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 Tuesday, Jan 27 2015.
The Australian Human Rights Commission warmly congratulates Rosie Batty on her selection as Australian of the Year. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said that Rosie Batty is a superb choice as 2015 Australian of the Year. The Australian Human Rights Commission also congratulates the other winners of top Australia Day honours: Jackie French, Senior Australian of the Year Drisana Levizke-Gray Young Australian of the Year and Juliette Wright Australia's Local Hero.
Professor Rosalind Croucher, BA(Hons) LLB PhD AMusA ACLM (Hon) FRSA FAALTEP, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, has been conferred the award of Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts. Professor Croucher has been the President of the ALRC since December 2009 and was first appointed to the Commission as a full-time Commissioner in February 2007. Professor Croucher has been the President of the ALRC since December 2009 and was first appointed to the Commission as a full-time Commissioner in February 2007.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is preparing to participate in Exercise Red Flag, which commences tomorrow in the United States. This is the first time Air Force's C-130J Hercules and AP-3C Orion have participated in Exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base. The Orion will help build the big picture' of what's happening on the ground and in the air within the exercise area at Exercise Red Flag, Wing Commander Begley said.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training Senator the Hon Scott Ryan congratulated 2015 Young Australian of the Year Drisana Levitzke-Gray, who was recognised for her leadership in and advocacy for the deaf community. Senator Ryan hosted Ms Levitzke-Gray and other 2015 Young Australian of the Year finalists at a function in Canberra on Saturday 24 January. Ms Levitzke-Gray was the 2015 Western Australian Young Australian of the Year.
Prime Minister and Cabinet
Her Majesty The Queen has accepted my recommendation that His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC (Mil) AFC (Retd) be awarded Australia's highest honour as Knights of the Order of Australia. The Duke of Edinburgh joins The Prince of Wales who was appointed a Knight of the Order of Australia in 1981.. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003 and made a Companion of the Order of Australia (Military Division) in 2008.
I was very pleased to meet with Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, in Canberra today. Prime Minister O'Neill and I discussed a range of important bilateral and regional issues, noting that our economic links continue to expand. I thanked Prime Minister O'Neill for the role PNG is playing in the orderly management of the Centre and ensuring we do not see a return of the scourge of people smuggling and deaths at sea in our region.
Australia mourns the passing of The Honourable Tom Uren AC. Tom Uren devoted his life to serving what he called the human family'. When Mr Uren retired from Parliament in 1990, he was the Father of the House.
Republic Day is a day worth commemorating. India is one of our top three sources of migrants and our trading relationship was worth $15.2 billion in 2013. Australia is a major destination for Indian students with more than 36,000 studying here, making India our second-largest source country for overseas students.