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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 Tuesday, Oct 21 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

20 October 2014Launch of the National Music Teachers Mentorship Pilot Programme

Minister for the Arts. The National Music Teachers Mentorship Pilot Programme has been developed in close consultation between the Australian Government, the Australian Youth Orchestra and MrRichard GillOAM. The National Music Mentorship Pilot Programme delivers on the Australian Government's commitment to a quality arts education, including in music, as part of Australia's National Curriculum.

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/20Octob...

Police seize Ice' precursor, firearms and cannabis crops, eight people charged - Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) have dismantled an organised crime syndicate allegedly importing large amounts of a key drug precursor into Australia, and attempting to export firearms into Papua New Guinea. On Monday, 13 October, the AFP and QPS arrested four people and executed a number of search warrants following the discovery of a large cannabis plantation in a remote location near Herberton in Northern Queensland. A 46-year-old man, a 45-year-old man, a 55-year old woman and a 25-year old woman, all from Herberton, were charged with state drug offences and bailed to appear in Atherton Court on 25 November 2014.

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

Brazilian man attempts to import cocaine into Sydney - Australian Federal Police

A 30-year-old Brazilian man appeared before the Sydney Local Court today (Monday, 20 October 2014) charged with attempting to import over two kilograms of cocaine through Sydney Airport. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers selected the man for a baggage examination yesterday (Sunday, 19 October 2014) when he arrived on a flight from Abu Dhabi. The man was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who later charged him with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug contrary to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/october/media-release-brazilian...

Communications

Appointment of EGM Parcel Services - Australia Post

Australia Post is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Robert Black as Executive General Manager, Parcel Services, effective 12 January 2015. Ahmed Fahour, Managing Director and Group CEO said, Bob Black is an executive of extremely high calibre and I am pleased to announce that he is joining Australia Post to lead our Parcel Services business. Mr Black said he was looking forward to joining Australia Post. The Australia Post strategy to develop the largest and most reliable network in Australia, with the already committed investment in infrastructure, demonstrates the desire to capitalise on the growth in consumer, business and international markets.

http://auspost.com.au/about-us/appointment-egm.html

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter upgrade

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced he has given Combined Pass approval for an interim Tactical Data Link for the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters in service with the Australian Army. Under LAND 2089 Phase 3B, a total of 21 Tiger helicopters will be upgraded with a tactical information exchange solution that further integrates the Tiger into the combined arms land force battlespace. Senator Johnston said the project will also inform potential future upgrades for the Tiger that will deliver a fully integrated tactical data link solution after 2020, building on the existing lessons provided by this interim configuration.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/10/20/minister-for-defence-tiger-armed-r...

Female pilot wins RAAF scholarship : Department of Defence

The Australia Women Pilot's Association (AWPA) has announced Jasmine Morris of Healesville, Victoria, as the 2014 recipient of the Royal Australian Air Force sponsored $7000 Navigation Component Scholarship. Air Force has several programs to assist women who choose an aviation career as a pilot. The Air Force sponsored AWPA training scholarship is available to women aged between 15 and 27 years who wish to pursue an aviation career as a pilot.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/10/20/female-pilot-wins-raaf-scholarship/

Education

Celebrating National Children's Week | Ministers' Media Centre

Child care services, families and communities are participating in activities across Australia from 18-26 October to mark National Children's Week celebrations. National Children's Week is organised by the Children's Week Council of Australia and is supported by a $45,000 annual grant from the Australian Government Department of Education. Ms Ley said Children's Week complements the Australian Government's broader child care and early learning reforms, such as the Early Years Learning Framework and the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/ley/celebrating-national-childrens-week

Launch of the National Music Teachers Mentorship Pilot Programme | Ministers' Media Centre

We are delighted to announce $594,000 in funding for a new national music mentorship programme that will bring high quality music mentorship to classroom teachers across Australia. The National Music Teachers Mentorship Pilot Programme has been developed in close consultation between the Australian Government, the Australian Youth Orchestra and Mr Richard Gill OAM. The National Music Mentorship Pilot Programme delivers on the Australian Government's commitment to a quality arts education, including in music, as part of Australia's National Curriculum.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/launch-national-music-teachers-mentorship-pilo...

