks Association held their CEO forum and annual dinner on Wednesday 11 November 2015. I was pleased to join John Bradley and Paul Adams, CEO and Chair of the Energy Networks Association and spend time with CEOs from many of Australia's electricity and gas networks. We talked about how network businesses can respond to a fast changing energy world and continue to deliver energy services that customers want and need. Network businesses - the businesses that own and operate the poles, wires and pipes that deliver energy to our homes and businesses - are seeing significant changes both on the supply side, where new sources of generation like wind and solar are entering the market, and on the demand side, where efficient appliances, smart meters and other new technologies are changing the way customers use electricity.

Meeting with ENA heads and CEOs from Australia's gas and energy networks

I was then honoured to welcome 200 members of the broader electricity sector to the Energy Networks Association annual dinner at Canberra's Arboretum, and encourage them to work together to respond to the challenges and opportunities that will arise in the coming year as innovation plays a growing role in where, when and how we produce and use energy.

Addressing the ENA Annual Dinner at the Canberra Arboretum

Inaugural Northern Australia Investment Forum

On 8 November, I opened the inaugural Northern Australia Investment Forum in Darwin with the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO. Northern Australia is an area of enormous potential, contributing over 11 per cent of Australia’s GDP, with 40 per cent of Australia’s land mass but just five per cent of our population. The Forum, which ran until 10 November, brought together more than 300 investors and senior executives from across Australia and more than 20 different countries with a focus on key areas of investment including agribusiness, aquaculture, tourism, resources and energy, tropical medicine and education. I also used the Forum to announce the draft eligibility criteria for the Government’s $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. This Facility is a concessional loan program for projects that build the economic capacity and longer term expansion of industry and population in northern Australia, and deliver public benefit to all Australians. 

I’m pictured here with the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO, the CEO of the world’s largest meat producer JBS, Wesley Batista, and chairman of Landbridge, Ye Cheng.

I’m pictured here speaking at the Forum.

Social and Economic Outlook Conference 2015

On Friday 6 November 2015, I joined a distinguished panel at the final session of the 2015 Social and Economic Outlook Conference, co-hosted by The Australian and the Melbourne Institute. I was joined on the panel by Michael Thawley AO, Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Paul Kelly, Editor-at-Large of The Australian, and David Uren, The Australian’s Economics Editor who moderated the session. The panel discussed the challenges of reform and implementing a new policy agenda. I am pictured here with David, Michael and Paul after the session.

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.


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