Revamp of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme

The Government is fixing Labor’s mess with an overhaul of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme and has today released the initial findings of a review into the flawed scheme. The Government initiated the review in September when serious concerns with the state of e-waste management in Australia came to light. The scheme was…

Anzac Centenary grant for Radio Port Phillip

Radio Port Phillip will assist in telling the story of the Anzac legend through an ingenious use of technology to give new meaning to our historic monuments. The $5,000 grant will be used to create signage with QR codes at the sites of local monuments that will tell the history of that monument through an…

Local Sporting Champions take the world by storm

More than 30 local athletes who have received Local Sporting Champions grants over the past two years gathered at a presentation with Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt so he could congratulate them on their sporting achievements. “I was delighted to meet some dedicated young athletes who have been recipients of Local Sporting Champions grants…

Coalition delivers on broadband for Bayles

I am pleased that Bayles will receive high-speed, broadband internet within 12 months as construction commences on the National Broadband Network. The Coalition Government’s efforts to speed up the NBN rollout are paying off for residents and businesses in Bayles and surrounds as work begins to connect hundreds of premises. It is expected that broadband…

Emissions Reduction Fund passed by Parliament

The Australian Parliament has today passed legislation to implement the $2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund – the centrepiece of the Government’s policy to cut domestic emissions. The Senate passed the ERF with amendments earlier this month, and today these have been passed by the House of Representatives. We have delivered on our promise to the…

Labor play politics on reef rather than action

Australians should be offended by the cheap politics being played by Labor on the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. It was the previous Labor Governments at a Federal and State level which were touting the development of mega ports along the reef. It was under Labor in 2011 that the World Heritage Committee first…

Australia’s commitment to the world with the Promise of Sydney

Australia is proud to have co-hosted such a successful IUCN World Parks Congress and equally proud of our own commitments in its major outcome – the Promise of Sydney. Our promises range from banning capital dredge disposal in the Great Barrier Reef and a historic agreement with China to ban mining in Antarctica, to new…

Flinders councils to share in $9.865million through local government grants

I am pleased that we are able to provide greater assistance to local councils though the Government’s Financial Assistance Grant programme. Residents across the Mornington Peninsula, Bass Coast, Cardinia and Casey councils will benefit from the $9.65 million in Financial Assistance Grants for the Flinders electorate. Councils will be able to spend this untied grant…

Reef 2050 Partnership Group continues work at World Parks Congress

The Reef 2050 Partnership Group has met at the World Parks Congress in Sydney as part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to work with industry, community and conservation groups on protecting the iconic Great Barrier Reef   I was pleased to chair this latest meeting with Queensland Environment Minister Andrew Powell and to extend a…

Australian and China strengthen Antarctic ties

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE WITH HON TONY ABBOTT MP, PRIME MINISTER Australia and China have reaffirmed a long tradition of collaboration in Antarctic diplomacy, science, logistics and operations during a visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping. Prime Minister Abbott and President Xi witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in Hobart today, which recognises the…