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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 Friday, Feb 27 2015.

Portfolios

Agriculture

GRDC committed to building capacity among growers - Grains Research & Development Corporation

The Grains Research and Development Corporation's (GRDC) Northern Panel is driven by the aim of delivering dollars to growers' pockets and a key part of this strategy is growing the leadership skills set of the grain industry. The GRDC currently funds and will continue to fund a number of well targeted capacity building activities such as sponsorship for conferences and similar activities, GRDC Advisor and Grower Updates - which are being held in Coonabarabran and Warren this week, Goondiwindi on March 3-4 and Talwood on March 5, the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation Program, Nuffield Australian Farming Scholarships and the National Youth Science Forum. This is done through initiatives such as Grains Industry Research Scholarships (GRS) to encourage post graduate training and Grains Industry Undergraduate Honours Scholarships (UHS) to encourage training at undergraduate level.

http://www.grdc.com.au/media-centre/media-news/north/2015/02/grdc-committed-to-b...

Attorney-General's

Joint agency investigation shuts down fraudulent identity manufacturing operation - Australian Federal Police

This is joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the NSW Police Force. Four people have been arrested and a fraudulent identification manufacturing operation has been shut down following a joint-agency investigation by the Identity Security Strike Team. The Identity Security Strike Team (ISST) is a multi-jurisdictional initiative between the NSW Police Force, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2015/february/media-release-joint-ag...

Pages - 26 February 2015-Assistance for Queensland farmers and small businesses impacted by Marcia

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today announced assistance for primary producers and small businesses impacted by Tropical Cyclone Marcia. The new essential working capital loans have been activated by Queensland to assist farmers and small businesses who have suffered a significant loss of income as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcia, Mr Keenan said.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/Firstquarter2015/26-F...

100kgs methamphetamine seized and two men charged - 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) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) have seized more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $65 million as part of a joint operation. A Malaysian national and a Hong Kong national have been charged with serious drug offences for their involvement in the importation.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2015/february/media-release-100kgs-m...

AFP K9 leads to drug seizure - Australian Federal Police

A 30-year-old Shoalwater woman has appeared before Perth Magistrates Court today on drug charges after being arrested at Perth Airport allegedly in possession of more than one kilogram of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $1 million. As a result of AFP Cash and Drug Detector (CADD) dog activity, the AFP conducted a search of the woman's luggage when she was allegedly found to be carrying five packages containing a white crystalline substance suspected to be methamphetamine. AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2015/february/media-release-afp-k9-l...

A contemporary new home for the nation's archival treasures National Archives of Australia

Media release: Thursday, 26 February 2015. The National Archives of Australia and developer Doma Group today jointly announced their contract for a 30-year lease of the new environmentally-designed building. This building will provide a modern facility to keep the nation's memory alive for future generations,' said National Archives Director-General David Fricker.

http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/media/media-releases/2015/4.aspx

26 February 2015Australian galleries, museums and libraries receive nearly $30 million in cultural gifts

Nearly $30 million worth of cultural items were donated to Australian galleries, museums and libraries in 2014 with the help of the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. The Cultural Gifts Program encourages private donations of items of cultural significance to public art galleries, museums and libraries by offering tax incentives for donors. Donated items include art works, historical objects and scientific and archival collections. I thank all those donors whose gifts through the Cultural Gifts Program in 2014 have helped over 100 national, state and regional galleries, museums and libraries to enrich their collections in ways that would otherwise not have been possible.

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/FirstQuarter/26-Febru...

Trident Taskforce lay charges over tax fraud - Australian Federal Police

This has been issued on behalf of Victoria Police. Trident Taskforce detectives have charged two men with conspiracy to cause a loss to the Commonwealth as part of Operation Boscobel, a multi-agency investigation into allegations of taxation fraud and financial structuring offences. The taskforce is a multi-agency effort consisting of members from Victoria Police, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Australian Federal Police and The Australian Crime Commission.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2015/february/media-release-trident-...

National Museum of Australia - Major partnership between the National Museum and British Museum

A landmark partnership between the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum will see rare objects, including a shield from the earliest encounter between Indigenous Australians and Lieutenant James Cook, brought to Australia for the first time since they were collected. A third British Museum exhibition will come to Canberra in 2018. National Museum director, Mathew Trinca, welcomed the collaboration: 'This first-ever collaboration with the British Museum will bring three major exhibitions to Australian audiences, starting with Encounters, which will encourage Australians to consider their history,' said Dr Trinca.

http://www.nma.gov.au/media/media_releases_by_year/current_year_-_2015/major_par...

