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Scotch College's Year 12 politics class visits Parliament House

On 28 February, I had the pleasure of welcoming the Year 12 politics class from Scotch College to my office at Parliament House, Canberra.

We had a great discussion about politics and parliament and they had a series of insightful questions about my portfolio and the operation of government.

Following their visit with me the students toured Parliament House and met with a number of politicians and the Speaker of the House.

Our Holy Redeemer School visits Parliament House

On 27 February, the Year 6 students from Our Holy Redeemer School, Surrey Hills, visited Parliament House as part of their trip to Canberra.

Many schools from Kooyong experience Canberra and Parliament each year.

It was a pleasure to catch up with Our Holy Redeemer students during their visit and talk about our parliamentary processes and the various careers that each of them want to pursue. 

Hartwell Primary School visits Parliament House

On 27 February, I welcomed the Year 6 students from Hartwell Primary School, Camberwell to Parliament House.

I spoke with the students about the role of a Member of Parliament, the seat of Kooyong, and the three levels of Government.

The students also asked a series of great questions about our political system.

Visit to Adelaide, South Australia

On 21 February, I visited Adelaide, South Australia to meet with local businesses and speak at the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce.

I held an energy roundtable with Business SA and some of its members from the fresh produce and horticultural industry, which together make up over half of South Australia’s exports. We discussed the challenges they face with energy costs and the benefits of the National Energy Guarantee for their operations.

I also spoke to the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce about the Government’s strong economic and energy agenda.

While in South Australia, I made two announcements that will improve the reliability and affordability of the South Australian energy system, including $1 million in funding toward feasibility studies for two pumped hydro energy storage projects in Cultana and near Whyalla, as well as a proposed rule change to introduce maximum timeframes for smart meter installations.

Q&A panel discussion

On 19 February, I participated in the ABC’s Q&A panel discussion with Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen, Melbourne University Publishing CEO Louise Adler, Institute of Public Affairs Director of Policy Simon Breheny and actor Shareena Clanton.

Discussion included the importance of affordable and reliable energy, closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage and corporate tax.

You can watch the lively discussion here.

Bonner electorate visit

On 19 February, I spent the morning with local member Ross Vasta in his electorate of Bonner, located just north of Brisbane. We started the day meeting with several cold chain logistic businesses from Queensland and across Australia at the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club.

60 per cent of household food expenditure is on food that has been delivered via the cold food chain. It’s estimated cold chain logistic businesses use 178 petajoules and $2.6 billion of energy for refrigeration alone.

Ross and I discussed with the business owners, CEOs and directors the critical importance of affordable and reliable energy to the essential services they provide Australians everywhere every day.

Following the meeting, we visited local education facility, the Moreton Bay Discovery Centre, located at the William Gun Jetty in Manly. Project Manager David Farley gave us a tour and explained the wide variety of programs they offer locals and tourists.

The Coalition Government is helping to fund the Centre, enabling it to expand its environmental education program.

We popped into the Manly Hotel to chat with some locals over a cool drink, before visiting Manly West State School where they have a strong focus on environmental and sustainability issues.

Student leaders showed Ross and me the school’s many interactive gardens and their ninja warrior play area. We also heard about the outdoor classroom for which they are currently raising money to build as well as their plans for Clean Up Australia Day.

Book Launch: ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz'

On 18 February, I was honoured to launch the book ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ by Heather Morris at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne.

Based on the incredible story of Lale Sokolov, this book is a reminder that light can be found in the darkest of times.

Lale was forced to undertake the difficult task of tattooing identification numbers on his fellow prisoners in Auschwitz and met and fell in love with Gita while tattooing a number on her arm. Lale and Gita settled in Melbourne following the War.

This is a uniquely Australian story that educates and unites us all.  

Meeting with Clean Energy Finance Corporation Board

On 16 February, I was pleased to address the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) Board in Sydney. 

I spoke with the Board about our changing energy market and the opportunities we have to reduce emissions right across our economy: from energy generation to energy efficiency, electric vehicles and biofuels.

The CEFC invests in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies to accelerate commercial investment.

Visit from International Energy Agency Executive Director

On 15 February, I welcomed the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Executive Director Dr Fatih Birol to Parliament House. Dr Birol, who was recognised as The Financial Times’ 2017 energy personality of the year, was in Canberra to launch the IEA’s report into the Australian energy market – a report which is produced approximately every four years.

The report’s recommendations align with the Turnbull Government’s work to deliver a more affordable and reliable energy system, while we transition to a lower emissions future. It describes our National Energy Guarantee as a promising opportunity and our gas market reforms as strong policy measures. It also describes the proposed change to include carbon capture and storage as an eligible technology under the Clean Energy Finance Corporation mandate as an important and welcome step.

Science Meets Parliament

On 14 February, as part of Science meets Parliament 2018, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr Katherine Dafforn, Professor Colin Raston, Professor Christopher Sumby, Professor Michael Aitken and Dr Rebecca Johnson.

Coming from research institutions across Australia, their expertise ranged from biodiversity and threatened species to energy technology and data transparency.

Science meets Parliament is designed to build strong relationships and understanding between scientists and parliamentarians.

In addition to finding out about the scientists’ extraordinary research projects, we discussed the importance of science for evidence-based decision making and policy development.


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