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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, Oct 23 2014.

Portfolios

Agriculture

New board appointments for Grains RDC - Grains Research & Development Corporation

Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, today announced new board members to guide the investment and research efforts of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) to generate the best return for grower levies. 'The new board will start on 4 November 2014 and will play an important role in investing grower and taxpayer funds to ensure a profitable and sustainable grains industry into the future,' Minister Joyce said. New board members appointed until 30 September 2017 are:.

http://www.grdc.com.au/media-centre/media-news/national/2014/10/new-board-appoin...

Attorney-General's

Joint operation sees two men charged with importing precursor chemicals - Australian Federal Police

Two men have been charged with importing drug precursor chemicals in a joint operation that spanned two states and seized 50 litres of liquid containing pseudoephedrine. The operation began in June last year when the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received intelligence from the Australian Crime Commission on the possible importation of precursor chemicals through a chemical supply business. A 58-year-old Mitcham (South Australia) man was arrested in Adelaide on 20 October 2014 and charged with importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor (pseudoephedrine) contrary to Section 307.11 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/october/joint-operation-sees-tw...

22 October 2014Government response to committee report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014

The Government has responded to the inquiry of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) into the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 (the Bill). The Government will amend the Bill to limit. The Committee recommends that the.

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/FourthQuarter/22Octob...

Annual Report 201314: 54% more FOI matters resolved, 183% more privacy complaints received| Office of the Australian Information Commissioner - OAIC

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has today released its 201314 Annual Report. The 201314 Annual Report is expected to be the last for the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). The Bill proposes the repeal of the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 including abolition of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC), and the amendment of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), Privacy Act 1988 and related laws.

http://www.oaic.gov.au/news-and-events/media-releases/annual-report-2013-14

Communications

Honouring the Australian Defence Force - Australia Post

In the lead up to Remembrance Day, Australia Post is honouring the contribution made by our defence forces over the last century with a new stamp issue. Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC said, We are honoured that Australia Post is paying tribute to the men and women of the Australian Defence Force in this way. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) comprises the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

http://auspost.com.au/about-us/defence-force-stamp-release.html

Defence

Australia lends a hand in Bougainville with Operation RENDER SAFE : Department of Defence

Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have arrived in Bougainville to address a potentially deadly legacy posed by unexploded ordnance from past conflicts as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2014. The focus of Operation RENDER SAFE 2014 will be in Torokina where grounds, villages and community gardens remain contaminated by unexploded ordnance. Operation RENDER SAFE 2014 is the ADF's enduring commitment to the removal of Explosive Remnants of War which continue to pose a potential danger to communities across the South West Pacific.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/10/22/australia-lends-a-hand-in-bougainville-wit...

Employment

Small business benefiting from Coalition policy: report | Ministers' Media Centre

The Fair Work Ombudsman's Annual Report released today shows over the last year:. The Fair Work Ombudsman's Small Business Helpline was a Coalition Government election commitment. Small business operators can rely on advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman without fear of prosecution should the information be incorrect.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/small-business-benefiting-coalition-pol...

New Relocation Assistance helping more job seekers into work | Ministers' Media Centre

Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker today released figures showing the Australian Government's Relocation Assistance to Take Up a Job programme is helping job seekers to move from welfare to work, especially in regional Australia. Since 1 July 2014, 145 job seekers have received Relocation Assistance to help them with the costs of moving to a new area to take up a job, Mr Hartsuyker said. I congratulate those job seekers who have found work and encourage all eligible job seekers to use Relocation Assistance to help with the costs of moving to take up a job.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/hartsuyker/new-relocation-assistance-helping-...

Better safety and less red tape under streamlined building scheme | Ministers' Media Centre

Changes announced today to safety accreditation arrangements for builders working on Australian Government-funded construction projects will cut red tape, boost competition and ensure safety standards are enhanced from 1 January next year. While all companies will continue to be subject to regular audits, the compliance burden will be reduced for companies with a demonstrated good safety performance over time. A range of administrative improvements will be introduced by the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/better-safety-and-less-red-tape-under-s...

Environment

Record fall in electricity prices following carbon tax repeal - media release 22 October 2014

Minister for the Environment. Scrapping the carbon tax has delivered Australian families and businesses the biggest drop in electricity prices on record. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20141022.html

Finance

Media Release 100/14 -Electricity Prices Fall by 5.1 Per Cent After Scrapping the Carbon Tax

The latest Consumer Price Index shows that all Australians are now benefiting from a 5.1 per cent reduction in electricity prices following the scrapping of the carbon tax. Treasury estimates that the abolition of the carbon tax will reduce the Consumer Price Index by around 0.7 percentage points through the year to the June quarter of 2015. The Consumer Price Index for the September quarter also showed a reduction in the price of automotive fuel by 2.5 per cent.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/1022-electricity.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Further humanitarian assistance to Iraq and Syria, Media release, 22 Oct 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce that Australia will provide an additional $15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists. An estimated 16 million people inside Iraq and Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance half of whom have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the onslaught of ISIL or Da'esh. Australian funding will provide shelter, food and medical assistance.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_141022.aspx?minister...

