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Balwyn Probus visits Parliament House

Today I was delighted to host a group from Balwyn Probus in Kooyong on their visit to Canberra.  The group visited the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, attended Question Time in the House of Representatives and then went on a guided tour of Parliament. Probus presents exciting opportunities for senior Australians. I met with the group after Question Time to discuss their day in Parliament House which is part of a week-long trip to Canberra. In a true example of bipartisanship, here I am pictured with the group in front of the official Prime Ministerial portraits of Paul Keating and John Howard.

Extension of the Eastern Gas Pipeline

On 29th February I was delighted to officially open Jemena’s $150 million Eastern Gas Pipeline (EGP) expansion with the New South Wales Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, the Hon. Anthony Roberts MP. This expansion   will increase the pipeline’s capacity by around 20 per cent, enabling it to carry an additional 22 petajoules a year, which is enough to supply around one million homes with gas. I am pictured here with Minister Roberts and representatives from Jemena at the new midline compressor station in Michelago, NSW, which will help secure reliable transportation of gas through NSW and the ACT.

Address to the Brookings Institute in Washington DC

On 26 February, I gave an address to the Brookings Institute in Washington DC titled ‘Australia’s world leading energy and resources sector: Riding the waves of volatility and embracing a post-COP21 world’. In addition to detailing the key strengths of these important sectors, I highlighted that effective action on climate change should not be considered mutually exclusive to Australia’s dominant position in global energy and resources markets. In particular, I noted that new technologies, such as home batteries, carbon capture and storage, and High-Efficiency Low-Emission coal-fired power plants, bring enormous opportunities to align energy and climate policy to enable the world to balance the need to create economic and social change, such as providing electricity to millions of people for the first time, while meeting our climate change commitments. A copy of my speech can be seen here

I'm pictured here giving my address

I’m pictured here participating in a question and answer session with Brookings senior fellow, Dr Joshua P Meltzer

Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Programme is now open

Round 2 of the Stronger Communities Programme is now open. The Programme seeks to deliver social benefits through funding small capital projects, which improve local community participation and cohesion. Under the Programme, the Commonwealth Government has allocated $150,000 to each federal electorate in support of local projects.
Grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 are available for projects within the electorate of Kooyong.  Projects must be undertaken by eligible organisations and matched by contributions on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis, either in cash or in-kind.
Applying for a Kooyong Stronger Communities Grant is a two-step process. Eligible applicants should first complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form to be considered by the Kooyong Consultative Committee. 

Successful EOI applications will then be invited to make a formal submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development by 29 April 2016. 
Expressions of interest from local community organisations must be submitted by 15 April 2016. If your organisation’s application was unsuccessful with in Round 1 – you may submit an application in Round 2 providing that your application meets the Programme’s eligibility criteria.

Further information about the Stronger Communities Programme, including guidelines and eligibility criteria, can be found here. Please feel free to pass this information on to community organisations in the Kooyong area. 

If you have any queries about the Stronger Communities Programme, please contact my office on 03 9882 3677.

Leading an Australian business delegation in the United States

In February, I travelled to both Washington DC and Houston, Texas, in the United States. In Houston I led a delegation of senior Australian business and academic representatives participating in Australia-United States Business Week. This initiative is aimed at strengthening business and economic ties with the United States, the world’s biggest economy and Australia’s largest two-way investment partner. The focus of the delegation’s activities was at CERAWeek, a leading, annual meeting of the global energy industry. In Washington, I met with senior Obama Administration officials and congressional leaders.

I’m pictured here with the delegation visiting the University of Houston Innovation Center

Discussing the gas sector with Woodside Energy CEO, Peter Coleman

Speaking with staff at Chevron’s Technology Center in Houston

After meeting with Mexico’s Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, Israel’s Minister for National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources, Yuval Steinitz, US Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, and Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr

I’m pictured here speaking on a panel with the Canadian, Mexican and Israeli Energy Ministers on the future role of gas as an energy resource.

In Washington, I met with a number of senior government officials, including the US Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos Hochstein. I also met with congressional leaders including the House Majority Whip, Congressman Steve Scalise, and Chairman of the US Senate Energy Subcommittee, Senator Jim Risch. At the Nuclear Energy Institute, I met with industry leaders to discuss the latest developments in the industry.

I’m pictured here alongside Australia’s Ambassador to the United States, the Hon Joe Hockey, meeting with US Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos Hochstein. 

I’m pictured with Ambassador the Hon Joe Hockey and Senator Jim Risch

I’m pictured here with the Chief Operating Officer of the Nuclear Energy Institute, Maria Korsnick. 

Alongside Australia’s Ambassador to the United States the Hon Joe Hockey meeting with House Majority Whip, Congressman Steve Scalise

Visit to Northern Queensland

On 18 February 2016, I was delighted to visit Townsville with my colleague, Ewen Jones MP, Member for Herbert. The focal point of the trip was my address to the Redefining Townsville debate series, where I spoke about the future of Townsville and the Government’s priorities for northern Australia. I was part of a panel discussion on the same topic with Bernard Salt, Partner at KPMG, and Brigadier Chris Field, Commander of 3rd Brigade, which was moderated by Ben English from the Townsville Bulletin. We then visited James Cook University and met with Professor Sandra Harding, Vice Chancellor, to discuss JCU’s research priorities in northern Australia. We also met with Professor Damien Burrows from TropWATER at JCU to discuss water infrastructure in the north. I then met with the Board of Townsville Enterprise to discuss the development of key economic infrastructure for Townsville, before meeting with local leaders in business through Townsville Enterprise’s Emerging Leaders Program. I also visited CQ University’s campus in Townsville, and met with Kari Arbouin, Associate Vice-Chancellor at CQ University, to hear about CQ University’s impressive work in northern Australia.