Preschool language trial sets tongues wagging | Ministers' Media Centre

More than 1000 preschool services across the country have put their hand up for the chance to be part of the. Ms Ley said the interest in ELLA had been huge and showed that early childhood services and educators saw the potential developmental and social benefits of increasing a child's exposure to a second language at an early age. It's certainly set tongues wagging and it's been exciting to see the trial continue the growing revival of discussion about the importance of language studies for our children.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/ley/preschool-language-trial-sets-tongues-wagg...

Finance

Media Release 99/14 - Medibank Private Share Offer prospectus now available

The prospectus for the Medibank Private Share Offer has been lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and is now available at medibankprivateshareoffer.com.au. For key offer statistics and key offer dates refer to the Medibank Private Share Offer website. The Medibank Private Share Offer will be made by the Commonwealth of Australia.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/1020-medibank-private-share-offer.h...

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Visit to Iraq, Media release, 20 Oct 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

On 18-19 October I visited Iraq to demonstrate Australia's strong support for the Iraqi people in combating ISIL. In my meetings with the Prime Minister Al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Al-Ja'afari, President Masoum, and Council of Representatives Speaker Al-Jabouri, I reiterated Australia's commitment to provide military assistance to the Iraqi Government. I also finalised legal arrangements for the deployment of Australian Special Forces to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_141020.aspx?minister...

Health

$3.6 Million for Research to Address Hearing Loss

The Assistant Minister for Health has welcomed a $3.6 million Australian Government funding boost for research into hearing loss prevention. PDF printable version of $3.6 Million for Research to Address Hearing Loss (PDF 269 KB). The Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has welcomed a $3.6 million Australian Government funding boost for research into hearing loss prevention.

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

New Mobile Clinic Receives Support from the Australian Government

The Federal Assistant Minister for Health was in Broken Hill recently and had the opportunity to inspect a new way of delivering health services to local Aboriginal people. PDF printable version of New Mobile Clinic Receives Support from the Australian Government (PDF 248 KB). The Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, was in Broken Hill recently and had the opportunity to inspect a new way of delivering health services to local Aboriginal people - a mobile clinic run by the Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation with funding from the Australian Government of $200,000.

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

Immigration and Border Protection

Parliament House, Ebola, Tanya Plibersek, Iraq, swearing in of Indonesian President

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. So I would think that is a sensible approach. Well it is a matter for the presiding officers Ray.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm218627.htm

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Parliamentary Committee Report into Norfolk Island

The Australian Government welcomes the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories' report into economic development on Norfolk Island. The Australian Government will seek the views of the Norfolk Island community in considering its response and will be focused on delivering reforms which secure the island's long-term sustainability. The Australian Government is committed to delivering on its election commitment and providing a stronger economic future for Norfolk Island.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/october/jb112_2014.as...

Extra lanes for Kwinana Freeway south of Roe Highway

WA Minister for Transport. Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced that the additional works will involve the construction of four lanes from Roe Highway to Armadale Road. 'These works will address the congestion and queuing problems that currently occur on both the Roe Highway and the Kwinana Freeway during peak periods and ease congestion on local distributor roads,' Mr Briggs said.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/october/jb111_2014.as...

Social Services

Child care rebate payments on the way - Minister for Human Services

Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Human Services. Minister Payne said families should test their eligibility for Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate if they haven't already done so. 'Parents can receive Child Care Rebate even if they aren't able to receive Child Care Benefit due to their income,' Minister Payne said.

http://www.mhs.gov.au/media/media_releases/2014/10/20_10_2014_-_child_care_rebat...

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