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Visit to the Torres Strait and Cape York with the Prime Minister

During the last week of August, I was fortunate to join the Prime Minister on his trip to the Torres Strait and the tip of Cape York to meet with the region’s Indigenous communities. This trip was part of the Prime Minister’s election commitment to spend a week every year living and working in Indigenous communities. Importantly, this visit was the first by a Prime Minister to this region in 18 years. A number of ministerial colleagues and senior officials also joined the Prime Minister for the trip.

Some of the highlights of the trip included participating in an economic forum with local business leaders on Thursday Island with a key focus on creating jobs. In Bamaga in the Northern Peninsula Area of Cape York, I visited a local meat processing business running an apprenticeship program and joined the Prime Minister at the Northern Peninsula Area State College to meet with students and school attendance officers making a real impact in the community.

With the Prime Minister and student attendance officers at the Northern Peninsula Area State College

Speaking with James Bond at the Seisia Meatworks

Meeting members of the Australian Defence Force on Thursday Island

Meeting the cadets after the commemorative service on Thursday Island.

With students and staff at Bamaga Senior Secondary School.

Visit to Alia College Recipient of the Capital Grants Programme

On 31 August, I had the pleasure of meeting students studying history at Hawthorn's Alia College. Alia College has recently been awarded a $900,000 Australian Government grant as part of the Capital Grants Programme. Introduced by the Menzies Government, the programme has been provided funding for capital works in non-government schools since 1964. This grant will assist Alia College in purchasing its existing school site and better devote resources towards the highest quality education for its students.


Celebratory Welcome for Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM

Terrific to join a Celebratory Welcome for Her Excellency, The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria at Melbourne Hebrew Congregation. Her Excellency is Victoria's first female Governor and first Jewish Governor. 

90th Anniversary of the Kew Cenotaph Dedication

On 30 August I joined ex-service men and women, members of the local community, Kew Rotary and students from Kew High School and Ruyton Girls' School in Kew at the 90th Anniversary of the Kew Cenotaph Dedication. I was privileged to speak about the significance of Australia's war effort and to honour the 908 servicemen and 9 nurses who served from the City of Kew who are recognised at the Kew Cenotaph. The War Memorial, which is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor of Victoria, Lord Stradbroke, before a very large gathering of citizens, on 30 August 1925.

Schools’ Regional Constitutional Convention

On 28 August, I was delighted to speak at the Schools’ Regional Constitutional Convention held at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School on the subject of Australia and its role as a good global citizen. I addressed 140 school students from twelve local schools, including MLC, Scotch College, Genazzano FCJ College and Camberwell Girls Grammar School. 

The Schools’ Regional Constitutional Convention program is an Australia wide program which encourages senior secondary students to discuss and debate issues related to Australia’s Government and Constitution. Schools throughout each state run a Convention and students who participate and are inspired by these debates may then apply to attend the State Convention held at Parliament House Victoria in October. After this day, students can then apply to attend the National Convention held the following March. I am pictured at the convention with Strathcona principal Marise McConaghy and Strathcona students.

Chile’s Minister of the Economy, Development and Tourism

On 28 August, I met with Dr Luis Felipe Cespedes, Chile’s Minister of the Economy, Development and Tourism at my office in Melbourne. Australia and Chile have a strong bilateral relationship and close economic ties, including a free trade agreement, double taxation agreement and a social security agreement. I am pictured here with Minister Cespedes and Chile’s Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Daniel Carvallo.

Tax Institute’s Queensland Tax Forum

On 27 August, I gave a speech to the Tax Institute’s Queensland Tax Forum in Brisbane to discuss the Government’s tax agenda. As part of the speech, I emphasised why Australia’s tax system needs reform. Notably, Australia has more than 14,000 pages of tax law with annual tax compliance costs estimated at $40 billion. This affects our international competitiveness and can discourage individuals from starting or expanding their own business.  I highlighted some of the tax reform initiatives the Government is pursuing including reducing the tax rate for small businesses and undertaking a comprehensive review of the tax system through the Tax White Paper process.

Hockey in Hawthorn

It was great to join Michael Norbury, President of the TEM Hockey Club on 23 August at the club's home ground in Auburn Road, Hawthorn East to watch some of the weekend's great hockey games.  I am pictured here with Tony Dudley, Joe Hough, Michael Norbury and state member for Hawthorn, John Pesutto.

The Tax Institute National Superannuation Conference 2015

On 21 August, I delivered a speech titled, ‘The Future of Super’, to The Tax Institute’s National Superannuation Conference in Sydney. In my speech, I noted the important role superannuation plays in the Australian economy, and outlined the Government’s priorities in the tax and superannuation space. 

Fintona Girls' School - Year 10 Politics Class

On Wednesday 19 August, I had the pleasure of welcoming our future female leaders to my office at Parliament House. The Year 10 Politics class from Fintona Girls’ School, an independent girls’ day school in my electorate of Kooyong, had a series of insightful questions about foreign and domestic policy and the operation of government.


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