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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, Oct 24 2014.

Portfolios

Agriculture

About Australian Plague Locust Commission: Locust sightings no cause for alarm

The Australian Plague Locust Commission (APLC) today said pockets of locust activity in NSW and Queensland presented no cause for wider immediate concern. Communities in some areas of NSW and Queensland are likely to see flying locusts over the coming weeks, Mr Adriaansen said. While APLC, in collaboration with staff from state and local agencies, will continue to survey for these locusts, we are keen to receive local intelligence from landholders and the community of any sightings of flying adult locusts.

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/about/media-centre/dept-releases/2014/locust

Attorney-General's

NFSA and Alberts partner to preserve invaluable music collection // National Film and Sound Archive, Australia

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA ) and Alberts announced a long-term partnership which will lead to the preservation of the music company's archive of audiovisual materials, documentation and artefacts. This collection will be carefully transported from Alberts in Sydney, to the NFSA in Canberra, where the items will be individually assessed, catalogued and preserved in accordance with recommended international standards. The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA ) is Australia's living archive - collecting, preserving and sharing our rich audiovisual heritage.

http://www.nfsa.gov.au/about/media/releases/2014/10/23/nfsa-and-alberts-partner-...

Proposals for reform of the Native Title Act: ALRC calls for submissions | ALRC

The Australian Law Reform Commission has today released a Discussion Paper, Review of the Native Title Act 1993 (DP 82). Our proposals seek to improve the operation of the Native Title Act within this principled framework. ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher, said, The Native Title Act is a key element in recognising the relationship of Indigenous people to land and waters.

http://www.alrc.gov.au/news-media/native-title-dp

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - New training system for ADF helicopter crews

A modern helicopter training system for Navy and Army personnel has been approved by the Australian Government, Defence Minister Senator David Johnston announced today. The preferred partner for HATS, Boeing Defence Australia, has proposed a training system that will include purpose designed syllabi based on 15 Airbus Helicopter EC-135 twin-engine glass cockpit' training helicopters three full-motion Thales EC 135 Flight Simulators and addition of a flight deck to Navy's new sea-going training vessel. Defence will also achieve a significant efficiency now that all Army and Navy aircrew will do their initial helicopter training in the one location.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/10/23/new-training-system-for-adf-helico...

Exercise Bersama Lima concludes : Department of Defence

Exercise Bersama Lima 2014 (BL14) concluded on 22 October with Australian Defence Force personnel joining Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA) partners at a closing ceremony at Changi Naval Base in Singapore. Bersama Lima is one of the most significant exercises within the FPDA series of activities. Malaysia will host the next Exercise Bersama Lima in 2015.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/10/23/exercise-bersama-lima-concludes/

Education

Minister welcomes greater independence in Northern Territory schools | Ministers' Media Centre

The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, has welcomed the Northern Territory's announcement of six schools becoming Independent Public Schools. State and Territory Government's across the nation have joined with the Australian Government under the Independent Public Schools initiative to move hundreds of schools towards greater autonomy in their school systems, Mr Pyne said. This is just the beginning with more schools to benefit both in the Northern Territory and across the country, Mr Pyne said.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/minister-welcomes-greater-independence-no...

Sky News - Curriculum Review | Ministers' Media Centre

RICHO Sky News Australia Janine Perrett. We have a meeting in December of the education ministers around Australia and of course the national curriculum is a consensus document. This is a very practical document, it isn't an ideological document.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/sky-news-curriculum-review

Employment

Leaders for challenging times - Safe Work Australia

Leaders for challenging times.pdf. The live and interactive panel discussion Leadership and work health and safety in challenging working environments will feature three of Australia's business leaders: Ann Sherry AO FAICD, Chair of Safe Work Australia, CEO of Carnival Australia and nonexecutive roles at Sydney Airport Corporation, ING Direct (Australia), The Myer Family Company Holdings Pty Ltd, Australian Rugby Union and Jawun, Diane Smith-Gander, Chair of Transfield Services, and Penny Bingham-Hall, Non-executive Director, DEXUS Property Group and BlueScope Steel. The Australian Strategy Virtual Seminar Series is a free, online seminar series run throughout Safe Work Australia Month in October.

http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/media-events/media-releases/pages/...

