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Official opening of Red and Lumo Energy heritage offices

On 3 May, I was delighted to officially open Red Energy and Lumo Energy’s new office at the state heritage-listed Bryant and May Factory in Richmond, Victoria.

Owned by Snowy Hydro, Red Energy and Lumo Energy employ more than 1200 people and have more than one million customers, offering services in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.

The iconic Bryant and May Factory has been carefully restored and now houses all 1200 employees.

I am pictured below with Red Energy and Lumo Energy CEO Iain Graham and Victorian Senator Jane Hume as well as Snowy Hydro Managing Director and CEO Paul Broad, Non-Executive Director Joycelyn Morton and Chair Noel Cornish.

Keynote speech at 5th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit

On 2 May, it was great to speak at the Carbon Market Institute’s 5th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Every year, the Carbon Market Institute’s Summit brings together national and international leaders from business, government, technology and finance.

I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s commitment to reduce emissions, while ensuring our international competitiveness, jobs growth and energy security and affordability are maintained.

Keynote address at Energy Users Association of Australia National Conference

On 2 May, I was pleased to join the Energy Users Association of Australia (EUAA) at their National Conference at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and deliver a keynote address to open day two of the conference.

The EUAA represents major Australian electricity and gas users, including significant retail, mining, manufacturing, materials and food processing industries, all of which know the importance of an affordable and reliable energy system.

I spoke about the Turnbull Government’s actions across the board, including the National Energy Guarantee, to deliver cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power for Australian households and businesses.

Announcement of largest ever single investment in the Great Barrier Reef

On 29 April, alongside Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Assistant Minister for the Environment Melissa Price and new Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker, I announced the largest ever single investment - $500 million – in the protection and restoration of the Great Barrier Reef.

The additional half a billion dollars, announced at the Reef Fleet Terminal in Cairns, will not only support the health of the Reef, but also the 64,000 jobs and estimated $6.4 billion the Reef contributes to the economy every year.

The investment builds on the Australian and Queensland Governments’ $2 billion Reef 2050 Plan which has received significant praise from the United Nations World Heritage Committee.

At the announcement, we were pleased to be joined by Great Barrier Reef Foundation Chair John Schubert, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) Chair and CEO Russell Reichelt, Australia’s Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, Reef 2050 Advisory Committee Chair Penny Wensley, Reef 2050 Independent Expert Panel Chair Ian Chubb, Traditional Owner Dwayne Fraser and Reef Guardians Katie and Molly.

To find out more about the announcement, you can read my opinion editorial here and the media release here.

Meeting of Environment Ministers: taking action on waste and recycling

On 27 April, I chaired a meeting in Melbourne with state and territory environment ministers in response to China’s new restrictions on recyclable waste.

Australia is one of over 100 countries impacted by China’s new restrictions, affecting around 1.3 tonnes of our recyclable waste. This account for four per cent of our Australia’s recyclable waste, but 35 per cent of recyclable plastics and 30 per cent of recyclable paper and cardboard.

Solving for the 1.3 million tonnes of recyclable waste is an urgent and important issue which requires a coordinated approach from supply right through to demand. As such, Australia’s environment ministers agreed to cut waste, increase our recycling capability and increase the demand for recyclable products. Find out more here.

At the meeting, we were also pleased to announce that industry had successfully risen to the challenge previously issued by Australia’s environment minister to voluntarily phase out the use of microbeads in cosmetic and personal care products, with 94 per cent of these products now microbead free. You can read more about this announcement here.
Prior to the meeting, Assistant Minister for the Environment Melissa Price and I also held a bilateral meeting with New Zealand’s Minister for Environment David Parker.

Meeting with DHL Express about electric vehicles

On 26 April, I had a good discussion with DHL Express about their plans to capitalise on new technology and move to an electric vehicle delivery fleet. 

With more than 900 vehicles on the road, this would be a significant step.

DHL Express is based in Mascot, New South Wales, and employ 1,500 people. I am pictured below with Australian CEO Gary Edstein and his team.

