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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 Monday, Aug 31 2015.

Portfolios

Agriculture

Walker Seafoods rewarded for focus on sustainability

Family business Walker Seafoods has achieved Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for its catch of yellowfin tuna, albacore tuna and swordfish. . Fishers are some of the very best conservationists when it comes to the health of our oceans they depend on it for their livelihoods and want to ensure its sustainability for generations to come. . MSC offers a voluntary certification scheme which is based on the core principles of healthy fish populations, reduced impact on marine ecosystems and effective management of the fishery.

http://www.agricultureparlsec.gov.au/pages/media-releases/walker-seafoods-sustai...

Attorney-General's

Pages - 28 August 2015Government remains tough on gun laws

The Government completely rejects claims made in the media that it has relaxed gun laws.. To somehow suggest that the Government is weakening firearms laws in this country is completely incorrect and irresponsible. This Government will always put community safety first and foremost in its consideration. While this review is underway, the Government has taken the step to temporarily prohibit the importation of lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of greater than 5 rounds until the outcome of the review is finalised by COAG. The Government has taken this step on the advice of Commonwealth, State and Territory law enforcement agencies and officials pending the outcomes of the review of the NFA..

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/ThirdQuarter/28-Augus...

Pages - 28 August 2015Rapid Disaster Response Toolkit streamlines disaster assistance

Natural disasters are not limited to one country or one people they are a global challenge which each government must respond to effectively and efficiently.. Today's Australian launch of the East Asia Summit (EAS) Rapid Disaster Response Toolkit will improve responses to disasters within the region by making it easier for the 18 EAS countries to make and receive offers of assistance. The Toolkit will streamline this process by ensuring all countries have the information they need, including key contacts and a clear list of assistance measures each government can and cannot accept.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/ThirdQuarter/28-Augus...

Pages - 28 August 2015South Australia to benefit from bushfire mitigation funding boost

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism. Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan announced $1.36 million in funding over three years to enhance bushfire mitigation in South Australia, as part of the Commonwealth's National Bushfire Mitigation Programme. This funding will enable South Australia to consider the bushfire risk at a landscape scale, where planning is undertaken across a broad geographical area rather than for a particular landholder, or group of landholders, Mr Hunter said.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/ThirdQuarter/28-Augus...

Indigenous artists showcase their talent in North America | Australia Council

The Australia Council for the Arts is supporting two delegations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to North America next week to share Indigenous stories, build networks and showcase their work to international audiences. Australia Council Director International Development Collette Brennan will lead an impressive performing arts delegation to the 48 th Annual Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Conference in Vancouver, while the First Nations Australia Writers' Network (FNAWN) will take leading writers to the 15 th Anniversary Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington DC and to meet writing organisations in New York. First Nations writers around Australia built this network and these opportunities from their own initiative and direction and we salute them. The Australia Council is proud to support this important organisation and this trip to the US to extend their reach in the North American market, Ms Miller said.

http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/news/media-centre/media-releases/indigenous-a...

Pages - 28 August 2015Disaster Assistance for flood-affected Western Australian communities

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism. Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced that disaster assistance has been activated in the local government areas of Dalwallinu, Kellerberrin, Moora, Tammin, Westonia, Wongan-Ballidu, and Wyalkatchem in response to the heavy rainfall and associated flooding that occurred in late July 2015. The Australian and Western Australian governments are committed to working together to ensure that affected communities have the support and assistance they need to recover from the effects of the recent flooding, and to commence restoration works as quickly as possible, Mr Keenan said.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/ThirdQuarter/28-Augus...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Joint Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Assistant Minister for Defence - Resilience and stress management tools for veterans and ADF members now online

The High Res website, which helps veterans and serving members of the Australian Defence Force manage the unique mental stresses of military service was launched today by Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator the Hon. The High Res website will help our serving members, veterans and their families manage stress and build psychological resilience, Senator Ronaldson said. The website provides interactive tools and videos to help users build resilience and manage stress.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/08/28/joint-media-release-minister-for-v...

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PDF version (77 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. 'The High Res website will help our serving members, veterans and their families manage stress and build psychological resilience,' Senator Ronaldson said. The High Res website is available on DVA's At Ease mental health portal at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au/highres.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2015/aug/va088.htm

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Prestigious engineering award for Chief Defence Scientist

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today congratulated Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, on receiving the prestigious 2015 M A Sargent Medal from Engineers Australia. I am delighted with this well-deserved recognition for Dr Zelinsky and I congratulate him on his latest accomplishment, Mr Robert said. Secretary of Defence Mr Dennis Richardson said Dr Zelinsky was a worthy recipient of the engineering award.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/08/29/assistant-minister-for-defence-pre...

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Doorstop interview American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

Topics: US-Australia Alliance, Syria. We have American aircraft that fly through Australia on a fairly regular basis. There will be those issues.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/08/28/minister-for-defence-doorstop-inte...

