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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 Thursday, Sep 18 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Pages - 17 September 2014AUSTRAC suspends registration of a remitter on terrorism financing concerns

AUSTRAC has today taken action to suspend the registration of Bisotel Rieh Pty Ltd, a remitter based in Sydney. The continuing work of AUSTRAC and members of Australia's national intelligence agencies to disrupt terrorism financing is essential in order to detect and prevent terrorist groups growing stronger. This action further demonstrates the importance of the Coalition Government's recent announcement of a $20million resourcing boost for AUSTRAC to establish a new national intelligence team.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/ThirdQuarter/17Septem...

The art of Power | National Library of Australia

For the first time, the work of avant-garde artist J.W. On display will be his paintings from the University of Sydney collection with his preliminary designs, sketchbooks and rare art books from the National Library of Australias collection. J.W Power was a visionary, expatriate artist who, despite holding many exhibitions in Europe from 1921 through to 1938, is little known in Australia, Director General of the National Library of Australia, Ms Anne-Marie Schwirtlich said.

http://www.nla.gov.au/media-releases/2014/07/25/the-art-of-power

Pages - 17 September 2014Minister hosts AFP ThinkUKnow presentation at Osborne Library

Every day young people are faced with an increasing number of online safety risks, which can include inappropriate content, cyber bullying, spam, scams and online grooming or exploitation by sexual predators. That's why it is important to be at the Osborne Library today to host a ThinkUKnow cyber safety presentation. Today's presentation at the Osborne Library was delivered by expert ThinkUKnow representatives from the Australian Federal Police and Microsoft, and focused on safe online use, risk awareness, and how children can make the most of technology but avoid the dangers at the same time.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/ThirdQuarter/17Septem...

Pages - 17 September 2014Teaching children to save lives

Many children call Triple Zero for help when a parent, friend or relative requires emergency assistance. The guide is a resource for teachers of students in Prep, and Grade 1 and 2 to accompany the successful Triple Zero Kids Challenge online game, and is an initiative of the TripleZero Awareness Working Group, a national forum representing emergency services across Australia. Ethan was awarded a StJohn's Ambulance Community Hero Award in September last year and is a shining example of what happens when children are taught at home or at school about what to do in an emergency and when TripleZero can help.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/ThirdQuarter/17Septem...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Invictus Games a triumph of the spirit

Australian athletes have begun returning home from the inaugural Invictus Games in London where the team claimed a total of 21 medals. Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert congratulated the Australian competitors on their performances. The Invictus Games is championed by His Royal Highness Prince Harry.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/09/17/assistant-minister-for-defence-inv...

ADF delivers fourth arms shipment to Iraq : Department of Defence

The Australian Defence Force has completed its fourth air shipment of military stores to Erbil in Northern Iraq. Defence imagery is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142774. Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/09/17/adf-delivers-fourth-arms-shipment-to-iraq/

Education

Early Learning Languages Australia trial Expression of Interest now open | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. Expressions of Interest are now being accepted for early childhood services that provide a preschool/kindergarten programme to take part in the Australian Government's Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial. The trial will provide children with the opportunity to learn a language other than English by using innovative online software.

http://education.gov.au/news/early-learning-languages-australia-trial-expression...

Classic literacy and numeracy resource available for download | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. The booklet includes three sections that provides background information on literacy and numeracy concepts mapping what is around to use for teaching literacy and numeracy activities and workshops designed to assist educators to come together and think about their programmes with respect to literacy and numeracy development. Visit the Department of Education website to download a copy of the resource or to see other early childhood education resources that are available.

http://education.gov.au/news/classic-literacy-and-numeracy-resource-available-do...

Environment

Riverprize recognises group effort to preserve Lake Eyre Basin - Media release 17 September 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. Lake Eyre Basin management was singled out as the winner of the 2014 Australian Riverprize amid a highly competitive list of outstanding projects around the country. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140917.html

Divers home in on thorny threat - GBRMPA

Trained divers tasked with the job of culling the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish on the Great Barrier Reef have begun targeting a series of individual reefs thought to be spreading the current outbreak. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/latest-news/corporate/2014/divers-home-in-on...

Keynote address at Eastern Australia's Energy Markets Outlook 2014

Many of you are clients of ours and you'll be familiar with some or all of the legislation we administer. The dynamics of the energy market more generally will have a profound influence on Australia's emissions trajectory. They will be based on absolute emissions over a historical period.

http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/pages/2014/sp...

Brisbane students get involved in local actions to protect the Reef - GBRMPA

The day-long activities were part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) annual Future Leaders Eco Challenges that raise awareness about how activities on the land can affect the marine environment. GBRMPA's Reef Guardian Schools program includes 308 schools and over 126,000 students from Torres Strait to Brisbane taking part in Reef education and environmental activities in their local area. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity.

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/latest-news/reef-guardians/2014/brisbane-stu...

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Further assistance to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, Media release, 17 Sep 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

The Australian Government will immediately provide a further $7 million to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This brings the total Australian Government contribution to the Ebola outbreak response to date to $8 million. While Ebola is a very serious disease, there have been no cases of Ebola in Australia and the risk of an outbreak in Australia remains low.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140917.aspx?minister...

Ambassador to Ethiopia, Media release, 17 Sep 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Mark Sawers as Australia's next Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concurrent responsibility for Australia's relations with the African Union and non-resident accreditation to Djibouti. Mr Sawers is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia is expected to provide $186.9 million in Australian Official Development Assistance to sub-Saharan Africa in 2014-15, focused on promoting economic growth, trade and job creation, in particular through investments in the extractives and agriculture sectors.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140917a.aspx?ministe...

