Meeting with Screenrights

This morning I met with James Dickinson, acting Chief Executive and head of regulatory affairs at Screenrights, and Virginia Gordon, public affairs advisor. Screenrights is a non-profit organisation that administers the provisions allowing schools to copy television and radio for educational purposes. The photo shows Virginia and James introducing me to EnhanceTV, a wonderfully innovative service that enables schools to capture, edit and share any free-to-air or subscription television or radio broadcasts. A very user-friendly way to help our kids engage in their learning, another fine example of Australian ingenuity, and a great way to bring educator and film-makers together and support the growth and diversity of screen production.

Meeting the Ambassador of Ukraine

As Co-Convenor of the Australia-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group it is always a pleasure to catch up with Ambassador of Ukraine, His Excellency Mykola Kulinich to discuss Australia-Ukraine relations.

Thank you Mr Kulinich for the wonderful gift of a picture submitted for the Where I Am-There is My Flag art competition. The artists, Stephania and Sophia Mandziy, are members of the Ukraine diaspora in Australia and the picture features native Australia flora and fauna. A larger version of this picture is on display in the Mariyinsky Palace – the President of Ukraine’s ceremonial residence.

Co-Chair of the Australia-Japan Federal Parliamentary Friendship Group

As Co Chair of the Australia-Japan Federal Parliamentary Friendship Group it was an honour to attend a reception at the Japanese Embassy to honour the birthday of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. I am with the Ambassador of Japan to Australia, His Excellency Mr Sumio Kusaka and Ben Wholagan, Vice President of the Australia-Japan Society of Western Australia (Inc)