Education

Thousands of undergrads to study abroad in 2016 | Ministers' Media Centre, Australian Government

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne today released details of the 461 mobility projects that will be funded in 2016 under the New Colombo Plan. The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to study and undertake internships in our region. Australian universities have continued to provide strong support for the New Colombo Plan mobility program and the opportunities it provides for Australian students to undertake short term and semester length study in our region, Minister Bishop said.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/thousands-undergrads-study-abroad-2016

New code of ethics for international education agents | Ministers' Media Centre, Australian Government

Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that a code of ethics would be developed for international education agents, to enhance the quality and reputation of Australia's international education sector.. We are therefore working with the International Education Association of Australia to develop an industry-led quality assurance framework to help institutions manage their international education agents. Mr Pyne said the Australian Government was providing funding to develop an Australian code of ethics, as well as to carry out a feasibility study into an industry-led quality framework for agents.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/new-code-ethics-international-education-a...

Employment

National plan to reduce the risk of asbestos | Ministers' Media Centre, Australian Government

The first ever endorsed National Plan on Asbestos Safety and Eradication has today been launched following a meeting of State and Territory Ministers today. This plan will result in coordinated effort across the country to reduce the deadly effects of asbestos on Australians, as well as help put Australia at the forefront of global efforts to deal with the deadly substance. The plan is available at: http://asbestossafety.gov.au/national-strategic-plan.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/national-plan-reduce-risk-asbestos

Environment

About the Clean Energy Regulator NewsItem

The facilities method is now available for use as part of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Applications for projects using this method can now be made to the Clean Energy Regulator. About The Clean Energy Regulator.

http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/about/pages/news%20and%20updates/newsitem...

Finance

Twelve candidates to contest the 2015 Canning by-election - Australian Electoral Commission

Twelve candidates have nominated to contest the 2015 Canning federal by-election, the AEC announced today. Nine candidates nominated for the electoral Division of Canning at the 2013 federal election. © Australian Electoral Commission 2015.

http://www.aec.gov.au/media/media-releases/2015/08-28e.htm

Media Release 41/15 - Perth Freight Link Long Overdue

The Perth Freight Link will help drive stronger growth, more jobs and better community amenity, by getting our products to market at a lower cost, more safely and with less disruption to local communities along Perth's transport routes. Without the Perth Freight Link as a productivity enhancing piece of strategic road infrastructure, this worsening congestion will increasingly act as a handbrake on our economy. Also, the Perth Freight Link will contribute to more efficient freight movements not just to Fremantle Port but to any future second port as well.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2015/0830-perth-freight-link.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Thousands of undergrads to study abroad in 2016, Media release, 28 Aug 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne today released details of the 461 mobility projects that will be funded in 2016 under the NewColombo Plan. Speaking at the University of Western Australia, Minister Bishop announced that 38 universities and 11 university consortia would receive funding from the Australian Government to send more than 5450 students to 28 locations throughout the Indo-Pacific in 2016. Australian universities have continued to provide strong support for the New Colombo Plan mobility program and the opportunities it provides for Australian students to undertake short term and semester length study in our region, Minister Bishop said..

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2015/jb_mr_150828.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX...

Opposition to China FTA amounts to economic sabotage, Media release, 28 Aug 2015, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Speaking from Beijing today Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the unions' opposition to the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) is nothing short of economic sabotage. I am here in Beijing with 35 Australian CEOs who are hard at work creating business opportunities that will boost prosperity back home for years to come, Mr Robb said. Today we have two major deals between Australian and Chinese companies that illustrate the future of our business relationship with China, Mr Robb said.

http://trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2015/ar_mr_150828.aspx?w=O%2F%2FeXE%2...

Peter Greste Verdict, Media release, 29 Aug 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

I am dismayed by the decision today of the Egyptian District Court, which has found Peter Greste guilty of broadcasting offences. This is a distressing outcome for Mr Greste, his family and supporters. I have spoken with Mr Greste today and reaffirmed that I will continue to pursue all diplomatic avenues with my Egyptian counterpart to clear his name.

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2015/jb_mr_150829.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX...

Health

Pregnancy folate reminder

The Department of Health. PDF printable version of Pregnancy folate reminder (PDF 254 KB). This form uses a CAPTCHA to ensure that it is submitted by a person, instead of a machine or automated software.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/mr-yr15-dept-dept0...

Community safety on the agenda for new consultative committee

Community safety will be a priority for the new Strategic Consultative Committee for the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS). PDF printable version of Community safety on the agenda for new consultative committee (PDF 244 KB). Community safety will be a priority for the new Strategic Consultative Committee for the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS), Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash said today.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediar...

Industry

Mine expansion to deliver regional benefits

The recent completion of the Boggabri coal mine expansion project will bring substantial economic and social benefits to the region for the next two decades, including local jobs and investment, Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane said. Mr Macfarlane today welcomed the completion of the expansion, which is expected to generate up to $360 million in employment and business activity annually for the regional economy. Mines like Boggabri are the lifeblood of many regional communities and underline the importance of the resources sector to our national economy, Mr Macfarlane said.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/mine-expansi...

CSIRO and NICTA join forces to create digital research powerhouse

One of the largest digital innovation teams in the world will be created when CSIRO's Digital Productivity flagship and NICTA merge, Minister for Industry and Science Ian Macfarlane and Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull announced today. CSIRO and NICTA are two world-class research organisations with some of the world's leading scientists, Minister Macfarlane said. Together they will be a force to be reckoned with, creatinganinternationally-recognised digital research powerhouse that will benefit Australian industry as it reaches into new global markets and seizes new opportunities for jobs and growth.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/csiro-and-ni...

