Anzac Day in Wentworth
Thousands attended Anzac Day commemorative events at North Bondi, Bondi Junction, Waverley and Bronte this year.
At the North Bondi event, Afghanistan veteran Damien Thomlinson spoke movingly about the emergence of a new generation of injured veterans like himself. The veterans of 2014 should not be forgotten as we remember the heroes of 1914.. This year also saw the unveiling of the 'Fallen Surf Lifesaver' memorial in Coogee, to honour the contribution and service of those involved in the surf lifesaving movement to the nation's wars.
This year's Anzac Day Dawn Service at North Bondi saw more than 4,000 people in attendance
Wayside Chapel's 50th Anniversary
It was a pleasure to join Pastor Graham Long and all of Wayside’s friends for their 50th anniversary celebration. The team at the Wayside Chapel in a very practical way show unconditional love to some of the most disadvantaged in our community. On any given day the Wayside will provide counselling for 15 people, multiple referrals to health and alcohol abuse services and low cost meals to more than 200 people.
It seems such a short time ago that the Wayside was under threat of closure for lack of funds. Through the generosity of our community and the Chapel's supporters, the Wayside remains an important institution - and has indeed expanded its services. Without it, Kings Cross would be a much tougher place than it is today. Congratulations and here’s to another 50 years!
With my old friend, 'Animal', at the Wayside Chapel's 50th anniversary celebration
Sports Code Sign Onto Anti-Homophobia Framework
The chief executives of Australia's major sports codes - including the ARU, NRL, Cricket Australia, the AFL and the FFA - recently signed onto an Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework, to help stamp out discrimination.
The framework is the result of the hard work by the organisers of the Bingham Cup, the world cup of gay rugby, which will be hosted at Woollahra in August. In particular, the advocacy of event organiser Andrew Purchas has meant that our sports codes have signed onto one of the most ambitious frameworks in the world for stamping out homophobia. A great initiative and congratulations to the Bingham Cup organisers for such an historic achievement.
At the signing of the Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework
Broadband for Seniors at Diamond Bay Bowling Club
The Federal Government has funded a computer kiosk at Diamond Bay Bowling Club, under the 'Broadband for Seniors' program, to help anyone above the age of 50 to learn basic computer and Internet skills. The club is looking for tutors with appropriate skills in email, word-processing and Internet surfing to help out on a volunteer basis at the kiosk.
If you are interested in helping out - or know someone who may be interested - or if you would like to learn some computer skills, please contact the Bowling Club on 9337 4060 or email [email protected].
Our Newest Citizens Welcomed at Jewish Care
It is always a pleasure to preside over citizenship ceremonies in Wentworth and this week Jewish Care in Bondi Junction welcomed 20 new citizens to our country. Our new citizens honour us by choosing to be part of the Australian family and help secure Australia as the most successful multicultural society in the world.
Thanks to Allan Vidor, Claire Vernon, Warren Hurst and the entire team at Jewish Care.
Our newest citizens after the ceremony.
Final Exhibition at Eva Breuer Gallery
After more than two decades, the Eva Breuer gallery in Moncur Street in Woollahra will be closing its doors, with a final exhibition featuring the work of artist Victor Rubin, one of Eva's favourite artists. Lucy and I will launch this final exhibition at Eva Breuer Gallery this Saturday from 3pm so I would encourage you to come along if you are in the area. The gallery was founded by one of our great collectors and dealers, Eva Breuer, who sadly died in 2010. Her daughter, our dear friend, Nicky has run the Gallery since then with all of her mother's passion for Australian art.
Speeches, Opinion Pieces and Blogs
In April I visited London and delivered an address to Chatham House on the future of Internet governance, arguing that the Internet should remain beyond the control of national governments.
Following the release of a study into the productivity impacts of mobile broadband on the Australian economy, I blogged on what the Government can do to drive further gains for the industry.
The Australian Information Industry Association held a conference on 'big data' and I delivered a speech on how it can help make Government services more efficient.
On the NBN front, I also blogged on the Government's commitment to a cost-benefit analysis and on how our approach is in keeping with the most advanced telcos around the world, such as AT&T.
Videos and Podcasts
On Triple J, I spoke about the Government's achievements to date in slowly getting the NBN project back on track. More generally, I debated Tanya Plibersek on the federal budget and went on ABC's QandA to debate taxes, the budget and media ownership laws.
On my 'Tech Talk' YouTube channel, I spoke to economist Phil Manners on his study which found that mobile technology has contributed $30 billion to the Australian economy in the five years to 2013. I also spoke to Toby Feakin from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on his report, which measured 'cyber readiness' in the Asia Pacific region and opportunities for governments and businesses to adopt more sophisticated cyber engagement strategies. I spoke to Survey Monkey CEO Dave Goldberg about the company's expansion into Australia and opportunities for companies to use cloud based services to engage with consumers and clients.
We have made an investment to improve the NBN's interim satellite service and I spoke to Thorpdale resident Kim Styles on its effect on her access to high speed broadband.
In Parliament, I spoke in the condolence debate on the death of my good friend and former NSW Premier, Neville Wran, remembering that he was the best of men, a politician of action and achievement.