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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 22 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Clarification of Operation Appleby numbers - Australian Federal Police

The JCTT wishes to clarify numbers with regard to the status of Operation Appleby. In total, 16 people were detained on Thursday September 18th. Ten men were subsequently released on Thursday September 18th.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/september/media-release-clarifi...

Pages - 19 September 2014New AFP Aviation Operations Centre opens at Perth Airport

Today marks an important day for national security with the opening of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Aviation Operations Centre at Perth Airport. The new facilities we are officially opening today at the Perth Airport include an Emergency Operations Centre, Airport Police Operations Centre, training and exhibit handling facilities and muster and interview rooms. Since funding of more than $130 million was dedicated to these upgrades by the Howard Government in 2004, AFP Aviation Operations Centres in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney have now all been officially opened at Australia's major airports.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/ThirdQuarter/19Septem...

19 September 2014Government response to committee report on National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (no 1)2014

The Government has responded to the inquiry of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS), into the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No 1) 2014 (the Bill). The Government has decided to support all of the Committee's 17 recommendations, which were contained in its report tabled on 17 September, and will move amendments to implement them when the Bill is debated in the Senate next week. The Government also acknowledges the ongoing bipartisan support from the Opposition on this Bill and national security matters more broadly.

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/ThirdQuarter/19Septem...

Documentary guidelines to benefit content creators and broadcasters

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Enterprise Industry overview. Screen Australia resources for documentary filmmakers.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_140918_draftdocguideli...

Defence

HMAS Toowoomba intercepts drugs off Africa : Department of Defence

A combined Australian and New Zealand operation 260 km off the coast of Africa has seized more than 5.6 tonnes of cannabis resin worth an estimated $280 million (AUD). The five day operation involved Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba and a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion which was called to assist in bad weather. HMAS Toowoomba is deployed to the Middle East Region as part of Operation MANITOU, on patrol under tasking to the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and the Pakistan-led Combined Task Force (CTF) 150.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/09/21/hmas-toowoomba-intercepts-drugs-off-africa...

Air Force aircraft and personnel depart for the Middle East : Department of Defence

The main contingent of Royal Australian Air Force personnel and aircraft has departed for the Middle East today from RAAF Bases Amberley and Williamtown. Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Geoff Brown, AO, said he was proud of the preparation work conducted by all Air Force personnel in the lead-up to the deployment. Today marked the departure of the main Air Force contingent deploying to the Middle East, said Air Marshal Brown.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/09/21/air-force-aircraft-and-personnel-depart-fo...

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Launch of the Defence eHealth System

The eHealth record is designed to increase the individual combat effectiveness of Australia's military men and women and is another example of how the Government is providing high quality health care to ADF members. Defence's eHealth System will achieve this. The Defence eHealth System is another example of this Government's commitment to providing health care to Australia's military which is compatible with, or exceeds, that available in the civilian community.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/09/19/assistant-minister-for-defence-lau...

Changes to Defence Protective Security Alert : Department of Defence

As a precaution, and consistent with the change of the National Terrorism Public Alert Level to HIGH following advice from the Director General ASIO, Defence has raised the security alert level at bases and establishments across Defence. This system offers a graduated scale of security options to allow Defence to respond appropriately to changes in the threat environment. Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/09/19/changes-to-defence-protective-security-ale...

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Defence launches national eHealth System

A new $133 million Defence eHealth System linking Australian Defence Force (ADF) members' health data from recruitment to discharge was today launched by the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert. At the heart of Defence's eHealth System is the provision of improved health care for ADF members, Mr Robert said. The Defence eHealth System supports all primary health care services to ADF members and establishes Defence as the first organisation in Australia to introduce a national eHealth record management system, Mr Robert said.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/09/19/assistant-minister-for-defence-def...

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PDF version (558 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. As pension rates are calculated on a daily basis, the next pension paid after the 20 September increase (on payday 2 October 2014) will be paid partly at the old rate and partly at the new rate. The first full payment at the new rates of pension will be payday 16 October 2014. $17.40 War Widow(er)'s Pension $856.20 $11.80 Income Support Supplement $252.40 $3.60 Special Rate (TPI) of Disability Pension $1,293.20 $18.10 Intermediate Rate of Disability Pension $877.80 $12.30 Extreme Disablement Adjustment $714.10 $10.10 100 per cent General Rate of Disability Pension $459.60 $6.50 CSHC income limit (single annual)).

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2014/sep/va075.htm

Education

National Youth Week planning in full swing | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. This week the National Youth Week (NYW) National Planning Group (NPG) members met in Canberra for the first time for training and to commence the planning for NYW 2015. 2015 National Youth Week National Planning Group Young Members:.

http://education.gov.au/news/national-youth-week-planning-full-swing

Interview 666 ABC Canberra Breakfast with Philip Clark: Early Learning Languages Australia trial VET in schools roundtables | Ministers' Media Centre

: What do you reckon is the youngest - well what do you think's a good age for kids to learn a foreign language? The Federal Government is trialling a programme whereby pre-schoolers get to try a foreign language, the idea being that if you can get kids when they're much younger, three and four perhaps, you might have a better chance of them developing some language capacity later in life. It starts off as a trial in 40 pre-schools across the country of a play-based learning app on your iPad which will, I hope, encourage more children to learn languages over their schooling life because the numbers of students participating in learning a second language is going down and, yet, the need to speak in other languages, given our place in an increasingly global economy is going up. : Yeah I know well, I mean, it's a I mean, I made the comment of well, it's true that our success into language teaching in schools is a history of woe, really.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/ley/interview-666-abc-canberra-breakfast-phili...

Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Conference 2014 | Ministers' Media Centre

It is a pleasure to join you for this Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Science and Humanities conference and represent the Commonwealth and the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education. It will provide Australian higher education institutions with greater autonomy. The reforms will see higher education institutions compete to attract students.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/ryan/australasian-council-deans-arts-social-sc...

Environment

New Lake Merreti infrastructure to benefit wetlands, floodplains and weir pools - Media release 19 September 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The regulator and other surface water infrastructure is part of the Australian Government's $89 million contribution to the Riverine Recovery Project in South Australia, for the benefit of wetlands, floodplains and weir pools along the River Murray, stretching from the border all the way to Wellington in South Australia. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140919.html

Paper to 2014 National Landcare Conference: Celebrating our history, growing our future - 19 September 2014

Minister for the Environment. The Green Army is a complementary initiative to the National Landcare Programme. Landcare can be a lead supporter in ensuring the Green Army is a great success.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/sp20140919.html

Local officers ready to engage on Commonwealth environmental water - Media release 19 September 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. By making such a wealth of experience available on-the-ground, the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder is able to harness local knowledge to ensure we use Commonwealth environmental water to its best effect. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140919a.html

Cross-border project opens up river to native fish - Media release 19 September 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. A 2000km project designed to help native fish species travel up the River Murray has been launched at Waikerie today. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140919c.html

25th Anniversary Landcare Grants now open - media release 19 September 2014

Minister for the Environment. Landcare and other community groups will share in up to $5 million to help restore local environments and enhance the natural resource base with the launch of the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 as part of the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme. For more information about the National Landcare Programme 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants 2014-15 go to www.nrm.gov.au.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20140919.html

Murtho salt scheme reduces River Murray salinity - Media release 19 September 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. Minister for Water and the River Murray. A salt interception scheme designed to stop about 36,000 tonnes of salt from entering the River Murray has been launched in South Australia today.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140919b.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

United Nations Security Council meeting on MH17 investigation, Media release, 20 Sep 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Members of the United Nations Security Council today firmly rejected Russia's attempt to discredit the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and reaffirmed their support for the International Dutch-led criminal investigation. I welcomed the release on 9 September of the preliminary report from the Dutch Safety Board as a clear step towards achieving the full, thorough and independent international investigation sought by Resolution 2166. The Australian Government's initial assessment was that MH17 was shot down by a surface to air missile.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140920.aspx?minister...

Australia provides assistance to women and girls in Iraq, Media release, 20 Sep 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce that Australia will provide $2 million in assistance to support the hundreds of thousands of women and girls affected by the ongoing violence in Iraq. Australian funding will support the United Nations Population Fund to address the specific needs of displaced women and girls, as well as victims of gender-based violence. This funding is in addition to $5 million provided for emergency humanitarian assistance to people fleeing violence in northern Iraq, and two air drops of relief items for besieged communities on Mount Sinjar and in Amerli.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140920a.aspx?ministe...

Health

Statement from the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee on eculizumab (Soliris)

Statement from the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Associate Professor Suzanne Hill on eculizumab (Soliris). PDF printable version of Statement from the Chair of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee Associate Professor Suzanne Hill on eculizumab (Soliris) (PDF 234 KB). Departmental Media Releases Seasonal Flu Vaccine and young children Australia's New Chief Medical Officer Announced Australia Acts on Rising New HIV Infections Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA) Design of New National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Government on Track to Close the Gap on Infant Mortality Health authorities continue to put seasonal flu vaccine on hold for young children Legionnaires' disease alert to travellers from Bali Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Communique - 7 December 2012 Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Communique Legislative and Governance Forum on Food Regulation - Final Communique Legislative

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr14-dept-dept0...

Immigration and Border Protection

You can run but you canât hide â ACBPS finds drugs in joggers - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers have seized approximately four ki&hellip More . Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers have seized approximately four ki&hellip More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/1bdb749b-499a-4a23-a1db-ba...

Industry

Engineering Excellence Awards - ANSTO

Last night, at the 2014 Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards, a team from ANSTO's Institute for Materials Engineering and the Bragg Institute was awarded a highly commended certificate for its submission The team behind the KOWARI Strain Scanner - Dedicated Materials Engineering Instrument at ANSTO.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS053234

Big data, big models, new insightsâ

A new $20 million Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence launched today at The University of Melbourne will create innovative mathematical and statistical models that can uncover the knowledge concealed within the size and complexity of big data sets. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers of Big Data, Big Models, New Insights will focus on using newly developed models to deliver insight into societal problems such as health, sustainable environments and prosperous societies. ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Aidan Byrne, welcomed the launch of the new Centre and said it would play an important role in developing new models to the benefit of the nation.

http://www.arc.gov.au/media/releases/media_19sept2014.htm

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Heavy vehicle highway upgrades for Terang

Victorian Minister for Roads. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said that approximately 6,000 vehicles travel on the Princes Highway West through Terang each day, including some 500 heavy vehicles. Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the project would upgrade the Terang Mortlake and Old Peterborough Road intersections with the Princes Highway West, which would replace the Cobden-Terang route into town.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2014/september/wt176_2014....

