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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 Monday, Feb 02 2015.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Christopher Stollery announced as first TV director's attachment on Playmaker Media's House Husbands

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. Christopher will be attached to on Playmaker TV series , which will begin production in Melbourne in February. Previous attachments include: attached to on , attached the on and on the -directed film .

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2015/mr_150129_directors_attac...

Communications

Price changes effective 2 March 2015 - Australia Post

On 2 March, price changes will take effect for some Australia Post products and services, including:. There will be to the basic domestic letter rate (70 cents). Subscribe below or see latest offers.

http://auspost.com.au/about-us/price-changes-2-mar-2015.html

Education

Triple J Hack with Tom Tilley - higher education reform | Ministers' Media Centre

: Let's see what Christopher Pyne's got to say. : I know, I know. It is a fantastic scheme.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/triple-j-hack-tom-tilley-higher-education...

News Hour, Sky News, with Peter van Onselen higher education reform | Ministers' Media Centre

Christopher Pyne, thanks very much for being there. I want to get to that in a bit more detail in a moment, but let me ask you this. Well that is a suggestion and I'm sure.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/news-hour-sky-news-peter-van-onselen-high...

Chief Commissioner and Commissioner appointed to TEQSA | Ministers' Media Centre

Minister for Education and Training the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the appointment of Professor Nicholas Saunders AO as ongoing part-time Chief Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and Ms Linley Martin as an additional part-time Commissioner. TEQSA is Australia's independent national quality agency for the higher education sector responsible for registering and assessing higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework. TEQSA is vitally important for Australia's higher education sector and our reputation internationally, Mr Pyne said.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/chief-commissioner-and-commissioner-appoi...

Industry

Students encouraged to aim for the stars with STEM subjects

Parents of students all across the country heading back to school this week are encouraged to foster an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in their children. Many of our children's future jobs are going to require advanced STEM skills however a large number of employers believe there is a serious lack of STEM skills currently in the employment pool and we need to address this shortage, Ms Andrews said. A strong background in STEM subjects will be vital for the best jobs in the global economy of the future, and the Australian Government wants Australian students to be as prepared for those jobs as they can be.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/andrews/media-releases/students-encour...

COAG Energy Council gives consumers a stronger voice

The COAG Energy Council has delivered the latest in a series of reforms to give consumers a stronger voice by establishing Energy Consumers Australia, a new body that will increase consumer advocacy in the national energy policy arena. Biographies of members are below and further information on Energy Consumers Australia is available on the COAG Energy Council website: www.scer.gov.au/?s=energy+consumers+australia. At the Australian Energy Market Commission Mr Graham was responsible for the establishment of a highly regarded energy market institution.

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

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Landry delivers new overtaking lanes on the Bruce

Federal Member for Capricornia. Two new overtaking lanes south of Sarina opened by Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today are already boosting safety for all motorists on the Bruce Highway. The Australian Government has committed a further $275 million from 201415 for the construction of new overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway through the Infrastructure Investment Programme.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2015/january/wt025_2015.as...

Comment sought on the M1 Kariong to Somersby upgrade

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight. Community feedback is sought on the Review of Environmental Factors for the M1 Pacific Motorway upgrade between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges. 'The proposed upgrade involves widening an 8km section of the motorway between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges to provide three lanes in each direction and upgrade three of the four ramps at the Kariong interchange.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2015/january/wt024_2015.as...

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Murder of Kenji Goto | Prime Minister of Australia

Early this morning a video was released which appears to show the murder of Kenji Goto, the second Japanese hostage held by the Daesh death cult. As Prime Minister Abe has said, this is a despicable act of terrorism. I welcome Prime Minister Abe's resolve not to yield to terrorism and his determination that Japan will continue to expand its humanitarian assistance, including food aid and medical support.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-02-01/murder-kenji-goto

Queensland election result | Prime Minister of Australia

I have spoken to Campbell Newman to thank him for his service to Queensland. Campbell Newman can be proud of what his government did to restore Queensland's finances and to boost its economy. There are lessons in this result for all governments, including the Federal one.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-02-01/queensland-election-result-0

Social Services

Extra $17 million for frontline social services as Stronger Relationships trial ends | The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Minister for Social Services, the Hon. This will allow $17 million in savings to be reinvested into essential frontline services under the Department of Social Services (DSS) grants scheme, Minister Morrison said. The $17 million reinvested into the social services grants scheme will go towards funding extensions for eligible providers to ensure continuity of front line community services following the completion of the tender process under the New Way of Working for Grants, Mr Morrison said.

http://scottmorrison.dss.gov.au/media-releases/extra-17-million-for-frontline-so...

Morrison postpones family day care changes to consult | The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Today I have revoked a determination that prevented family day care providers from obtaining a session of care for their children from a family day care provider whilst they were engaging as a family day care provider, Minister Morrison said. This measure, referred to as the child-swapping' rule, was aimed at stamping out serious non-compliance that had arisen as a result of a number of unscrupulous family day care providers.

http://scottmorrison.dss.gov.au/media-releases/morrison-postpones-family-day-car...

2015 Asian Cup a win for multicultural Australia | Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, said today that the success of the 2015 Asian Cup highlighted the best aspects of Australia's diversity. Sport unites us and the Socceroos are a fantastic representation of our multicultural society, with about thirteen of our current players, captain and our national coach coming from diverse backgrounds, Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.. I wish the Socceroos the very best of luck for Saturday's final and congratulate all of the participating teams and countries that have made the 2015 Asian Cup such a resounding success.

http://concettafierravantiwells.dss.gov.au/media-releases/2015-asian-cup-a-win-f...

Morrison to fill critical front line service gaps in Social Service grants | The Hon Scott Morrison MP

The Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Social services grants support front line services being delivered in our communities, by our communities. The bridging funding is about ensuring we don't allow front line service gaps to emerge in critical areas.

http://scottmorrison.dss.gov.au/media-releases/morrison-to-fill-critical-front-l...

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