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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 Friday, Apr 24 2015.



Grain grower scholarship opportunity - Grains Research & Development Corporation

An opportunity to develop industry knowledge, skills and professional networks is being offered to southern region grain growers through the Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars program with the support of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC). The agricultural research scholarships provide successful applicants with a rewarding opportunity to travel and study overseas and to join a unique worldwide agricultural network. Applications for the 2016 Nuffield Scholarships close on June 30 this year.

Protocol with China to support $1.5 billion wheat and barley trade

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, has signed a wheat and barley protocol with China, while in Beijing today. Senator Colbeck said the protocol would facilitate continued trade in wheat and barley with China. This protocol will support our $1.5 billion annual wheat and barley trade with China, and will be crucial in underpinning and expanding our grain trade opportunities in this market, Senator Colbeck said.

Protocol with China to support $1.5 billion wheat and barley trade

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, has signed a wheat and barley protocol with China, while in Beijing today. Senator Colbeck said the protocol would facilitate continued trade in wheat and barley with China. This protocol will support our $1.5 billion annual wheat and barley trade with China, and will be crucial in underpinning and expanding our grain trade opportunities in this market, Senator Colbeck said.

Golden opportunity for a double knock on weeds - Grains Research & Development Corporation

GRDC western regional panel member Chris Wilkins says the double knock is an important aspect of good weed management strategies. The long-term saving to growers from a well-executed double knock is a longer useful life for herbicides. AHRI research has demonstrated that a double knock is one of a number of aspects of good weed management strategies and that growers need to develop a long-term plan to declare war on weeds using chemical, cultural and mechanical methods.

New guide to developing new SMDs in trawl fisheries

AFMA has released a new Guide to developing new seabird mitigation devices in trawl fisheries. Each vessel's SMP lists the AFMA approved seabird mitigation measures for that vessel, including the compulsory use of 600mm warp deflectors, known as pinkies (Figure1). The guide outlines the necessary steps for a new mitigation device to be approved for use by AFMA.

Seeking your comments on the SFR price collection project

AFMA is looking at collecting price information on transferred and leased quota and gear statutory fishing rights (SFRs). AFMA has written to concession holders and has published an SFR price information collection discussion paperon our website. We are currently seeking public comment on the proposal.


23 April 2015Travel to UK for Anzac Day commemorations

I will visit the United Kingdom to represent the Australian Government at Anzac Centenary commemorative events being held in London. I will also participate in a memorial service at the Cenotaph, and will attend a memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral and a Service of Commemoration at Westminster Abbey. The Australian Government is assisting Australians to reflect on the Anzac legacy and share their own commemorative activities through the support of the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.

Launch of the new Australian Pavilion in the historic Venice Biennale Gardens | Australia Council

Thursday 23 April 2015. Launch of the new Australian Pavilion in the historic Venice Biennale Gardensand the inaugural exhibition, Fiona Hall: Wrong Way Timeat the 56 th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. At 4pm Tuesday 5 May in Venice, Italy (EST midnight Tuesday 5 th May ) the new Denton Corker Marshall designed Australian Pavilion in Venice's historic Biennale precinct will be officially opened by Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, Attorney-General and Minister for the Arts, with remarks made by Mr Rupert Myer AM, Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Commissioner and lead donor for the new pavilion, Mr Simon Mordant AM, Paolo Baratta, President of the Venice Biennale, architect John Denton and pavilion donor, Cate Blanchett..


ABC names Philip Williams as Chief Foreign Correspondent | About the ABC

One of Australia's most experienced foreign correspondents, Philip Williams, has been appointed to the newly created position of ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent. Lisa Millar, currently the ABC's Bureau Chief in Washington, has been announced as Williams' replacement as London Bureau Chief. He will be a mentor on international coverage to reporters across ABC News and an advisor on international assignments.


Defence Ministers » Parliamentary Secretary for Defence - Defence completes demolition of Omega Tower at Darriman - 23 April 2015

Defence demolished the Omega communication tower on the former Naval Transmission Site at Darriman, Victoria, on 22 April 2015. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence and local member for Gippsland the Hon Darren Chester MP said that the demolition was completed successfully and without incident. Representatives from Victoria Police, Worksafe and Defence attended the demolition to observe, record and support the project.