Health

Establishing the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research | National Health and Medical Research Council

The first step to establish a National Institute for Dementia Research was taken today. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has opened an Expression-of-Interest (EOI) process for organisations interested in providing services to establish the institute. Health Minister Peter Dutton said the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research was a cornerstone of the Australian Government's $200 million commitment to boosting research into dementia.

http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/media/releases/2014/establishing-nhmrc-national-institut...

Biomet titanium mandible implants

info@tga.gov.au | 1800 020 653 | More contact info Translate | Subscribe. A titanium mandible implant replaces part of the jawbone. If you or someone you care for has a Biomet Australia titanium mandible implant and you have any questions or concerns about this issue, contact your health professional or the hospital where the operation was performed.

http://www.tga.gov.au/safety/alerts-device-biomet-titanium-mandible-implants-141...

Industry

Sci-fi or sci-fact. Find out next week in Ballarat - ANSTO

ANSTO will be separating the facts from the fiction, and sharing with a local audience some of the amazing things now possible through modern science, as well as some incredible insights into what is almost possible.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS054744

Final report into the Ranger leach tank incident

The Australian Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, and Northern Territory Minister for Mines and Energy, Willem Westra van Holthe, have released the findings of the final independent expert report into the leach tank failure at Ranger uranium mine. Mr Westra van Holthe said that the incident caused no offsite environmental impacts and that the report will assist ERA in improving their practices. Mr Macfarlane and Mr Westra van Holthe thanked the members of the Ranger Incident Taskforce for their efforts, in particular the contributions by the Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation and the Northern Land Council.

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

Renewable energy target

The Australian Government is committed to renewable energy and a Renewable Energy Target that represents a real 20 per cent of electricity production in Australia, as was the original bipartisan intent. It was the Howard Government that introduced the Renewable Energy Target in 2001. The Government is committed to supporting a sustainable renewable energy sector with an amended Renewable Energy Target that will ensure long-term certainty for the renewables sector so it can continue to contribute to Australia's diverse energy mix.

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

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Delivering WestConnex: first environmental exhibition for M5 East Corridor

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight. Federal Assistant Infrastructure Minister Jamie Briggs and NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced the release of the Environmental Impact Statement for the first WestConnex project to be constructed on the M5 East corridor. King Georges Road is a critical bottleneck on the M5 East corridor and we have fast tracked the project by 18 months thanks to a $2 billion concessional loan from the Australian Government.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/october/jb113_2014.as...

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Reducing red tape to build a strong and prosperous economy | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government is getting on with the job of cutting red tape and regulation. Cutting red tape matters. Some examples of red tape reforms include:.

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-10-22/reducing-red-tape-build-strong-and-prospe...

$14.8m from ABA to benefit Aboriginal people in the NT | Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territory will benefit from funding announced for 34 local projects supported by more than $14.8 million from the Aboriginals Benefit Account. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the projects to receive Aboriginals Benefit Account funding would provide lasting benefits for Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory. The projects and activities supported under this round of funding are in a wide range of remote and regional locations and will benefit Aboriginal people at the grassroots level in the Northern Territory, Minister Scullion said.

http://minister.indigenous.gov.au/media/2014-10-22/148m-aba-benefit-aboriginal-p...

Social Services

$6.5 million committed to delivering Australian cultural information for humanitarian entrants | Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

The Australian Government is committing $6.5 million to help humanitarian entrants settle in Australia.. We see the delivery of this pre-departure information as a crucial first stage of the settlement journey. This information is presented in their own language and equips humanitarian entrants with the tools to help integrate effectively in the social and economic life of Australia, Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.. The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all newly arrived humanitarian entrants are afforded the opportunity to participate fully in our society and are equipped with the necessary tools to deal with the different stages of cultural, social and economic adaptation, Senator Fierravanti-Wells said..

http://concettafierravantiwells.dss.gov.au/media-releases/79

Treasury

ACCC looks to reduce injuries caused by cosmetics | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today outlined activities aimed at ensuring safe products and accurate marketing claims in the cosmetic industry. Few other consumer products are directly applied to our bodies in the way cosmetics are. In assessing compliance with the cosmetics labelling standard, Ms Rickard said that as part of this year's surveillance activities the ACCC is focusing on cosmetic products which have no ingredient labelling and where ingredient labelling is in a language other than English.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-looks-to-reduce-injuries-caused-by-cosmeti...

ACCC releases position statement on treatment of Telstra-NBN Co arrangements for Telstra's fixed line prices | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a position statement on how it intends to account for the effect of arrangements between Telstra (ASX: TLS) and NBN Co in its final access determinations for Telstra's regulated fixed line services. The ACCC released a discussion paper on the FAD primary price terms on 24 July 2014 and is currently considering submissions received on a number of complex pricing issues. See also: Position statement on treatment of Telstra-NBN Co arrangements.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-releases-position-statement-on-treatment-o...

Reducing red tape burdens for small business | The Hon Bruce Billson MP

The Coalition Government knows small business is the engine room of the Australian economy and we are committed to reducing the red tape burden the sector faces. Since the 2013 election, the Coalition Government has announced more than $2.1 billion in red and green tape savings for the business and not-for-profit sectors. The Coalition Government is saving small business owners both time and money.

http://bfb.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/057-2014/

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