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Visit to BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks with the Prime Minister

On 27 November, I had the opportunity to join the Prime Minister in visiting BlueScope’s Port Kembla steelworks. The steelworks employs up to 6,000 Australians, including many cadets and apprentices, like the young men and women I’m pictured with below.

BlueScope is one of Australia’s largest manufacturers, exporters and energy intensive users. It stands to benefit $13 million a year in energy bill savings from lower wholesale prices under the Government’s National Energy Guarantee. We were hosted by current and incoming CEOs, Paul O’Malley and Mark Vassella.

National Energy Guarantee progresses at COAG Energy Council

On 24 November, Australia’s energy ministers gathered in Hobart for the 15th COAG Energy Council meeting. As a result of the meeting, the Council agreed to undertake further design work on the National Energy Guarantee.

It was a significant and constructive step forward as we seek to deliver a more affordable and reliable energy system, while transitioning to a lower emissions future. The next COAG Energy Council meeting is in April 2018.

The media release is available here and communique available here.

Announcement of second interconnector business case study

On 24 November in Hobart, I announced the Turnbull Government would join the Hodgman Government in investing up to $20 million for a business case study for a second Tasmanian interconnector, a project that would cement Tasmania’s position as the battery of the nation and improve the reliability and affordability of the National Electricity Market.

I am pictured below with Premier Hodgman and Tasmanian Energy Minister Guy Barnett along with my Tasmanian colleagues, Senators Abetz and Bushby, as well as the CEOs of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and TasNetworks who will work together on the business case.

Visit to Antarctica with winners of the Name our Icebreaker competition

A group of Australian school students made history on 22 November, becoming the first children to fly to and set foot on Antarctica as part of the Australian Antarctic Program! I flew the 6,000 kilometre round-trip from Hobart to Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome with the twelve students who won a competition to name the nation’s new icebreaker RSV Nuyina.

The Years 5 to 8 students and their teachers from St Virgil’s College in Hobart and Secret Harbour Primary School near Perth spent three hours on the ice meeting Australian scientists and expeditioners. Fortunately, the weather was kind as they followed in the footsteps of Sir Douglas Mawson, hovering around -11°C!

Congratulations to all students and also to the Australian Antarctic Division. Find out more about our trip here.

2017 Kooyong Christmas Giving Tree

For 30 years, Servants Community Housing has supported homeless members of our community.

Since the Kooyong Giving Tree appeal began in 2012, the Kooyong community has raised in excess of $50,000 in cash, gift vouchers and in-kind donations for Servants.

Donations can be dropped off at my electorate office at 695 Burke Road, Camberwell until 5pm on Monday 18th December 2017. 

The Forgotten People

On 21 November, I was delighted to introduce the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and address a public event in Melbourne hosted by the Menzies Research Centre to mark the 75th Anniversary of Sir Robert Menzies’ speech, The Forgotten People. 

This auspicious occasion was celebrated with a re-enactment of Menzies’ famous Forgotten People radio address by actor Peter Cousens. The Menzies Research Centre received an overwhelming response when it staged a re-creation of Menzies’ famous radio address earlier this year in Canberra to mark its 75th anniversary. It was a tribute to Cousens’ mastery of the role and Menzies’ sardonic wit and profound wisdom. 

The encore performance brought Menzies back home to Kooyong to the historic Hawthorn Town Hall, a place where Menzies gave many great speeches over four decades.  

The Prime Minister expanded on the historical importance of Menzies and his legacy as a founder and the longest serving leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. Heather Henderson, daughter of Sir Robert and Dame Patty also spoke and provided some insightful and interesting examples of her father’s wit and jocularity. 

Address at National Energy Efficiency Conference 2017

I had the pleasure of addressing the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2017 on 20 November. Having just arrived back from COP23 in Bonn, I was able to update the conference on the positive momentum on climate and energy issues.

