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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, Mar 30 2015.



AFP team to take part in Unity Cup 2015 in Melbourne - Australian Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police are this year each contributing a team to the eighth annual Unity Cup championship on Sunday. AFP Manager Melbourne Office Bruce Giles said the Unity Cup is a fantastic opportunity to show how sport breaks down all sorts of barriers. AFL Victoria Chief Executive Officer Steven Reaper said the Unity Cup showcases everything that is great about Australian football.

29 March 2015-Distinguished Australians appointed to Old Parliament House Advisory Council

Today I announce four new appointments to the Old Parliament House Advisory Council. Their skills, experience and backgrounds will be of great value to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. He served as Clerk of the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament between 2009 and 2013 and was an employee of the House for 41 years, including at Old Parliament House.

Pages - 27 March 2015Additional assistance for small business affected by Cyclone Marcia

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Tourism Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones today announced additional disaster recovery assistance for small businesses and non-profit organisations in Queensland which were severely affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia. I encourage small business owners in this area who were devastated by Cyclone Marcia to contact the Queensland Industry Development Corporation to talk about how they can access these grants.

Australian Privacy Commissioner accepts enforceable undertaking to enhance information security at Optus| Office of the Australian Information Commissioner - OAIC

The Australian Privacy Commissioner (the Commissioner) has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Optus, following three significant privacy incidents where the security of personal information held by Optus was compromised. The reforms to the Privacy Act 1988 introduced a new power for the Australian Privacy Commissioner to accept an enforceable undertaking from an organisation or agency. The OAIC publishes a guide to assist organisations and agencies in assessing their personal information security requirements under Australian Privacy Principle 11: Guide to securing personal information.

Pages - 27 March 2015Additional Cyclone Nathan recovery funding for Queensland councils

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services. Commonwealth Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jo-Ann Miller today announced additional disaster recovery funding for local councils in Far North Queensland affected recently by Cyclone Nathan.

29 March 2015-New Chair for Screen Australia

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Nicholas Moore as the new Chair of the Screen Australia Board. With over twenty years of experience in leadership roles in financial services, infrastructure and the media, Mr Moore will bring an exceptional set of skills to the Screen Australia Board. Mr Moore has been appointed for three years.

AFP members recognised for bravery and excellence - Australian Federal Police

Commissioner Andrew Colvin today acknowledged the commitment and dedication of AFP members at the organisation's Foundation Day award ceremony in Canberra. Approximately 48 AFP members were presented with awards during a special ceremony held at the AFP's National Headquarters in Canberra. Fourteen AFP members received the Commissioners' Group Citation for Conspicuous Conduct for their work in support of the Philippine National Police and Australian Government efforts to release Australian man Warren Rodwell, who was held captive by militants in the southern Philippines for 15 months.


Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - First Pass approval for ANZAC Air Search Radar Replacement - 27 March 2015

The Australian Government had provided First Pass approval for project SEA 1448 Phase 4B ANZAC Air Search Radar Replacement. CEA is an internationally recognised Australian company that developed the successful Anti-Ship Missile Defence CEAFAR' radar currently being installed on the ANZAC frigates. The new radar will build on this successful technology to deliver a generational improvement over the current ANZAC long-range radar.

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - First pass approval for replacement National Support Base Aviation Refuelling Vehicles - 27 March 2015

The Australian Government has given First Pass approval for Joint Project157 Phase1 - Replacement National Support Base Aviation Refuelling Vehicles. When fully delivered, this acquisition will provide a new generation of aviation refuelling vehicles to support the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) fixed and rotary wing aircraft fleets within Australia and at Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth, where ADF aircraft routinely operate. Defence will explore both Government-owned and industry-owned approaches, however Defence personnel will continue to operate the refuelling vehicles.

Job well-done for the RAAF's Super Hornets in the Middle East : Department of Defence

The Australian Air Task Group conducting operations in Iraq will farewell its six Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet multi-role fighter aircraft that have been flying high tempo air-strike operations since September. As part of US led Coalition air operations, the F/A-18A Hornets from Number 75 Squadron have replaced the Super Hornets to continue combating the Daesh terrorist threat in Iraq. The incoming F/A-18A Hornet is a single-seat multi-role fighter while the F/A-18F Super Hornet is a two-seater.

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - New flight simulator for Navy helicopter crews - 27 March 2015

The Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews, and the Member for Gilmore, AnnSudmalis, today announced that the first of two Navy MH-60R Seahawk Romeo' flight simulators had been commissioned into service. The training system will include two full motion flight simulators and a wide range of sophisticated maintenance trainers, allowing Navy's Seahawk Romeo crews to safely train in Australia across a wide range of operational and mission related training scenarios. The simulators will prepare Navy crews for advanced maritime combat operations from Navy ships all over the world.

Australian Forces at work on Tanna Island : Department of Defence

Australian aid continues to support regional Vanuatu with the arrival of HMAS Tobruk off the west coast of Tanna in Vanuatu's southern Tafea Province. HMAS Tobruk arrived at Tanna on March 25 and will transfer personnel and equipment ashore using two embarked Army LCM-8 landing craft and a Navy MRH90 helicopter once bad weather clears. Australian engineers and advance parties on Tanna are conducting beach surveys to locate suitable amphibious landing zones, as well clearing routes for vehicle mobility.


Stingray target training hits the mark - GBRMPA

In a collaborative study led by James Cook University (JCU), three blue-spotted lagoon rays at Reef HQ Aquarium are being given food as a reward when they hit different shaped targets. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.


