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Latest media releases

Attention: The last media releases for this year will be published on Wednesday 24 December 2014. The service will recommence on Friday 2 January 2015.

This is a list of the latest media releases from Australian Government websites arranged under their portfolios. It is generated daily from new media releases collected overnight.

This list was generated on Monday, Dec 22 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Pages - 19 December 2014NSW communities receive disaster resilience funding boost

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. While $1.9 million allocated for State Emergency Management Projects will enhance programs delivering natural disaster resilience or enhance emergency management capability on a state-wide basis. This funding will saves lives, whether it is through researching aspects of emergencies in order to respond more effectively to natural disasters or assisting communities to understand and prepare better for the impacts of natural disasters, Mr Ayres concluded.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/19Decem...

Pages - 19 December 2014WA extends Commonwealth-State partnership to tackle child exploitation

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. The JACET will see the AFP's Child Protection Operations team members co-located within West Australian Police's Sex Crimes Division, working side-by-side to investigate and pursue child exploitation matters. Every horrific child sexual exploitation image is a crime scene.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/19Decem...

Woman faces court for methamphetamine importation - Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release issued by the Australian Federal Police, the South Australia Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. A 35-year-old US citizen from the Dominican Republic has appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court later today charged with drug importation offences following a joint Australian Federal Police (AFP), South Australia Police and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) operation. South Australia Police Media (08) 7322 3848.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/december/New_Media_Release_Woma...

A huge year for Australian documentary and the final eight projects to be funded for 2014

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. Screen Australia resources for documentary filmmakers. From Aquarius Films the feature documentary will be produced by and and directed by .

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_141219_doco.aspx

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Statement

I am grateful for the trust and confidence of the Prime Minister to be Australia's fifty-first Minister for Defence.. Restoring the Defence Budget. Defence cooperation agreement signed with Japan.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/12/21/minister-for-defence-statement-2/

Va106

PDF version (112 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. Projects such as these are indicative of communities' enthusiasm and interest in Anzac Centenary commemorations, of which the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is a key element. They ensure that community-based commemoration in honour of our ex-servicemen and women are at the heart of the Centenary of Anzac and that the legacies of all Australians involved live on for future generations. More information about the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program is available at www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2014/dec/va106.htm

Australian operations in Iraq continue to press ISIL : Department of Defence

Since air operations commenced against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the militants operating in Iraq have been targeted by more than 500 coalition air strike missions including more than 180sortiesby Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets. Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston said the Australian Air Task Group (ATG) remained a key contributor to coalition air operations in support of Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Kurdish Peshmerga operations across northern and western Iraq including the cities of Bayji, Mosul, Kirkuk, Ramadi and Sinjar. While operations against ISIL in Iraq will continue for some time, ISIL is under immense pressure and the militants' momentum has been checked since the air campaign commenced, he said.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/12/20/australian-operations-in-iraq-continue-to-...

Education

IPSP videos and animations now available online | Department of Education

Tips for searching this siteSearch documents. Informational videos and animations for the Inclusion and Professional Support Program (IPSP) have been developed to promote an understanding of the support available under the programme and the value of that support for child care and early learning services, educators and parents of children with additional needs. These videos are now available on the Department of Education's YouTube channel.

http://education.gov.au/news/ipsp-videos-and-animations-now-available-online

Congratulations to the 2014 Heywire Winners | Ministers' Media Centre

Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, congratulated the 41 young Australians, who were this week named Heywire winners for 2014. The Heywire winners represent the diverse experiences of young people growing up in rural and remote Australia, Senator Ryan said. Winners also receive a trip to the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/ryan/congratulations-2014-heywire-winners

Employment

Productivity Commission Review of the Workplace Relations Framework | Ministers' Media Centre

The Government has today released the Terms of Reference for the inquiry into Australia's workplace relations framework to be conducted by the Productivity Commission. The Productivity Commission is well-placed to conduct this inquiry. The Government will carefully consider the recommendations and findings of the Productivity Commission.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/productivity-commission-review-workplac...

Release of Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption | Ministers' Media Centre

The first two volumes of the interim report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption have today been tabled and publicly released. The Royal Commission has made a number of significant recommendations, including that:. The two public volumes of the Interim Report are available at: www.tradeunionroyalcommission.gov.au.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/release-interim-report-royal-commission...

Media conference on union Royal Commission report | Ministers' Media Centre

Media conference on the release of the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. There is also a third and confidential volume of the Royal Commission report. This is a very serious interim report.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/media-conference-union-royal-commission...

Environment

Review of the Water Act 2007 report - Media release 19 December 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The Australian Government today tabled the report on the Review of the Water Act 2007. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20141219.html

Community groups to benefit from Solar Towns Programme - joint media release 19 December 2014

Minister for the Environment. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |. | Freedom of Information | Website feedback | Website help | Accessibility | Disclaimer | Privacy | © Copyright |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20141219.html

Packaging Waste and Litter Analysis Released - media release 19 December 2014

Minister for the Environment. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |. | Freedom of Information | Website feedback | Website help | Accessibility | Disclaimer | Privacy | © Copyright |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20141219c.html

Solar Towns Programme grants open in Surf Coast shire - joint media release 19 December 2014

Minister for the Environment. Community groups in Victoria's Surf Coast shire are now able to apply for grants through the Solar Towns Programme. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20141219b.html

Streamlining environmental approvals in Western Australia - joint media release 19 December 2014

Minister for the Environment. Duplication of Federal, State and local approvals processes adds complexity and cost to environmental approvals across the country - with no added environmental benefit, he said. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20141219d.html

