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, Apr 17 2014.



16 April 2014 - Visit to Far North Queensland

Today I will travel to Ingham in Far North Queensland where I will join my Parliamentary colleague and Member for Kennedy, the Hon Bob Katter MP, to inspect the flooding and damage caused by Cyclone Ita. The Commonwealth Government, jointly with the Queensland State Government, has activated a variety of assistance measures under the Natural Disaster and Recovery Relief Arrangements for individuals, primary producers and councils affected by Cyclone Ita. The Commonwealth has also activated the Commonwealth funded Disaster Recovery Allowance for Hope Vale employees who have suffered a loss of income as a result of the cyclone.

Sydney woman faces court for ice import - Australian Federal Police

A 58-year-old Sydney woman is scheduled to appear in the Sydney Central Local Court today charged with importing approximately five kilograms of methamphetamine (ice') into Australia. 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, pursuant to section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. Australian Federal Police media (02) 6131 6333.

Trove tunes into Radio National | National Library of Australia

Some of Australia's greatest stories, as heard on ABC's Radio National, are now available through Trove, the National Library of Australia's award-winning free discovery service.. Manager of Trove, Tim Sherratt, said harvesting content from Radio National into Trove was a perfect fit for the National Library. By working with the ABC and making the Radio National content available via Trove we are helping to make Australia's great stories more discoverable,' he said.


ABC commemorates ANZAC Day 2014 | About the ABC

The ABC has a proud history as broadcast partner of ANZAC Day services and in 2014 invites all Australians to mark this solemn occasion with comprehensive coverage across TV, radio, online and mobile. Watch across the day with dawn services and ANZAC Day marches from around Australia, the Gallipoli dawn service and Lone Pine memorial service from Turkey, the Villers-Bretonneux dawn service from France and complementary documentary programming. Our ANZAC Day pop-up radio station will be available on digital radio, streaming and mobile and will feature live broadcasts from the Gallipoli dawn service and Lone Pine memorial service hosted by Richard Stubbs, and other dawn services and marches from across Australia.


Defence News and Media » Australian Navy ship provides emergency assistance to French Fishing Vessel

Australian Navy ship provides emergency assistance to French Fishing Vessel. While patrolling in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Darwin provided emergency medical assistance for a heart attack victim on a French fishing vessel. The French Fishing Vessel (FV) Cape Saint Vincent called for assistance late on the night of the 10th of April.

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Future leaders participate in high-calibre development opportunity

Each year Defence sponsors a development opportunity for two of its future leaders to join a high-calibre program run by Global Voices. Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert congratulated the two delegates during a briefing with them at Parliament House. This is a fantastic opportunity for our future leaders to broaden their knowledge and networks at a high level, Mr Robert said.


National Youth Week Y20 Q&A Event | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. To coincide with National Youth Week 2014, on Wednesday 9 April, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, joined Y20 Australian delegates, Jonathan Pavetto and Laura Sobels, and experts in the fields of youth affairs and economics, Martin Thomas, Mission Australia, and Professor Anne Daly, University of Canberra, respectively, for a lively panel discussion on issues facing young Australians and youth around the world. The top three questions on the Our Say forum, based on the key Y20 themes of youth unemployment, growth and jobs and sustainable economic development were also put to the panellists.


Government welcomes Generation Success commitment to help young job seekers find work | Ministers' Media Centre

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker and the Parliamentary Secretary for Education Senator Scott Ryan today endorsed the commitment by major Australian businesses to help address youth unemployment. Generation Success shows the power of employers to create opportunities for young job seekers, especially those who may have struggled to get a job. Mr Hartsuyker and Senator Ryan congratulated all the companies who have signed up to Generation Success for their leadership and commitment to young people.


Flow advice: Dartmouth flows drop to minimum | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Landholders and river users are advised that water flows from Dartmouth Reservoir into the Mitta Mitta River are likely to be at a minimum for the remainder of April. This has slowed the current transfer of water from Dartmouth Reservoir. Releases are expected to remain close to the minimum flow until mid-May, unless there is a call on entitlement water for electricity generation.

