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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, Jul 25 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Screen Australia: Next steps

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Festivals and Awards. - Australian Festivals & Events.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/ia_140724_takingstock.asp...

Media Release Sweet Detection over 5kg heroin - Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and theCustoms and Border Protection Service. The man was handed over to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) who charged him with the importation of a commercial quantity of border controlled drugs, namely heroin, contrary to Section 307.1 of the Criminal Code Act (Cth) 1995. ACBPS Media (02) 6275 6793.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/july/media%20release%20sweet-de...

Communications

Listen to the 2014 Commonwealth Games live on ABC Radio | About the ABC

ABC Radio is broadcasting the 20th Commonwealth Games live and commercial free from Friday 25 July. Tune in daily from 3am AEST to hear the ABC Grandstand team live from Glasgow:. If you miss the overnight action catch up on all the Games news on ABC Grandstand digital radio, online and the mobile app and listen to:.

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/listen-to-the-2014-commonwealth-games-liv...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - US delegation discusses national security research with Australia

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today hosted a meeting with a delegation from the United States Department of Homeland Security to discuss collaboration on science and technology in support of national security. The discussions with the US delegation have proved very valuable in informing our national security science and technology effort and will lead to stronger outcomes for both our countries.. In 2006 Australia and the US signed a Treaty on Cooperation in Science and Technology to enable Australian agencies and the US Department of Homeland Security to undertake collaborative research projects and to exchange information in areas of interest for developing national security capabilities.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/07/24/assistant-minister-for-defence-us-...

DSTO > News > US delegation discusses national security research with Australia

Australia and the United States share similar challenges in relation to national security and our strong cooperation on science and technology will strengthen our capability to address these threats, Mr Robert said. The discussions with the US delegation have proved very valuable in informing our national security science and technology effort and will lead to stronger outcomes for both our countries. In 2006 Australia and the US signed a Treaty on Cooperation in Science and Technology to enable Australian agencies and the US Department of Homeland Security to undertake collaborative research projects and to exchange information in areas of interest for developing national security capabilities.

http://www.dsto.defence.gov.au/news/7086/

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Visit to the Netherlands and Ukraine, Media release, 24 Jul 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I will travel to Ukraine with the Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans to meet with the Ukraine leadership in Kyiv to discuss the means of implementing the UN Security Council Resolution to secure the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. More than 200 Australian officials from various agencies have been deployed to the Netherlands and Ukraine to support Operation Bring Them Home. Yesterday I met with Dutch Prime Minister Rutte in The Netherlands to discuss progress on the international investigation..

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140724.aspx?minister...

Health

Commonwealth Games Team Strives for Gold

The eyes of the nation will be trained on Glasgow for the next two weeks as our team of more than 400 athletes strives to remain the dominant sporting nation of the Commonwealth. PDF printable version of Commonwealth Games Team Strives for Gold (PDF 226 KB). For more information, visit the Commonwealth Games website.

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

Child protection services received by 135,000 kids (AIHW)

AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders . Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice. Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129548189

Immigration and Border Protection

Sweet detection รข heroin found hidden in chocolates - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

A 41-year old man is scheduled to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today charged with impor&hellip More . A 41-year old man is scheduled to appear before Sydney Central Local Court today charged with impor&hellip More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/sweet-detection-heroin-fou...

Industry

$11m fund opens for more investment in Tasmania

The Australian Government is putting in place another key programme in the comprehensive strategy to create new opportunities for investment and jobs growth in Tasmania. The fund forms part of a $106 million Australian Government package aimed at stimulating economic growth and new jobs in Tasmania, in addition to other initiatives under the Government's Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania. The Australian Government will continue to work with local businesses and the Tasmanian Government on a long-term strategy to build the economy and generate new jobs.

http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/11m-fund...

New molecule puts scientists a step closer to understanding hydrogen storage - ANSTO

Australian and Taiwanese scientists have discovered a new molecule which puts the science community one step closer to solving one of the barriers to development of cleaner, greener hydrogen fuel-cells as a viable power source for cars. Australian and Taiwanese scientists have discovered a new molecule which puts the science community one step closer to solving one of the barriers to development of cleaner, greener hydrogen fuel-cells as a viable power source for cars. 'Anyone with a textbook understanding of chemistry knows the term `hydride' describes a compound which results when a hydrogen atom with a negative charge is combined with another element in the periodic table,' said Dr Edwards.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS051619

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Rescue Capabilities Boosted for Broome