A One-Stop Shop for the Northern Territory makes it 8 out of 8 - joint media release 19 December 2014

Minister for the Environment. The agreement accredits Northern Territory environmental assessment legislation, administered by the Northern Territory EPA, to create a single assessment process that satisfies both Governments' requirements. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20141219a.html

Finance

Media Release MC 146/2014 - Australian Government General Government Sector Monthly Financial Statements November 2014

$m Net operating balance -2,620 -20,597 -21,606 -23,497 Net capital investment 135 674 956 2,359 Receipts(a) 28,863 148,966 149,467 385,778 Payments(b) 31,414 171,962 173,134 412,484 Net Future Fund earnings -103 1,786 1,380 3,068. Net financial liabilities of the Australian Government general government sector are $430,368 million as at 30 November 2014. The Australian Government Monthly Financial Statements have been prepared on a basis consistent with the Budget as required under section 47 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 The statements are prepared in accordance with the Australian Accounting Standards Board 1049 - Whole of Government and General Government Sector Financial Reporting (AASB 1049), which require treatment based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) Government Finance Statistics (GFS) except where Australian Accounting Standards (AAS) provide a better conceptual treatment for specific items.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/mfs-november.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Be a smart traveller these holidays - - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australians about to head overseas for a well-deserved holiday should keep in mind the following tips to ensure they stay safe and healthy during their trip. Following these tips will go a long way to ensuring that your holidays go smoothly. DFAT Media Liaison: 02 6261 1555.

http://www.dfat.gov.au/media/releases/department/2014/dfat-release-20141219.html

Immigration and Border Protection

Woman faces court for methamphetamine importation - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

Methamphetamine concealed in protein powder More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/woman-faces-court-for-meth...

Joint press release on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of transnational crime between Malaysia - Australia

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Malaysia and Australia have strengthened their relationship to combat transnational crime, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries in Langkawi today. Scott Morrison MP agreed that the MoU will build on the long history of cooperation between Malaysia and Australia on maritime, customs and home affairs matters such as immigration and trafficking in persons including counter-people smuggling.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm220235.htm

ACV Dame Roma Mitchellâs last patrol saves six endangered turtles - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

An ACBPS officer pulls a turtle free from a ghost net More . ACBPS officers haul a ghost net aboard ACV Dame Roma Mitchell More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/acv-dame-roma-mitchell-s-l...

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Stay safe on the roads this holiday season

Summer has arrived and with many Australians hitting the road over the Christmas break, it's important we all remember to drive safely and think of our responsibilities as road users during this busy time of year. It is therefore extremely important that we all remain vigilant and take extra care on our roads to help make this festive season a time of togetherness and not catastrophe. Stay safe on the roads and have a Merry Christmas.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/december/jb143_2014.a...

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Cairns Tragedy | Prime Minister of Australia

The news out of Cairns is heartbreaking. This is an unspeakable crime. These are trying days for our country.

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-12-19/cairns-tragedy

Resignation of Senator Arthur Sinodinos | Prime Minister of Australia

With deep regret, I have accepted the resignation of Senator Arthur Sinodinos from the ministry. Earlier this week, Arthur advised me that the ICAC investigation would most likely continue at least until March. Knowing Arthur as I do, I am confident he will be vindicated.

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-12-19/resignation-senator-arthur-sinodinos

Changes to the Ministry | Prime Minister of Australia

I am pleased to announce changes to the Ministry that I will recommend to the Governor-General. The Hon Kevin Andrews MP will become the Minister for Defence. The Hon Christian Porter MP will be appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-12-21/changes-ministry-0

Cyber attacks against Sony | Prime Minister of Australia

The Government joins the United States and other governments in condemning cyber attacks against Sony Pictures Corporation. The United States has shared technical information with the Government that credibly attributes this activity to North Korea.

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-12-21/cyber-attacks-against-sony

Treasury

14-344MR ASIC accepts variations to enforceable undertaking with Commonwealth Securities Ltd and Australian Investment Exchange Ltd | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2014-release...

LivingSocial provides undertaking to address ACCC concerns | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from LivingSocial Pty Ltd (), an online group buying site as a result of ACCC concerns about a term in Living Social's consumer contracts, and representations made on Living Social's website. In addition, the ACCC considers that from 2011 LivingSocial made false or misleading representations on its website about the price of certain deals. A significant number of complaints have been received by the ACCC and other ACL regulators since the online group buying industry emerged in Australia in 2010, and the ACCC and other ACL regulators have worked to improve practices in the industry.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/livingsocial-provides-undertaking-to-address-ac...

14-345MR ASIC accepts enforceable undertaking from First Prudential Markets on compliance processes | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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8635.0 - Tourist Accommodation, Australia, 2013-14

These documents will be presented in a new window. Commonwealth of Australia 2014.

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/090CCD357BF3F...

Celamin Holdings NL 01R — Panel Publishes Reasons [19/12/2014]

Friday, 19 December 2014. The Panel today published the reasons for its decision on a review application dated 5 December 2014 from Psons Limited in relation to the affairs of Celamin Holdings NL. The sitting Panel was Geoff Brunsdon, David Friedlander and Heather Zampatti (sitting President).

http://www.takeovers.gov.au/content/DisplayDoc.aspx?doc=media_releases/2014/096....

14-342MR ASIC action restrains FX business and sole director from carrying on a financial services business | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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14-346MR ASIC consults on disclosure and APRA reporting requirements for superannuation trustees | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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14-341MR ASIC investigation prompts NuSep into enforceable undertaking | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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14-343MR ASIC steps up action on lodging financial reports | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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