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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, Aug 01 2014.



Emergency funding to address canola virus - Grains Research & Development Corporation

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has announced an emergency funding package of $315,000 in response to a significant outbreak of beet western yellows virus (BWYV) in canola crops in the southern region. Severe symptoms are likely to be caused by a combination of virus infection and aphid feeding damage. In Victoria, BWYV has been found in numerous canola crops in the Wimmera and Mallee, where some reports suggest that more than 50 pc of all canola crops are now infected.


Cannes Directors' Fortnight Selector to visit Australia in August

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Festivals and Awards. , a member of the Selection Committee for Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, will visit Australia in August as a guest of Screen Australia.

National review of opera

For the first time the Australian Government will conduct a national review of opera in Australia. The review will examine the artistic vibrancy, engagement with audiences and financial positions of Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland. Public consultation will be a key part of the review and I encourage those in the arts sector and anyone who enjoys opera to make a submission.

Pages - AFP-Hosted Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre

The Coalition Government has formally established the Fraud and Anti-Corruption (FAC) Centre located in the Australian Federal Police (AFP) headquarters, with the recent signing of a Commonwealth multi-agency Memorandum of Understandingmarking a new era in the approach to dealing with fraud and corruption at a federal level. The FAC Centre brings together the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Securities and Investments Commission, Australian Crime Commission, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Department of Human Services, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Department of Defence, and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in order to assess, prioritise and respond to serious fraud and corruption matters. The FAC Centre has been designed to triage and evaluate serious and complex fraud and corruption referrals to deliver an effective Commonwealth multi-agency response when serious concerns are raised.

Enterprise call-out!

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Festivals and Awards. - Enterprise Industry overview.


Sea Mail posting dates for Christmas 2014 - Australia Post

Make sure you get your Christmas gifts overseas in time by checking our final posting dates for Sea Mail. Sea Mail is a low-cost option for sending heavier parcels internationally, when speed is not a priority. The dates shown below are the current recommended Sea Mail posting dates for delivery by Christmas 2014 , which is where Sea Mail ships from.

Email scam alert July 2014 - Australia Post

Australia Post is warning customers of emails which advise that a 'courier' was unable to deliver a parcel to their address. The emails have not originated from Australia Post and appear to be targeting customers. Australia Post does not request customers to remit a payment for parcel collection nor does it charge customers for holding a parcel.


Defence Ministers » Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence - International Air Cadets visit Canberra

International Air Force Cadets from 10 countries are visiting Canberra today, as part of an International Air Cadet Exchange (IACE) program. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, the Hon Darren Chester MP, will meet with the IACE cadets tonight with the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO (a former Cadet himself), in Canberra. Throughout the tour of Sydney, Canberra, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, the Cadets will interact with Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), and members of the Royal Australian Air Force, past and present.

Defence Ministers » Parliamentry Secretary to the Minister for Defence - Defence celebrates expansion of Cultana Training Area

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence the Hon Darren Chester MP attended a celebration at Whyalla today to mark the expansion of the Cultana Training Area. The South Australian Government has granted Defence a Miscellaneous Lease for Defence Purposes over the Cultana Expansion Area, which expands the Cultana Training Area from 50,000 hectares to 209,000 hectares. The expansion of the Cultana Training Area will provide the service men and women of the Australian Defence Force with vital resources and facilities to enable them to train and prepare for their critical roles in the defence of Australia and its national interests, Mr Chester said.


Taking the next step to acquire a new Antarctic icebreaker - media release 31 July 2014

Minister for the Environment. The Australian Government has taken a significant step towards procuring a next-generation icebreaker to replace the ageing Aurora Australis , through the release of a detailed Request for Tender (RFT) to two prequalified companies. Incorporating modern, sophisticated technology into Australia's only icebreaking scientific research platform, the new ship will provide a new generation of capability appropriate to Australia's role as a leading Antarctic nation.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Senior investment specialists appointed, Media release, 31 Jul 2014, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has confirmed the appointments of three senior investment specialists from the private sector who will add to Australia's capacity to attract foreign investment. These three senior investment specialists will be joined by two more specialists in the near future, and all five will focus on promoting investment into the key sectors of the national investment priorities - food and agribusiness, resources and energy, tourism and hospitality, tropical health and medical research and international education, Mr Robb said. Each of the three senior investment specialists will focus on a specific national investment priority.


New Chair for Australian Sports Foundation

Businessman and Olympian Mark Stockwell is the new Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation. PDF printable version of New Chair for Australian Sports Foundation (PDF 241 KB). Businessman and Olympian Mark Stockwell is the new Chair of the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF).

Immigration and Border Protection

ACBPS seizes weapons and drugs at Darwin Airport - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers have stopped a man from illegally&hellip More .

Infrastructure and Regional Development


Prime Minister and Cabinet

National Day of Mourning and National Memorial Service for the victims of Flight MH17 | Prime Minister of Australia

The Government has declared Thursday 7 August 2014 to be a National Day of Mourning to honour the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Government has arranged for a National Memorial Service to take place at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, at 10.30am on Thursday 7 August 2014. Arrangements have also been made for the outside broadcast of the National Memorial Service in anticipation of large crowds wanting to support the families of those lost on Flight MH17.

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