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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, Sep 01 2014.



30 August 2014Terrorism threat level

The Government of the United Kingdom has raised its terrorism threat level from 'Substantial' to 'Severe'. We remain in close contact with the United Kingdom and other partners about the threat from terrorist groups active in Syria and Iraq and from returning foreign fighters. Australia's threat level would be increased to 'High' if it were deemed that a terrorist attack is likely to occur.


Defence Ministers » National conference brings together organisations supporting Defence families

Defence families had the chance to directly engage with Australian Defence Force (ADF) leaders and family support providers this week as part of a national conference hosted by Defence Families of Australia (DFA). The annual conference in Canberra brought together national DFA delegates from across Australia to meet with senior Defence leaders and decision makers from Defence Housing Australia and the Defence Community Organisation. Defence Families of Australia is an independent advocacy body that reports directly to the Assistant Minister for Defence and Chief of Defence Force, representing the needs of ADF families and ensuring families are considered during policy development.

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Contract awarded for new Special Operations vehicles

The Australian Government has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide specialised vehicles for the Australian Defence Force's Special Operations. Defence Minister Senator David Johnston today announced that Supacat Ltd will supply 89 Special Operations Vehicle Commando, in a contract that will create approximately 150 new jobs in western Sydney and Victoria. This is an important step in the continued enhancement and modernisation of the ADF to provide for a safe and secure Australia, the Defence Minister said.

Australia steps up assistance to Iraqi people : Department of Defence

Australia has completed a second humanitarian aid drop to assist the people of Iraq. A Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules aircrafthas delivered 15 bundles of Australian humanitarian supplies to isolated civilians in the Northern Iraqi town of Amirli. The Australian Defence Force stands ready to providefurther air-lift assistance to Iraq with the movement of stores including arms and munitions.

Australian Defence Force Academy showcases what's on offer : Department of Defence

Australia's only tri-service military academy, the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, welcomed the public for its annual open day today. ADFA prepares future leaders of the Australian Defence Force by combining military training with a world-class university education from UNSW Australia. UNSW Canberra has proudly provided a world-class tertiary education to the future leaders of the Australian Defence Force for half a century.

Navies plan maritime warfare during Exercise KAKADU 2014 : Department of Defence

Over 1,200 military personnel from the Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions have completed collaborative, tactical warfare planning during the first week of the Royal Australian Navy's largest maritime exercise, KAKADU 2014. From 25 29 August 2014, the Harbour Phase of KAKADU 2014 saw regional navies work side by side in Darwin to plan major warfare serials for the next sea phases of the exercise. Imagery of the exercise is available at:.


Unleashing young people on Melbourne | Ministers' Media Centre

Young people will learn some of the skills they need to put their ideas into action at today's Unleashed festival in Melbourne. Hosted by the Foundation for Young Australians and supported by the Australian Government, Unleashed is targeted at young people aged 16 to 26 from around the country who are interested in leadership. I congratulate the Foundation for Young Australians for hosting this event and engaging young people.

Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. On 28 August 2014, the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill2014 was introduced into the House of Representatives. On 28 August 2014, the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 was introduced into the House of Representatives.

Literacy awareness key to Read for Australia success | Ministers' Media Centre

The students of Highbury Primary School in Hope Valley, South Australia have taken part in Read for Australia with the help of Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP. Across Australia parents, teachers, students and school community members were invited to take part in the reading activity to help celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW). Mr Pyne said the successful Read for Australia activity highlights the government's commitment to involving parents in their children's education.


Address to the Australian Labour and Employment Relations Conference, Gold Coast | Ministers' Media Centre

*** Check against delivery ***. First of all, you need a job. Can I tell you I don't get it.


Media Release 86/14 - Proceeding with the Medibank Private Initial Public Offering

Subject to market conditions, the Government has decided to proceed with the sale of Medibank Private through an Initial Public Offering in 2014. Details of the offer structure will be provided in that Medibank Private Share Offer prospectus. Medibank Private is a commercial business operating in a well functioning and competitive private health insurance market with 34 competing funds.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Detention of Fiji peacekeepers, Media release, 30 Aug 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Australia condemns the detention, on 28 August, of 44 Fiji peacekeepers in the Golan Heights by armed groups. An additional 72 Filipino peacekeepers have also been surrounded and confined to barracks in the same area. As a member of the UN Security Council, Australia demands the unconditional and immediate release of all the detained United Nations peacekeepers.

Samoa visit, Media release, 30 Aug 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

I will travel to Samoa this weekend to attend the Third UN Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference a once in a decade event. I will also launch a partnership between the Australian Government, Carnival Australia and the International Finance Corporation to assess the economic impact of cruise tourism in Vanuatu. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, will launch Australia's key SIDS event: Ocean Journey from Data to Action, focusing on the importance of oceans and marine resources to drive economic growth, and participate in other key conference events.