Are you heading to the Cannes Film Market this year?

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Enterprise Industry overview. Screen Australia will offer grants to producers going to the Cannes Film Market running 13-22 May 2015.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2015/ia_150226_cannestravel.as...

Communications

Sophie McNeill named Middle East Correspondent | About the ABC

One of Australia's most intrepid journalists, the award-winning Sophie McNeill, has been appointed the ABC's Middle East Correspondent based in Jerusalem. Sophie has had a long connection to the Middle East. McNeill joined the ABC in 2011, working first as a reporter and then as a presenter of Triple J's current affairs program Hack She later moved on to become a reporter/producer on Foreign Correspondent.

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/sophie-mcneill-named-middle-east-correspo...

Eric Napper named the ACT News Editor | About the ABC

One of the ABC's most experienced news Executive Producers, Eric Napper, has been appointed to the key role of ACT News Editor. While an Executive Producer in the ABC's Resources Division Eric produced news coverage including leaders' debates, the National Apology to the Stolen Generations and ABC News 24's inaugural launch hour. ABC Director of News Kate Torney said: As a long-time resident of Canberra Eric has a deep understanding of local issues and a strong commitment to strengthening quality ABC News coveragein the ACT.'.

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/eric-napper-named-the-act-news-editor/

Defence

Fly past activity for the ADFA Chief of Defence Force Parade : Department of Defence

A C-17 Royal Australian Air Force aircraft, S-70 Australian Army helicopters along with Bell429, MRH90 and S-70B Royal Australian Navy helicopters will conduct two fly past displays during the Australian Defence Force Academy Chief of Defence Force Parade. Australian Defence Force Academy. Australian Defence Force fly pasts are conducted within strict limitations.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2015/02/26/fly-past-activity-for-the-adfa-chief-of-de...

New program to support transitioning Defence members

You are using an browser. The Prince's Charities Australia (PCA) and RMIT University today opened applications for a new program to support Defence members to transition into the business world. 'We're proud to get behind The Prince's Lead Your Own Business program in providing opportunities and support to Defence members as they leave the Force and consider their next move,' Mr Howman said.

http://www.dha.gov.au/about-us/news-and-events/news/news-article?news=f80000ff-f...

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Norway and Australia to cooperate on advanced maritime strike weapon for the F-35A

Australia will cooperate with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence to develop an advanced maritime strike weapon for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews announced today. Mr Andrews said Australian cooperation on the Norwegian Joint Strike Missile, under development by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, would ensure the weapon capability would be available for Air Force's future fleet of F-35A Joint Strike Fighters. This agreement builds on the countries' long-standing bilateral cooperation on research and development of Defence equipment, and acknowledges the importance of a robust maritime strike capability to Norway and Australia.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/02/26/norway-and-australia-to-cooperate-...

DSTO and Airbus Group form strategic alliance : Department of Defence

DSTO has formed a new strategic alliance with Airbus Group Australia Pacific. In particular, it will facilitate collaboration between DSTO and the Airbus Group in defence aircraft systems (including helicopters) and communications. Airbus Group has been good friends and business partners with DSTO for a long time and this strategic alliance can only enhance that successful relationship, Dr Goennemann said.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2015/02/26/dsto-and-airbus-group-form-strategic-allia...

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Statement on Iraq and Afghanistan and Operations in the Middle East

Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise today to update the Parliament and the Australian people about Australia's missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Baghdad, I accompanied the Prime Minister to a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Al-Abadi, and reinforced Australia's commitment to support Iraq as it confronts Daesh. Our ongoing commitments to Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East are important for Australia's national security.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/02/26/minister-for-defence-statement-on-...

Education

$200,000 so the show will go on for travelling show children | Ministers' Media Centre

The education, safety and wellbeing of Australia's travelling show children will be boosted by an extra $200,000 over two years from the Australian Government. The travelling lifestyle of the children of our show families means they face unique challenges when it comes to accessing education. Minister Pyne said assisting the Travelling Show children aligns with the Government's Students First policy, focusing on four key areas that will make a difference to students:.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/200000-so-show-will-go-travelling-show-ch...