New centres foster better health through research translation | National Health and Medical Research Council

Four Australian health centres have been recognised as being amongst the world's best for using medical research to improve patient care. The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley today announced all four as the first ever National Health and Medical Research Council Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres, following assessment by an international panel of experts. The four successful centres, recognised as NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres are:.

Public consultation opens on draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes | National Health and Medical Research Council

The National Health and Medical Research Council has today opened public consultation on the draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes. The draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes document was developed by an expert working committee that included members with expertise in animal welfare as well as the care of non-human primates, and overseen by NHMRC's Animal Welfare Committee. Public consultation on the draft Principles and guidelines for the care and use of non-human primates for scientific purposes closes on 8 May at 5:00pm AEST.


Sunshine State home to largest solar PV research facility in the southern hemisphere

The University of Queensland today officially opened the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) research facility in the southern hemisphere. Industry and Science Minister Ian Macfarlane said the Gatton research facility was part of a $400 million project led by AGL Energy and supported by $166.7 million of Australian Government funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Australia has a reputation as a world leader in solar PV research, and has a broad energy base in which renewables have and will continue to play an important role, Mr Macfarlane said.

27 March: Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones - Latest - AIMS

Coral trout biomass has more than doubled since the 1980s in the green zones with most of the growth occurring since the 2004 rezoning. Among the world's coral reefs, fishing on the Great Barrier Reef is relatively light but it has still reduced the number and average size of the few fish species that are taken by fishers. Hugh Sweatman, also of AIMS and co-author of the paper, said Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is looked upon as a benchmark for large-scale reserve networks around the world.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

$7.17 million to keep Indigenous communities connected

Federal Member for O'Connor. Noonkanbah Construct and gravel 2017-18 Camballin Construct and gravel intersection 2018-19 East Pilbara Punmu Access Construct and gravel 2014-15 Kiwirrkurra Access Construct and gravel 2015-16 Talawana Track Construct and gravel 2015-16 Jiggalong Construct and gravel 2015-16 Kunawarritji Construct and gravel 2014-15 Desert Road Construct and gravel 2014-15 Halls Creek Tanami Improve formation. Kulumburu Construct and gravel.

Response to Adelaide Advertiser

Your article Jobs risk for flight schools' (Thursday, 26 March 2015) failed to include a right of reply from Airservices in response to claimed potential impacts to flight training at Adelaide Airport. Adelaide tower operations will remain unchanged and the service delivered to all flights in Adelaide will not be affected by relocation of the approach control service. The decision to extend this established model to Adelaide follows extensive consultation with our Adelaide staff, unions, customers, stakeholders and members of parliament over the past 12 months.

Progress on Northern Territory roads driving forward

Senator for Northern Territory. Northern Territory Minister for Infrastructure. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $20 million to fully fund the upgrades on more than 20 kilometres of the Highway, with the Northern Territory Government having spent $1.4 million on concurrent works.

$9.56 million to fix WA bridges

Twenty-five bridges on roads in Western Australia will soon be on the road to recovery with the Australian Government today approving $9.56 million for major upgrades. Murchison River Replace bridge. Kimberley 2015-16 Oconnor Road.

Australian aviation security and safety

Australian aviation authorities are reviewing initial information regarding the investigation into the tragic loss of Germanwings flight 4U9525. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today confirmed that Australian Government aviation security and safety agencies are investigating if current cockpit security and safety requirements need further strengthening. 'A more thorough review will consider information from, and the findings of, the investigation of the recent tragic loss of a Germanwings Airbus A320 and will recommend any required changes to aviation security and safety regulations and procedures,' Mr Truss said.

Prime Minister and Cabinet

New South Wales election result | Prime Minister of Australia

I congratulate Premier Baird and his Coalition team on an outstanding victory in the New South Wales state election. Mike is an extremely effective Premier with a vision for a stronger and more prosperous New South Wales. This result is unambiguously good news for the Liberal Party and for the people of New South Wales.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank | Prime Minister of Australia

The Government is today announcing it intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which would allow Australia to participate (as a prospective founding member) in negotiations to set up the bank. Key matters to be resolved before Australia considers joining the AIIB include the Bank's Board of Directors having authority over key investment decisions, and that no one country control the bank. Recognising the pressing need for infrastructure investment in the Asia-Pacific, Australia made infrastructure a priority during our G20 presidency in 2014.

Abbott Government delivers funding certainty to Autism Centres | Prime Minister of Australia

The Abbott Government will deliver funding certainty to the families of children with autism who access early intervention services across Australia. The Government will extend funding for the six Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centres (ASELCCs) until the end of 2015, and will also develop new, individualised funding agreements with each centre for the next three years to the end of 2018. These new funding agreements will provide certainty for these centres as we move to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and will allow them to continue their vital work helping children with autism.

Post-2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government is inviting submissions on Australia's next greenhouse gas emissions reduction target for the post-2020 period. All countries have agreed to propose their national post-2020 emissions reduction target before the United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December 2015. For the period leading up to 2020, new emissions projections released this week show we are well on track to meet or beat our target of reducing emissions by five per cent from 2000 levels.


EnergyAustralia and telemarketer ordered to pay penalties totalling $1.1 million for misleading consumers | ACCC

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered that EnergyAustralia Pty Ltd (EnergyAustralia) pay penalties of $1 million and that its former telemarketing company, Bright Choice Australia Pty Ltd (Bright Choice), pay penalties of $100,000 for contravening the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The Court also ordered EnergyAustralia and Bright Choice pay a contribution to the ACCC's costs. In April 2014, EnergyAustralia agreed to pay a penalty of $1.2 million for unlawful door-to-door selling practices and consented to the declarations and other orders sought by the ACCC in that proceeding.

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