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Meeting with Cr Graham Quirk and the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland

It was great to meet today with Cr Graham Quirk and the Council of Mayors of South East Queensland.  In particular, I was excited to hear about their Resilient Rivers Initiative, a collaborative approach to managing the catchments of South East Queensland and ensure the future economic, social and environmental health of the region.  The Australian Government has a proud history of supporting projects aimed at improving river health, including this Initiative.



Gas Vision 2050

On the 23 March 2017, I received the report “Gas Vision 2050” along with my colleague Senator Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.

The Gas Vision 2050 is a collaborative report from peak gas industry bodies, describing an aspirational future for gas across Australia’s economy. As we move to a lower emissions future with more renewables, gas has important role to play as a transition fuel as it has half the emissions of coal. Gas also has the advantage of being able to generate baseload power which is critical until storage for renewables is able to be rolled out on a commercial scale and in an affordable manner.

I would like to extend my thanks to the organisations who worked together in developing this report, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, Energy Networks Australia, the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association, Gas Energy Australia and the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association of Australia.



Mount Scopus Memorial College visits Parliament House

Today 22 March 2017, I welcomed students from Mount Scopus Memorial College to Parliament House, Canberra, along with my colleague Julia Banks MP. 100,000 students visit Parliament House each year. Julie Banks and I spoke to the students about our experiences as a Member of Parliament, the seats we represent and Australia’s system of government. Mount Scopus is my old school and I have such great memories from those days. 


Kooyong student wins Simpson Prize

Today 21 of March, I met with and congratulated two students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School who were awardees of 2017 Simpson Prize; Katia Testarotta winner and Sabrina Tse runner up.

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students that encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia.

This year, students were asked to look beyond Gallipoli and consider the significance of the Western Front battles in helping to shape the Anzac story. The prize was presented at a ceremony in Parliament House by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan.

I am pictured below with Katia, Sabrina and Dr Brendan Nelson, the Director of the Australian War Memorial.





Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Siosi Sovaleni of Tonga and Her Royal Highness Princess Angelika Lātūfuipeka Tuku'aho

On 20 March, I was honoured to meet with the Honourable Siaosi Sovaleni, the Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga and Her Royal Highness Princess Lātūfuipeka Tuku’aho, the High Commissioner of Tonga to Australia. The meeting provided an important opportunity to discuss Australia and Tonga’s strong friendship, our cooperation on the protection of whales and the increasing role of renewable energy in our energy system.

For more information on Australian-Tongan relations, please click here 

 


Meeting with Snowy Hydro

Today 20 March 2017, I was delighted to meet with the Snowy Hydro Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr Paul Broad, Chief Operating Officer Roger Whitby, Chair Mr Noel Cornish and General Manager Ms Jane McMillan, following the Prime Minister’s major announcement last week of Snowy 2.0.

The Snowy Mountains Scheme 2.0 is a plan to increase generation of the Snowy Hydro scheme by 50%, adding 2000 megawatts of renewable energy to the National Electricity Market – enough to power 500,000 homes. The expansion will provide greater energy efficiency security and stabilise electricity supply into the future, ensuring affordable and reliable electricity for Australian households and businesses.

We had a constructive discussion about the feasibility study into the proposed pumped hydro, which Snowy Hydro will be working closely with ARENA.



40th Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival

It was wonderful to enjoy the hospitality of the Carmelite nuns for their legendary afternoon tea following this year's 40th Ecumenical Gathering of the Kew Community Festival. The service was hosted by Rev Chris Middleton SJ from Xavier College and included readings from local church leaders and featured musicians from Trinity Grammar School Brass Ensemble and the Melbourne Women's Choir. It's always a pleasure to join my colleagues and members of the community in supporting this great local event. 



Meeting with the Energy Efficiency Council

On 17 March 2017, I was pleased to meet with the Energy Efficiency Council's CEO Luke Menzel and Head of Policy, Rob Murray. We had a constructive conversation about energy efficiency initiatives and innovation.



Visit to Giant Steps in Kew

On 17 March I visited Giant Steps Melbourne in Kew, a local school that provides wonderful support to students with autism. During my visit, which coincides with GSM's first birthday, I also got to see the shadecloths recently installed in the play area thanks to a grant from the Federal Government's Stronger Communities Program.



AFR Summit on Energy

This afternoon I was on a panel at the Australian Financial Review Business Summit focusing on our electricity and gas market challenges. The wide ranging discussion covered the need for more gas supply to ensure gas fired generation can balance out intermittent renewables to maintain energy security and help of manufacturing sector, the role new disruptive companies like Reposit Power and Mojo can play in offering new and innovative products to households to manage their demand or better use their batteries lowering their electricity bills and the role interconnectors could potential play in dealing with the issues South Australia is currently facing .   


 

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