Environment

New parklands, more public access and spectacular Harbour walkways in final stage of Headland Park - Media release 23 October 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The new aged-care facility at Middle Head follows the same model that the Harbour Trust has successfully adopted elsewhere at Headland Park: the buildings are leased for uses that fit well in a parkland setting and the area around the buildings is upgraded for public access and enjoyment. The Harbour Trust will now commence public consultation around the creation of a new area of expanded public parkland at Middle Head.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20141023.html

Finance

Media Release 100/14 - Initiatives to Help Address Insurance Affordability for North Queensland

The Government is delivering on its commitment to assist consumers and increase competition in the North Queensland insurance market. Following a considered discussion paper process, the Government will put in place a range of initiatives to tackle the high cost of insurance in North Queensland, while also minimising the regulatory burden. We are also working closely with the Queensland Government to develop a program of engineering assessments for strata properties in North Queensland.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/1023-initiatives.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

CHOICE' travel insurance buying guide, Media release, 23 Oct 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce the release of a new initiative to aid Australian travellers in selecting travel insurance ahead of the peak Christmas travel period and start of the cruise season. The CHOICE Guide to Travel Insurance was commissioned by the Australian Government in June this year. Australians take huge financial and other risks if they travel overseas without insurance, or buy an inadequate policy.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_141023.aspx?minister...

Health

Information sought on proposed extended transition period for dietary fibre claim requirements

Applications to change the Code. Food safety standards information. Food safety standards information.

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/media/pages/information-sought-on-proposed-exten...

Over a third of all deaths caused by cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease (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 . Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease were the underlying causes of 36% of all deaths in 2011, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The report, Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease - Australian Facts: Mortality , shows that cardiovascular disease (including coronary heart disease and stroke), diabetes and chronic kidney disease were together the underlying cause of almost 53,000 deaths in 2011.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129549293

Immigration and Border Protection

Media reports, Australian Border Force

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. I've been told by one of our colleagues this morning that in fact your proposed Border Force and your wanting to expand powers is breath taking. So there is nothing in your Australian Border Force as you said that would take any other functions from any other agency at all and no reason for your colleagues to be concerned?.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm218707.htm

Industry

Dr Margaret Elcombe wins prestigious international science award - ANSTO

Dr Margaret Elcombe of the ANSTO has been announced the first Australian winner of the prestigious annual international Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global Award.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS054757

Prime Minister and Cabinet

230 jobs in 90 minutes for Indigenous Australians | Minister for Indigenous Affairs

Two hundred and thirty job pledges for Indigenous Australians were received from 16 employers in just 90 minutes at a breakfast at the Marist Youth Care Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC), part of the Australian Government's innovative VTEC initiative. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said the 230 pledges at the breakfast far exceeded the aim of obtaining 90 pledges for Indigenous job seekers to be trained and placed into jobs through the Marist Youth Care VTEC in Sydney's Blacktown. Indigenous employment is one of the Australian Government's top priorities in Indigenous Affairs and getting Indigenous job seekers into ongoing employment is critical to reducing Indigenous disadvantage.

http://minister.indigenous.gov.au/media/2014-10-23/230-jobs-90-minutes-indigenou...

Treasury

Reebok Australia to pay $350,000 for false and misleading representations | ACCC

The Federal Court has by consent ordered Reebok Australia Pty Ltd (Reebok) to pay a pecuniary penalty of $350,000 for making false and misleading representations about the benefits of Reebok EasyTone shoes, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC's proceedings related to the representations made by Reebok in connection with the sale and promotion of the EasyTone shoes from September 2011 to February 2013, when Reebok was aware that similar claims about the shoes were the subject of a settlement following enforcement action taken by the US Federal Trade Commission against Reebok International Ltd. The Federal Court made orders requiring Reebok to provide a refund of $35 per pair to consumers who purchased a pair of the Easy Tone shoes from September 2011 to February 2013 and who believe they suffered loss or damage as a result of Reebok's representations.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/reebok-australia-to-pay-350000-for-false-and-mi...

Advancing Australian Exports | The Hon Bruce Billson MP

The Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) Amendment (Direct Lending and Other Measures) Bill 2014 was introduced into Parliament yesterday. Currently, EFIC can only lend for capital goods, however the Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that only five per cent of Australian goods exported are capital goods. We are helping Australian exporters by reducing the time and paperwork required to access EFIC support.

http://bfb.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/058-2014/

ACCC investigation leads to clearer ticket pricing | ACCC

Ticketek and Ticketmaster have improved their pricing practices in response to concerns raised by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission as part of its drip pricing investigation. The ticketing companies cooperated with the ACCC during its investigation. It has worked with the ACCC to alert its members about drip pricing issues and the importance of compliance with the Australian Consumer Law.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-investigation-leads-to-clearer-ticket-pric...

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