Turnbull Government’s $1.5 billion infrastructure package a win for people living in Melbourne’s South East

Flinders MP Greg Hunt joined Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Parliamentary colleagues to announce the Coalition Government’s $1.5 billion injection for essential infrastructure to ensure Melbourne retains its mantle as one of the most liveable cities in the world. The centrepiece is a billion-dollar upgrade of the congested Monash Freeway serving the communities of South…

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching update

The coral bleaching event currently impacting the Great Barrier Reef is major and significant. The Reef 2050 Independent Expert Panel met this week and provided me with a thorough briefing on the severity and geographical extent of bleaching. The event is still unfolding and the full extent and severity of bleaching may take several weeks…

Big Uluru Trek announced for Aussie icon

The Australian Government is delighted to announce that the inaugural Big Uluru Trek will arrive at one of our country’s most recognisable landmarks in August. The 100-kilometre five-day desert trek from Amata to Uluru has been given a one-year commercial activity licence and is the first licence announced from the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park expression…

New radar to boost weather forecasting capabilities in the Wimmera region

The Australian Government will provide $3.25 million to improve weather infrastructure and forecasting capabilities for the Wimmera region in regional Victoria. Australia has some of the world’s best weather radar coverage and forecasting services. Today’s announced is a further boost for the Wimmera region and will provide more detailed weather information. “I am delighted to…

Safeguard mechanism will support emissions reduction

The Coalition Government has an effective suite of policies for tackling climate change. We are reducing emissions, promoting energy efficiency and clean energy innovation and investing in renewable energy. The Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) is the centrepiece of the Government’s suite of policies to tackle climate change and it is already driving significant abatement and…

Labor praises Emissions Reduction Fund

It’s taken a while, but Labor has finally realised the significant environmental benefits of the Turnbull Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund. The Emissions Reduction Fund is the centrepiece of the Government’s suite of policies to tackle climate change. The Queensland Labor Government has formed an alliance with GreenCollar to take advantage of the Emissions Reduction Fund…

Queensland Labor just plain wrong on future of renewables

Changes announced last week to strengthen investment in renewable energy provide significant opportunities for Queensland. In addition to keeping the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Turnbull Government is creating a $1 billion Clean Energy Innovation Fund. Contrary to the utterly dishonest claims by the Palaszczuk Government, we are continuing the…

Investing in a Bureau of Meteorology for Australia’s future

The Bureau of Meteorology touches every facet of Australian life, from severe weather warnings that alert individuals and communities to protect themselves and their property, to forecasts that support emergency services, and marine and ocean services that help keep people safe on the water. Today on World Meteorological Day, I thank the Bureau for the…