New research to prevent Indigenous youth suicide | National Health and Medical Research Council

Minister for Health, Peter Dutton today announced four new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants which aim to put a stop to escalating rates of Indigenous youth suicide. The grants are the result of an NHMRC Targeted Call for Research, a scheme which enables the Council to fund research into urgent health priorities. 'NHMRC's targeted calls for research allow us to `commission' research in areas of high need, and Indigenous youth suicide certainly qualifies as a priority.

Supporting Australia's outstanding health and medical researchers | National Health and Medical Research Council

Seventy four researchers at the peak of their careers have received prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowships. The Fellowships support researchers with incredibly strong career track records, many with a proven ability to translate research into commercial, health practice or policy outcomes. 'Many of these researchers are already leaders in their field, and these Fellowships offer the potential to enhance not only Australian research in their speciality, but that of researchers around the world.'.

More Grants to Support Medical Research

Researchers will benefit from 95 National Health and Medical Research Council grants totalling almost $70 million. PDF printable version of More Grants to Support Medical Research (PDF 250 KB). Researchers will benefit from 95 National Health and Medical Research Council grants totalling almost $70 million.

Claw and Claw II plates - used in foot surgery | 1800 020 653 | More contact info Translate | Subscribe. Claw and Claw II plates comprise plates and locking screws of various lengths, which are used in surgery to reposition and stabilise bones in the foot. Please check any unused Claw and Claw II plates you have in stock to see if they are from an affected lot.

NHMRC supports stars of Australian clinical research | National Health and Medical Research Council

Seventeen of Australia's best clinical researchers have received prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowships to conduct research that is strongly informed by their careers in health care. NHMRC CEO Professor Warwick Anderson said the grants are unique in their ability to embed research within the health system and improve research translation - a core mission for the Council. Embedding research in the health system is a good way to help overcome some of these barriers and help Australian people reap the benefits of research as soon as possible.'.

Immigration and Border Protection

Local migration agreements to provide economic boosts

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Targeted skilled migration under the DAMA guidelines will provide incentives to grow businesses and local economies for the benefit of Australians. In line with the Coalition Government's approach to all skilled migration programmes, any DAMA will supplement rather than substitute Australian workers.


PELICAN's First Single-Crystal Inelastic Scattering Experiment - ANSTO

As part of the commissioning activities on our PELICAN cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer, we have successfully taken and processed our first inelastic neutron scattering data set from a single crystal, in this case the natural mineral azurite, which is a low-dimensional quantum antiferromagnet. Over the last week, as part of the commissioning activities on our PELICAN cold-neutron time-of-flight spectrometer, we have successfully taken and processed our first inelastic neutron scattering data set from a single crystal, in this case the natural mineral azurite, which is a low-dimensional quantum antiferromagnet. The experiments, showing magnetic excitations up to an energy transfer of 3 meV, were performed at a temperature of 1.4K and in applied magnetic fields up to 3T.

New Chair and Deputy Chair to lead ANSTO Board - ANSTO

ANSTO welcomes the Minister's announcement that Mr James McDowell will be the new Chairman of the ANSTO board and Dr Erica Smyth will be the Deputy Chair and Chair of the ANSTO Risk and Audit Committee. Appointed to the ANSTO Board in January 2014, Mr McDowell has 35 years' experience working for multinational defence, security and aerospace companies. We also warmly welcome the appointment of Dr Erica Smyth to the role of Deputy Chair and Chair of the ANSTO Risk and Audit Committee.

Interview: ABC radio

Ian Macfarlane, this review sets out a range of options for both large and small scale renewable projects but they all amount to a winding back of the Renewable Energy Target. Why would that be justified if this scheme is working well, as this review says it is?. It is a discussion paper, and I know people will find the best and the worst in the report but it is up to the community to now discuss that report. As I said, it is a substantial and a very detailed document and providing the facts is what it was all about. : I seriously don't think that has got anything to do with this report. Dick Warburton is a very, very respected businessman, he approached this is a business-like fashion. His committee who sat down with him, and it isn't just Dick, it is the committee, they are highly regarded people in terms of business and the energy sector and also of course economics. They approached this on the basis that they understood right at the start that we need renewable energy in the

New Chair and Deputy Chair to lead ANSTO Board

Prominent businessman Mr James McDowell has been appointed the new chair of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) board. 'I am delighted that Dr Smyth has agreed to continue to serve on the ANSTO board and take up the deputy chair position, Mr Macfarlane said. These appointments come at an important time for ANSTO with construction of the high-tech ANSTO Nuclear Medicine facility, which will supply important nuclear medicines.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Bowen Place Crossing Milestone

The next phase of the pedestrian and cycle crossing construction at Bowen Place will commence on Monday. A replacement shared path, which connects the main Parliamentary Zone foreshore promenade with Bowen Place Crossing, will be constructed from 1 September until 19 September. When complete, Bowen Place crossing and associated works will allow motorists, pedestrians and cyclists simultaneous safe passage through the area at all times.

