Paintback scheme will benefit health and the environment

A new national recycling scheme for architectural and decorative paints will improve human health and benefit the environment. The Australian Government has actively worked to support the paint industry in its efforts to address the challenge of managing waste paints and I am delighted to launch ‘Paintback’ in Melbourne today. Paintback is Australia’s first national…

Australia’s largest bio-energy project a step closer to reality

The Turnbull Government is providing up to $3 million early-stage funding support towards an ambitious project that may result in an innovative renewable biofuel production facility being built at Pentland in North Queensland. The funding, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), will allow Renewable Developments Australia to develop a detailed business case for the…

Turnbull Government invests over $1.9 billion in new icebreaker

PRIME MINISTER THE HON. MALCOLM TURNBULL MP MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS THE HON. JULIE BISHOP MP MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THE HON. GREG HUNT MP JOINT MEDIA RELEASE The Australian Government has signed a contract for Australia’s new icebreaker, amounting to a $1.912 billion investment, with the custom built ship due to arrive in Australia…

Bill Shorten’s massive new electricity tax

Bill Shorten has announced a massive new electricity tax – but he didn’t have the courage or the honesty to tell Australian families how much it will cost them. Mark Butler and Bill Shorten are kidding themselves. Australians are too smart to fall for Labor’s tricks. We’ve all been through Labor’s carbon tax experiment before.…

A new era of Antarctic engagement

A new era of Antarctic engagement was announced today by the Turnbull Government, with the launch of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan. The Turnbull Government is providing $255 million in funding over the next ten years to enhance Australia’s Antarctic logistics and science capabilities. This includes $55 million for infrastructure and…

Phillip Island Nature Park receives welcome funding to expand its facility

I welcome the funding announcement of $48.2 million from the Victorian Government for an upgrade to the Phillip Island Nature Park. The Penguin Parade is one of Victoria’s most loved tourist attractions and provides a significant economic benefit to the Island. This redevelopment will support tourism in the region but will also boost local jobs…

Commonwealth Heritage Listing for the Royal Australian Mint

As part of Australian Heritage Week, I am delighted to announce that the Royal Australian Mint will be added to the Commonwealth Heritage List. The Royal Australian Mint is Australia’s sole producer of circulating currency and being added to the Commonwealth Heritage List recognises the Mint’s significant role in the development of our nation. The…

Toad-smart’ quolls released in Kakadu

The Turnbull Government is funding a project to train ‘toad-smart’ quolls which will be highly beneficial in re-establishing a population of quolls in southern Kakadu and helping the species recover. Ten ‘toad-smart’ quolls will be released in Kakadu’s Mary River District this week and up to 30 in 2016 as part of a three-year expansion…