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Latest media releases

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 Wednesday, Sep 24 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Media Release Man Arrested For Large Cocaine Import - Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release between The Australian Federal Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has charged a 38-year-old Bradbury man for attempting to import a total of 98.8 kilograms of cocaine into Australia. 'Today's arrest is the culmination of a thorough investigation, which has received a great measure of assistance from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Sydney Airport Corporation and other organisations working in the airport environment,' Commander Buchhorn said.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/september/media-release-man-arr...

Pages - 23 September 2014$7 million to improve natural disaster resilience

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and South Australian Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo today announced more than $7million of projects to assist communities across South Australia build resilience to natural disasters. MrKeenan said while the nature and size of the country's landscape meant that natural hazards were a fact of life in Australia, communities were stepping up efforts to manage natural disaster risks.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/ThirdQuarter/23Septem...

Police shooting in Endeavour Hills - Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police. Police are currently at the scene of a police shooting in Endeavour Hills. It is understood a Victoria Police member and an AFP member, from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, met an 18-year-old man at Endeavour Hills police station on Heatherton Road in relation to an ongoing investigation.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/september/media-release-police-...

23 September 2014Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill

Today I am releasing the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill which I will introduce into the Senate tomorrow (24September 2014). An area will be declared where the Foreign Affairs Minister is satisfied that a terrorist organisation listed under the Criminal Code is engaging in a hostile activity in a particular area of the foreign country. This new offence will be subject to a 10 year sunset clause.

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/ThirdQuarter/23Septem...

Australians at World Congress of Science and Factual Producers 2014

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Australian Festivals & Events. Screen Australia will publish a directory of Australian producers attending the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) this year.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/ia_140923_wcsfp.aspx

Defence

RAAF Air Task Group Arrives in Middle East : Department of Defence

The Australian Defence Force Air Task Group (ATG) has arrived at Australia's main support base in the Middle East. The Air Task Group includes approximately 400 Royal Australian Air Force personnel as well as F/A-18F Super Hornets, a KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, and an E7-A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft. The Air Task Group will now prepare to respond to future Government decisions regarding a possible contribution to international operations to combat ISIL.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/09/24/raaf-air-task-group-arrives-in-middle-east...

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Australia and Singapore reinforce defence science and technology cooperation

Increasing the number of joint Australia-Singapore defence science and technology projects was discussed during a high-level meeting between the two countries in Canberra today. Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, met with Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Defence Development and Second Permanent Secretary for Health, Major General Ng Chee Khern (Ret'd), and Singapore's Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Quek Tong Boon, to discuss closer defence engagement, including science and technology cooperation. Australia is pleased to share a sophisticated defence relationship with Singapore and is committed to developing science and technology cooperation for the benefit of both our Defence Forces, Mr Robert said.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/09/23/assistant-minister-for-defence-aus...

Defence Ministers » Defence Minister visits Iraq and the United Arab Emirates

Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, is currently visiting Iraq and will then visit the United Arab Emirates.. Senator Johnston will also meet senior US officials to discuss the situation in Iraq and reaffirm Australia's commitment to disrupt and degrade the ISIL death cult.. In the UAE, where Australian Defence Force personnel have been pre-deployed, Senator Johnston will meet with them at the Al Minhad Air Base. He will also meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and other national security officials, to discuss the situation in Iraq and regional states' support to efforts to counter ISIL.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/09/23/defence-minister-visits-iraq-and-t...

Education

National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Showcase | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. On 30 September 2014, the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) showcase is being held at Parliament House. Date: Tuesday 30 September 2014.

http://education.gov.au/news/national-collaborative-research-infrastructure-stra...

Environment

New water purchase round for the Queensland Lower Balonne - Media release 23 September 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The Lower Balonne water purchase initiative will help to deliver on the Australian Government's commitment towards bridging the gap to meet the Sustainable Diversion Limits in the northern Murray-Darling Basin. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140923.html

Health

More patients who die in hospital receive palliative care (AIHW)

AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders . Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice. Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129548941

Immigration and Border Protection

The Hajj pilgrimage and border screening at Australian airports

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers will operate as sensitively and expeditiously as possible during the Hajj pilgrimage to ensure legitimate travellers are not inconvenienced by government efforts to strengthen management of national security threats, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison said today. 'New screening measures have been introduced at Australia's airports as part of whole-of-government efforts to strengthen management of national security threats.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm218071.htm

Man arrested for large cocaine import - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

An amount of cocaine seized at the border More . X-ray showing cocaine inside a suitcase More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/man-arrested-for-large-coc...

