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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 Wednesday, Oct 22 2014.



Plan now for summer double crops - Grains Research & Development Corporation

With summer fast approaching, northern grain growers thinking of double cropping their country should be preparing now and addressing questions of soil nutrition, water availability and weed pressure. New trial work co-funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) is highlighting the importance of pre-season soil testing to quantify profile mineral N reserves. GRDC Northern Panellist Kelly Becker, of Theodore, says summer croppers should plan now for weed pressures and nutrition needs.

Conference calls for culture change

Culture change is needed to improve health and safety in Australia's primary industries, with far too many people still dying and being injured on farms. Organisers of the recent Farmsafe Australia Conference said progress is being made, but much more needs to be done to improve the way those involved in primary industries think about safety. The conference, supported by the Primary Industries Health & Safety Partnership (PIHSP) drew more than 120 participants to Launceston to discuss the big issues in terms of health and safety within the industry.


Woman caught with drugs internally and in luggage - Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. On Saturday, 18 October, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers at Sydney airport selected the woman for a baggage examination after she arrived on a flight from Vietnam. The woman also admitted to ACBPS officers that she was concealing more drugs internally.

Pages - 21 October 2014Opening of the new Charlton Hospital

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. Mr Keenan said funding for the $22.7 million project to rebuild Charlton Hospital is being provided under the jointly funded Commonwealth-Victorian Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. The new hospital will play a vital role in the future healthcare of Charlton and the region's communities.

Making stories with the world just got easier

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Enterprise Industry overview. - Australian Festivals & Events.

National Museum of Australia - Robots make connections for National Water Week

Robots and rivers make unlikely partners, but they came together this week for some MurrayDarling Basin students. MDBA education director Will Inveen launched the Telepresence Robot pilot program as part of National Water Week (19-25 October 2014). National Museum special education projects manager Robert Bunzli said the joint project was an example of how organisations could partner with the National Museum to use unique robot technology.


Australia Post strengthens support for licensed post office network - Australia Post

Australia Post today revealed over 300 regional and rural post offices that will receive new FlexiPOS point-of-sale technology to enhance their role in servicing the local community. The new technology is part of a major investment by Australia Post in its regional and rural network, which includes the largest ever annual increase in payments to post office licensees. Australia Post has committed to maintaining its extensive regional and rural network of post offices as it looks to modernise the business in the face of changing consumer needs and falling letter volumes.

ABC covers the death of Gough Whitlam | About the ABC

Following the death today of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, ABC TV will tonight screen the two-part documentary Whitlam: The Power and the Passion. At 5.30pm AEDT, ABC and ABC News 24 will simulcast The Drum, hosted by Steve Cannane and featuring a panel of insiders to discuss the legacy of Gough Whitlam. For all the latest news and commentary on the death of Gough Whitlam, go to ABC News' live blog:.


The Hon Edward Gough Whitlam AC, QC 19162014 | Ministers' Media Centre

'All Australiansmourn the passing of the nation's 21st Prime Minister the Hon Edward Gough Whitlam AC, QC, Senator Abetz said today. 'Thefirst Whitlam Ministry consisted only of Gough Whitlam and his Deputy, Lance Barnard, the Member for Bass. 'Apart from his service as Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, Mr Whitlam was a successful barrister and Queen's Counsel and served as a Flight Lieutenant in the RAAF in World War II.

Government programmes promoting jobs growth in Tasmania | Ministers' Media Centre

TheFederal Government's targeted employment programmes are aimed at promoting jobs growth in Tasmania. Senator Abetz said the programmes provided a much needed boost to the job market. For more information on the Tasmanian Jobs Programme and other Government employment programmes visit:


Murray flows to fluctuate with spring e-water | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Communities along the River Murray between Echuca and Sunraysia are reminded to consider adjusting their activities as river levels start to vary this week until December 2014. The changes are occurring as water enters the Murray from the Goulburn River following the release of two environmental water pulses from Lake Eildon. The planned flows in the Goulburn River will be managed by Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority in collaboration with Goulburn-Murray Water, with releases made in line with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder's Seasonal Watering Plan 2014-15.

Bureau releases new national groundwater data tool - Media release 21 October 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The Bureau of Meteorology today released a new online groundwater data tool, providing a comprehensive picture of Australia's groundwater resources. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

Robots make connections for National Water Week | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Robots and rivers make unlikely partners, but they came together this week for some Murray-Darling Basin students. The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) and the National Museum of Australia in Canberra, for the first time today, connected the museum's robots with students in their classroom to learn about the historical use of water across the basin. MDBA education director Will Inveen launched the Telepresence Robot pilot program as part of National Water Week (19-25 October 2014).

A master plan for the Australian National Botanic Gardens - Media release 21 October 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The Australian National Botanic Gardens is developing a 20-year Master Plan that will provide a blueprint for its future development. The master planning team brings together some of Australia's leaders in botanic gardens and public park master planning with experience that includes the National Arboretum Master Plan, Australian Garden Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, Adelaide Botanic Gardens Master Plan and the Sanctuary at Tidbinbilla.