Immigration and Border Protection

Review of border fees, charges and taxes

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. 'Each year border agencies collect around $3 billion in revenue from border related fees and charges. 'The Fees Review will encompass charges at the border including major items such as the Import Processing and Passenger Movement Charges, a number of import related charges levied by Agriculture and the Visa Application Charges administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm217887.htm

Two men caught attempting to smuggle precursor drugs into Darwin - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

A 42-year-old UK national and a 56-year-old Australian national have appeared before the Darwin Mag&hellip More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/two-men-caught-attempting-...

Industry

Innovative medical technology and export focus improving Australian industy

Medical technology and pharmaceuticals are just two sectors where Australia can play to its strengths in the global marketplace, Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane said today, while launching a new robotic system to improve stem cell research at the Centre for Eye Research Australia. This is a great example of industry, technology and research combining to improve outcomes in order to address real-world challenges, such as finding better treatments and a cure for blindness. The Australian economy and Australian industry is going through a significant transition that will lead to new opportunities and new industries, so long as we make full use of our areas of strength to reach into global markets, Mr Macfarlane said.

http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/innovati...

Treasury

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-235MR NAB pays $40,800 penalty for misleading UBank advertisements

Log in / Sign up. The penalties relate to potentially misleading advertising of a UBank home loan product. Make it Mine Finance Pty Ltd pays $20,400 penalty for misleading advertising (refer: 14-198MR) Esuperfund Pty Ltd pays $30,600 penalty for misleading advertising (refer:14-196MR) Your Super Accountant pays infringement notice in relation to `FREE' SMSF set up claims (refer: 14-195MR) Virgin Money pays $30,600 penalty for misleading advertising (refer: 14-091MR) Wealth Within Ltd pays $20,400 in penalties over misleading advertising (refer: 14-075MR) Small amount lender pays $30,600 penalty for misleading online advertisements (refer: 14-065MR) SuperHelp Australia Pty Ltd pays infringement notice in relation to FREE SMSF fund setup claims (refer: 14-051MR) Finance broker pays $20,400 infringement notice penalty (refer: 14-022MR) Media Super pays infringement notice in relation to superannuation advertising (refer: 14-001MR).

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-235MR+NAB+pays+$40%2C800+pena...

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-238MR ASIC update on financial advice stakeholder engagement

Log in / Sign up. a number of AFS licensees reported an increase in their provision of scaled advice and strategic advice as a result of FOFA, however, for most AFS licensees, the type of advice they provided and their adviser numbers had not changed the advice industry continues to be highly concentrated, and AFS licensees are often affiliated to issuers of financial products, and most AFS licensees had reviewed their approved product lists in light of the FOFA reforms. In a separate project, ASIC visited 35 newly licensed financial advice businesses, a sample representing just over a quarter of AFS licensees that were granted an AFS licence between July 2012 and June 2013, with an authorisation to provide personal financial advice to retail clients.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-238MR+ASIC+update+on+financia...

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-237MR ASIC and MAS sign world-first memorandum of understanding on authorities access to OTC derivatives trade repository data

Log in / Sign up. In a joint statement, ASIC Chairman Greg Medcraft and MAS Deputy Managing Director (Financial Supervision) Ong Chong Tee said the signing of the MOU between ASIC and the MAS is a world first for this type of arrangement and embodied the ongoing close cooperation between ASIC and MAS on financial market issues, including the implementation of the Group of Twenty (G20) over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives reforms. Mr Ong added, `This MOU is an important framework for ensuring that both MAS and ASIC would have appropriate access to relevant data in their respective licensed trade repositories, whether such trade repositories are located in Singapore or Australia.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-237MR+ASIC+and+MAS+sign+world...

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-236MR Westpac pays $20400 penalty for misleading statements

Log in / Sign up. In 2014, ASIC has taken action against 11 entities, including Westpac, for potentially misleading advertising or potentially misleading statements made in other promotional material:. NAB pays $40,800 penalty for misleading UBank advertisements (refer: 14-235MR) Make it Mine Finance Pty Ltd pays $20,400 penalty for misleading advertising (refer: 14-198MR) Esuperfund Pty Ltd pays $30,600 penalty for misleading advertising (refer:14-196MR) Your Super Accountant pays infringement notice in relation to `FREE' SMSF set up claims (refer: 14-195MR) Virgin Money pays $30,600 penalty for misleading advertising (refer: 14-091MR) Wealth Within Ltd pays $20,400 in penalties over misleading advertising (refer: 14-075MR) Small amount lender pays $30,600 penalty for misleading online advertisements (refer: 14-065MR) SuperHelp Australia Pty Ltd pays infringement notice in relation to FREE SMSF fund setup claims (refer: 14-051MR) Finance broker pays $20,400 infringement notice

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-236MR+Westpac+pays+$20400+pen...

ACCC takes action against Woolworths for unsafe products | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Woolworths Ltd (Woolworths) alleging that Woolworths made false or misleading representations about the safety of certain Woolworths products. The ACCC alleges that by offering these products for sale, Woolworths represented that they were safe when they were not, and that by continuing to sell them once it was aware these products may have caused serious injury Woolworths continued to make false or misleading representations that these products were safe. These products have all subsequently been recalled by Woolworths.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-takes-action-against-woolworths-for-unsafe...

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