Marine Park tourism operators open for business after cyclone Ita - GBRMPA

Tourism operators are already back out on the water after major tourism infrastructure in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was spared widespread damage from category four cyclone Ita. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.

A new way to look at weather in Queensland - Media release 16 April 2014

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Australian Government helps Landcare celebrate 25 years - media release 16 April 2014

Minister for the Environment. Media releaseAustralian Government helps Landcare celebrate 25 years. 'It's fantastic to see the Australian Government supporting this year of celebration as we mark 25 years of Landcare as a national program.

Murray flows low this Easter | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Communities and holiday makers along the River Murray between Albury and Echuca are advised to be aware of local river conditions during the Easter period. People along the river can find the latest river data at live river data and river flow and level forecasts pages. For more information see the MDBA River Operations and Recreation at MDBA River Operations and Recreation page.


Media Release MC 26/14 - New Appointments to the Takeovers Panel

The Government is pleased to announce the appointment of five new members of the Takeovers Panel and the appointment of five existing Panel members as new Alternative Presidents. Mr Ian Jackman SC practises as a barrister and is a Senior Counsel in New South Wales. I would like to acknowledge outgoing Takeover Panel members, Mr Hamish Douglass, Mr Andrew Sisson, Mr Robin Bishop, Mr Stephen Creese, Mr John Fast, Mr John Humphrey, Mr Alistair Lucas, Mr Tony Osmond, Mr Mike Roche, Mr Peter Scott, Mr John Story, Ms Diana Chang, Ms Stephanie Daveson, Ms Paula Dwyer and Ms Julie McPherson and thank them for their contribution and service.

Media Release MC 25/14 - Asia Region Funds Passport to Drive Financial Services Export Growth

The Coalition Government is throwing its full weight behind the implementation of an Asia Region Funds Passport that will help drive growth in funds management and other financial services exports by facilitating greater access to key markets across the Asia Pacific. The Asia Region Funds Passport was a recommendation of the 2009 Johnson report, Australia as a Financial Centre: Building on our strengths and is an initiative endorsed by APEC Finance Ministers. Today we release the internationally negotiated consultation paper on the Asia Region Funds Passport for public consultation.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia celebrates 40 years of ties with ASEAN, Media release, 16 Apr 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today marks the 40 th anniversary of Australia's relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a significant milestone in a year of events which will culminate in the commemorative leaders' summit in November. As we celebrate the 40 th anniversary, the Australian Government is committed to strengthening relations with ASEAN and its member states. The ASEAN partnership provides important opportunities to deepen the ties between our peoples, including through initiatives such as the New Colombo Plan, which supports young Australians to study and undertake internships in the region, and the Australia Awards, which support emerging global leaders to study in Australia.


Drop in number and rate of young people under youth justice supervision (AIHW)

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New $13 million research tool to seek Milky Way origins

An ingenious new $13 million instrument launched by Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) at Coonabarabran will enable astronomers to explore the origins of the Milky Way. Using HERMES, astronomers will be able to analyse light from more than a million stars in our galaxy, helping them map the age and movements of the stars and unravel how the Milky Way formed. Australia has a rich heritage of research and innovation in science, Mr Macfarlane said.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

$80,000 boost delivered in New England through Community Development Grants Programme

Federal Member for New England. The Australian Government has delivered $80,000 towards the Werris Creek Community Shed Facility project in New England through the Community Development Grants Programme. Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for New England, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce today announced that the funding had been delivered towards the important community project.

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Sydney woman faces court for ice import - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

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Prime Minister and Cabinet

Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan: More jobs, better roads | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments are delivering on our shared plan to build a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney by investing more than $1 billion over the forward estimates and $3.5 billion over 10 years in major infrastructure upgrades that will transform the region's economy. This will boost the local economy of Western Sydney, making it an even better place to live and do business. The Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon Jamie Briggs and NSW Minister for Roads and Ports, the Hon Duncan Gay, will have responsibility to drive the infrastructure plan, to plan and prioritise funding of existing projects and consider future projects to be funded at later stages of the programme including:.


ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to APESMA to collectively bargain on behalf of its translator and interpreter members | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA) to collectively bargain on behalf its translator and interpreter members who operate as independent contractors. The proposed authorisation is for five years and will allow APESMA to collectively negotiate the terms of engagement for translators and interpreters and to provide information and advice about rates of pay and other contract terms. Broadly, the ACCC may grant authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment.

Appointment of Panel Members [16/04/2014]

Wednesday, 16 April 2014. The Panel now has 36 members, all of whom are appointed on a part-time basis. Ms Jablko is a Managing Director and Co-Head of Greenhill Australia.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-082MR Kleenmaid auditor suspended

Log in / Sign up. ASIC has suspended the registration of Wayne John Wessels, the former auditor of whitegoods distributor Kleenmaid, following a successful application to the disciplinary body, the Companies Auditors and Liquidators Disciplinary Board (CALDB). Auditors are required by Australian Auditing Standards to evaluate the directors' assessment of the company's ability to continue as a going concern.

ACCC re-authorises collective bargaining by Queensland lottery agents | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a determination that authorises Lottery Agents Queensland (LAQ) to continue to negotiate on behalf of its members. The collective bargaining arrangements were initially authorised by the ACCC in 2003 and were subsequently re-authorised in 2008. The ACCC has also recently authorised a similar collective bargaining arrangement by Queensland Newsagents Federation.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-081MR NSW man pleads guilty to 260000 dollar fraud

Log in / Sign up. A NSW Central Coast man has pleaded guilty to a $260,000 fraud. William John Jones, of Blue Haven, appeared before Downing Street Local Court in Sydney on 15 April 2014 and pleaded guilty to two counts of fraudulent misappropriation.

KitchenAid distributor undertakes not to induce retailers on minimum prices | ACCC

Peter McInnes Pty Ltd (Peter McInnes), an importer and wholesaler of kitchenware products including KitchenAid stand mixers, has acknowledged concerns from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that it engaged in resale price maintenance and provided court enforceable undertakings. The ACCC considered that Peter McInnes engaged in resale price maintenance on four occasions between November 2011 and June 2013 by inducing or attempting to induce retailers who carried KitchenAid stand mixers to sell the mixers at the recommended retail price (RRP) through:. If a supplier tries to force or induce a retailer to stick to a particular price, it concerns the ACCC as consumers benefit from being able to shop around for the best deal.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-070MR ASIC launches small business stakeholder survey

Log in / Sign up. ASIC has launched an online survey to gather feedback on its services and engagement with the small business sector. This is ASIC's second small business survey.

ACCC allows collective negotiations by coal producers | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to a group of Queensland coal producers, known as the RG Tanna Coal Export Terminal Producers (the applicants), to collectively negotiate with Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC). The applicants were previously granted interim authorisation to allow them to collectively negotiate with GPC and enter into agreements, provided that the applicants do not give effect to any such agreement unless and until final authorisation is granted by the ACCC. The RG Tanna Coal Export Terminal Producers are Anglo American Australia Limited, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance, Cockatoo Coal Limited, Glencore Coal Investments Australia Pty Limited, Idemitsu Australia Resources Pty Ltd, Jellinbah Resources Pty Ltd, Rio Tinto Coal Australia Pty Ltd, Sojitz Coal Mining Pty Ltd, Wesfarmers Resources Ltd and Yancoal Australia Ltd.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-080MR CALDB suspends NSW joint liquidator for six months

Log in / Sign up. The CALDB found Mr Hamilton did not adequately and properly perform his duties as a joint liquidator. Specifically, the CALDB found Mr Hamilton did not adequately and properly perform his duties as a joint liquidator by:.

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