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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 Thursday, Nov 27 2014.

Portfolios

Agriculture

ABARES Food demand in India set for significant growth

The real value of agrifood demand in India is set to rise by 136 per cent between 2009 and 2050, reflecting strong income and population growth across the continent. ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, released the figures today in a new report, What India wants: Analysis of India's food demand to 2050. Combined with a population growth rate that is one of the highest in Asia, that means food demand will increase significantly.

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/media-releases/2014/food-demand-in-india-se...

Attorney-General's

Pages - 26 November 2014ACORN to revolutionise how Australians report cybercrime to police

Cybercrime victims will be able to report criminals in real time following today's launch of a revolutionary new online system for all Australians the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (the ACORN). The ACORN will provide a secure means to report cybercrime incidents, and will refer reports to the right law enforcement agency for consideration and possible investigation. The ACORN will also enable police to access a national picture of the cybercrime affecting Australians and Australian businesses, enabling them to develop improved tactical and strategic responses to key cybercrime threats.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/26Novem...

Pages - 26 November 20142014 Crime Prevention Award winners announced

The Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA) are now in their 21st year and they play a vital role in highlighting effective, community-based initiatives to prevent crime or violence before it is committed. Today's award winners are playing a key role in keeping our community engaged and our streets safer. The awards are sponsored by the heads of Australian Governments and the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council, and are managed by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/26Novem...

Pages - 26 November 2014New laws and penalties for trafficking firearms

In the lead up to the 2013 election, the Coalition Government undertook to introduce tougher penalties for firearm-related crime. The firearms amendments in the Bill will lead to the creation of a more comprehensive set of offences and penalties in the Criminal Code Act 1995 which better reflect the gravity of firearms trafficking. Historically, criminals could evade trafficking offences and penalties by dismantling firearms and trafficking their individual parts.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/26Novem...

Pages - 26 November 2014Counting the cost of crime in Australia

Counting the Costs of Crime in Australia: A 2011 estimate is the fifth report in a series from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). The comprehensive snapshot from 2011 estimates the total cost of crime to the community was $47.6 billion. We have a roadmap to tackle the growing threat of fraud particularly identity crime which was recently released.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/26Novem...

Screen Australia supports remarkable stories inspired by Aussie events, books and icons

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. , written by and ( Laid , Wonderland ), will be produced by Matchbox Pictures' ( Maximum Choppage ) and ( Maximum Choppage ) for SBS. A bold new comedy to be directed by award-winning ( The Sapphires , Septembers of Shiraz ), is based on true events and written by and ( Saved ).

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_141126_drama_productio...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Defence Abuse Response Taskforce report

The Government has received thefinal report of the out-going Chair of the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce (DART), the Honourable Len Roberts-Smith RFD QC, and his report on Defence Abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy. The Attorney-General and Minister for Defence have appointed the current Deputy Chair of the Taskforce, Mr Robert Cornall AO to lead the Taskforce and accelerate its work. In response to Mr Roberts-Smith's recommendations regarding the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), the Minister for Defence has also directed the Department of Defence to engage the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to work with him to examine the issues raised in the report on Defence Abuse at ADFA.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/11/26/minister-for-defence-defence-abuse...

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PDF version (40 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. Dr Phoebe Williams has been named as the inaugural Sir John Monash Anzac Centenary Scholar at a ceremony in Sydney tonight. For further information on the Anzac Centenary Programme and the Anzac Centenary Public Fund please visit the Anzac Centenary website www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2014/nov/va095.htm

CDF statement regarding Defence Abuse Response Taskforce Report : Department of Defence

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, has welcomed the reports tabled in Parliament today by the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce. Defence remains focused on supporting the victims of abuse, and is implementing initiatives such as the Defence Abuse Restorative Engagement Program to ensure individuals are given the opportunity to have their personal stories heard, acknowledged and responded to. Defence notes the Taskforce's recommendation that a Royal Commission is merited into the abuse at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/11/26/cdf-statement-regarding-defence-abuse-resp...