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Bilateral meetings in Germany

Today I met with Minister for Defence, Dr Ursula von der Leyen, marking the first official visit by an Australian Defence Minister to Germany in more than 15 years. Both Australia and Germany have a deep and abiding interest in the destruction of the Daesh death cult. As announced by the Government on 20 February this year, Germany has been indentified as a potential international partner for Australia's future submarines program.

Defence Ministers » Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence - STS Young Endeavour Arrives at Gallipoli

Australia's national sail training ship STS Young Endeavour has arrived at the Gallipoli Peninsula to participate in Anzac Centenary Commemorations, four months after setting sail from Sydney. To join the international Navy fleet off Anzac Cove at dawn on 25 April 2015 as we mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign will be an honour, and a privilege for the 65 people embarked in STS Young Endeavour , said LCDR Dawe. The crew that sailed Young Endeavour across the Mediterranean will be joined by the fourth World Voyage crew on 24 April 2015 at Gallipoli, where Young Endeavour will sail in company with an international Navy fleet off Anzac Cove and North Beach for the Joint Dawn Service on Anzac Day.

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New report encourages research-industry collaboration | Ministers' Media Centre

A report from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has identified new approaches to measuring engagement between researchers and industry. The metrics developed in the Research Engagement for Australia report have the potential to increase the return on public investment in science, technology, engineering and maths research as well as research in humanities and social sciences. The Research Engagement for Australia report can be accessed on the ATSE website here.


Refugee resettlement a job creation and regional development success story | Ministers' Media Centre

The resettlement of more than 160 Karen refugees from Myanmar into the small Victorian town of Nhill provides a blueprint for job creation and regional development, Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker said today. Mr Hartsuyker said the study was a regional development and migrant resettlement success story. The Government's new employment services system jobactive has a number of features to help regional employers and job seekers.

Launch of Small Towns Big Returns Report by AMES and Deloitte Access Economics | Ministers' Media Centre

It is a pleasure to join you today to launch this exciting report showcasing the great results achieved by Luv-a-Duck, AMES, the Karen people and the community of Nhill. In these circumstances, it can be very hard for people to see a future for themselves and their children in a regional area. It's been a pleasure to be with you today and I am delighted to help launch the Small Towns Big Returns report, knowing it provides a valuable case study for all regional communities seeking to grow.


Australian Government to host Threatened Species Summit in Melbourne - media release 23 April 2015

Minister for the Environment. The Threatened Species Summit will be held at Melbourne Zoo on 16 July 2015. Attendance at the Threatened Species Summit in Melbourne will be by invitation, with a live webcast to allow the community to participate.

- Bureau of Meteorology Newsroom

The outlook for the next three months indicates:. Climate Outlooks indicate likely temperature and rainfall trends over monthly or seasonal timescales, and are driven by large-scale shifts in the climate such as El Nino or La Nina events. Blog Warnings Water Climate Environment Tropical Cyclones Tsunami Warning Centre Agriculture - Water and the Land Marine & Ocean UV & Sun Protection Rainfall & River Conditions Radar Sat Maps Rainfall Forecasts Seasonal Outlooks Climate Variability & Change Climate Data Online Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts Water Storage MetEye&trade National Weather Services Aviation Weather Services Defence Services Space Weather Services Registered User Services Commercial Weather Services Business Entry Point Facebook Twitter Youtube Blog Google+ RSS Careers Sitemap Feedback Freedom of Information Indigenous Weather Knowledge Glossary.

First Emissions Reduction Fund auction delivers significant abatement - media release 23 April 2015

Minister for the Environment. The results of the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction released today clearly prove that the Coalition's climate change policy is delivering real and significant abatement - just as we always said it would. In just the first auction alone, the Emissions Reduction Fund has contracted approximately four-times the amount of abatement than the emissions reductions achieved during the entire two-year lifespan of the carbon tax.

47 million tonnes contracted in first auction

The Clean Energy Regulator has awarded 107 Carbon Abatement Contracts to the value of $660 million following the first Emissions Reduction Fund auction. The successful contractors have committed to deliver over 47 million tonnes of abatement. The Emissions Reduction Fund auction results factsheet below, provides a summary of the results.