Federal Member for Durack. All up, $2.7 million of Australian Government funding will be invested in the new aero-medical facility located at Broome Airport, while a further $500,000 will be provided for the Sea Rescue Headquarters and rescue vessel which will be based at the Port of Broome. The $1.2 million Sea Rescue Base and rescue vessel will receive $581,000 from the Western Australian Government, $75,000 from Lottery West and $45,000 from Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue Group.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2014/july/wt120_2014.aspx

Early works commence on North-South Corridor

SA Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. The Australian and South Australian governments are getting on with building the infrastructure for the 21st century with early works on the North-South Corridor Torrens-to-Torrens project set to commence in August. It will also incorporate the construction of a roundabout on Ashwin Parade at the entrance to the new Woolworths development.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/july/jb074_2014.aspx

Prime Minister and Cabinet

First meeting of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health | Prime Minister of Australia

The first meeting of the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health was held in Canberra today. The Government is therefore establishing a high level Prime Ministerial Advisory Council with a specific focus on mental health issues affecting veterans and their families. The role of the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council on Veterans' Mental Health (the Council) is to advise the Prime Minister, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, and the Government on high level strategic and complex matters relating to the mental health of veterans and their families, particularly those relating to former serving personnel with service after 1975.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-07-24/first-meeting-prime-ministers-advisory-cou...

Governor-General attends repatriation ceremony for victims of MH17 air disaster | Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

The Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove attended a repatriation ceremony for victims of the MH17 air disaster, at Eindhoven Air Force Base in the Netherlands on Wednesday, 23 July (local time). 'It was important that all of the victims be received by their respective nations and I was humbled and honoured to represent our nation as scores of our fellow Australians begin the journey home,' the Governor-General said. 'The support from the Netherlands in repatriating Australian victims and in holding today's moving ceremony is a wonderful gesture of kindness and humanity, particularly as the Dutch too are dealing with their own tremendous loss, the Governor-General said.

http://www.gg.gov.au/media-release/governor-general-attends-repatriation-ceremon...

Social Services

DHS staff to vote on pay offer

Thursday, 24 July 2014. 'Staff may even be able to vote on the proposal within the next two weeks, including an offer of a 1.5 per cent pay increase in year one, 1.5 per cent in year two, and 0.55 per cent in year three,' Mr Jongen said. 'Equally, a 1.15 per cent pay increase in year one and 0.75 per cent pay increase in year two (as reported) would only apply if the new agreement commences on or after 1 September 2014 and we don't meet the workforce profiling ratio of 1:9.'.

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/media/media-releases/2014/2014-07-24-d...

Early exposure to gambling a risk factor for later addiction - Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

New Australian research has indicated a possible link between early exposure to gambling and the likelihood of becoming a problem gambler later in life. In research that will be presented to the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies' conference next week, researchers found that many high-risk gamblers had been exposed to gambling early in their lives. The Institute's Australian Gambling Research Centre Manager, Dr Anna Thomas said that while early exposure to gambling within families was common, the context was important and some types of exposure appeared potentially more harmful than others.

http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/media/media140724.html

Treasury

ACCC begins consultation on setting access prices for Telstra's fixed line services and transmission services | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has today released a discussion paper seeking views on setting primary prices for the regulated fixed line services supplied using Telstra's copper network. The ACCC expects to release a draft decision on the fixed line services FADs for comment in late 2014 and will consider whether there is a need to consult further before releasing its draft decision. The ACCC adopted this approach because prices on competitive DTCS routes provide a good guide to the prices that should prevail on non-competitive (regulated) routes.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-begins-consultation-on-setting-access-pric...

ACCC will not appeal AGL Tribunal decision | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided that it will not apply for judicial review of the decision by the Australian Competition Tribunal to grant conditional authorisation to AGL Energy Limited's (AGL) proposed acquisition of Macquarie Generation. Given that a judicial review process would only consider whether the Tribunal followed the correct procedure or acted within its powers, the ACCC did not consider that there was value in applying for such a review. The role of the ACCC was to assist the Tribunal.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-will-not-appeal-agl-tribunal-decision

Dividends Consultation Paper [24/07/2014]

Thursday, 24 July 2014. On 10 January 2014, the Panel issued a Consultation Paper in relation to a proposed Guidance Note on Dividends. A copy of the response document can be found on the consultation page.

http://www.takeovers.gov.au/content/DisplayDoc.aspx?doc=media_releases/2014/062....

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