The Turnbull Government is actively working to bring about a more efficient energy system, including through our National Energy Productivity Plan which will increase productivity by 40 per cent by 2030. Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, we are trialling pilot projects to reduce power bills and strain on the system through more efficiency energy management. Through the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, we are partnering with the private sector to encourage Australian businesses that want to make energy efficiency upgrades and improvements with concessional financing.

This is an exciting area with the potential to deliver significant benefits to Australian businesses and households.

Launch of National Food Waste Strategy at inaugural Summit

Australians throw away 3.1 million tonnes of food – the equivalent to the weight of 17,000 jumbo jets! The Turnbull Government is committed to halving this waste by 2030 and, on 20 November, I launched a National Food Waste Strategy at the inaugural National Food Waste Summit in Melbourne.

Hosted by Annabel Crabb, the Summit was the culmination of many months of consultation with industry, academia, the not-for-profit sector and all tiers of government. Thanks to everyone involved – particularly, Food Innovation Australia Limited, the National Farmers Federation and OzHarvest.

Find out more about the Strategy here.

Leading the Australian Delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference

Between 14 and 16 November, I led the Australian Delegation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference – otherwise known as COP23 – in Bonn, Germany.

Representatives from nearly 200 countries gathered at the conference – the major climate change conference of the year – and, for the first time, a Pacific nation, Fiji, chaired the meeting as countries sought to work through the details of implementing the Paris Agreement.

In addition to holding bilateral meetings with Fiji, Malaysia, Indonesia, the US, the UK, Germany and France, some of the highlights included:

Discussing blue carbon with Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

With Samoa’s Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, discussing practical initiatives on climate action.

  • Reiterating our support for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s focus on reducing emissions from the agriculture and waste sectors.

  • Highlighting how our Emissions Reduction Fund has encouraged and funded farmers and land holders to reduce emissions, increase productivity and improve the resilience of their crops and herds.

With New Zealand’s James Shaw, discussing the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Discussing the Green Climate Fund with Papua New Guinea’s Minister for the Environment and Conservation John Pundari.

Announcing the exportation of traditional fire management practices.

  • Announcing, alongside Indonesia, that Indonesia will host the third Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in 2018.

With Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, discussing the preservation of our forests.

Discussing the Asia Pacific Rainforest Partnership with Japan’s Environment Minister Masaharu Nakagawa.

Signing the MOU with Malaysia’s DS Wan Junaidi TJ.

As Australia is not alone in facing reliability and affordability challenges in the energy sector as we transition to a lower emissions future, COP23 was also a good opportunity to outline our recently announced National Energy Guarantee.

Discussing the Solar Alliance and our National Energy Guarantee with India’s Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan.

Discussing potential areas of cooperation with the White House’s Chief Climate Adviser George David Banks.

You can watch below or read here my delivery of Australia’s National Statement or read my opinion piece about the conference and published in The Mercury here.

Visit to London

From 11 to 13 November, just prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, I visited London to meet with government and industry counterparts on energy and environmental issues.

I met with both Minister for Energy and Industry Richard Harrington and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove and conveyed recent developments in Australia’s energy and climate policy areas.

Meeting with British counterpart Richard Harrington.

Meeting with other British counterpart Michael Gove.

I delivered a speech on the future of Australia’s energy market to the Australia-UK Chamber of Commerce. This was an important opportunity to showcase to key energy businesses in the UK how the Turnbull Government plans to deliver a more affordable and reliable energy system through the National Energy Guarantee.

Speech at the Australia-UK Chamber of Commerce.

I met with the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) too, the UK energy market regulator and rule maker, and discussed the similar energy challenges facing our two countries.

And I visited Imperial College London to see the work they are doing on carbon capture and storage.

Meeting with Ofgem.

At Imperial College.

With Imperial College students.

As I was there on 11 November, it was an honour to also attend Remembrance Day commemorations at the Cenotaph on Whitehall and a reception hosted by Australian High Commissioner to the UK Alexander Downer.

With Alexander Downer and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson at Remembrance Day commemorations.


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