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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, Aug 05 2015.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Supporting the futures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children | Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission encourages all Australians to celebrate National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day by supporting and promoting the rights of all children. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda and National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell said Children's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. All children have the right to be cared for and protected, and live free from violence, but the sad reality is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to face high levels of self-harm and exposure to family violence and lateral violence.

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/media-releases/supporting-futures-aboriginal-...

China co-pro film The Nest, comedy sequel A Few Less Men, and new TV series starring Rebecca Gibney, to be funded by Screen Australia

A bespoke approach to developing drama. Projects supported in this slate include an action adventure film which is an official Australian/Chinese co-production, , the sequel to one of Australia's most successful comedy features of 2011 A Few Best Men , and a new TV series starring Rebecca Gibney. Another project funded in this round includes a new TV series titled , an action adventure drama from the team at Matchbox Pictures starring The series will be directed by , and follows two strangers who intervene in a deadly carjacking only to be swept up in a roller coaster chase across Australia in a car full of money.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2015/mr_150804_prodfunding.asp...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Questions Mr Shorten needs to answer today

Will Mr Shorten offer bipartisan support for the Government's continuous build programme of naval surface ships in Australia?. Does Mr Shorten stand behind Labor's former Defence Minister now Shadow Cabinet Minister Joel Fitzgibbon who yesterday conceded that Labor did not commission new shipbuilding project during its last term of government?. Does Mr Shorten stand behind Labor's former Minister for Defence Materiel, Jason Clare, who said in November 2012: The key to building these skills is a continuous shipbuilding plan with long term, predictable work?.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/08/04/minister-for-defence-questions-mr-...

Defence Ministers » Joint Prime Minister and Minister for Defence - The Government's plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry

The Commonwealth Government is delivering a long-term plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. This strategy will transform Australia's naval shipbuilding industry and put it onto a sustainable long-term path, giving the workforce certainty into the future. The Coalition Government's plan will put an end to the boom-bust cycle that has afflicted the naval shipbuilding industry.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/08/04/joint-media-release-prime-minister...

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Joint Press Conference

Subjects: The Government's plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry Productivity Commission draft report into workplace relations Speaker reform of parliamentary entitlements. Look, this is a historic day and this is a historic announcement. We have confidence that we have the workforce, we have the technology, we have the commitment, we have the capacity to do this.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2015/08/04/minister-for-defence-joint-press-c...

Employment

Transcript of doorstop on the Productivity Commission's draft report into the Fair Work Laws | Ministers' Media Centre

In May 2013, the Coalition promised a Productivity Commission review of the Fair Work laws. One that the Productivity Commission in their press release headed it repair, not replace, which of course, is very similar to that which we, as a Coalition said before the last election, namely that any changes that we would look at would be within the Fair Work framework, and we would simply work to improve on that which was already there. Who is the person who as a trade union official negotiated away, or signed off on negotiating away, penalty rates for mushroom pickers and cleaners? Who was the person as Minister for Workplace Relations in the previous Government that saw a review of modern awards that has actually seen a reduction in penalty rates in the casual award? And that of course was Mr Shorten's Fair Work Act, with the Fair Work Commission, with Commissioners appointed by Labor, undertaking a review that was required under Labor's previous legislation.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/transcript-doorstop-productivity-commis...

jobactive helping job seekers in Ryan | Ministers' Media Centre

Jane Prentice, Federal Member for Ryan, today welcomed the Assistant Minister for Employment, the Hon. Speaking at Sarina Russo Job Access at Indooroopilly, Mrs Prentice said that the Government's new $6.8 billion jobactive service would help meet the needs of local job seekers and employers, especially young job seekers. Mr Hartsuyker said that he looked forward to working with Mrs Prentice and the jobactive services to help more job seekers into work in the Ryan electorate.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/hartsuyker/jobactive-helping-job-seekers-ryan

Productivity Commission Review of the Fair Work Laws Release of the Draft Report | Ministers' Media Centre

The Productivity Commission has today released its draft report into the Fair Work Laws, commissioned by the Government following an election commitment. Despite a deliberately misleading campaign by the ACTU which commenced before this Review even began, the Productivity Commission's draft report concludes that penalty rates and the minimum wage should continue to be determined by the Fair Work Commission. Similarly, the draft report only recommends that the Fair Work Commission seek additional evidence when it sets the minimum wage in future.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/abetz/productivity-commission-review-fair-wor...

New jobactive Services in Forde | Ministers' Media Centre

Federal Member for Forde, Bert van Manen, welcomed the Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker to Beenleigh to mark the start of the Australian Government's new jobactive employment services in the region. Mr van Manen said the new jobactive service had a number of features to help job seekers in Forde. Mr van Manen said that the new National Work Experience Programme and Work for the Dole would also help job seekers and the broader community.

http://ministers.employment.gov.au/hartsuyker/new-jobactive-services-forde

Environment

- Bureau of Meteorology Newsroom

Note that peak values are normally recorded late in the year. International climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology all indicate that El Nino will continue to strengthen, and persist into early 2016. Blog Warnings Water Climate Environment Tropical Cyclones Tsunami Warning Centre Agriculture - Water and the Land Marine & Ocean UV & Sun Protection Rainfall & River Conditions Radar Sat Maps Rainfall Forecasts Seasonal Outlooks Climate Variability & Change Climate Data Online Seasonal Streamflow Forecasts Water Storage MetEye&trade National Weather Services Aviation Weather Services Defence Services Space Weather Services Registered User Services Commercial Weather Services Business Entry Point Facebook Twitter Youtube Blog Google+ RSS Careers Sitemap Feedback Freedom of Information Indigenous Weather Knowledge Glossary.

http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/192/enso-update-el-nio-to-persist-into-early-20...