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Restoring the Cumberland Corridor | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government is investing $4.5 million to help restore the critically endangered woodland of Western Sydney's Cumberland Plain. This funding is part of our 20 Million Trees programme, which aims to plant 20 million trees by 2020, including one million trees in the Cumberland Conservation Corridor. The Cumberland Plain woodland is unique and rare.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-08-29/restoring-cumberland-corridor

Death of Bart Cummings | Prime Minister of Australia

Australia has lost a sporting giant and a racing legend. Few people have dominated a sport like Bart Cummings did. Race day will not be the same without him.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-08-30/death-bart-cummings-0

Treasury

ACCC approves revised NBN deal with Optus | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a final decision granting authorisation to specific provisions within revised agreements between NBN Co and Optus. The ACCC has also decided not to oppose NBN Co's proposed acquisition of Optus' HFC network. 23 July 2015: ACCC proposes to approve revised NBN arrangements with Optus http://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-proposes-to-approve-revised-nbn-arrangements-with-optus.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-approves-revised-nbn-deal-with-optus

Consumer guarantee rights following Samsung washing machine recall | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has recently become aware of reports that some consumers with recalled Samsung washing machines have been offered a repair for their recalled machine, but not a replacement or refund. If consumers purchased an affected Samsung washing machine, they have the right under the Australian Consumer Law to choose their remedy, which includes a refund, replacement or repair, ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said. The recalled Samsung washing machines fail to comply with the consumer guarantee of acceptable quality, as they have a major safety failure.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/consumer-guarantee-rights-following-samsung-was...

RBA: Media Release-Payments System Issues - Payments Council MoU, EFTPOS Access Regime and Review of Card Payments Regulation

Search Media Releases Speeches Publications Statistics FOI About the RBA Monetary Policy Market Operations Financial Stability Payments System Financial Services Banknotes 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2001-2010 1991-2000 1981-1990 Memorandum of Understanding between the Payments System Board and the Australian Payments Council [PDF 696K] The Regulatory Framework for the EFTPOS System: Final Reforms and Regulation Impact Statement Review of Card Payments Regulation - Issues Paper Payment Systems (Regulation) Act 1998 Australian Payments Council Number Date Embargo. The Payments System Board (the Board) and the Australian Payments Council (the Council) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), setting out a framework for engagement between the two bodies. Following a decision of the Board, the Reserve Bank has revoked the Access Regime applying to the EFTPOS system in Australia, along with the 2004 designation of the EFTPOS system.

http://www.rba.gov.au/media-releases/2015/mr-15-14.html

Full Court hands down decision in hair straightening product case | ACCC

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has, in part, allowed an appeal by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission against a decision of Justice Rangiah in the Federal Court, which had dismissed certain allegations against Dateline Imports Pty Ltd (Dateline Imports). The ACCC brought these proceedings because it was concerned that consumers and hair salon workers may have been exposed to formaldehyde by using Keratin Complex, ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said. While the appeal has not been fully allowed, it is pleasing that the Full Court has made some further findings in the ACCC's favour.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/full-court-hands-down-decision-in-hair-straight...

Affinity Education Group Limited - Undertaking [28/08/2015]

Friday, 28 August 2015. The Panel has accepted an undertaking from G8 Education Limited in relation to the application dated 26 August 2015 by Affinity Education Group Limited (see TP15/42). 1.1 the conclusion of the Panel's deliberations on the application of Affinity Education Group Limited () and.

http://www.takeovers.gov.au/content/DisplayDoc.aspx?doc=media_releases/2015/043....

15-236MR ASIC welcomes consultation on industry funding | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2015-release...

15-235MR Statement on Slater & Gordon Limited financial reporting | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2015-release...

ACCC applies for special leave to appeal to the High Court from the Full Federal Court Flight Centre judgment | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is seeking special leave of the High Court to appeal the decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia handed down on 31 July 2015, in relation to allegations that Flight Centre Travel Group Limited (Flight Centre) attempted to induce three international airlines to enter into price fixing arrangements. On 31 July 2015, the Full Court allowed an appeal by Flight Centre against the judgment of the trial judge, Justice Logan. The Full Court allowed Flight Centre's appeal in a judgment handed down on 31 July 2015.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-applies-for-special-leave-to-appeal-to-the...

15-234MR ASIC cancels Financial Broking Consultants' Australian Credit Licence | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2015-release...

Australia Post lodges notification of price increase for letter services with ACCC | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will assess a draft proposal lodged by Australia Post to increase the price of its ordinary letter services, including stamps. Rather, the ACCC is required to assess the proposed price increase in accordance with the Competition and Consumer Act (2010) and then notify Australia Post as to whether it objects to the proposed price increase. Australia Post may increase the basic postage rate only if the Minister does not disapprove the proposed increase to the BPR within 30 days of receiving notification from Australia Post.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/australia-post-lodges-notification-of-price-inc...

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