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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, Nov 28 2014.



Research for growers going places - Grains Research & Development Corporation

Western Australian growers can tune in to the latest grains research information while driving the header or truck at harvest time. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western region 2014 Driving Agronomy audio compact disc (CD) was included in the November-December edition of the GRDC magazine Ground Cover , which was recently mailed to growers. : Time spent in the cabin over harvest can be put to good use by listening to the western region Driving Agronomy CD.


Call for national research agenda on child self-harm and suicide | Australian Human Rights Commission

Ground-breaking data released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission highlights the need for further research about intentional self-harm, with or without suicidal intent, in children and young people. In her statutory report to Parliament, National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell has called for a national research agenda to underpin policies and interventions for children and young people engaging in intentional self-harm. The Australian Human Rights Commission Children's Rights Report 2014 is now available online:

A Ticket to Paradise? National Archives of Australia

Media release: Thursday, 27 November 2014. A Greek girl, sent across the world to marry a man she'd never met an African journalist fleeing for his life and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents, are just some of the human stories that feature in A Ticket to Paradise? at the National Archives. A Ticket to Paradise? is on display at the National Archives in Canberra from Friday 28 November 2014 until 9 March 2015.

Work with us not for us', Commissioner tells Parliament | Australian Human Rights Commission

Deep funding cuts and uncertainty about Government plans have created one of the largest scale upheavals in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, says Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda in a report tabled today in Federal Parliament. I am hopeful that government will work with us to carve a clear path for the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the report says. The Social Justice and Native Title Report 2014 calls for action on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

NFSA requests the honour of your presence at Muriel's Wedding: Renewing Our Vows // National Film and Sound Archive, Australia

You can dance, you can jive at Muriel's Wedding: Renewing Our Vows - a 20th anniversary celebration of Australia's favourite wannabe bride and dancing queen, Muriel Heslop, on 5 December 2014. The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA ) is hosting a whole night of Muriel -themed fun, including the chance to see the original costumes from the film, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from special guests. Muriel's Wedding: Renewing Our Vows starts at 5pm with the free mini-exhibition Here Comes the Bride , a unique chance to see Muriel's actual wedding dress and other costumes and artefacts from the movie.


Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Science award for Defence physicist

A Defence physicist whose work has helped to ensure the safety and serviceability of Australian military aircraft and submarines has won the 2014 Minister's Award for Achievement in Defence Science. The Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, congratulated Dr Stephen Burke from the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) for developing new solutions and techniques that have contributed significantly to the safe and cost-effective operation of Defence equipment. Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Submissions sought on investor visa program, Media release, 27 Nov 2014, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb today said that Austrade is now calling for submissions in relation to the Government's proposed changes to the complying investment framework for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) and the creation of the Premium Investment Visa (PIV). Mr Robb said the aim is to consult with all interested stakeholders, including state and territory governments and industry, on enhancing the SIV and introducing a PIV that will continue to attract applications and investment into Australia that makes a substantial material difference. Submissions should address a range of asset classes as potential complying investments that will deliver on the objectives of SIV and PIV.

Export awards celebrate excellence in a new era of opportunity, Media release, 27 Nov 2014, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has tonight praised the achievements of Australian exporters at an awards ceremony, held to honour businesses which are making the most of international demand for our nation's high-quality products. Held in Sydney, Mr Robb said the awards highlight international business excellence at a time when opportunities offshore have never been greater. The businesses recognised by these awards make a huge contribution to our economy, and I congratulate the winners indeed all the finalists for their commitment, creativity and drive, Mr Robb said.

PNG Oration 2014, Media release, 27 Nov 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I welcome to Parliament House the Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea Loi Bakani to deliver the third PNG Oration. Governor Bakani will speak about the opportunities and challenges for the PNG economy, which is estimated to grow by 15.5 per cent in 2015, driven largely by LNG exports. The Government of Papua New Guinea is focused on using this wealth to transform the economy and provide broad-based development and sustainable economic growth.. Australia is committed to working with PNG to manage this transformation and continues to advocate for the establishment of a best practice Sovereign Wealth Fund.

Ambassador to Lebanon, Media release, 27 Nov 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Glenn Miles as Australia's Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon. The Australian Government is a strong advocate of Lebanon's sovereignty and of efforts to build an enduring peace in the Middle East region. Mr Miles is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Acting High Commissioner to Fiji and High Commissioner to Tuvalu for nearly three years.