Improving water reform outcomes in New South Wales - Media release 21 October 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The Australian and New South Wales Governments today announced a $350 million package of new irrigation efficiency projects across New South Wales. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

New committee members to advise on Reef tourism - GBRMPA

Helping to ensure tourism use remains ecologically sustainable will be one of the key roles of new members appointed to a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) advisory committee. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. There are a range of tourism experiences on offer.


More emergency department patients √Ęseen on time√Ę (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.

Immigration and Border Protection

Registration of Sydney migration agent cancelled

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Migration agents are being warned to act lawfully following the cancellation of the registration of a Sydney migration agent, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said today. Minister Cash said the migration agent had not only acted unlawfully but had not provided immigration assistance which was in the best interests of his clients.


New apprenticeship support network a step closer

The Australian Government is delivering the next tranche of reforms to make the skills and training system more job-focussed, today opening tenders for the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network will deliver better support for apprentices with a focus on job outcomes and lifting completion rates, which at the moment are just 50 per cent. The network will include job-matching, mentoring of at-risk apprentices, training contract sign-up support and other services.

Distinguished Lecture with Alexander Bychkov - ANSTO

On the 28 October ANSTO welcomes the IAEA Deputy Director General, Alexander Bychkov, who will give a talk on nuclear energy.

Have your say in negotiations for a new fair trade area in Southeast Asia | IP Australia

Do you want to have your say in negotiations to develop a regional free trade area for Southeast Asian nations?. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-centred proposal for a regional free trade area (FTA), which would initially include the ten ASEAN member states and those countries which have existing FTAs with ASEAN - Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and New Zealand. IP Australia is encouraging submissions dealing with specific intellectual property issues in the various participating countries.

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Visit by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands | Prime Minister of Australia

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, His Excellency Mark Rutte, will make an official visit to Australia as a guest of the Australian Government on 6-7 November. In August I travelled to the Netherlands to personally thank Prime Minister Rutte for the Dutch led efforts to retrieve and identify the remains of those killed in the downing of MH17. Prime Minister Rutte's visit provides a good opportunity to discuss our continued cooperation on MH17, including the need for a thorough and robust investigation and for those responsible to be brought to justice.

The Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC | Prime Minister of Australia

Australia mourns the passing of its 21st Prime Minister, the Honourable Edward Gough Whitlam AC QC. Gough Whitlam was a giant of his time.. Gough Whitlam recognised the journey that our country needed to take with indigenous Australians. The image of soil passing from Gough Whitlam's hand to Vincent Lingiari's is a reminder that all Australians share the same land and the same hopes.

Governor-General expresses condolences on the passing of the Honourable Gough Whitlam AC QC | Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia

On behalf of all Australians I wish to express sincere condolences to the Whitlam family on the passing of former Prime Minister, the Honourable Gough Whitlam AC QC. Mr Whitlam was a towering leader of his time who made a significant contribution to the life of our nation and his legacy endures today. Lynne and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Whitlam family at this sad time.

Translated material available to assist vulnerable women | Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women

Vulnerable women from a range of backgrounds will be able to access information regarding the Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 in their native language, with materials now available in 12 languages other than English. The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the provision of and access to this information was a critical step forward. 'It is vital that those from different backgrounds have easy access to material that helps them understand their rights in Australia but importantly, women at risk need readily available information to assist them escape domestic or sexual violence,' Mr Andrews said.


ACCC proposes to conditionally authorise minimum retail prices on Festool power tools | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional authorisation to Tooltechnic Systems (Aust) Pty Ltd (Tooltechnic) to set minimum retail prices on Festool power tools for three years. The ACCC recognises that resale price maintenance will result in some customers facing a higher retail price for Festool products, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. However, the ACCC notes that customers will still have a very wide range of alternative trade quality power tools available to them and, given this, Tooltechnic has little incentive to set minimum retail prices above competitive levels since this would likely reduce sales of Festool products.

Telstra commits to improving its compliance with the Australian Consumer Law | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has reached a resolution with Telstra after an investigation into representations by Telstra to consumers who complained about faulty mobile phones. Telstra has worked with the ACCC to address its concerns and has committed to various measures to improve the experience of its customers and to continue to improve its compliance with the ACL, Dr Schaper said. Apple Australia gives undertaking to improve its consumer guarantees policies and practices - Following an ACCC investigation, the ACCC accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Apple Pty Ltd (Apple).

Aspen Parks Property Fund 01 and 02 — Panel Publishes Reasons [21/10/2014]

Tuesday, 21 October 2014. The Panel today published the reasons for its decision on two applications heard together, one dated 3 October 2014 from Discovery Parks 1 and the other dated 7 October 2014 from Discovery Parks and Mr Martin Cotterell for the Marlee Superannuation Fund in relation to the affairs of Aspen Parks Property Fund. The sitting Panel was Christian Johnston, Nora Scheinkestel (sitting President) and Robert Sultan.

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