AEC invites written suggestions into the redistribution of federal electoral boundaries in New South Wales - Australian Electoral Commission

The Acting Australian Electoral Commissioner Kevin Kitson is inviting members of the public to submit written suggestions about the redistribution of federal electoral boundaries in New South Wales. Mr Kitson said interested individuals and organisations could provide written suggestions and comments on these suggestions about the redistribution, which will see New South Wales decrease its representation from 48 to 47 federal electoral divisions. Written suggestions must be received by the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales by 6pm (AEST) Friday 22 May 2015 to allow them to be considered.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Meeting with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, Media release, 23 Apr 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Yesterday I met with EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in Brussels to take Australia-EU cooperation to a new level. We marked the end of negotiations of the EU Australia Framework Agreement, which will provide a strong basis for developing our cooperation on a range of foreign and security policy matters. We signed a Crisis Management Agreement in recognition of the proven value of Australian and EU cooperation in responding to international crises.

Polish aerospace delegation lands in Australia - Austrade

Media contact list for Austrade. Representatives from one of Europe's leading aerospace regions are touring Australia this week to build links with Australian industry. Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner in Warsaw Steve Rank said Poland was a significant player in global aerospace supply chains.


Drug treatment program clients increasingly olderâmore treated for amphetamine use (AIHW)

AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders . Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice. Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury.


Science engagement agreement to inspire' South Australians

Science engagement in South Australia received a boost today with the welcoming of an agreement between the Australian Government, the South Australian Government and three South Australian institutions across the State. Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science Karen Andrews welcomed the agreement involving the Government, South Australia's three universities and the South Australian Museum in a partnership worth around $1 million to deliver programmes under the national Inspiring Australia programme that showcases science. The agreement is expected to further develop Inspiring Australia's successes in South Australia with more activities during National Science Week, collaboration between arts, civic, community and science organisations in regional science events and the creation of science clubs.

Australia and US building strong resources and energy ties

Australia and the United States are continuing to build strong trade and investment partnerships in the resources and energy sector, Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, told an international conference today. Mr Macfarlane said the US was a key part of Australia's resources investment future and drew strong parallels between the resources and energy policies and goals of both countries. Australia and the US are major energy producers that understand the importance of global, regional and domestic energy security and improving access to affordable energy, he said.

CERAWeek 2015 Conference keynote address

Thank you for your kind introduction and for your warm welcome today. Energy investment is another common area. This is a key milestone.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Community information session for Winchelsea to Colac

Federal Member for Corangamite. In Colac to join local residents at the community information session today, Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson congratulated Fulton Hogan on winning the contract for the initial 2km of works and said the community has been behind this project from the get-go. The Princes Highway West duplication between Winchelsea and Colac is expected to be complete by mid-2019.

Nominations open for Local Advisory Council

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory. Council members will be appointed on a part-time basis, and membership will require a regular time commitment. Further information on the role of the Advisory Council and on making a nomination for membership can be found online at

$19.6 million to fix local black spots in Western Australia

Senator for Western Australia. From Thomas Road to Mundijong Road. Welshpool Road and Shepperton Road.


ACCC will not oppose AAT's proposed acquisition of the lease to operate the automotive terminal at Port of Fremantle | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition by Australian Amalgamated Terminals Pty Ltd (AAT) of a long-term lease to develop and operate the automotive and RoRo Terminal at the Port of Fremantle, after accepting a court-enforceable undertaking. AAT is one of two bidders shortlisted by Fremantle Ports to acquire a long-term lease for what will be the sole automotive and RoRo Terminal at the Port of Fremantle. This concern about the limitation of merger remedies equally applies to the recent merger remedy accepted from the alternative bidder for the long term lease at Port of Fremantle, Victoria Quay International RoRo Terminal Pty Ltd (VQIRT) and, in a separate privatisation, the merger remedy accepted from Melbourne International RoRo & Auto Terminal Pty Ltd (MIRRAT) to address vertical competition concerns arising from its acquisition of a long-term lease to operate the Webb Dock West automotive terminal at the Port

The Harper Review and privatisation | ACCC

Today the Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, addressed the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is why the recently released Harper report is so important, Mr Sims said. Mr Sims said that The current debate on the Harper Review recommendations on section 46, the misuse of market power provision, is confused.

Hang up on an immigration scam | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging visa holders and Australian citizens to hang up on fraudulent phone calls from scammers. The ACCC has received reports of scammers impersonating government officials who threaten visa holders and citizens with deportation because they claim these people have not filled out immigration forms correctly. ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said they have received 150 reports of this scam since February with more than $35,000 reported lost.

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