Counter-terrorism, Iraq, Senate

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. It is just embarrassing. That is what the Tasmanian government is doing as well in Tasmania which is a Coalition government and Will is doing a great job down there.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm218067.htm

Industry

Launch of Energy Green Paper in speech to International Mining and Resources Conference

Thank you for the welcome and for the opportunity to speak with you today. There is little doubt that the energy sector constitutes one of those strengths, and the Energy Green Paper is a tool for building on that strength, with a focus on competition, innovation and productivity. However, the Energy Green Paper and White Paper process would not be thorough if it wasn't open to a conversation on all energy options.

http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/speeches/launch-energy-...

Energy Green Paper setting policy direction for an energy superpower

The Australian Government has released an Energy Green Paper, which sets a framework for the development of a coherent and comprehensive blueprint that will allow Australia to take full advantage of its natural strengths and consolidate its position as an energy superpower, Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said. The energy sector is one of those strengths and the Energy Green Paper will identify the ways in which we can improve the framework surrounding our energy assets. Australia has an abundance of energy resources and energy assets.

http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/energy-g...

ANSTO awarded a Highly Commended at SEEA 2014 - ANSTO

Congratulations to the team behind ANSTO's Kowari Strain Scanner, who took home a highly commended distinction in the Research and Development category of the Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards (SEEA) 2014 last Friday. The team was nominated alongside esteemed organisations including the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology UNSW, and the Research Centre for Integrated Transportation Innovation (rCITI). The Kowari instrument is well equipped to study residual strains/stresses in complex engineering components in a range of materials.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS053284

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - No move to shutdown community service flights - CASA

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority rejects claims it is moving to shutdown community service flights. CASA recognises the importance of community service flights such as Angel Flight to rural and regional Australia. In the case of community service flights CASA has issued a discussion paper which looks at safety issues relating to these flights and puts forward options for consideration.

http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_102181

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Important safety briefing for Sunshine Coast pilots

Sunshine Coast pilots are being urged to attend an important aviation safety briefing next week. The briefing by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority will focus on new pilot licensing and operational rules which are being introduced to improve aviation safety. The Sunshine Coast aviation safety briefing is being held on Thursday 2 October 2014 at 6pm at the Sunshine Coast Aero Club.

http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_102180

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Important safety briefing for Gatton pilots

Gatton pilots are being urged to attend an important aviation safety briefing next week. The briefing by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority will focus on new pilot licensing and operational rules which are being introduced to improve aviation safety. The Gatton aviation safety briefing is being held on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at 6pm at the Gatton RSL Club.

http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_102178

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - Important safety briefing for Bathurst pilots

Bathurst pilots are being urged to attend an important aviation safety briefing next week. The briefing by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority will focus on new pilot licensing and operational rules which are being introduced to improve aviation safety. The Bathurst aviation safety briefing is being held on Wednesday 1 October 2014 at 6pm at the Bathurst Aero Club.

http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_102179

Social Services

Australia and Denmark join forces to employ people with autism - Minister for Human Services

Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Human Services. For the first time in Australia, the Department of Human Services and HP Australia will work together with Danish company Specialist People Foundation to provide skilled employment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said an agreement between the three organisations, which will provide 12 candidates with employment through a three-year traineeship, was signed last night.

http://www.mhs.gov.au/media/media_releases/2014/09/23_09_2014_-_australia_and_de...

New Zealand Waiting Period for Benefits | The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

In New Zealand, a person who applies for unemployment benefits has a 20 working-day period in which to complete required activities like prepare a resume and attend a job seminar. When I visited New Zealand earlier this year to learn more about the social security system there, this was commonly referred to by Ministers and Government officials as the one-month waiting period. For details on the New Zealand system go to http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/the-application-process.html.

http://kevinandrews.dss.gov.au/media-releases/182

Treasury

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-247MR Redlight Manor Australia Ltd fined for failing to lodge financial reports

Log in / Sign up. An unlisted public company marketing online adult services has been fined $12,000 for failing to lodge financial reports with ASIC for three consecutive years. Parramatta-based Redlight Manor Australia Ltd was convicted in the Downing Centre Local Court on 16 September 2014 after pleading guilty to three charges laid by ASIC for failing to lodge financial reports between 2011 and 2013.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-247MR+Redlight+Manor+Australi...

Federal Court orders $300,000 penalty after finding 'free range' egg claims to be misleading | ACCC

The Federal Court has declared by consent that Pirovic Enterprises Pty Ltd (Pirovic) engaged in misleading conduct and made misleading representations in its labelling and promotion of eggs as free range', in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC and Pirovic had agreed on joint submissions and proposed orders to be put to the Court for consideration. This case forms part of an investigation by the ACCC into free range claims made by a number of egg producers across Australia.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/federal-court-orders-300000-penalty-after-findi...

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-246MR Etrade Australia Securities Limited pays $55000 infringement notice penalty

Log in / Sign up. The MDP issued Etrade with an infringement notice specifying a penalty of $55,000. This is also a critical measure in maintaining the integrity of a market.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-246MR+Etrade+Australia+Securi...

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