AusIMM Minerals Institute 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2014

The Hilton Hotel Sydney. We said that we would get rid of unnecessary taxes. We appreciate very much the work that your industry does, and we hope you're as excited as we are.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/speeches/2014/jbs022_2014.aspx

Expressions of Interest invited for Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight. Expressions of interest have been invited for an industry partner to deliver the Woolgoolga to Ballina section of the Pacific Highway. 'The construction of this section of highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina is expected to provide about 2,500 direct jobs and 6,500 indirect jobs in the broader community.'.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2014/september/wt177_2014....

Prime Minister and Cabinet

A message from the Prime Minister - A Safe and Secure Australia | Prime Minister of Australia

This last week, Australia's largest ever counter-terrorism operation took place. On Monday, I will make a national security statement to the Parliament. This statement will update the Parliament on developments at home and abroad, and on how Australia is responding to the threat of terrorism.

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-09-21/message-prime-minister-safe-and-secure-au...

Social Services

Pension rise from tomorrow for more than 3.7 million Australians | The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

From tomorrow, more than 3.7 million pensioners will receive an increase to their payments, the second rise this year. Up to $11.50 extra a fortnight will go into the accounts of single age pensioners, while age pensioner couples will receive up to $17.40 extra a fortnight. Parenting Payment Single recipients will receive an extra $7.20 a fortnight to $732.30.

http://kevinandrews.dss.gov.au/media-releases/181

New opportunities for blind and vision impaired students | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for the Environment. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Assistant Minister for Social Services Senator Mitch Fifield, Member for La Trobe Jason Wood and State Education Minister Martin Dixon today opened the only school for blind or vision impaired students in Victoria. While there are six schools for deaf and hearing impaired students in Melbourne, and a number of specialist schools for students with other disabilities, blind or vision impaired students have been without a school since the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind closed in 2009.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/167

Treasury

New safety standard announced to protect children on our roads | The Hon Bruce Billson MP

The Minister for Small Business, the Hon Bruce Billson, today announced important changes to the mandatory safety standard to increase protection for children travelling in motor vehicles. About 1,000 children are seriously injured each year in motor vehicle incidents, with car crashes the most common cause of injury and death for children aged between 1 and 14 years. I encourage all parents and carers to have an approved safety device fitted to their child's car seat to help protect their loved ones and reduce injuries in the event of a crash.

http://bfb.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/050-2014/

Scammers claim to be representing the ABS

These documents will be presented in a new window. Commonwealth of Australia 2014.

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/E04B2506331D5...

First ABS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey to Collect Experiences of Homelessness

The survey will commence in the next few days and is part an established program of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics collected by the ABS. This year NATSISS will expand on the information collected in previous social surveys to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' participation in society and will also highlight barriers to that participation. The information will be used to inform government decisions and policy direction, and assist with research into the circumstances of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia.

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/8B86562CA04B9...

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting | The Hon Joe Hockey MP

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Cairns today have delivered strategies that will achieve 1.8 per cent of additional growth across the global economy. We are also focused on developing international tax rules for the 21st century. Cooperation is evident through the number of Ministers and Central Bank Governors who have travelled to Cairns, a very special part of Australia, for this meeting.

http://jbh.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/053-2014/

Global leaders to tackle profit shifting and tax evasion | The Hon Joe Hockey MP

G20 Finance Ministers have agreed to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) to make sure companies pay their fair share of tax. This work will help ensure that tax is paid where profits are made. Supporting greater tax transparency and information exchange is a key way to crack down on tax avoidance and evasion.

http://jbh.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/052-2014/

Improved regulations for wheat exports: mandatory code announced | The Hon Bruce Billson MP

The Australian Government has today released the mandatory port access code of conduct for bulk wheat exports , which will assist farmers and exporters to access the infrastructure that delivers Australia's wheat to the rest of the world. Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, and Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, said the code will replace the outdated existing arrangements, and give exporters of bulk wheat fair and transparent access to port terminal services. The code will support our bulk wheat exporters so they can get on with businesswe want our wheat industry to be efficient and profitable for the long term.

http://bfb.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/049-2014/

Governments focus on growth and infrastructure | The Hon Joe Hockey MP

Today, I met with State and Territory Treasurers in Cairns ahead of the G20 meetings to discuss how we can drive greater growth and prosperity across the country. The Commonwealth's infrastructure investments, along with critical investments being made by State Governments and the private sector, will catalyse additional infrastructure investment across Australia in excess of $125billion. State Treasurers will also join me this afternoon for an Infrastructure Investment Panel session on ways to mainstream infrastructure as an asset class and facilitate greater investment in infrastructure.

http://jbh.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/051-2014/

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