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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, Apr 18 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Two Australian films to premiere at Festival de Cannes

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Australian Festivals & Events. The 67th Festival de Cannes has announced that two Australian feature films have been invited in Official Selection at the prestigious film festival next month.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_140417_both.aspx

Communications

Chris Lilley premieres on ABC iview | About the ABC

Australia's leading internet TV service, ABC iview, is giving superfans the chance to watch puckloads of Chris Lilley's new series JONAH FROM TONGA online, before it hits TV screens. ABC iview was the first in the Australian market with an online streaming catch-up service and we continue to deliver firsts' five years on, said Arul Baskaran, ABC Head of Online and Multiplatform. JONAH FROM TONGA will also screen Wednesday nights from May 7 at 9pm on ABC1, with each episode being made available again on iview after broadcast.

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/world-premiere-of-chris-lilley-comedy-to-...

ABC International and Australia Network Expand China Media Cooperation | About the ABC

On the back of the Australian Government's Australia Week in China trade mission, ABC International and the Australia Network have struck an international multi-platform media cooperation arrangement supported by the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV. Through the cooperation, ABC International will establish an online portal in China through which a range of ABC and other Australian media content and services can be offered and presented to partner Chinese media organisations. Lynley Marshall, the CEO of ABC International, said: This agreement will enable us to put the full range of Australia Network programming and content from other Australian media into China and for China to connect more closely with our media'.

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/abc-international-and-australia-network-e...

Price change - Unaddressed Mail - Australia Post

On 5 May 2014, the price of our Unaddressed Mail service will increase. This change is effective immediately and will impact you if you use this service andlodge Unaddressed Mail articles on or after 5 May 2014. If you send Unaddressed Mail during December - which is a busy time for this service - the 50% surcharge that normally applies will be removed.

http://auspost.com.au/about-us/unaddressed-mail-price-change.html

Defence

DSTO > News > Future Land Force Conference: call for papers

In 2014, the conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia, and will focus on the integration of new systems, technologies and humans. DSTO is calling for papers that describe innovative concepts, effective solutions to the ADFs challenges, and leading-edge technological advancements. See our official call for papers flyer for full details, or visit our Future Land Force Conference 2014 page for more information.

http://www.dsto.defence.gov.au/news/7074/

Defence News and Media » Chief of Navy decision relating to professional conduct in the inadvertent incursion into Indonesian territorial waters

Chief of Navy decision relating to professional conduct in the inadvertent incursion into Indonesian territorial waters. This review focused on the circumstances surrounding the inadvertent incursion into Indonesian territorial waters by Customs and Navy vessels. One of the joint review's recommendations was that the Chief of Navy considers each incursion by RAN vessels into Indonesian waters during Operation Sovereign Borders, with regard to any individual lapses in professional conduct.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/04/17/chief-of-navy-decision-relating-to-profess...

Defence News and Media » Taskforce responsible for leading $2 billion drug intercept home from Middle East

Taskforce responsible for leading $2 billion drug intercept home from Middle East. The 25-member Royal Australian Navy counter terrorism taskforce, Combined Taskforce 150 (CTF150), returned to Australia today after a successful five month Middle East deployment, which resulted in the interdiction of significant amounts of drugs headed to fund violent and extremist organisations. Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/04/17/taskforce-responsible-for-leading-2-billio...

Education

Submissions to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group now open | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. The Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group has called for submissions following the release of an Issues Paper outlining the key topics it is interested in discussing. Submissions are now open and will close at 5.30pm AEST 13 June 2014.

http://education.gov.au/news/submissions-teacher-education-ministerial-advisory-...

Australians to have their say on teacher education | Ministers' Media Centre

Australians will be able to have their say on putting students first and creating excellence in teacher education with a public consultation process beginning today. The public consultation process will include meetings with representatives from a range of education bodies including teacher employers, the Australian Council of Deans of Education, Universities Australia and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. The Advisory Group will also conduct a benchmark study of world's best practice in teacher education programmes.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/australians-have-their-say-teacher-educat...

Employment

Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 released | Ministers' Media Centre

TheGovernment has today published an advance release of the Building and Construction Industry (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code 2014 , designed to restore the rule of law and fairness to Australia's construction sector. Thenew code will come into effect when the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2014 commences as an Act. Under the Fair and Lawful Building Sites Code 2014 , contractors that choose to be eligible for Commonwealth-funded building work will need to comply with the new code.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/building-and-construction-industry-fair...

