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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, Aug 22 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

South Australians selected for Producers Lab Toronto

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. Two South Australian producers have been selected to participate in the 2014 Producers Lab Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), 3-6 September. The Producers Lab Toronto provides a platform for successful networking and development of international co-productions.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_140820_producerslab.as...

Mauritian woman charged for importing methamphetamine - Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and the AustralianCustoms and Border Protection Service. The matter was referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), who investigated the matter further. The AFP subsequently conveyed the woman to the Adelaide City Watch house where she was charged with importing a border controlled substance contrary to Section 307.1 Criminal Code Act 1995.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/august/mauritian-woman-charged-...

Communications

ABC launches “From other news sites” feature | About the ABC

The ABC will today rollout a new online feature designed to give its audiences greater access to stories from other news organisations. The From other news sites service on individual stories will help strengthen Australia's media ecology by listing and linking to similar news reports on other sites. ABC Director of News Kate Torney said the initiative would help make the online news environment even more vibrant and enrich the experience for users.

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/abc-launches-from-other-news-sites-featur...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Trade and Investment and Assistant Minister for Defence - Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting

Tomorrow's eighth Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC) meeting will focus on ways to further strengthen our bilateral relationship with Singapore. Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, and Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert will meet their Singaporean counterparts to build on recent senior level visits. The Foreign Minister will meet business figures and senior women leaders to advance Australia's economic diplomacy agenda.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/08/21/minister-for-foreign-affairs-minis...

Va062

PDF version (108 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. Senator Ronaldson said that from 1 September 2014, ADF members will be able use their purple ADF ID Card to prove their identity for the purposes of making a DVA claim. More information on new proof of identity arrangements is available in a Factsheet on the DVA website, www.dva.gov.au.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2014/aug/va062.htm

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Australian Business Industry Group

It's a great pleasure to be here today. The essence of the relationship between defence industry and the defence community can probably best be defined as the timely delivery of essential capabilities to the Australian Defence Force and the importance of a sustainable defence industry that provides value for money. The White Paper will include a costed acquisition program, a 10-year Defence Capability Plan and a new Defence Industry Policy Statement.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/08/21/minister-for-defence-australian-bu...

Education

Federal funding to help Tasmanian public schools exercise greater local autonomy | Ministers' Media Centre

The Australian Government's $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative will fund Tasmania's new Community Empowered Schools program to increase autonomy in Tasmanian schools. The Australian Government's Independent Public School initiative is designed to encourage greater autonomy in schools and in Tasmania we can achieve this through the Community Empowered Schools program, Mr Pyne said. Tasmanian public schools already have a high level of autonomy through school associations made up of community, parent and teacher representatives, he said.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/federal-funding-help-tasmanian-public-sch...

Australian Government funding to help Tasmanian public schools become more autonomous | Department of Education

Tips for searching this site. The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and the Tasmanian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Jeremy Rockliff MP, have announced that the Australian Government's $70 million Independent Public Schools initiative will fund Tasmania's new Community Empowered Schools program. Tasmania will implement the Community Empowered Schools program with the $2.1 million in funding it will receive from the Australian Government.

http://education.gov.au/news/australian-government-funding-help-tasmanian-public...

Education roundtable: teacher training the key to helping students | Ministers' Media Centre

Experts gathered in Perth today to discuss how to improve teacher education so they can better help Australian students with disability and learning difficulties including dyslexia. That is why the Government established the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) earlier this year, to provide advice on how teacher education programmes can be developed in order to better prepare teachers with the right mix of academic and practical skills needed to teach our young Australians. Teacher quality is a key part of the Government's Students First platform which is working to make a real difference for all Australian students through four pillars:.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/pyne/education-roundtable-teacher-training-key...

Environment

Bureau of Meteorology wins design award for mobile website - Media release 21 August 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The Bureau of Meteorology's mobile website has been recognised for its excellent design in the weather category at this year's Australian Mobile and App Design Awards, held in Sydney last night. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20140821.html

Carbon Tax savings going to consumers - media release 21 August 2014

Minister for the Environment. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |. | Freedom of Information | Website feedback | Website help | Accessibility | Disclaimer | Privacy | © Copyright |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20140821.html

Watering strategy up for comment | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Interested people are invited to give feedback on a draft long-term strategy for environmental watering in the Murray-Darling Basin. The Basin-wide Environmental Watering Strategy is a key component of work under the Basin Plan. The strategy will guide watering activities in the basin.

http://www.mdba.gov.au/media-pubs/mr/watering-strategy-comment

Finance

Media Release MC 82/14 - Appointment of Advisers for Scoping Studies for ASIC's Registry Services and the Royal Australian Mint