Environment

- Bureau of Meteorology Newsroom

The outlook for the next three months indicates:. By contrast, weather forecasts are currently produced out to seven days, and are used in short-term planning. Blog Warnings Water Climate Environment Tropical Cyclones Tsunami Warning Centre Agriculture - Water and the Land Marine & Ocean UV & Sun Protection Rainfall & River Conditions Radar Sat Maps Rainfall Forecasts Seasonal Outlooks Climate Variability & Change Climate Data Online Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts Water Storage MetEye&trade National Weather Services Aviation Weather Services Defence Services Space Weather Services Registered User Services Commercial Weather Services Business Entry Point Facebook Twitter Youtube Blog Google+ RSS Careers Sitemap Feedback Freedom of Information Indigenous Weather Knowledge Glossary.

http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/147/bureau-issues-climate-outlook-for-march-to-...

Health

Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries

The Department of Health. PDF printable version of Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries (PDF 294 KB). Some media reports today that suggest health authorities waited a month to act from the first case of Hepatitis A linked to frozen berries is misleading and completely wrong.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr15-dept-dept0...

Statement on country of origin labelling

Statement from Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash on country of origin labelling. PDF printable version of Statement on country of origin labelling (PDF 399 KB). 'Australian consumers deserve a simple, clear labelling system which makes it clear which country the produce is from.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediar...

Immigration and Border Protection

100kgs methamphetamine seized and two men charged - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

100kg seized meth More . Officer uncovers concealed meth More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/100kgs-methamphetamine-sei...

Industry

Australian Government acts on clearer food labelling

The Australian Government will ensure consumers have access to clear, consistent and easy-to-understand food labelling, through changes that will allow for more informed choices. Australian produce and food processing is of world class standard, and the Government is determined to introduce changes that will make it easier for consumers to seek out and buy Australian grown and processed food. Consumers have made it clear that they want access to clearer and more useful information about the country of origin on food labels.

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

Over fifty years of space collaboration between Australia and the United States

Today marks the anniversary of one of Australia's most significant achievements in international science collaboration it's exactly 55 years to the day since the original space communication and tracking agreement was signed between Australia and the United States on the 26th of February 1960. From the television coverage of the first moonwalk and the first flybys of Mercury and Venus, to the amazing surface views of Mars and first-time encounters of Pluto, the United States and Australia have shared many significant space exploration moments, Mr Macfarlane said. The two countries' major cooperative activity is the CSIRO-managed Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla outside Canberra, one of three Deep Space Network stations capable of providing two-way radio contact with robotic deep space missions.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/over-fifty-y...

Interview with Sky News

: Minister Ian Macfarlane thanks for your time. : So when you talk about a graduated process and a symbol, that will show immediately, a sort of level of processing, within Australia?. : Is that offer that you have extended to the industry, above 30,000 gigawatt hours?.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/transcripts/interview-sky-n...

No Portfolio

Robb welcomes new Productivity Commission tourism research, Media release, 26 Feb 2015, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

The Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP, today welcomed the Productivity Commission's (the Commission) release of its Australia's International Tourism Industry research paper. The Commission set out to examine trends, drivers and barriers to growth in the Australian international tourism industry. We need up to another 20,000 high quality rooms, or the equivalent of 16 new hotels per year by 2020, Mr Robb said.

http://trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2015/ar_mr_150226.aspx?ministerid=3

Social Services

COAG Disability Reform Council 16 February 2015 | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

As Chair of the COAG Disability Reform Council (comprising Commonwealth, State and Territory disability ministers), I do not usually detail the informal, ministers-only discussions that occur after Council meetings. This is not true. Neither I as Federal Minister nor Disability Reform Council ministers have the capacity to replace board members ahead of their term expiry.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/coag-disability-reform-council-16-...

Treasury

ACCC releases first quarterly petrol report | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released the first quarterly report into the Australian petroleum industry for 2015. However, petrol prices are volatile. In mid-January this year, we highlighted that falling international oil prices had not flowed through fully to regional petrol prices.In June 2014 monthly average retail prices of petrol across regional locations in Australia were 5.4 cpl higher than prices in the five largest cities, close to the average for 2013-14 by December 2014 this differential had increased to 17.5 cents per litre.

http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-releases-first-quarterly-petrol-report

ACCC reminds of button battery risks ahead of Summer's Day | ACCC

Every week, an average of five children present to an emergency department with an injury related to button batteries in Australia. Following on from these activities, the ACCC will host an industry forum this August on button battery safety to discuss safety measures with industry representatives and designers, distributors and retailers of products that use these batteries. Summer's Day is named in memory of Summer Steer, a four-year-old girl who tragically lost her life after swallowing a button battery, and is held on the last day of summer every year, Ms Rickard said.

http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-reminds-of-button-battery-risks-ahead-...

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