Environment

Cod Hole public moorings temporarily removed for maintenance - GBRMPA

The two public moorings at the Cod Hole dive site in Cormorant Passage are temporarily out of service for maintenance. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef.

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/latest-news/corporate/2014/cod-hole-public-m...

Finance

Media Release MC 27/14 - Joint Lead Managers Appointed for Medibank Private Sale

The Government has taken the next step in progressing the sale of Medibank Private in an orderly and methodical fashion, by appointing three Joint Lead Managers for the sale. After a thorough and competitive tender process with eleven bids received, the Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Australia Pty Ltd and Macquarie Capital (Australia) Limited as Joint Lead Managers for the sale of Medibank Private. The Joint Lead Managers and these advisers will now work to ensure that the Government's objectives with regard to the sale of Medibank Private are achieved.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/mr_2014-27.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia and the EU sign declaration to strengthen development cooperation, Media release, 17 Apr 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs have signed a declaration which will enhance and broaden our international development partnership. The declaration marks the commencement of delegated development programs in Fiji and in South Sudan where the European Union and Australia will administer aid on each other's behalf. These arrangements the European Union's first with a non-European donor bring Australia and the EU closer on development matters and will ensure our aid programmes are delivered more efficiently and effectively. Australia will delegate A$2.5 million (1.7 million) over three years to an EU food security initiative to support the Government of South Sudan to strengthen the quality and use of food, livestock and nutrition information in decision-making. The EU will delegate 4 million (A$5.9 million) over three years to provide formal training and job placements through the Australian-Pacific Technical

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140417.aspx?minister...

Health

Findings show raw apricot kernels a risk

Applications to change the Code. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today released findings showing that eating raw apricot kernels could pose a public health and safety risk to consumers. . After testing these foods and conducting a risk assessment, FSANZ found only raw apricot kernels can pose a health and safety risk and may require further action.

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/media/pages/release-of-cyanogenic-glycosides-sur...

Industry

Research leads to food and sport deals | CSIRO

Big ideas start here. CSIRO expertise is organised into 11 research areas. CSIRO expertise is organised into 11 research areas.

http://www.csiro.au/en/portals/media/research-leads-to-food-and-sport-deals.aspx

Coal fuelled China long before industrial revolution - ANSTO

ANSTO's Head of Institute for Environmental Research, Professor John Dodson, reveals insights into the history of burning coal in China. And perhaps it always did: it seems coal was routinely burned 3500 years ago in what is now China - the earliest evidence we have for the practice,' - NewScientist. Research recently reported in NewScientist by ANSTO's Head of Institute for Environmental Research, Professor John Dodson, reveals insights into the history of burning coal in China.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS048579

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Arrawarra Interchange Opening to Traffic

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads. The opening of the Arrawarra interchange to traffic this week is another big step forward in upgrading the Sapphire to Woolgoolga section of the Pacific Highway. 'Once complete, the Sapphire to Woolgoolga upgrade will provide about 25 kilometres of four lane divided highway from Campbell Close at Sapphire Beach to Arrawarra Beach Road at Arrawarra.'.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2014/april/wt059_2014.aspx

Construction Starts on Gateway Motorway South

Queensland Assistant Minister for Public Transport. Congestion on Brisbane's busy Gateway Motorway South will soon ease with construction starting on the widening of Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road across the Gateway Motorway, including improvements to ramps for drivers entering and exiting the highway. 'The Gateway Motorway is a major arterial road for Brisbane and this stage of the $140 million project will help get traffic moving on what is often a badly congested road,' Mr Truss said.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2014/april/wt058_2014.aspx

New Expressway Benefits Hunter Region Motorists

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads. NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads Ray Williams said the traffic figures for the Hunter Expressway were great news for the Hunter region. The Hunter Expressway was designed to accommodate long-term development and growth in the Hunter region in the coming decades.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2014/april/wt060_2014.aspx

Drive with Care this Easter

Easter is always a busy time on our roads, and with theEaster and Anzac Day holidays falling close together this year, we all need to take extra care as responsible drivers. On the eve of the Easter break, the latest in a series of national surveys on road safety issues has revealed an increased awareness of driver distraction as a factor contributing to crashes. Have a pleasant and safe Easter break.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/april/jb028_2014.aspx