Lest we forget - Commemorating the Centenary of Anzac – 2014 - 2018

On 25 April, it was an honour to lay a wreath at the Camberwell City RSL Anzac Day dawn service where hundreds of locals, including young children, gathered to reflect and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of both men and women who have served our nations during times of war, conflict, and peacekeeping operations. 

After the solemn and moving service, I spoke with many diggers – young and old – about the bravery and courage of our soldiers. It was also a special honour to spend time with WWII veteran, 100 year old Jack Bell, who was captured and taken as a POW when his plane was shot down during the North African campaign. Jack's story is just one of the many heroic stories which should never be forgotten.

This year marks the end of the Centenary of Anzac commemorations. To mark this solemn occasion, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and many other dignitaries, including HRH Prince Charles and French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe, along with thousands of Australians with ancestors who fought in WWI, gathered in Villers-Bretonneux for a special Anzac Day dawn service.   

The service coincided with the official opening of the Sir John Monash Centre that honours more than 295,000 soldiers who served on the Western Front, and 46,000 who died there. Under the leadership of General Sir John Monash, Australian soldiers distinguished themselves in battles at Hamel, Amiens, Mont St. Quentin, and Peronne.  It is in recognition of these significant military feats that this museum, which is located alongside the historic Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, has been named in honour of Australia’s greatest citizen soldier, General Sir John Monash.

French Prime Minister, Edouard Phillipe, summed up Australia’s enduring connection to Anzac Day when he said in his moving speech: 
“We cannot relive these stories. The mud, the rats, the lice, the gas, the shellfire, the fallen comrades- we can never truly imagine what it was like. So we must tell them. We must show them- again and again. Show the faces of these young men whose lives were snuffed out in the mud of the trenches. Show the daily lives of these 20-year-old volunteers from far away who listened only to their youthful courage, to their love for their country, or that of their parents or grandparents, to die here in Villiers-Bretonneux. Show it with the help of modern technology, without taking our eyes off the names etched onto the memorial — names which are real, not virtual. We will never forget that 100 years ago, a young and brave nation on the other side of the world made history by writing our history.  Lest we forget."

COAG Energy Council progress National Energy Guarantee to final design stage

On 20 April, I joined state and territory energy ministers in Melbourne for the 16th Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council Ministerial Meeting to discuss our top priority: cheaper, cleaner and more reliable power for all Australians.

In a big step forward, we agreed to progress the National Energy Guarantee, a recommendation of the independent Energy Security Board (ESB), to the final design stage for determination by the Council at our next meeting in August. There was a lot of good will in the room and, while there is still much work to do, there was a commitment to getting an outcome in August.

Backed by an unprecedented cross-section of business, industry and community groups, the Guarantee is a technology neutral energy policy that will drive the right investment in the right place and at the right time to secure Australia’s energy future. Modelling undertaken by the ESB shows that wholesale electricity prices will decrease by 23 per cent under the Guarantee, flowing through to households and businesses.

At the meeting in Melbourne, we welcomed new South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan and acknowledged the contribution of previous South Australian Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis. We also acknowledged the significant and enduring contribution of Finkel Review panel member Terry Effeney who sadly passed away in March 2018.

The media release regarding the meeting is available here and the Communique is available here.

Opening the Greythorn Falcons Juniors and Camberwell Sharks Juniors scoreboards

On 15 April, it was terrific to join two local Football Clubs, Greythorn Falcons ​Juniors and Camberwell Sharks Juniors to open their new scoreboards as the footy season kicks off!

Both clubs received $25,000 from the Turnbull Government - a federal election commitment. The new state of the art LED scoreboards will be community assets for over 1000 players across both clubs.

The Federal Government is pleased to support our local community and this project will benefit local clubs, boost spectator attendance and encourage participation in sport amongst young men and women. 

Siena College's Year 12 politics class visits Parliament House

On 14 April, visiting from my electorate of Kooyong was the Year 12 global politics and legal studies class from Siena College, Camberwell. 

It was great they were able to drop into my office & ask insightful questions about the operations of government.


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