Employment

Better Restart access for job seekers with disability and employers | Ministers' Media Centre

Job seekers with disability and their prospective employers will soon be better able to sign up to the successful Restart wage subsidy for mature-age workers, the Australian Government announced today. The change we're announcing today allows job seekers and employers to apply for the Restart programme through the employment service providers with whom they have already built up strong links. Restart which was announced in the 2014-15 Budget and is worth $524.8 million over four years provides $10,000 to employers that hire and retain job seekers aged 50 and older who have been in receipt of income support for six months or more.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/better-restart-access-job-seekers-disab...

Environment

Izzy and Evie dive back into the big blue at Bowen - GBRMPA

A big green turtle that narrowly escaped being on a crocodile's lunch menu, and a smaller green turtle found stranded in muddy mangroves, will be sent home to the Great Barrier Reef during a community event in Bowen this Thursday. Despite this, an adult turtle is no easy target even for a big predator like a crocodile, and with some luck and no doubt determination, Izzy was able to escape intact. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity.

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/latest-news/reef-hq/2014/izzy-and-evie-dive-...

Finance

Media Release 125/14 - Agreement reached to re-instate broadly supported elements of FOFA reforms

The Government has agreed with the Opposition that a revised regulation to progress the broadly supported elements of the disallowed Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) Regulations be re-made by the Government before the end of this year. The agreement provides that the following specific elements of the Government's amendments, which were disallowed on 19 November 2014, will be able to be re-made in a new regulation:. The new Regulation will commence the day after it is registered.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/1126-agreement-on-fofa-reforms.html

Industry

Release of Gas Market Report 2014 | Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics

Skip to main content. Global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trade is booming, and Australia will play a growing role in the Asian market despite increasing competition and cost pressures, according to the 2014 Gas Market Report that was released by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) today. The Gas Market Report provides analysis of the Australian gas industry, projections of future growth in LNG exports, and a closer analysis of issues including the cost competitiveness of Australia's LNG industry and the economic impacts of the coal seam gas industry in Queensland.

http://www.bree.gov.au/media-releases/20141126-0

Going global with nuclear medicine - ANSTO

ANSTO's nuclear medicine program supplies products for the treatment of one in two Australians and many more people worldwide.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS056435

Update on resources and energy investment | Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics

Skip to main content. Over the past six months, five resources and energy projects worth a combined $1.2 billion were completed in Australia according to the Resources and Energy Major ProjectsOctober 2014, released today by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE). For free downloads, see the Resources and Energy Major Projects report page.

http://www.bree.gov.au/media-releases/20141126

Coalition Government acts to address use of faulty building products in construction industry

The Coalition Government is taking action to protect families building their homes from faulty building products and materials. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, has convened a national meeting with building industry leaders to address the influx of non-conforming building products flooding the Australian market. A recent Australian Industry Group survey also found that 92 per cent of builders surveyed had been offered faulty materials or products to buy.

http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/baldwin/media-releases/coalition-g...

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Cutting unnecessary motor vehicle red tape

The Australian Government is getting on with abolishing unnecessary red and green tape by bringing Australian Design Rules (ADRs) into line with international vehicle standards. The automatic adoption of UN Regulations also removes unnecessary layers of bureaucratic process to further reduce red tape for the long term. The Australian Government is committed to lowering business costs to make Australia more competitive which is why this year alone we have already abolished thousands of unnecessary and ineffective regulations costing the economy $2.1 billion a year.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/november/jb128_2014.a...

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http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/media-releases/2014/documents/241114_mediarelease_n...

Social Services

SA community centre wins 2014 National Disability Award | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

The Stirling Community Early Learning Centre in the Adelaide Hills has been presented with a 2014 National Disability Award at a gala event held at Parliament House in Canberra last night. The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year. The full list of 2014 National Disability Award recipients and more information can be found on the International Day of People with Disability website.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/sa-community-centre-wins-2014-nati...

2014 National Disability Awards recipients announced | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Ten outstanding individuals and organisations received a 2014 National Disability Award at a gala event held at Parliament House last night. These recipients are working hard to break down barriers for people with disability, Senator Fifield said. The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/2014-national-disability-awards-re...