Local Stakeholders Welcome $3.5 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Senator the Hon Marise Payne. Senator for Western Sydney. Minister Assisting the Premier for Western Sydney.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/jb/releases/2014/april/jb029_2014.aspx

Prime Minister and Cabinet

NSW Premier | Prime Minister of Australia

I congratulate the Hon Mike Baird MP on receiving the endorsement of his colleagues to become NSW Premier. Mike has served in the NSW Parliament since 2007 and as NSW Treasurer since 2011. During his time as Treasurer, Mike has kept a firm hand on the NSW finances.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-04-17/nsw-premier

Social Services

Mental health support for drought-affected communities | The Hon Kevin Andrews MP

Drought-affected communities in Queensland and New South Wales will have increased access to free counselling under a $10.7 million Australian Government investment in targeted social and community support. The Australian Government understands that some farmers, farm families and rural communities are doing it tough because of the prolonged severe drought and this can affect their mental health and wellbeing, Mr Andrews said. The providers will also work with other government and non-government services, such as the Rural Financial Counselling Service, health services, emergency relief and other community support organisations, to provide a full range of support to these communities.

http://kevinandrews.dss.gov.au/media-releases/75

Treasury

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-085MR Sonray director jailed following 46 million dollar collapse

Log in / Sign up. Mr Johnson is the second person to be jailed following the collapse of Sonray. Sonray was established in 2003 and held an Australian financial services licence.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-085MR+Sonray+director+jailed+...

ACCC finalises inquiry into regulation of fixed line services | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today released its final report into the regulation of fixed line telecommunications services. Fixed line services enable retail telecommunications service providers to use Telstra's copper network and other fixed line infrastructure to provide a range of retail fixed line telephone and broadband services to Australian consumers. More information on the fixed line services and the ACCC's final report for the declaration inquiry is available on the Fixed Services Review Declaration Inquiry webpage.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-finalises-inquiry-into-regulation-of-fixed...

Updated guide released to help businesses sell and promote products and services | The Hon Bruce Billson MP

Businesses and consumers are set to benefit from a comprehensive advertising and selling guide released today by the ACCC. The guide will help businesses clearly understand their legal obligations when selling and promoting their products and services through television, radio, internet or print media. The guide provides practical information and tips on how the consumer law applies to specific selling and promotional activities.

http://bfb.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/023-2014/

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-084MR Asia region funds passport industry consultation paper

Log in / Sign up. The consultation paper sets out the proposed passport arrangements for public consultation on the details of the proposed framework and follows the signing of a statement of intent on the passport by ministers from Australia, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore at the APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting in Bali in September 2013. ASIC has provided technical assistance to the Australian Treasury in developing the consultation paper together with government officials and regulators from the other economies that are issuing the consultation paper.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-084MR+Asia+region+funds+passp...

ACCC launches updated advertising and selling guide | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has revised its Advertising and selling guide' to help educate businesses about their legal rights and obligations when selling and promoting their products and services. Whether on television, radio, the internet or print media - businesses must ensure their advertising and selling practices comply with the law, Dr Schaper said. The revised publication provides businesses and their advertising and selling agents with detailed, practical information about how the consumer law applies to their specific selling and promotional activities.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-launches-updated-advertising-and-selling-g...

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-083MR ASIC reviews electricity report

Log in / Sign up. ASIC today released Report 390 Review of OTC electricity derivatives market participants' risk management policies (REP 390). Agencies which regulate the physical electricity market include the Australian Energy Market Commission, the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Australian Energy Regulator.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-083MR+ASIC+reviews+electricit...

Tiny Tots will refund up to $50,000 after breaching consumer law in unsolicited photography sales | ACCC

Tiny Tots Images Photography Pty Ltd (Tiny Tots) has given the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission a court enforceable undertaking after breaching the Australian Consumer Law in the provision of photographic services. Since at least January 2011, Tiny Tots had entered into approximately 1,400 unsolicited consumer agreements for photographic services with customers across Australia. Tiny Tots has admitted in its undertaking to the ACCC that the agreement documents used in the provision of their photographic services contravened the unsolicited consumer agreement laws and have agreed to ensure that in the future the agreement documents comply with the requirements under the Australian Consumer Law.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/tiny-tots-will-refund-up-to-50000-after-breachi...

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