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Keep Australia Beautiful Week kicks off in Hawthorn

It was great to kick off Keep Australia Beautiful Week (22-26 August) with a visit to Scotsburn Reserve in Hawthorn for the Federal Government's announcement of the successful installation of seven new and two refurbished litter traps on the Yarra River. This project is part of the $950,000 Cleaning up the Yarra election commitment through the National Landcare Programme. During my visit, I was joined by students from St Joseph's Hawthorn, officers from Parks Victoria and the Yarra Riverkeepers Association and former Young Australian of the Year and aquatic scientist, Sheree Marris. Keep Australia Beautiful Week was established in 1968 and comprises a series of initiatives around the country to protect and preserve our local environment. Litter costs the Australian public more than $300 million every year and every Australian produces more than 2 tons of rubbish on average each year, 40% of which is not recyclable. Cigarette butts are Australia's most littered item with 7.2 billion butts littered each year clogging our water ways and river systems and littering our parks and gardens. The Yarra River litter traps improve water quality and remove the equivalent of 720 large wheelie bins of rubbish each year. This is on top of 3,600 large wheelie bins of rubbish already removed from the Yarra River.

5th COAG Energy Council Meeting

On 19th August I chaired the 5th COAG Energy Council meeting, and with my state and territory counterparts, agreed to significant reforms and a major new program of work to ensure the energy system remains affordable and reliable as we transition to a lower emissions future.

The Council focused on three key areas of reform including increasing liquidity and transparency in gas markets, empowering consumer choice and ensuring stability and connectivity of the National Electricity Market (NEM).

The Council also recognised the growing importance of gas as a transition fuel as we move to incorporate more renewables into the system and introduced reforms to improve competition, encourage more supply and put downward pressure on prices. It will also work to ensure consumers can confidently take advantage of new technologies like battery storage.

The Council has proved its ability to respond to current issues and I look forward to further engagement with my colleagues when we meet again in December to build on the progress made today.

The meeting communique can be read here.

My Op-Ed on the meeting, published in The Australian, can be read here

Boorondara Stroke Support Group

On 15 August I joined members of the Boorondara Stroke Support Group at their new premises in Kew to sing a few morning songs for recovery! The hub, which has been refurbished courtesy of a federal government Stronger Communities Program grant, is housed within the Kew Senior Citizens Centre. As well as customised refurbishments to accommodate the needs of stroke survivors the hub includes a keyboard, ableX and ableM rehabilitation equipment and art and craft supplies.

2nd Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit

I was very pleased to attend the 2nd Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit in Brunei and to deliver the keynote address on 3 August. Rainforests in the Asia-Pacific account for 26 percent of the region’s land area, and support the livelihoods of around 450 million people. They contain a wealth of natural heritage and biodiversity, and are a critical engine for economic growth. In my address I said that conserving the great rainforests of the Asia-Pacific will be critical to achieving sustainable economic development and to meeting the climate goals we have just set for ourselves under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  You can read my address here

National Tree Day

On 29 July, I joined Chatham Primary School students to plant a tree ahead of this year's National Tree Day – Australia's largest tree planting event. I also joined friends of South Surrey Park's tree planting on National Tree Day on 31 July. More than 3.8 million participants in National Tree Day have planted 22.3 million trees since 1996.

Australian Clean Energy Summit 2016.

In one of my first public outings as the Minister for the Environment and Energy, I had the pleasure of discussing my views on Australia’s transition to a lower emissions future, the challenges South Australia is facing and the dynamic of the new Senate with Annabel Crabb, at the Australian Clean Energy Summit 2016. 

Faith, Love and Australia book launch

I launched Paul Ritchie's book Faith, Love and Australia: The Conservative Case for Same-Sex Marriage in Sydney on 21 July. I was joined at the launch by my parliamentary colleagues, Trent Zimmerman MP, Tim Wilson MP and Senator Dean Smith.

2016 Archibald Prize

The Archibald Prize is one of Australia's leading portrait prizes. The Prize is awarded annually, with the winning entry selected by the trustees of the Art Gallery of NSW. I was delighted for Camillo De Luca that his portrait of me was selected as one of 51 finalists in the 2016 Prize. Here I am pictured during a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW with the Gallery's chair, David Gonksi AC.

Appointment as Minister for the Environment and Energy

It was an honour and a privilege to be sworn in as Minister for the Environment and Energy in the Turnbull Ministry on 19 July. I am looking forward to continuing the great work of Greg Hunt who has served the portfolio so well in government and opposition for almost a decade. I also want to congratulate Senator Matt Canavan who takes on the portfolio of Resources and Northern Australia. It was great to work with Senator Canavan on developing northern Australia, which included the implementation of the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. I’m looking forward to working with key stakeholders to ensure our environment is protected and enhanced. As we transition to a lower emissions economy, I’m also focused on ensuring Australia has a stable and secure energy supply, capitalising on new energy efficient technologies.

Welcoming United States Vice President Joe Biden to Australia

It was an honour to represent Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in welcoming United States Vice President Joe Biden to Australia on 16 July. The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to reaffirm the strength of our bilateral relationship, one shaped by shared values and an unshakable commitment to the pursuit of freedom.


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