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Launch of Latrobe Valley Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Project

On 12 April, I joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister Michaela Cash, local member Darren Chester as well as a number of other parliamentary colleagues in the Latrobe Valley for the launch of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) Project.
Led by Kawasaki Heavy Industry (KHI) and including partners J-POWER, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and AGL Energy, the HESC Project seeks to establish a supply chain for hydrogen to be produced  from Latrobe Valley brown coal and exported to Japan. 
Hydrogen has great potential as both Japan and Australia transition to more diverse energy systems. Low or zero emissions hydrogen can be produced via electrolysis using renewable energy or via gasification of coal or gas with carbon capture and storage.
The Turnbull Government has contributed $50 million to the pilot phase of the HESC Project, alongside $166 million from the Japanese Government, $230 million from partners and $50 million from the Victorian Government.
At the launch, I was pleased to spend time with Japanese Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Daisaku Hiraki and Japanese Ambassador to Australia Sumio Kusaka (pictured below) as well as KHI Global Chairman Shigeru Murayama.

Address to the National Press Club

On 11 April, I addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on the future of energy in Australia.

The theme of my address was that Australia is paying a high price for our polarised political debate on energy and climate policy. Australia needs an enduring, practical framework that addresses the policy and market failure and cuts through the polarisation to integrate energy and climate policy. 

This is the National Energy Guarantee, which in the words of the independent Energy Security Board represents "a clear investment signal so the cleanest, cheapest and most reliable generation gets built." 

The full text of my speech can be found here.

Visit to the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

On 6 April, I visited the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park with local member Rowan Ramsey and South Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ridgway.

We started the day alongside local guide Kym Tilbrook in the foothills of Rawnsley Bluff, situated near Wilpena Pound in the very south of the national park. On the loop walk, we discovered unique native flora and wildlife and learned how the ancient sea floor has been uplifted and eroded to create this amazing landscape.

Later, we travelled to the Wilpena Pound Visitors Information Centre to meet with various government and non-profit representatives working in the area, including Jodie Gregg-Smith from the South Australian Department for Environment and Water and senior ranger Arthur Coulthard. We discussed local threatened species challenges and successes, such as combating feral goats, reintroducing western quolls and brushtail possums and helping the yellow-footed rock-wallaby population to bounce back. We also discussed the value of working with traditional owners and I learned more about the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park World Heritage listing bid.

In the afternoon, we joined local entrepreneurs Tony and Julie Smith and their sons Greg, Glen and Neville at Rawnsley Park Station in celebration of the Station’s 50 years of ecotourism. Originally settled as part of Arkaba Station in 1851 for sheep grazing, Rawnsley Park Station now stretches 29,000 hectares and has been transformed by the Smith Family into an award-winning ecotourism destination. I was delighted to launch the book, Pastoralism to Tourism: A History of Rawnsley Park Station by Kym Tilbrook, which tells this family story of entrepreneurism and congratulate Tony and Julie on their extraordinary achievements.

Electric vehicle event at Parliament House

On 29 March, I joined my colleague Paul Fletcher, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, at an event on the economic benefits of electric vehicles for Australia. The event was organised by a range of groups representing motorists, recharging manufacturers and the electric vehicle industry. 

Presentations were given by NRMA Chair Tim Trumper, St Baker Energy Innovation Fund Founder Trevor St Baker, Electric Vehicle Council CEO Behyad Jafari and PwC Partner Mark Thomson. We were also joined by parliamentary colleagues, including Trent Zimmerman and Trevor Evans, and by ACT Government Minister Shane Rattenbury.

There are now over two million electric cars on the road worldwide, a tenfold increase over the last five years. Car companies have committed billions of dollars in R&D on electric motors for vehicles, including both battery electric and hydrogen.

Electric vehicles are emerging as an important way to save consumers money over time, improve air quality and health outcomes, reduce vehicle emissions and explore new storage technologies for our electricity grid.

Meeting with Australian Heritage Council

On 27 March, I met with the people who help make history happen – our Australian Heritage Council members, including recently reappointed Chair Dr David Kemp.

The Council is a productive and powerful force for heritage conservation in this country.

We reflected on recent achievements, including the listing of Abbotsford Convent, Parramatta Female Factory and Melbourne’s Domain Parkland and Memorial Precinct, and considered heritage priorities for 2018.

Meeting with Manufacturing Australia

On 27 March, I held a productive meeting with Manufacturing Australia and five of its CEO members, including the CEOs of Adelaide Brighton, BlueScope, Brickworks, Cement Australia and Rheem. 

Its members employ 50,000 people directly and support hundreds of thousands of Australians, their families and communities.

These members rely on an affordable and reliable energy supply above all, which allows them to remain competitive in an international market, continue to invest and employ more people.

2018 Hawthorn Relay For Life

On the 24 – 25 March, I had the privilege to participate and close the Hawthorn (Boroondara) Relay For Life 2018 at the John Gardiner Reserve, Hawthorn, and walk with my team the 'Kooyong Colts' for the seventh consecutive year in a row to raise money for cancer research, advocacy and support.

This year there were 44 teams participating in the 18 hour relay, with a large presence of schools. The Kooyong Colts walked non-stop all night to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, and to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer. Over $120,000 was raised by Boroondara Relay For Life after the 18 hour walkathon.

I'm proud the Kooyong Colts were crowned this year's highest fundraiser, making our team the highest fundraising team for the past six years. This year the Kooyong Colts raised over $14,000, bringing our total fundraising effort since 2012 to over $116,000. There is still one more month to donate to this wonderful cause here.

I was also extremely honoured the Kooyong Colts were the recipients of The Tiffany Jacobs’ Spirit of Relay Award.

Thank you to our generous donors, walkers, volunteers and to the event organisers including committee members Graeme Jacobs and Richard Heron, Nick Wald from Cancer Council, and Jo Xuereb Chair of Hawthorn Relay for Life for making this worthy event possible.

Bureau of Meteorology and ABC partnership launch

On 23 March, I had the pleasure of launching the partnership agreement between two of Australia’s most vital public institutions, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

There are few organisations that touch the lives of Australians more every day than the BoM and ABC. This partnership agreement will help them reach more Australians in a more effective fashion, including though collaborative projects and emergency broadcasting.

I am pictured below with the CEO of the BoM, Dr Andrew Johnson, the Managing Director of the ABC, Michelle Guthrie, and Landline’s Pip Courtney. I was also pleased to meet senior BoM staff who were celebrating 30 years of service.

Address to Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

On 21 March, I spoke to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and its members about the energy challenges facing Australian businesses today.

While prices are still too high, there are positive signs from the action the Turnbull Government has taken to reform the networks, retail and gas markets. The National Energy Guarantee will consolidate these gains and especially benefit companies such as those represented by ACCI with a 23 per cent reduction in wholesale costs.

I am pictured below on a panel with Stephen Cartwright, CEO of the New South Wales Business Chamber, Elizabeth McIntyre, CEO of Think Brick, and Adam Carr from ACCI.

41st Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival

On 18 March, I was delighted to visit the sisters of the Carmelite Monastery during
the Ecumenical Gathering of the 41st Kew Community Festival, followed by an afternoon tea which never disappoints and features the sisters’ legendary passionfruit sponge.

This year celebrates the 41st Ecumenical Gathering and included representatives from St Anne and Joachim East Kew, St Bede’s Balwyn North, East Kew Uniting Church and St Paul’s Anglican Church, East Kew. Music was provided by the Melbourne Women’s Choir and the Xavier College Brass Quintet.

It is well worth the visit if only to visit the beautiful gardens within the monastery. 


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