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Visit to Abode Living

On 10 November, it was great to visit Abode Living in Camberwell.

Run by a father son team Robert and Ben Adair, Abode Living is a local family business employing more than 25 people that manufactures and sells bed linens, feather and down products and home wares.

Businesses like this have benefited from the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts and cuts of more than $5.8 billion in federal regulation red tape and compliance costs.

More information about Abode Living here

Visit to Boroondara Stroke Support Group

On 10 November, I was delighted to visit the Boroondara Stroke Support Group (BSSG) in Kew - an amazing group of people providing excellent support services for stroke survivors.

It was terrific to see the rehabilitation equipment that was purchased thanks to a $16,000 Federal Government Stronger Communities Program grant at work.

I applaud the work of the BSSG, which is a model for additional stroke hubs being established across Victoria.

Kew Senior Centre fitted with rooftop solar panels

On 10 November, I was pleased to visit the Kew Senior Centre to see the installation of solar panels funded courtesy of the Turnbull Government's Solar Communities Program.
The Solar Communities Program provides funding for community groups in Kooyong and around Australia to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and battery storage systems.
Kew Senior Centre received $15,000 from the Solar Communities Program to assist with the cost of installing solar panels at the Centre. This will help lower the Centre’s power bills and plays an important part in reducing Australia’s emissions and any savings can go back to providing valuable services for seniors in the community. 

Visit to Via Verona, Kew

Via Verona café on High Street, Kew has been a popular destination for people of all ages for more than a decade.

Providing great coffee and jobs for young people, Via Verona is just one of 23,000 businesses in Kooyong.

On 10 November, it was great to chat to the owner George about how the Turnbull Government’s initiatives are supporting business to grow, invest and hire through tax cuts for small and medium businesses and the instant asset write-off, taken up by more than 2,000 local businesses.

Kew Traders

On 10 November, it was great to chat with local traders from Kew including Dr Moh Dadafarin of the Ear & Hearing Australia, Mr Matthew Jafarzadeh of the Instant Laser Clinic, Mr Alan Giffard of G2 Accounting, Ms Janie Bailey of Imago Relationships Boroondara and Mr Tony Harika of the QPO Restaurant, about the Turnbull Government’s small business initiatives that encourages growth and employment.

We also discussed the $100,000 Federal Government Safer Communities grant that will see the installation of CCTVs in the precinct.

Visit to Star Pharmacy, Kew

On 10 November, I visited Star Pharmacy in Kew and spoke to the owners, Freda and Con, and staff about the importance of good health and ensuring a robust health system.

The Turnbull Government understands how important your health is to you and your family. That’s why since coming into Government we have listed over 1,500 new drugs to the PBS and have invested over $23 billion into Medicare this year.

Xavier College commemorates fallen students

On 10 November, I was honoured to speak at the unveiling of Xavier College Burke Hall’s Remembrance wall featuring ceramic poppies to commemorate the fallen soldiers of WWI.

The 185 handmade poppies were crafted by the Year 4 students of 2015, to honour the Old Xaverians who fought and died in the service of their country. 

It was a moving tribute coinciding with Remembrance Day and will be a constant reminder of the sacrifices of past students.

Lest we forget. 

Speech at Asia-Pacific Regional Conference

On 5 November, I attended the Asia-Pacific Regional conference hosted by the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann, in Perth.

The conference is the largest gathering of German and Australia business and political leaders and is designed to explore the future opportunities for business, trade and investment between both countries as well as the Asia-Pacific region.

I delivered a speech and participated in a panel discussion about Australia's innovative approach to integrating energy and climate policy: the National Energy Guarantee.

I also met with Germany's Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Uwe Beckmeyer, to discuss our country's respective energy policies and the potential for further collaboration.

Trip to Israel to commemorate the Battle of Beersheba

I was honoured to be in Israel with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan and a number of my parliamentary colleagues from both sides of politics to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba. The day was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, New Zealand Governor General Patsy Reddy and dignitaries from many other nations.

The Battle of Beersheba occurred one hundred years ago during World War I in modern day Israel. On the 31 October 1917, 800 brave Australian soldiers of the 4th Light Horse Brigade mounted a daring cavalry charge across six kilometres of open land. Charging through a sea of machine gun and rifle fire, the light horseman overwhelmed the entrenched troops of the Ottoman Empire. This famous manoeuvre – the world’s last great cavalry charge – was pivotal in turning the tide against the Ottoman forces which in turn helped paved the way for the creation of the State of Israel.

The day’s events included remembrance services with Israel, New Zealand and Turkey, a parade with the local Beersheba community and a stirring reenactment of the charge itself. It ended with an evocative dusk service at the Park of the Australian Soldier where we paid homage to the bravery and skill of the Australian men and horses of the 4th brigade and the sacrifice of the 31 men who lost their lives.

A moving experience at the Centenary of the Battle of Beersheba.

Reenacting the charge at Beersheba.

The parade through Beersheba.

While in Israel, I had the opportunity to deepen Australia’s enduring relationship with Israel. As I said in my welcome address to over 100 guests at an Australia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce function, this relationship is built on shared history, shared values and a common interest. With 10 Israeli companies listing on the ASX in the last 12 months and growing links across innovation, energy, agriculture and water, I am confident the relationship will go from strength to strength. 

At a meeting with my counterpart, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, we discussed our experiences dealing with the challenges and opportunities of energy security, gas and renewables. I was briefed by a number of innovative Israeli companies pushing the boundaries on dispatchable power and energy storage which are both major focuses for the Turnbull Government. Whether it is game-changing electric vehicles that can charge in just five minutes, Israel’s investments in solar thermal and pumped hydro plant or new technology to produce electricity from aluminium (rather than the other way around), opportunities abound for greater collaboration between Australia and Israel in energy and storage.

Israel's Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz.

With Prime Minister Turnbull, Lucy Turnbull, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu.

Roundtable with Israeli companies innovating on energy and storage.

On a more personal level, together with my colleague and friend, Dan Tehan, I toured the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum on the outskirts of Jerusalem. With more than one million people visiting every year, Yad Vashem tells the story of the horror that swept through Europe. The message from Yad Vashem is clear: Never again.

The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem.

Community Safety Forum

On 27 October 2017, I joined a panel with Boroondara Mayor, Phillip Healey, Member for Camberwell, John Pesutto and Inspector Stephen Noy to discuss the community’s safety concerns at the Community Safety Forum.

Over 200 residents attended the Forum to hear from the three levels of Government about their initiatives and proposals to keep the community safe. 

Also in attendance to support this important initiative was Mr Tim Smith, Federal Member for Kew, Mr Robert Clark, Federal Member for Box Hill, Mr Graham Watt, Federal Member for Burwood and Councillor Felicity Sinfield. 



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