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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 Tuesday, Mar 03 2015.



Community Heritage Grants now open | National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia is calling for applications for the 2015 Community Heritage Grants. The National Library manages the Community Heritage Grants Program - which is funded by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney General's Department - with the National Archives of Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Museum of Australia. The Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, said the program, which began in 1994, had provided more than $5 million for a total of 1,117 projects around Australia from cities to the remotest of regions.

Pages - 2 March 2015Keeping at-risk schools safe

More than 50 at-risk schools will share in funding to protect students under the Coalition Government's $18million Schools Security Programme. This support recognises the unique security circumstances that some schools unfortunately face. The 54 successful schools include:.


ABC Launches Vote Compass for NSW Election | About the ABC

Vote Compass was launched last night for the upcoming NSW election on March 28, offering voters a unique look at how their views compare to the political parties in this election. The good thing about Vote Compass is that it instantly works out how your views compare to the policy positions of the parties in this election campaign, said ABC Election Analyst Antony Green. The ABC takes the anonymous Vote Compass data as a snapshot to identify the key policy issues that matter to NSW voters and reports the findings as part of its overall election coverage.

ABC launches ABC KIDS iview for pre-schoolers | About the ABC

Today ABC iview and ABC KIDS launch a new free app for iPad,. ABC Head of TV Strategy and Digital Products, Rebecca Heap, said: ABC iview is already a popular choice for children and parents. You will also notice the trusted ABC KIDS brand has had a refresh.


Jobless must have a go at finding work | Ministers' Media Centre

Afair go for all requires those who can to have a go. We all want a fair go and we all need to have a go. As a Government, we need to have a go to fix the economy and create the environment for jobs growth.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

$500,000 for Islamic Museum of Australia Arts and Culture Education Program, Media release, 02 Mar 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

The Australian Government will contribute $500,000 for a new arts and culture education program to build social cohesion and cross cultural understanding. Partnerships such as the one between the Islamic Museum of Australia and the Australian Government are vital as we work together to promote social cohesion and expose the lies peddled by terrorist propaganda that seek to divide our harmonious society. The Attorney-General was fortunate to visit the Islamic Museum when the Government announced a $200,000 grant to expand the AFL's Bachar Houli Academy. The Museum provides educational and cross cultural experiences that focus on the history, faith and cultural heritage of Islam and the contributions made by Muslims in Australia and across the world. We encourage Australians of all faiths to see for themselves all that it has to offer.

Declaration of Mosul District, Ninewa Province, Iraq, Media release, 02 Mar 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

The area of Mosul district, Ninewa province in Iraq, has been declared a designated area under section 119.3 of the Criminal Code. This means it will be an offence under Australian law to enter, or remain in, Mosul district without a legitimate purpose.. Under the Criminal Code, a person who enters or remains in a declared area without a legitimate purpose faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. Any Australians who are currently in Mosul district without a legitimate purpose should leave immediately.


Call for voluntary land nominations for a national radioactive waste management facility

The Australian Government has opened the process for voluntary site nominations for a national radioactive waste management facility. Landholders in all states and territories can nominate land for a facility to safely store Australia's intermediate level waste and dispose of low level waste, under the National Radioactive Waste Management Act 2012. An Independent Advisory Panel has been established by the Department of Industry and Science to assist with assessing nominations and advising the Government on which sites may be suitable for a facility.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Transcript: Sunrise

Topics: Liberal leadership, Fairfax/Ipsos Poll, Security at over 50 schools, Oceanic tracking trial, MH 370. Before we talk about the aircraft monitoring system we'd like to follow up on that Liberal leadership issue will there be this frank ministerial discussion on Mr Abbott's performance late this afternoon?. The reality is that the Government has been getting on with the agenda, dealing with issues that are of genuine concern to people like foreign ownership and food labelling and the like, and I think that the public appreciate when the Government is talking about the things that matter to them, rather than speculating about internal leadership issues.

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Leigh Tracker' Tilmouth a pioneer of Indigenous People | Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said Indigenous Australians had lost a true pioneer in the passing of Leigh 'Tracker' Tilmouth at the weekend, at the age of 62. Minister Scullion said Tracker dedicated himself to improving the lives of Indigenous people and fought fearlessly against negative attitudes and racism towards them. Tracker has always been there, always in the middle of it and he will be sorely missed by all Indigenous people. It was a real pleasure knowing him as long as I did.

Social Services

Action taken to protect aged care residents in Queensland | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Any kind of mistreatment of older Australians in the care of an aged care facility is completely unacceptable. As a result of allegations made against Kepnock Grove Retirement Centre aged care facility in Bundaberg last month, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency has instigated a comprehensive review of the facility's operations. The actions taken this weekend show that allegations against aged care providers are taken seriously and that the review audit process is working to protect residents as intended.

Mobile Service Centre continuing to serve Tropical Cyclone Marcia-affected communities - Minister for Human Services

Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Human Services. The Mobile Service Centre will visit:. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne said during these emergency situations, the flexibility of the Mobile Service Centre means it can assist in providing normal services to the community, as well as extra assistance to those most affected by the situation, including Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA).


New rights for food and grocery suppliers | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today welcomed the introduction of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, announced by the Hon Bruce Billson MP, Minister for Small Business. There can be a significant imbalance in bargaining power between suppliers and large grocery retailers and wholesalers. The ACCC encourages any suppliers experiencing issues with their retailers or wholesalers to contact us for a confidential discussion.

ACCC will not oppose Seven's proposed acquisition of shares in Foxtel's Presto Entertainment service | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of shares in the Presto Entertainment subscription video on demand (SVOD) service by Seven Network Operations, a subsidiary of Seven West Media (ASX: SWM). Foxtel has already launched the Presto Entertainment service as well as a SVOD movies service called Presto Movies. The ACCC determined that, following the proposed acquisition, the Presto Entertainment service would continue to face strong competition from other SVOD services such as Stan (a joint venture between Nine and Fairfax) and Netflix, which has announced it will launch in Australia this month, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

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