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, Dec 13 2013.
- Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Social Services
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan officially opened the new Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre (AGICC), confirming the Australian Crime Commission's co-ordination of intelligence-led response to gangs operating across State and Territory borders was under way. As Australia's leading intelligence agency on serious and organised crime, the Australian Crime Commission is uniquely placed to coordinate an intelligence-led response to gangs operating across State and Territory borders, Mr Keenan said. Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre analysts will also have access to in depth profiles about various international gangs, their history, membership and geography, Mr Keenan said.
This is a joint media release with Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. A 51-year-old Swiss woman is scheduled to appear in Sydney Central Local Court today (12 December) charged with importing approximately 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine into Sydney Airport. The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who later charged the woman with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug, namely methamphetamine, contrary to section 307.1 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, today announced the appointment of three distinguished Australians to the Old Parliament House Advisory Council with responsibility for the Museum of Australian Democracy. Importantly, each has a personal connection with Old Parliament House.At various times in their careers, both Dr Kemp and Sir David worked in the building, while Mrs Henderson's principal association is through her father (Sir Robert Menzies), who dominated the Parliament during his 17 years as Prime Minister. Sir David Smith AO KCVO.
Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. Screen Australia resources for documentary filmmakers. Screen Australia, Village Roadshow Pictures and The Gotham Group are pleased to announce as the recipient of the third $20,000 Screen Australia LA Internship prize, awarded to a recently graduated producing student from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre operations under way | Australian Crime Commission.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan officially opened the new Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre (AGICC), confirming the Australian Crime Commission's co-ordination of intelligence-led response to gangs operating across State and Territory borders was under way. 'Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre analysts will also have access to in depth profiles about various international gangs, their history, membership and geography,' Mr Keenan said. The Centre will draw on analysts from the Crime Commission, Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Australian Taxation Office, Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Department of Human Services (Centrelink).
The Government is pleased to launch the Anzac Centenary Public Fund with Mr Lindsay Fox AC. The Centenary of Anzac will be a very important period of national commemoration. For further information on the Anzac Centenary and the Public Fund, visit the Department of Veterans' Affairs Anzac Centenary website:.
Australian Defence Force Academy class of 2013 graduates. Throwing their hats in the air today marked not only the end of their training and studies at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) but also the start of a new phase in the military careers of 265 midshipmen and officer cadets. General Hurley presented the Chief of the Defence Force Sword of Honour for Leadership to Officer Cadet Kent O'Sullivan, who displayed the highest standard of leadership and officer development among the graduating class, and Air Marshal Mark Binskin, Vice Chief of the Defence Force presented the RSL Sword of Honour for Service to Midshipman Kieran Davis.
Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Assistant Minister for Defence meets Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense Mr Ryota Takeda
The Assistant Minister for Defence, Mr Stuart Robert MP, today met with Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense Mr Ryota Takeda. This is Mr Takeda's first visit to Australia in his capacity as Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense. Mr Robert used the opportunity to discuss the bilateral defence relationship, defence policy, and regional security issues with Vice Minister Takeda.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. Geoscience Australia has identified new potential groundwater resources beneath the Darling River floodplain near Menindee Lakes in far western New South Wales (NSW). The 'Jimargil' site, located approximately 10 to 15 kilometres south west of Menindee township, has been identified as a priority site for potential groundwater supply to Broken Hill which could be used to supplement water supply from the Menindee Lakes in time of drought.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment, Senator Simon Birmingham, and the NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, today announced a funding agreement of up to $800,000 for the NSW Government to undertake project planning, stakeholder consultation and detailed design work for a water savings project to reduce average evaporation at the Menindee Lakes by 80 gigalitres. 'This agreement will provide the basis for determining the total scope of water and cost of the overall Menindee Lakes project and is due to be completed in the second half of 2014.
The Strategic Review of the National Broadband Network recommends the project be completed using a mix of technologies to save $32 billion, keep monthly bills lower and deliver the NBN to all Australians four years sooner than under Labor's plan. The Strategic Review finds the Government's goal of completing the NBN in six years is achievable. This will guide the future NBN rollout schedule.
Media Release 7/13 - Statement - Current and Former Parliamentarians' Expenditure on Entitlements Reports Period 1 January to 30 June 2013
I advise that the current and former Parliamentarians' six-monthly Expenditure on Entitlements Reports (including Parliamentary Overseas Study Travel Reports) are now available at on the.
Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop, has expressed concern about recent political developments in Ukraine. Over past weeks, the people of Ukraine have gathered in protest against their government's decision to suspend preparations for the signing of an Association Agreement with the European Union. Ms Bishop has joined many in the international community to deplore the Ukrainian Government's use of violence against peaceful protestors in Kyiv, which was disproportionate and excessive.
: Minister, welcome to R.N. And Fran I've acknowledged the workers every step of the way in this process. : Minister in terms of the future, the Prime Minister has foreshadowed a support package, for the workers and the states of South Australia and Victoria.
We will be under the leadership of Patricia Kelly from 9 December 2013. We would like to welcome Patricia Kelly as the new Director General of IP Australia. 'It will be a privilege to lead IP Australia and work with its talented and hard-working staff.' - Patricia Kelly, Director General.
Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Government is pleased to launch the Anzac Centenary Public Fund with Mr Lindsay Fox AC. Contributions to the Public Fund will ensure the Centenary of Anzac is properly commemorated, honouring the almost two million servicemen and women who have served our nation. The Australian Government committed $150 million to support Anzac Centenary commemorations and the Anzac Centenary Public Fund has been granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status.
Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Human Services. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said the summer school holiday period is always a busy time for the department. 'Almost 340,000 new Youth Allowance claims were received last year from young people planning to study an approved course or begin a full-time Australian Apprenticeship,' Minister Payne said.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed civil proceedings, in the Sydney registry of the Federal Court of Australia, in relation to an alleged cartel that the ACCC alleges denied Australian consumers the benefits of lower prices for laundry detergent products. The ACCC also alleges that Mr Paul Ansell, a former sales director of Colgate, and Woolworths Limited (Woolworths) were knowingly concerned in the alleged arrangements. The ACCC alleges that Woolworths was knowingly concerned in these arrangements.
ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to eight regional councils in NSW for joint tender for waste services | ACCC
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to eight regional councils in NSW to enable them to jointly tender for waste collection services, and recyclables and organic waste processing services for 13 years. The submissions received by the ACCC were supportive of the joint tender, and waste services providers did not raise concerns about their ability to participate in the joint tender, Dr Schaper said. The councils participating in this joint tender are Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney Shire Council, Blue Mountains City Council, Cabonne Council, Forbes Shire Council, Orange City Council, Parkes Shire Council and Wellington Council.
The first meeting of the Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council was held today.The Council will bring together members from the Commonwealth and Tasmanian Governments, and Tasmanian business, to consider the competitive reforms required to boost Tasmania's longterm growth. The first meeting was held between the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, the Tasmanian Premier and the Chair, Mr Dale Elphinstone.The Council will also include the Chair of the Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency, once appointed, plus additional members drawn from the Tasmanian business community. The Council looks forward to working together to help drive competitive reforms so that Tasmanian households and businesses are more likely to see lower prices, more innovative and high quality products, more job opportunities and higher real wage growth.
The High Court of Australia has allowed an appeal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to TPG's Unlimited ADSL2+ advertisements. The High Court overturned the Full Court's findings that the advertisements which TPG had revised after ACCC intervention, as well as TPG's initial online, print and radio advertisements, were not misleading. On 16 August 2013, the High Court of Australia granted Special Leave to the ACCC to appeal the decision of the Full Court.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 13-339MR Prime Trust directors found to have breached duties
Search financial services/credit licensees and representatives, liquidators, auditors and more. ASIC sought a declaration that APCHL breached its duties in exercising its powers and carrying out its duties as the responsible entity of Prime Trust, and that APCHL and its directors failed to act in the best interests of the members. Justice Murphy found that: each of the directors had breached various duties, including the responsibility to act in the best interests of scheme members APCHL had breached similar duties under the Corporations Act 2001 (the Corporations Act) amendments to the constitution of Prime Trust were not permitted to be made without approval of a special resolution of the unitholders, and the directors breached the law in paying a 'listing fee' to APCHL as a result of it becoming listed on the ASX.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to Myer to enable it to continue to invite certain businesses operating within Myer Stores to participate in various promotions. 'The ACCC considers that the arrangements are likely to continue to result in public benefit in the form of enhanced competition including reduced prices for consumers and through the simplification of Myer promotions,' ACCC Commissioner Dr Jill Walker said. Broadly, the ACCC may grant an authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking views on whether the scope of regulation of GrainCorp's bulk grain port terminal in Newcastle should be reduced due to the presence of other bulk export grain facilities at the Port of Newcastle. It provided access for third party exporters to GrainCorp's port terminal services for bulk wheat export at seven of its ports terminals on the East Coast of Australia. At the time of the 2011 decision, the ACCC noted that GrainCorp's access arrangements had successfully allowed access to GrainCorp's port terminal services by wheat exporters.
ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's Professional Conduct Regime | ACCC
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to re-authorise the Recruitment and Consulting Services Association's (RCSA) professional conduct regime, which includes a Code for Professional Conduct, Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution Procedures and associated documents, for five years. The ACCC considers the Professional Conduct Regime to have been effective to date and will continue to promote equitable dealings and enhanced business efficiency in the recruitment services industry, ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said. The ACCC has previously authorised versions of the Professional Conduct Regime since 2003.
Thursday, 12 December 2013. The Panel today published the reasons for its decision on an application dated 22 November 2013 from Mr Stephen Mayne in relation to the affairs of Virgin Australia Holdings Limited. The sitting Panel was James Dickson, Hamish Douglass (sitting President) and Paula Dwyer.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposes to authorise collective bargaining arrangements put forward by Clubs Australia for five years. Clubs Australia, representing 6,500 licensed clubs across Australia, has sought authorisation to negotiate and/or enter into agreements on behalf of its current and future members with a number of specific suppliers of major goods and services to registered clubs across Australia, including wagering services, energy services, and insurance. The ACCC considers the arrangements are likely to result in transaction cost savings for clubs and suppliers and more effective input into agreements, ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 13-338MR Recruitment manager convicted of managing a company while disqualified
Search financial services/credit licensees and representatives, liquidators, auditors and more. A Sydney-based recruitment specialist has been convicted of managing a company while disqualified. A bankrupt is automatically disqualified from managing a company unless they obtain permission from a court or until their bankruptcy ends.