Addressing the Redefining Townsville Forum

Speaking to media with the Federal Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones MP
At CQ University with Associate Vice-Chancellor Kari Arbouin and Ewen Jones MP
Meeting with participants of Townsville Enterprise's Emerging Leaders Program

It was terrific to visit Cairns on 19 February 2016 with my colleague the Hon Warren Entsch MP, Member for Leichhardt. I addressed a breakfast hosted by Advance Cairns and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce, updating guests on the status of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia and the Government’s priorities for northern Australia. We also discussed a number of issues raised by guests, including international education, water infrastructure and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). After the breakfast, we visited HMAS Cairns, one of two naval bases in northern Australia. We met with Commander Carl Capper, Commanding Officer of HMAS Cairns, to discuss the strategic importance of northern Australia in a global and domestic defence context, and toured the base.

Visiting HMAS Cairns with Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch MP, and Commander Carl Capper

Meeting with members of Advance Cairns and Warren Entsch

It was an honour to be invited to speak in the historic Members’ Dining Room at the Brisbane Club on 17 February 2016.
Founded in 1903, the club has a proud history.

In my speech, I discussed the strong fundamentals of both the Australian economy and the resources industry, despite short-term challenges, and the Government’s vision for unlocking the vast potential of northern Australia.

Thank you to club president Michael Klug AM and his committee for inviting me to speak.

Address to the National Press Club

On 16th February I addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on the strength and resilience of Australia’s energy and resources sectors.

To paraphrase Mark Twain: the rumours of the death of Australia’s resources sector are greatly exaggerated.

Growing demand in our region, particularly in India, China and ASEAN countries, will drive export earnings even at a time of lower commodity prices.

The resources sector, which includes energy as well as minerals, already represents more than 10 per cent of GDP and employs over 300,000 Australians.

As a sector it has the largest proportion of indigenous employees in the nation, pays the highest wages and employs large numbers of skilled workers such as engineers, geologists and surveyors and young apprentices.

The good news going forward is that the Australian resources sector has the economies of scale, innovative practices, highly skilled workforce, and proximity and access to markets that give us the resilience we need at this time.

We need the right domestic policy settings if we are going to seize the investment needed to meet the next wave of demand which is coming out of our region.

In the speech, a full copy of which is below, I highlighted the new demand trends and areas for reform which will see Australia maintain its competitiveness and premier position in global markets.

You can read a transcript of my speech here

Visit to the 5th/6th Battalion, Hawthorn

It was wonderful to visit the 5th/6th Battalion, The Royal Victoria Regiment (RVR) in Hawthorn today with my colleague Andrew Hastie MP.  During our visit we were taken on a special tour of the facility including the history room which features complete military uniforms worn by current and former battalion members, many of them during operational service.

5/6 RVR which is 162 years old and has evolved over time, has more battle honors in its lineage than any other Australian Defence Force unit. During the visit I met with Lt Col Paul Middleton, Commanding Officer of the 5th/6th Battalion and members of his regiment.  There are 7 military depots in 5/6 RVR including Hawthorn and Surrey Hills.  5/6 RVR includes approximately 520 reservists, making it the largest reserve unit in the Army and hosts cadet units at the various depots totalling over 500 cadets from the Army Navy and Air Force.  The Surrey Hills depot in particular hosts 3 cadet units, 1 each from Army, Navy and Air force cadet units totalling around 200 cadets. 
The unit has a strong contemporary history of delivering capability for the ADF with around 50% of the reservists having served operationally, predominantly in the Solomon Islands, East Timor and as part of Operation Sovereign Borders. Locally the unit has also contributed the ADF response to the Victorian fires in 2009 and the Victorian Floods in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  5/6 RVR also works with Defence running three separate week long work experience programs annually for over 70 students drawing students from some of our local schools including Camberwell Grammar and Trinity.  

I am proud to have this extremely active Army Reserve unit in the community particularly, around ANZAC day, and noting the support provided for as many as 100 events each year, providing catafalque parties, speakers, buglers and pipers. The unit also supports the ADF contingent of pipes and drums, with 5 members involved with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Australia India Energy Security Dialogue

It was an honour to welcome the Indian Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy to Canberra today for the third Australia India Energy Security Dialogue. India is a major player in the global energy market, being the third largest energy consumer while Australia also plays a key role in the sector, being the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal and on track to become the world’s largest exporter of LNG by 2020. During the dialogue we discussed a number of priority issues for both Australia and India including clean coal technology, energy efficiency, renewable energy, petroleum and natural gas. I look forward to continuing to strengthen my relationship with Minister Goyal and furthering our cooperation in the energy sector.

Meeting with Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, Dr Fatih Birol

Today I welcomed Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), to Canberra. Australia plays an important role in the IEA which has been strengthened by my meeting with Dr Birol today. Our meeting covered a range of issues central to the global energy sector, including greater engagement with emerging economies particularly in South-East Asia, energy security, clean energy and energy efficiency. We also discussed Australia’s contribution to the IEA’s modernisation plan, which Dr Birol leads.


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