Community Development Grants fixed Labor's mess

So-called Labor analysis alleging pork-barrelling under the Australian Government's $314 million Community Development Grants (CDG) is not only wrong, but farcical. Labor had announced, but failed to contract or fund, projects under Rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the former Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) due to its failed mining tax. Another 225 projects were Coalition election commitments, with funding totalling $158 million.

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Address to the 2014 Nationals Federal Council, Canberra | Prime Minister of Australia

Well Luke, thank you so much, it's a real thrill and an honour for me to be here. We are building a nation. Warren is at the heart of this Government.

A Message from the Prime Minister - Counter-Terrorism measures | Prime Minister of Australia

I want to update you about what the Government is doing to make our country as safe and secure as possible. But the Government is responding. We are committing an additional $630 million over four years to Counter-Terrorism measures.

International supply mission to Iraq | Prime Minister of Australia

Australia will join international partners to help the anti-ISIL forces in Iraq. The United States Government has requested that Australia help to transport stores of military equipment, including arms and munitions, as part of a multi-nation effort. The situation in Iraq represents a humanitarian catastrophe.

Visit to India and Malaysia | Prime Minister of Australia

I will travel to India and Malaysia from 4 to 6 September. On my first visit to India as Prime Minister, I will visit New Delhi and India's financial capital, Mumbai, to strengthen the strategic partnership between our two countries. Australia and India have strong and growing economic and trade ties.

Celebrating Australia's Defining Moments | Prime Minister of Australia

The 200th anniversary of Governor Arthur Phillip's life was commemorated today at the launch of the Defining Moments in Australian History project at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra. Two hundred years after Phillip's death on 31 August, a new plaque in the National Museum's main hall now marks Phillip's central historical role, which begins the new Defining Moments project. Defining Moments will cover key events and episodes in Australia's history with a series of plaques and online content including the beginnings of Indigenous rock art around 28,000 years ago, Ned Kelly's last stand at Glenrowan, Victoria in 1880 and the first organised game of Australian Rules football in 1858.

Social Services

Speedy Delivery of Answers for Expecting Parents

Friday, 29 August 2014. New and expecting parents will have direct access to a team of family assistance experts on Facebook next week, for an interactive chat about Centrelink payments and services to help with the birth or adoption of a new child. Ms Ciancio said the live Q & A event will be a valuable opportunity, particularly for expecting parents, to do their homework before their child arrives.

Speedy families benefit at tax time

Friday, 29 August 2014. 'However, some families who receive only Child Care Rebate may be paid any further entitlements automatically without having to lodge a tax return first.'. Another new feature, the Department of Human Services' Tax Time Checker, is designed to help simplify tax time for Centrelink customers.

My stand for tolerance | The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Tolerance is a critical value in a western liberal democracy like Australia. Equally, I cannot support intolerance from other quarters. I will release the speech I planned to give at the event.


Express Mobile Services gives undertaking in relation to alleged misleading representations | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Express Mobile Services Australia Pty Ltd (Express Mobile Services) following an investigation into its alleged non-compliance with certain requirements of the Franchising Code of Conduct, and false or misleading representations to prospective franchisees. The ACCC was also concerned that Express Mobile Services engaged in misleading conduct and made misleading representations to prospective franchisees (in brochures, on its website, and on other websites such as Seek Commercial and Gumtree) by:. To address the ACCC's concerns, Express Mobile Services has provided the ACCC with a court-enforceable undertaking that it will:.

Gondwana Resources Limited 02R - Panel Declines to Conduct Proceedings [29/08/2014]

Friday, 29 August 2014. The Panel has declined to conduct proceedings on a review application dated 19 August 2014 from Ochre Industries Pty Limited in relation to the affairs of Gondwana Resources Limited. The review Panel considered that there was no reasonable prospect that it would come to a different conclusion to the initial Panel.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-214MR ASIC publishes first report on corporate finance regulation

Log in / Sign up. ASIC has today published the first of a series of regular reports it intends issuing on the regulation of corporate finance issues in Australia. ASIC welcomes feedback on this report, including other content that could helpfully be included for practitioners in the corporate finance space.

Full steam ahead: ACCC institutes proceedings against Valve for making alleged misleading consumer guarantee representations | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Valve Corporation (Valve) alleging that Valve made false or misleading representations regarding the application of the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The ACCC alleges that Valve made false or misleading representations to Australian customers of Steam that:. The consumer guarantees provided under the Australian Consumer Law cannot be excluded, restricted or modified, Mr Sims said.

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