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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.

Meeting with 2018 Australian of the Year

On 13 February, alongside Nationals Deputy Leader Bridget McKenzie, I was delighted to meet our 2018 Australian of the Year, Professor Michelle Simmons, at Parliament House in Canberra.

A professor in quantum physics, Professor Simmons is one of the world’s top scientists, having pioneered research that could lead to a quantum leap in computing. 

She aims to build a quantum computer able to solve problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years. Such a discovery has the potential to revolutionise drug design, weather forecasting, self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and more!

Australian Economic Forum (A50)

On 9 February, I participated in an energy panel at the third annual Australian Economic Forum (A50) in Sydney.

Joining me on the panel was Origin Energy Managing Director Frank Calabria, EnergyAustralia Managing Director Catherine Tanna and Quadrant Energy CEO Brett Darley.

Attended by CEOs from across Australia and around the world, the Forum is designed to share economic insights among investors.
I spoke about the Turnbull Government's reform agenda, including the National Energy Guarantee designed to deliver more affordable and reliable power for Australian households and businesses.

Auburn High School Award Assembly

On 2 February, I was delighted to speak about the importance of leadership at Auburn High School’s award assembly and present the 2018 school leaders team with their badges.

School leadership plays a valuable role in educating young people about building relationships, decision making, negotiating, responsibility and preparing them for leadership in life.

The School Captains, Senior Leaders, Middle Leaders and House Captains were all congratulated and acknowledged for being selected as a leader for 2018 and I wish them every success in their roles.

Opening of Soldier On Innovation Hub

On 30 January, I was honoured to open the Soldier On Innovation Hub at North Head Sanctuary in Manly alongside New South Wales Governor David Hurley, local members Tony Abbott and James Griffin, Member for Solomon Luke Gosling, Australian War Memorial Director Brendan Nelson, Harbour Trust Chair Kevin McCann and Soldier On CEO John Bale.
Soldier On is a veterans affairs support organisation that assists people who have served and continue to serve – and their families. The Innovation Hub will run programs focused on health and wellbeing, family support and social inclusion, reaching our very importance service personnel community right across Australia.

The location of the Hub has been made possible due to a partnership between the Harbour Trust and Solder On. The Harbour Trust custodians of historically important sites across Sydney Harbour and the building for the Innovation Hub has been provided to Soldier On rent free.

Launch of renewable powered classrooms

Some lucky Australian students are going back to school this week in classrooms powered by renewable energy and smart technology. I was delighted to visit one of the two classrooms, which we’re funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and meet the fantastic St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School Year 6 class on 30 January (the first day of school!) in Sydney.
The portable classrooms, designed by Hivve Technology, incorporate solar PV generation, real-time energy metering and air quality monitoring – quality air being important for quality learning. The indoor environment and its energy demands are controlled via a dashboard, which is user-friendly for teachers and a learning opportunity for students. Importantly, the solar PV generation has the ability to power not only the portable classroom, but at least two additional conventional classrooms.
It was a pleasure to meet principal Mr Boyd, Year 6 teacher Mrs Short and, of course, the Year 6 class whose future careers I found out will range from Prime Minister, photographer and architect to diesel mechanic, soccer player and more!
Find out more here.

Boroondara Citizenship Ceremony 2018

On 26 January 2018, it was an honour to deliver the key note address at the Boroondara Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Over 400 community members welcomed our newest Australian citizens to Boroondara.

Australia Day is a time to reflect on our achievements and look forward to our bright, exciting future together. It was terrific to see 122 new Australians take the citizenship pledge, reminding us of the diverse backgrounds we all come from, bringing a richness to our social fabric.

It was also an opportunity to acknowledge some outstanding contributors to our community who selflessly help others. We congratulated the Boroondara's Citizen of the Year, Vivienne Harkness who works with stroke survivors, their carers, families and friends to help survivors rehabilitate back into their communities after the devastating effects of stroke. Together with other members of the Boroondara Support Stroke Group, Vivienne was fundamental in creating the Boroondara Community Stroke Hub, a support model that has been picked up by the Stroke Association of Victoria and is being rolled out across the state. Volunteer of the Year, Bernie Smith, for the past seven years, has been the driving force behind the development of the recently established North Balwyn Men’s Shed. Special Commendations for volunteering included Anne Brown for volunteering her professional skills supporting Guide Dogs Victoria and Walter Scharley for volunteering his time and professional skills at a number of Neighbourhood Houses in Boroondara. All of whom have generously given so much of their time and expertise to help others.

I wish each of our newest citizens the best of luck for their journey ahead in this great land.


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