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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, Jul 06 2015.

Portfolios

Agriculture

Focus on long-term profitability and sustainability for Australian dairy

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today welcomed the release of a new industry-driven sustainability and profitability report for Australia's $13 billion dairy industry. . The Sustainable Farm Profitability Report, produced by Dairy Australia and the Australian Dairy Industry Council, provides key information to dairy farmers about the range of farming and business management skills necessary to achieve consistently good returns at the farmgate, Minister Joyce said. . Sustainable profitability is central to a vibrant and healthy dairy sector.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/focus-on-long-term-pr...

Ag White Paper heralds a better business environment for farmers

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government today released a series of measures designed to strengthen the contribution of agriculture to the national economy by providing a better business environment for farmers. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the initiatives would play a critical role in developing a better business environment for agriculture by increasing farmgate returns, improving risk management and encouraging investment. With this White Paper, we are improving the tax system so that it recognises the business environment within which farmers operate and allows them to smooth out some of the bumps in their income and outlays, Minister Joyce said.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-tax.aspx

Ag White Paper commits to clearer country of origin food labelling

The Australian Government underlined its commitment to improved country of origin labelling to help consumers make informed choices about the origin of the food they eat with the release of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. I believe country of origin labelling should be simple, proportional, diagrammatic and compulsory. We will announce our preferred improvements to the country of origin labelling framework in the coming months.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-cool.aspx

$200 million biosecurity boost good for all Australians

A $200 million funding increase for biosecurity across Australia will protect farmers, encourage growth for the future, and will also benefit all Australians. This $200 million over four years will improve our ability to understand, detect and respond to pests and diseases that could hurt our farmers, rural communities, agricultural productivity and economy, Minister Joyce said. We know that from a consumer's point of view good biosecurity lowers the cost of the food they buy, and our farmers know that it saves them $12,000 to $17,500 per farm per year.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-biosecurity.aspx

ACCC to champion agribusiness supply chain transparency

The Australian Government has acted on concerns raised by farmers about supply chain transparency during the consultation phase of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the white paper would commit $11.4 million to establish an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Commissioner dedicated to agriculture as well as supporting capability at the ACCC concerned with agriculture supply chain issues. Many stakeholders were concerned with the lack of transparency in supply chains and the anti competitive distortions that can resultall too often to the detriment of our farmers, Minister Joyce said.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-accc.aspx

$100 million extra for smarter approaches to farming

An additional $100 million will be invested in rural Research and Development (R&D) as a result of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper decision to extend the Rural R&D for Profit programme until 2021-22. The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper reflects a consensus view, heard through the consultation phase, that investment in smarter approaches to farming underpins the productivity of our food and fibre industries. Minister Joyce said the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper was a policy platform for the future of agriculture.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-r-and-d.aspx

Ag White Paper strengthens our approach to drought and risk management

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government will invest $2.97 billion to support farmers and rural communities to strengthen drought preparedness and risk management. Investing in better drought and risk management is an investment in our nation's future prosperity and the stability of our rural communities, Minister Joyce said. The drought and risk management measures under the White Paper will provide certainty and help drive long-term growth and prosperity by encouraging better preparedness.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-drought.aspx

$100 million for pest and weed management and eradication under Ag White Paper

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government will invest $100 million to protect our agricultural industries from the impacts of pests, disease and weeds, and to more effectively manage established pest animals and weeds. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the new funding would support pest and disease eradication and management programmes, as well as enhancing emergency response capability. From 1 July, 2015, an additional $50 million over four years will support eradication programmes for exotic pest and disease incursions and to enhance emergency response capability.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-pests-diseases.a...

Securing Australia's water supply for the future

The Australian Government has set up a National Water Infrastructure Development Fund with $500 million for water infrastructure, including dams, through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. Water is the most basic input for lifethis funding will help supply water for communities, agriculture and industry, Minister Joyce said. Minister Joyce said water infrastructure was central to the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper because it set out the government's priorities for agriculture for the next generation.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-water.aspx

Ag White Paper delivers $2.5 billion in concessional loan access to farmers

Through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, the Australian Government will give drought-affected farmers greater certainty about in-drought assistance by establishing a new concessional loans scheme, available over 10 years. The new concessional loans scheme will be complemented by a range of other drought and risk management measures under the White Paper that will provide certainty and help drive long-term growth and prosperity by encouraging better preparedness. The White Paper is available at agwhitepaper.agriculture.gov.au.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-loans.aspx

Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - Stronger farmers, stronger economy

Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. The Commonwealth Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper is an investment in our farmers and our competitive strengths in agriculture. The Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper sets out real actions for the agricultural sector in five priority areas.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwhitepaper-stronger...

