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Re-dedication of the Nurses' Honour Board at MLC

As part of the Centenary of ANZAC commemorations, it is so important that we remember the contribution that all Australians made to the WWI effort. On 23 April I was honoured to speak at MLC for the official launch of the ‘MLC and the Great War’ exhibition and re-dedication of the nurses’ honour board. This wonderful monument bears the names of 18 students who 100 years ago made the brave journey to assist the wounded as nurses on the frontline. This serves as a poignant reminder of the persistence of the human spirit  in the face of conflict. I have been delighted to work with MLC and many other schools and community groups in Kooyong to see the Centenary of ANZAC grants program come to life.

St Hilary's and St Silas Seniors luncheon

I was delighted to address members of the St Hilary's and St Silas Seniors group on 22 April. With Anzac Day in a few days time, I took the opportunity to focus on remembering the values that our WWI servicemen and women fought for and their heroic deeds. I also spoke about the heroism of Australia's greatest citizen-soldier, Sir John Monash. The luncheon, which was hosted by Bishop Stephen Hale, concluded with a Q&A session.  I am pictured here with Bishop Hale and members of the seniors group.

Genazzano Commemorative Anzac Service

Today I joined Genazzano College Principal Patricia Cowling, year 6 and year 9 students as well as year 11 history students, parents and teachers to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. Gathered in the beautiful gardens at Genazzano, and in a solemn ceremony, students buried a time capsule containing essays written by year 9 students under a pine tree. In 100 years' time, future generations of Genazzano students will recover the time capsule and get an insight into what the students felt about Anzac history and the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac in 2015.  I was delighted to unveil the commemorative plaque that sits beside the buried time capsule and to be part of a beautiful ceremony which included an ANZAC reflection by Year 10 student Natalie Barbazza who visited Gallipoli recently and the playing of the last post by Samantha Miller. The Genazzano initiative was made possible by a grant from the Federal Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants program. 

Kew RSL Anzac Day March and Service - Centenary of Anzac

Melbourne's heavy rain and grey skies made way for sunshine just in time for the annual Kew RSL Anzac Day March and Service on 19 April. It was a great honour for me to lay a wreath at the Great War Monument and attend the service at Holy Trinity Uniting Church in Kew. The March always brings Kew Junction to a standstill, and this year was no exception with the attendance of many local students from schools including Genazzano, Carey, MLC, Trinity, Xavier and Kew High School. It was great to see so many people from the local community as well as veterans and families of those who have served in conflicts as we all gathered to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.  Lest we forget.

Camberwell City RSL Anzac Day Service - Centenary of Anzac

On 19th April I was honoured to participate in the Camberwell City RSL Anzac Day Service.  The service included a re-dedication of the Camberwell District Roll of Honour followed by the official opening of the Pompey Elliott Memorial Hall at the RSL's headquarters in Camberwell. The service heard from Dr Ross McMullin about the bravery of  Major General Harold Edward "Pompey" Elliott CB, CMG, DSO, DCM, VD who was a senior officer in the Australian Army during WWI and who subsequently also served as a Senator in the Australian parliament. Pompey went on to become the first President of the Camberwell City RSL in 1919 and it is in his honour that the hall has been renamed. I was joined at the service by a number of local residents, war veterans and their families as well as local members of parliament past and present and the Mayor of Boroondara. I was honoured to take part in this service today and also took the opportunity to chat with local army cadets based in Surrey Hills.  Lest we forget.

Address to the Ai Group

On April 17, I addressed members of The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) at a lunch in Melbourne. The Ai Group is the peak industry association in Australia, representing more than 60,000 businesses across a diverse range of sectors. I addressed the lunch and took questions on the state of the global economy, the Australian economy and the Government’s policy priorities ahead of the 2015-16 Budget. I am pictured here with Innes Willox, Chief Executive of Ai Group.

Local Resident wins Youth Employment Category at the 2015 National Youth Awards

I am delighted to congratulate Colleen Chen who has won the Youth Employment category at the 2015 National Youth Awards in Brisbane on 16 April 2015. Through her work at Interns Australia, Colleen has been able to put the issue of youth unemployment at the centre of policy discussions. Colleen and Interns Australia crowdfunded $10,000 in seed capital to launch Australia's first fair internship accreditation scheme. There were six individual award categories - Youth Safety Award, Youth Courage Award, Youth Culture and Diversity Award, Youth Employment Award, Youth Health Award, and the Youth Leadership Award. A seventh category, the Youth in Media Award, recognises the contribution made by Australian journalists and media organisations in positively portraying young people in the media. The National Youth Awards are hosted by the Australian Government during National Youth Week, from 10-19 April, and recognise the achievements and contributions of Australia's young people. Winners receive a $2,000 cash prize. 

Financial Services Council BT Breakfast

On 15 April, I spoke at the Financial Services Council BT breakfast in Sydney. The FSC plays a vital role in contributing to policy debate in Australia, and in representing the financial services industry. The financial services sector is a key driver of economic growth in Australia, and will continue to directly contribute to Australians’ prosperity. I am pictured here at the breakfast with FSC Chairman Greg Cooper.

Holocaust Remembrance Day Keynote Address

On 15 April, I was deeply honoured to present the keynote address at the Holocaust Remembrance Day service in Sydney.  It was a moving and poignant service, occurring as it did in the year of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and World War II.  Holocaust Remembrance Day is an occasion to honour those who perished and to remember the horrors they faced.  It is also an important reminder of our duty to never let it happen again.

Green Army in Kooyong

On 14 April I joined Kooyong’s first Green Army team at South Surrey Park, along with a number of members of the Friends of South Surrey Park. This particular project involves important restoration and revegetation works at South Surrey Park, Koonung Creek Reserve, Yarra Bend Park in Kew and Fairview Park in Hawthorn. The Abbott Government has committed $525 million to the Green Army over four years, with 15,000 young Australians aged 17-24 to join the Green Army by 2018. This is a significant investment in environmental action across Australia and it was great to see the Green Army in action.


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