WA advocacy group wins 2014 National Disability Award | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Well-known advocacy and support organisation Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) has won a 2014 National Disability Award during a gala event at Parliament House in Canberra last night. The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year. The full list of 2014 National Disability Award recipients and more information can be found at www.idpwd.com.au.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/wa-advocacy-group-wins-2014-nation...

Sports betting on the rise - Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

Australian sports betting has grown substantially during the last decade and is a significant contributor to rates of problem gambling especially among young men according to a discussion paper released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. The Institutes Australian Gambling Research Centre Manager, Dr Anna Thomas said that 1 in 7 Australian adults gambles on sports, the only area of gambling activity to have grown in recent years. The sports betting discussion paper was released today by the Australian Gambling Research Centre to coincide with the launch of the Centres new website along with three other discussion papers the impact of gambling on families Indigenous Australians and gambling and interactive gambling.

http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/media/media141126.html

Victorian initiative wins 2014 National Disability Award | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

A joint fire safety information and awareness programme run by Vicdeaf (SLC Vic) and Emergency Management Victoria won a 2014 National Disability Award last night. The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year. The full list of 2014 National Disability Award recipients and more information can be found at www.idpwd.com.au.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/victorian-initiative-wins-2014-nat...

ACT project wins 2014 National Disability Award | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

The Everyone Everyday Disability Awareness Program has been presented with a 2014 National Disability Award at a gala event held at Parliament House in Canberra last night. The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability that takes place on 3 December each year. The full list of 2014 National Disability Award recipients and more information can be found at www.idpwd.com.au.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/act-project-wins-2014-national-dis...

Qld gym owner wins 2014 National Disability Award | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Queensland gym owner John McDonald was a joint recipient of a 2014 National Disability Award at a gala event held at Parliament House in Canberra last night. The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year. The full list of 2014 National Disability Award recipients and more information can be found on the International Day of People with Disability website.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/qld-gym-owner-wins-2014-national-d...

NSW scoops 2014 National Disability Awards | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

NSW garnered the greatest number of National Disability Awards in 2014, with five individuals and organisations accepting the accolade at a gala event held at Parliament House in Canberra last night. The National Disability Awards are a major part of celebrations marking the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December each year. The full list of 2014 National Disability Award recipients and more information can be found at www.idpwd.com.au.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/nsw-scoops-2014-national-disabilit...

Important reminder for students and their parents - Department of Human Services

Wednesday, 26 November 2014. If you are receiving Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance as a dependant student, now is the time to ask your parents to update their details with Centrelink. Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen today reminded eligible students about the annual reassessment of their parents' income and family assets.

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/media/media-releases/2014/2014-10-27-i...

Treasury

Business set to save $20m with less red tape in the super system | The Hon Bruce Billson MP

Employers will benefit from $20 million in red tape savings as we further reduce the compliance burden faced by employers when making superannuation contributions for their workers. SBSCH allows employers to pay superannuation contributions in one transaction to a single location to reduce red tape and compliance costs. In addition to providing a cost free solution to small business, we will further reduce superannuation red tape by removing the obligation on business to offer employees choice of fund when it does not make sense to do so.

http://bfb.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/063-2014/

14-316MR ASIC takes civil action against Make It Mine | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Our media releases cover a wide range of ASIC activities such as enforcement outcomes, consumer warnings, legislative amendments and policy updates. Subscribe to the email distribution by sending your name, title, organisation, email address and contact phone numbers tomedia.subscription@asic.gov.au.

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2014-release...

ACCC responds to Harper Review Panel's Draft Report | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today provided its submission in response to the Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review. The Review Panel's Draft Report sets out principles and recommendations which, if adopted, could significantly enhance economic productivity over the decades ahead, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. The ACCC submission also highlights that, with the ACCC already subject to many forms of scrutiny and accountability, the current ACCC structure is a more appropriate governance model than the Board model proposed by the Review Panel.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-responds-to-harper-review-panel%E2%80%99s-...

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