Ag market access priorities receive significant funding boost

Australian producers will gain better access to premium overseas markets, with $30.8 million in new funding to help us tackle technical barriers to trade and grow as well as maintain markets through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. While producers will gain significant benefits from the recently finalised FTAs the white paper consultation underlined that achieving improved market access by negotiating FTAs alone was not enough. The White Paper is available at agwhitepaper.agriculture.gov.au.

http://www.agricultureminister.gov.au/pages/media-releases/agwp-market-access.as...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Transcript - Doorstop at Henderson, Western Australia

Minister, maybe if we could just start with you telling us about the tour and what you have just seen at Austal this morning. This is a wonderful operation. This is not a first order issue.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/07/03/minister-for-defence-transcript-do...

Va072

PDF version (258 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. It is an honour to officially declare the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial in Albany a Military Memorial of National Significance. To be declared a Military Memorial of National Significance, the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial has satisfied the 10 criteria for listing as set out in the legislation.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2015/july/va072.htm

Change of Command for the Air Force : Department of Defence

The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, officially handed over command of the Royal Australian Air Force to Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO CSC at a ceremony in Canberra today. Air Marshal Brown welcomed Air Marshal Davies to the job and said he trusted Air Force would give Air Marshal Davies the same support that he was afforded. I leave Air Force knowing that we are on the right path for the future, and Air Force is in the capable hands of Air Marshal Davies who will continue Plan Jericho, Air Marshal Brown said.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2015/07/03/change-of-command-for-the-air-force/

Health

$6.4m for nurses to deliver health in areas of greatest need

A $6.4 million Abbott Government commitment to a nursing in primary health care programme will aim to improve access to health care for rural and remote communities, older Australians and those with chronic disease. PDF printable version of $6.4m for nurses to deliver health in areas of greatest need (PDF 299 KB). The three-year funding will enable the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association to deliver a programme of activities to deliver nursing services in general practices and primary health care.

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

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper - Stronger farmers, stronger economy | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government's Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper is an investment in our farmers and our competitive strengths in agriculture. The White Paper and the 2015 Budget deliver a better tax system for farm businesses by enabling:. The White Paper supports a smarter approach to farming based around a strong research and development system that underpins future productivity growth and an effective natural resource policy that achieves a cleaner environment as part of a stronger Australia.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-07-04/agricultural-competitiveness-white-paper-s...

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to visit Australia | Prime Minister of Australia

I welcome the announcement from Clarence House that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Australia in November 2015. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess last visited in November 2012 to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-07-03/prince-wales-and-duchess-cornwall-visit-au...

Visit to Torres Strait Islands and Northern Peninsula Area | Prime Minister of Australia

At the last election I committed to spending a week every year in a remote Indigenous community. This year I have been jointly invited by the Torres Strait Regional Authority, the Torres Shire Council, Torres Strait Island Regional Council and the Northern Peninsula Regional Council to spend a week with their communities. It's very important that our national leaders focus on the whole of our country, including its most remote parts so for a week in August the centre of government will move to the Torres Strait Islands and Northern Peninsula Area.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-07-05/visit-torres-strait-islands-and-northern-p...

Treasury

15-173MR ASIC bans former director of Provident Capital Limited | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2015-release...

15-172MR Update on Interactive Brokers | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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15-171MR Coal Fe Resources pays penalty for alleged continuous disclosure breach | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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Mungana Goldmines Limited 01R - Panel Publishes Reasons [03/07/2015]

Friday, 3 July 2015. The Panel today published the reasons for its decision on a review application dated 9 June 2015 from Auctus Chillagoe Pty Ltd in relation to the affairs of Mungana Goldmines Limited. The sitting Panel was Ron Malek, Jane Sheridan (sitting President) and Alison Watkins.

http://www.takeovers.gov.au/content/DisplayDoc.aspx?doc=media_releases/2015/034....

Special coin shines spotlight on a century of lighthouses [03/07/2015]

The Holey Dollar and Dump are the only Australian coins which have had their `legal tender' status removed, or been `demonetised'. 2015 $5 Fine Silver Frosted Uncirculated coin - Australian lighthouses - Reverse. 2015 $1 Uncirculated coin - Australian lighthouses - Reverse.

http://www.ramint.gov.au/media/press-releases/2015/20150703.cfm

ACCC welcomes funding to further regional issues | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission welcomes the Federal Government's decision to provide increased resources to boost its engagement with rural and regional industries, small businesses and consumers. The ACCC will strengthen its engagement with agricultural industries to understand factors effecting competition in rural and regional markets. The ACCC understands the Government intends to appoint a new commissioner with responsibility for agriculture issues.

http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-welcomes-funding-to-further-regional-i...

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