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Commonwealth Science Council brings scientists and business leaders together to collaborate | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Science Council will hold its first meeting today, bringing together the nation's most eminent scientists and business people to provide advice on boosting Australia's prosperity and competitiveness. The Council is one of the foundation initiatives of the Commonwealth Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda. Council members from business and industry are Mr Ken Boal, Dr Michael Chaney AO, DrJackieFairley, MrDavid Knox, and Ms Catherine Livingstone AO.

New guide equips employers to hire Indigenous Australians | Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Australian employers will be better prepared to hire and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees with a new guide launched today in Canberra by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion. Minister Scullion said the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry publication Employ outside the box A Guide to Employing Indigenous Australians , is a practical guide on how to recruit, employ and retain Indigenous Australian workers. As the recent Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report showed, there is a wide gap in employment, with only 48 per cent of Indigenous Australians of working age employed, compared to 77 per cent for non-Indigenous.

Cyber Security Review | Prime Minister of Australia

The Australian Government will review Australia's cyber-security strategy to better protect Australia's networks from cyber attack. The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet will lead the Cyber Security Review assisted by a panel of experts including the CEO of the Business Council of Australia, Ms Jennifer Westacott Chief Security and Trust Officer at Cisco Systems in the United States, Mr John Stewart Mr Mike Burgess, Chief Information Security Officer at Telstra and Dr Tobias Feakin, Director of the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. As well, the Australian Cyber Security Centre opened in Canberra today.

Congratulations to Anne Cross - Telstra's Business Women of the Year | Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women

The Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson MP and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaela Cash today congratulated Telstra Business Women of the Year Anne Cross on her wonderful achievement. Ms Cross has demonstrated what can be achieved by women in business and she is a role model for other women aspiring to business success, he said. Women in business have a lot to offer our economy.

Governor-General's condolences on the passing of Phillip Hughes | Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

Lynne and I extend our deepest sympathies to the family and teammates of cricketer Phillip Hughes who tragically passed away today. Phillip Hughes will be remembered for his extraordinary talent, his unassuming nature and his commitment to the game of cricket. We join all Australians in extending our heartfelt condolences to the Hughes family and to Phillip's teammates at all levels of the game at this sad time.

Phillip Hughes | Prime Minister of Australia

Phillip Hughes was a young man living out his dreams. His death is a very sad day for cricket and a heartbreaking day for his family. For a young life to be cut short playing our national game seems a shocking aberration.

Social Services

Divorce rate still too high despite decrease | The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews has welcomed a new report which shows the Australian divorce rate is on the decline, but says the figure is still too high. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show more than 47,600 couples divorced last year, a decrease of 2,279 (4.6 per cent) recorded in 2012. Mr Andrews said almost half of the divorces granted in 2013 (47.4 per cent) involved children who can be affected by family breakdown.


Wollongong Coal Limited — Panel Declines to Conduct Proceedings [27/11/2014]

Thursday, 27 November 2014. The Panel has declined to conduct proceedings on an application from Gujarat NRE India Pty Ltd (Controller Appointed) in relation to the affairs of Wollongong Coal Limited. Accordingly, the Panel declined to conduct proceedings.

Pages - APRA releases quarterly authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI) performance statistics for September 2014

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released Quarterly Authorised Deposit taking Institution Performance publication for the September 2014 quarter. The total capital base of ADIs was $210.4 billion at 30 September 2014 and risk-weighted assets were $1.7 trillion at that date. Copies of the September 2014 Quarterly ADI Performance Statistics publication are available on the APRA website at:.

Mint continues Remembrance journey in Melbourne[10/11/2014]

The Holey Dollar and Dump are the only Australian coins which have had their `legal tender' status removed, or been `demonetised'. The Mint will mark its 50th Anniversary in February 2015, plans are underway for a community celebration at the Mint and more details will be announced in the near future. Eric Clements' Centrepiece at the Royal Australian Mint.

Pages - APRA releases Quarterly General Insurance Performance Statistics for September 2014

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released the Quarterly General Insurance Performance Statistics publication for the September 2014 quarter. Net earned premium for the industry in the year ended 30 September 2014 was $31.3 billion, up 2.6 per cent from the previous year ($30.5 billion). Net incurred claims for the industry in the year ended 30 September 2014 were $19.3 billion, up 5.8 per cent from the previous year ($18.2 billion). The industry underwriting result in the year ended 30 September 2014 was a profit of $4.0 billion, down 6.1 per cent from the previous year ($4.3 billion). Copies of the September 2014 Quarterly General Insurance Performance Statistics publication are available on the APRA website at:.

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