Foreign Affairs and Trade

High Commissioner to Cyprus, Media release, 04 Aug 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce the appointment of Mr Alan Sweetman as Australia's next High Commissioner to Cyprus. The extension of Australia's police deployment to Cyprus for another two years ensures continued support for the negotiating efforts of the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Kabul and at the Australian Embassy in Athens.

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2015/jb_mr_150804.aspx?ministerid=4

Australian trade continues to grow - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia's trade in goods and services grew 2.4 per cent to $664 billion last year. China was Australia's top trading partner last year, with two-way trade valued at$152.9 billion, or 23 per cent of total trade. Export values rose 2.5 per cent to $327billion with export volumes growing 6.7 per cent.

http://dfat.gov.au/news/media-releases/Pages/australian-trade-continues-to-grow....

Australia's exports shift to a broader base in 2014-15, Media release, 04 Aug 2015, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Australia's services, manufacturing and rural exports experienced strong growth in 2014-15, cushioning the impact of lower resource export earnings. With the end of the resources boom, Australia's economy will need to transition to a broader growth base increases in rural, manufacturing and services exports in 2014-15 indicate that this transition is already underway, Mr Robb said. The value of services exports increased 9 per cent in the 12 months to June 2015 to $63 billion, while rural exports increased by 7 per cent to $43 billion and manufacturing exports increased by 4 per cent to $44 billion.

http://trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2015/ar_mr_150804.aspx?ministerid=3

East Asia Summit - Kuala Lumpur, Media release, 04 Aug 2015, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

I will visit Malaysia on 5-6 August to join foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its key partners at the East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Minister's Meeting, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the ASEAN-Australia Ministerial Meeting. I will meet with the Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and other senior ministers to advance Australia's strategic and economic interests in Malaysia, our eighth largest trading partner. As part of this visit I will launch the New Colombo Plan (NCP) in Malaysia, meet alumni from Australian universities and host a high-level women's roundtable promote women in leadership..

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2015/jb_mr_15084a.aspx?ministerid=4

Health

Primary health care reform discussion paper released

The Australian Government has released an options discussion paper `Better outcomes for people living Chronic and Complex Health Conditions through Primary Health Care'. PDF printable version of Primary health care reform discussion paper released (PDF 259 KB). 'This discussion paper sets out a number of suggestions to make Australia's primary health care a better integrated and holistic system that considers the whole of a patient's health care needs.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediar...

Immigration and Border Protection

Teamwork shines light on suspicious mushrooms - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Service Newsroom

Biosecurity officers from the Department of Agriculture and officers from the Australian Border For&hellip More .

http://newsroom.border.gov.au/releases/teamwork-shines-light-on-suspicious-mushr...

Carlton FC welcomes new citizens - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Service Newsroom

Our newest citizens More . New citizens - Sangita and Harshal More .

http://newsroom.border.gov.au/releases/carlton-fc-welcomes-new-citizens

Industry

04 August: Paul G. Allen Supports Coral Reef Research to Reverse Rapid Decline - Latest releases - AIMS

Human Assisted Evolution Applied to Increase the Resilience of Corals. Paul Allen is deeply committed to ocean health and has a growing portfolio of programs targeted at the protection of marine life, explained Dune Ives, senior director of philanthropy at Vulcan Inc. Once we have a proof of concept, we'll build a bank of coral stocks that are preconditioned to withstand the warmer and more acidic ocean conditions of the future, said Gates.

http://www.aims.gov.au/docs/media/latest-releases/-/asset_publisher/8Kfw/content...

Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Government's plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry | Prime Minister of Australia

The Commonwealth Government is delivering a long-term plan for a strong and sustainable naval shipbuilding industry. This strategy will transform Australia's naval shipbuilding industry and put it onto a sustainable long-term path, giving the workforce certainty into the future.. The Coalition Government's plan will put an end to the boom-bust cycle that has afflicted the naval shipbuilding industry.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2015-08-04/governments-plan-strong-and-sustainable-na...

Social Services

Roundtable looks at family violence in diverse communities - Minister for Human Services

Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne was a special guest today at a roundtable discussion on how the Department of Human Services supports people from diverse communities experiencing family domestic violence. Minister Payne reinforced her commitment to progressing the national conversation on family and domestic violence, including the recently announced Family and Domestic Violence Risk Identification and Referral model which is currently being rolled out to frontline staff at the Department of Human Services. Immigrant Women's Health Service chief executive officer Dr Eman Sharobeem said frontline staff at the Department of Human Services are often the first point of contact for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds experiencing family violence.

http://www.mhs.gov.au/media/media_releases/2015/08/04_08_2015_-_roundtable_looks...

Treasury

15-207MR Dixon Advisory Group pays an infringement notice for potentially misleading advertising | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2015-release...

15-206MR ASIC consults on remaking ASIC class orders on takeovers and schemes of arrangement | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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RBA: Media Release-Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision

Search Media Releases Speeches Publications Statistics FOI About the RBA Monetary Policy Market Operations Financial Stability Payments System Financial Services Banknotes 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2001-2010 1991-2000 1981-1990 Number Date Embargo. The global economy is expanding at a moderate pace, but some key commodity prices are much lower than a year ago. In other asset markets, prices for equities and commercial property have been supported by lower long-term interest rates.

http://www.rba.gov.au/media-releases/2015/mr-15-13.html

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