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Visit to Guide Dogs Victoria in Kew

It was great to visit Guide Dogs Victoria this morning for a tour of the newly completed breeding centre and training facility. The much needed facilities have been upgraded thanks to $2 million federal government funding and will provide much needed resources to breed and train more than 160 puppies that are born at the centre each year. Breeding and training a Guide Dog takes up to two years and costs around $35,000 for each Guide Dog. Guide Dogs are provided free of charge to Victorians who are blind or vision impaired. There are more than half a million Australians with blindness or vision impairment – including around 220,000 Victorians. I am proud that such an important community organisation which does such great work in our community, is based in Kooyong. After this morning's tour I joined Karen and her team for a special end of year morning tea to thank the dedicated team at Guide Dogs Victoria.

Visit to Kew Gardens Aged Care

I was delighted to join residents of Kew Gardens Aged Care for a lovely lunch on 18 December. We enjoyed a lively and engaging discussion on a variety of topics ranging from international security, world affairs, politics, AFL and my beloved Blues. It is always a pleasure to visit Kew Gardens and share in informative and interesting conversation. I am pictured here with some residents, including former Supreme Court Justice Barry Beach and Keith Matthies.

Kooyong Foundation

On 17 December 2015, I joined Great Slam legend Frank Sedgmen and others for the unveiling of the honour boards at the Kooyong Foundation. I am privileged to join Frank, Evonne Goolagong Cawley and John Laidlaw as patrons of the Foundation. The Foundation supports young tennis players on their journey to the top and has been extremely successful in cultivating the next generation of Grand Slam champions. 

Visit to Belmore School

On 14 December, I visited Belmore School to present hardworking students with their curriculum awards. Located in Balwyn, Belmore couples dedicated teaching with a range of therapies to help special needs students achieve their very best.

It was amazing to hear just some of the students' stories. They give it their all and their efforts are rewarded in front of family and friends. And Belmore's professional staff play a great supporting role. Congratulations to this year's prize winners!

Visit to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation

I visited the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) on 11 December to inspect the low and intermediate level radioactive waste that is being stored there on an interim basis. I was joined by local member Craig Kelly MP, and the Hon John Cobb MP whose electorate of Calare is home to one of the six sites which have been voluntarily nominated to host a national storage facility. It was fantastic to meet with ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Paterson and his team to learn about the important research and potentially lifesaving nuclear medicine that is developed at the facility.

Inspecting intermediate level radioactive waste which has recently returned from France

Touring the low level radioactive waste storage facilities

Northern Australia Strategic Partnership meeting

On 11 December, I participated in the fourth meeting of the Northern Australia Strategic Partnership with the Prime Minister and the leaders of northern jurisdictions to discuss our shared goal of developing northern Australia. This was the first Partnership meeting since the release in June this year of the Australian Government's Our North, Our Future: White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. I provided the meeting with an update on our progress in implementing the 50 policy measures, across 15 Commonwealth agencies, announced in the White Paper. We will continue to work together, across political parties and across all levels of government, to achieve our long term goal of unlocking the huge economic potential of Australia's north. This work will benefit all Australians because a stronger north means a stronger Australia.

Visit to Swinburne Uni with Wyatt Roy

On December 10, I had the pleasure of visiting Swinburne University in Hawthorn and Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson with Assistant Minister for Innovation, the Hon Wyatt Roy MP. We were introduced to a sample of the exciting research being undertaken by researchers right in the heart of my electorate. 


Professor Kristjanson led us on a tour of Swinburne’s Factory of the Future, where 3D design techniques and printing are being developed and refined. Institutions like Swinburne are at the forefront of Australia’s ideas boom. The Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda backs Australians and invests in Australian ideas so, together, we can grasp the opportunities of the future.

Touring Swinburne's 3D design lab with Wyatt and Linda.

Checking out some of the intricate products from Swinburne's 3D printers.

2015 Kooyong Student Prize

On 9 December, I presented this year’s Kooyong Student Prize to a selection of bright young minds from my electorate in front of a packed crowd at MCC Kew Sports Club. The Kooyong Student Prize is awarded to two students from schools in the electorate, nominated by their principals, for consistently displaying a remarkable combination of academic excellence, leadership and community engagement.

Nearly 300 guests, including family and friends, gathered to celebrate each student's successes. I presented each student with a medal, lapel pin, and certificate to mark their achievement.

We are fortunate in Kooyong to be home to some of the best government and non-government schools in Australia and over 30,000 students. The Prize is a special opportunity to recognise the unique contribution students make – without which we would not have such a rich and vibrant local community.

I am pictured here with some of Kooyong’s young leaders.

COAG Energy Council Meeting

On 4 December I chaired the fourth meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council in Canberra. The Council heard from more than 60 stakeholders before deliberating on measures to improve the sustainability, adaptability and resilience of Australia’s energy markets to respond to changes in the environmental and technological landscape.

Among its considerations, the Energy Council released a Gas Supply Strategy to harmonise collaborative efforts between jurisdictions on scientific and regulatory issues associated with onshore gas. The Strategy will be augmented by a range of other measures, including the release of an annual Unconventional Gas Activities Report, developed by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association to provide clear and accurate industry data across states and territories.

The Council also adopted the National Energy Productivity Plan, which emphasises measures across areas of energy efficiency and market reform to meet Australia’s emissions reduction targets, while at the same time empowering consumers to manage their energy costs. A focus on emerging technologies also aimed to identify tools to allow consumers to better manage their energy usage and costs.  

You can read the meeting Communiqué here.

Hannukah on the Hill

On 1 December, along with my Parliamentary colleagues Michael Danby and Mark Dreyfus, it was a pleasure to welcome MPs and Senators from both sides of the House as well as members of the ACT Jewish community as we lit the Menorah and celebrated Chanukah at Parliament House for the first time since 1988. Long may this tradition continue, and long may light triumph over darkness.


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