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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, Nov 24 2014.



ABARES Profiling Australian fisheries and aquaculture production

Australian aquaculture production continues to make a significant contribution to Australia's seafood production, accounting for 43 per cent of the $2.4 billion gross value of total fisheries production in 2012-13. In 2012-13 the gross value of Australian fisheries production increased by 3 per cent, with wild capture fisheries contributing all of this growth, Ms Schneider said. Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics is part of a suite of ABARES publications that provides a comprehensive account of historical trends in, and the outlook for, Australian fisheries.


Human Rights Medal: people power comes up trumps | Australian Human Rights Commission

The four inspiring individuals shortlisted for the 2014 Human Rights Medal represent the triumph of people power over indifference, inequality and institutional blindness, according to Australian Human Rights Commission president, Professor Gillian Triggs. Today, Professor Triggs announced the following four individuals are shortlisted for the 2014 Human Rights Medal:. The event marks International Human Rights Day.


Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence Transcript Interview with Michael Smyth, 891 ABC Adelaide

: Cost estimates of the future submarine. I am fascinated that he has plucked these numbers and we are going to follow up where he is getting this from. Minister how long will it be before a decision is made on all of this, that you finalise the specs?.

Defence Ministers » Assistant Minister for Defence - Governor-General's Banner presented to Army training battalion

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), together with the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, and the Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, today took part in the presentation of the Governor-General's Banner to the 1st Recruit Training Battalion (1 RTB) in Wagga Wagga. The Governor-General's Banner was previously presented to the Army Recruit Training Centre in 2001 by the-then Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove. Witnessing the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, present the training battalion with its Banner for a second time makes this occasion especially poignant, Mr Robert said.

Defence proudly supports White Ribbon Day : Department of Defence

Defence personnel across Australia are supporting White Ribbon Day, the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women. White paper boat race for White Ribbon on Sydney Harbour: White Ribbon Hercules:

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Praise for installation of first Australian made JSF Vertical Tails

Defence Minister David Johnston has congratulated Melbourne-based precision engineering company Marand following the successful installation of the first locally made Vertical Tail assemblies on an F-35 Lightning at Lockheed Martin's US assembly line at Fort Worth, Texas. The installation of the twin tail fins manufactured at Marand's Moorabbin plant represents a major milestone in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) global supply chain of which the Australian aerospace industry is a key benefactor, Senator Johnston said today. Marand is one of 30 local companies that have secured a slice of the $479 million in JSF work awarded to the Australian aerospace industry, a figure that is expected to grow.

HMAS Success deploys to Middle East : Department of Defence

After months of preparation, HMAS Success departed Garden Island in Sydney today for a six-month deployment to the Middle East Region to provide logistic support for coalition forces as part of Operation MANITOU. The ship's company of 235 has worked hard to prepare for this mission and is looking forward to Success once again supporting operations in the Middle East Region. This is Success' second deployment and the 59th rotation of a Royal Australian Navy fleet unit to the region since the first Gulf War in 1990. Success will relieve Anzac class frigate HMAS Toowoomba, which will return shortly before Christmas.

HMAS Toowoomba intercepts second drug shipment : Department of Defence

For the second time in 72 hours, Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba has intercepted a suspicious vessel carrying a large cargo of heroin in international waters off the East coast of Africa.. This is the second significant drug haul conducted by Toowoomba in the past three days. Toowoomba's 72 hours of drug seizures have resulted in over 712 kg of heroin with an estimated street value of almost AUD $285 million which is a significant disruption to the international drug trade and the subsequent flow of financial revenue to terrorist organisations. This is an excellent outcome for Toowoomba as the crew near the end of their deployment.


Media Release 123/14 - Medibank Private Share Offer raises $5.679 billion

The Medibank Private Share Offer has been successfully completed, surpassing expectations and returning $5.679 billion in proceeds to be re-invested in job creating infrastructure. The Medibank Private Share Offer is now closed. $2,000 + 75.00% of your Application within this band.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia chairs UN Security Council Meeting on Ebola, Media release, 21 Nov 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I briefed the Council on the Australian Government's response to the crisis. In my meeting today with the Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr David Nabarro, he welcomed Australia's swift mobilisation of support, including our early contribution of $10 million to the UN Trust Fund for Ebola which funded immediate assistance in the affected areas, and our additional $8 million in support for other front line services.

Australia-Japan Foundation Chair Mr Murray Mclean AO, receives the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun from the Government Of Japan - - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is pleased to announce that Mr Murray McLean AO, Chair of the Australia-Japan Foundation and Australias former Ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2011, was honoured on 5 November by the Japanese Government with the award of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun in recognition of his distinguished achievements in international relations over many years, particularly in Japan. The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun is the highest decoration among the Japanese Governments Order of the Rising Sun Decorations for foreigners are bestowed upon individuals who have made notable contributions to enhancing bilateral relations. He retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2012 having been one of the most senior members of the Australian foreign service with 42 years of experience both in Canberra and overseas, particularly in Asia.

Australia secures strong support for UN policing, Media release, 21 Nov 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I chaired a United Nations Security Council meeting which unanimously adopted an Australian resolution that will strengthen the effectiveness of police deployments in UN peacekeeping and political missions around the world. The role of UN uniformed police and civilian policing experts has grown substantially, in increasingly challenging threat environments. Significantly, it also emphasises the role of women's participation in policing and urges the deployment of more women in UN police missions. The full and effective participation of women is vital for developing and enhancing police and other security services, building ties between police and the communities they serve, and for promoting a successful transition to stable post-conflict societies.

Australian media delegation explores Australia-Indonesia trade and investment ties, Media release, 23 Nov 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Four leading Australian journalists will travel to Indonesia today for the Australia-Indonesia Institute's (AII) inaugural Targeted Media Visit to Indonesia. The participants are David Uren, Economics Editor, The Australian , Elizabeth Knight, Economic Commentator, The Sydney Morning Herald , Phillip Lasker, Finance Correspondent, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Jewel Topsfield, Education Editor, The Age and in-coming Fairfax Indonesia Correspondent. Participants will meet a range of Indonesian Government, business, media and academic figures and will examine the economic challenges and opportunities facing the newly elected Indonesia Government, and implications for Australia's trade and investment with Indonesia.


Australia's vocational education and training stars recognised at national awards

Australia's leading vocational education and training students, teachers and institutions have been recognised at the 2014 Australian Training Awards held at the Adelaide Convention Centre tonight. These finalists demonstrate the tremendous opportunities provided by Australia's vocational education and training system, Mr Macfarlane said. The Australian Training Awards is the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training system in Australia.

New ARC Centre of Excellence to open windows into the human body

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Professor Aidan Byrne, has welcomed the opening of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at The University of Adelaide today. 'The emerging science undertaken at this new ARC Centre will underpin a new generation of devices capable of probing the response of cells within individuals to environmental conditions or treatment creating innovative and powerful new sensing platforms that will have untold application for human health.'. For more information about the work of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, please visit the Centre's website.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

New lease of life for Airlie Beach

Federal Member for Dawson. Queensland Member for Whitsunday. Mayor of Whitsunday Regional Council.

Majura Parkway up and running for charity

ACT Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Participants in the `Run for your Lifeline' Canberra Lifeline charity event on Sunday 23 November 2014 will be the first to put the new Majura Parkway through its paces. 'The Majura Parkway will provide a new and interesting location for the run, with great landscape and scenery to keep you entertained along the way.

Industry partners step closer to Woolgoolga to Ballina

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the contract to deliver the final 155 kilometres of the Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina has attracted global interest. New South Wales Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay said the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade will have significant economic benefits for communities along the project length.

Work starts on Kundabung to Kempsey upgrade

The infrastructure boom on the Mid-North Coast has received another major-shot-in-the-arm as construction begins today on another major project on the Pacific Highway. Construction is now underway on the Kundabung to Kempsey section of the Pacific Highway upgrade, which when combined with the Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade will generate around 1,000 jobs directly and nearly 3,000 indirectly throughout the region over the next three years. Last month the Deputy Prime Minister and I turned the first sod on the $820 million Oxley Highway to Kundabung upgrade, so works are really starting to ramp up along this stretch of the highway,' Dr Gillespie said.

Works commence on the $6 million Shell Road Reserve Pavilion

Federal Member for Corangamite. Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson today announced the start of works on the $6 million Shell Road Reserve Pavilion Development. The $6m Shell Road Reserve Pavilion Development is a jointly funded project, with the Australian Government providing $3.5 million under the Community Development Grants programme.

Prime Minister and Cabinet

$1 Million To help sporting codes prevent violence | Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women

The Australian Government is investing $1 million over three years into the sporting community to help reduce violence against women and children. Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says the money will establish a sports grants bank from which national sporting codes can fund violence prevention activities. Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash said the grants bank underlines the Government's commitment to preventing domestic violence as outlined in the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Launch of the Women in MBA Scholarship Program | Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women

This morning the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, launched the Macquarie Graduate School of Management's (MGSM) MBA Scholarship Initiative. Minister Cash said the scholarship initiative is the first of its kind in Australiaa and will support up to 100 places for women to participate in the Women in MBA Program. 'The Women in MBA Program aims to reduce challenges faced by women in completing an MBA and taking up leadership roles within organisations and on boards,' Minister Cash said.

Australian Public Service Commissioner | Prime Minister of Australia

Mr Stephen Sedgwick AO, FIPAA will finish his term as Australian Public Service Commissioner on 13 December 2014. During that time he has overseen a number of significant changes to the Australian Public Service. I thank Mr Sedgwick for his leadership of the Commission and his contribution to the Australian Public Service and wish him all the best for the future.

Social Services

$1 Million to Help National Sporting Codes Prevent Violence | The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Minister for Social Services Kevin Andrews says the money will establish a sports grants bank from which national sporting codes can fund violence prevention activities. Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator Michaelia Cash said the grants bank underlines the Government's commitment to preventing domestic violence as outlined in the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. This grants bank is part of the Australian Government's $100 million commitment over the next four years under the National Plan's Second Action Plan to support key infrastructure and policy initiatives to keep women safe, Minister Cash said.


ACCC takes action against EnergyAustralia and Bright Choice Australia | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against EnergyAustralia Pty Ltd (EnergyAustralia) and its telemarketing company, Bright Choice Australia Pty Ltd (Bright Choice), for allegedly contravening the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading representations and engaging in misleading or deceptive conduct when dealing with certain consumers to sell EnergyAustralia's electricity and gas plans. The ACCC alleges that Bright Choice signed up a number of consumers residing in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland to EnergyAustralia plans over the telephone without the consumer's knowledge or consent, following representations by Bright Choice during these calls that:. The ACCC is seeking pecuniary penalties, declarations and costs against both EnergyAustralia and Bright Choice.

Wollongong Coal Limited — Panel Receives Application [21/11/2014]

Friday, 21 November 2014. The Panel has received an application from Gujarat NRE India Pty Ltd (Controller Appointed) in relation to the affairs of Wollongong Coal Limited. The Gujarat Group of companies hold approximately 6.94% of Wollongong.

14-310MR Former financial adviser jailed for two years | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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