The Government is pleased to announce the appointment of business and legal advisers for the scoping studies into future ownership options for the registry services of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Royal Australian Mint. The Government will consider the recommendations of the scoping studies as part of the 2015-16 Budget. No decision on future ownership options for the registry services of the Australian Securities Investment Commission and the Royal Australian Mint will be made until this time.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/0821-appointment-of-advisers.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Vale Sandra Vegting, Media release, 21 Aug 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

It is with deep sadness that I announce that Australia's former High Commissioner to Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar, Sandra Vegting, passed away recently after a brief battle with illness. With her passion and intellect, Sandra was an exemplary advocate for Australia through her mastery of her chosen trade. She also served as an advisor to then Foreign Minister Downer for three years from 1999, as well as making a long term contribution to the international dimensions of human rights and indigenous issues.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140821a.aspx?ministe...

Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting, Media release, 21 Aug 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Tomorrow's eighth Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC) meeting will focus on ways to further strengthen our bilateral relationship with Singapore. Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, and Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert will meet their Singaporean counterparts to build on recent senior level visits. A high-level Australian aviation and aerospace business mission, led by Minister Robb, will also attend this event.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140821.aspx?minister...

Immigration and Border Protection

Mauritian woman charged for importing methamphetamine - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

A Mauritian national appeared before Adelaide Magistrates Court today for attempting to smuggle app&hellip More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/mauritian-woman-charged-fo...

Industry

Clean water with crystals - ANSTO

A young scientist who is using the Australian Synchrotron has been awarded a $25,000 L'Oréal For Women in Science Fellowship.

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/News/ACS052172

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Experts on board to help drive value for money in Victorian infrastructure

Victorian Minister for Roads. 'The appointment of commercial and financial advisers to drive the delivery of the Melbourne Rail Link is an important step in securing the best value for money for Victorian taxpayers,' Mr O'Brien said. 'Melbourne Rail Link and the western section of East West Link are part of a $24 billion pipeline of transport infrastructure projects lined up for Victoria, and we will continue to engage with industry to boost innovation and value for money as planning gets underway,' Mr Mulder said.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2014/august/wt151_2014.asp...

Social Services

$173 Million to Support Employees in Australian Disability Enterprises | Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

The Australian Government today announced $173 million to help the supported employment sector work towards new wage arrangements for supported employees currently working in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs). The funding will be used in part to develop and implement a new productivity based wage tool (including new assessments) for use across the supported employment sector. The funding will also assist ADEs with the additional wage costs associated with the suspension of BSWAT.

http://mitchfifield.dss.gov.au/media-releases/155

Treasury

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-208MR ASIC consults on red tape reduction proposals for ASIC market integrity rules

Log in / Sign up. ASIC has identified obligations under the ASIC market integrity rules that could be repealed or refined to reduce the compliance burden on market participants. Our initial approach to making market integrity rules was to generally retain the substance of these pre-existing obligations and, where possible, to model market integrity rules for new market operators on those rules to ensure consistent regulation across similar markets.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-208MR+ASIC+consults+on+red+ta...

ACCC issues draft decision on GrainCorp's wheat port access undertaking | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision proposing to consent to GrainCorp Operations Limited's (GrainCorp) application to extend and vary its 2011 Port Terminal Services Access Undertaking. The ACCC is seeking any views from interested parties on its draft decision by 5 September 2014. The draft decision is available on the ACCC website.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-issues-draft-decision-on-graincorps-wheat-...

Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 14-207MR ASIC publishes eighth market supervision report

Log in / Sign up. ASIC today published its eighth report on the supervision and surveillance of Australian financial markets and market participants. Find out more about ASIC's market supervision and surveillance activities.

http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf/byheadline/14-207MR+ASIC+publishes+eighth+m...

Gondwana Resources Limited 02R - Panel Receives Review Application [21/08/2014]

Thursday, 21 August 2014. The Panel has received an application from Ochre Industries Pty Limited seeking a review of the Panel's decision in Gondwana Resources Limited 02 (see TP14/68). A review Panel has not been appointed at this stage and no decision has been made whether to conduct proceedings.

http://www.takeovers.gov.au/content/DisplayDoc.aspx?doc=media_releases/2014/071....

ACCC will not oppose Aquis' proposed acquisition of the Reef Hotel Casino | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition by Aquis Reef Holdings (Aus) Pty Ltd (together with its related bodies corporate, Aquis) of the Reef Hotel Casino (Reef Casino) in Cairns. The ACCC carefully reviewed the proposed acquisition by Aquis of the Reef Casino because it has the potential to reduce the future number of casino owners in Cairns from two to one. The proposed acquisition is of all the units in the ASX-listed Reef Casino Trust (RCT) and all of the issued shares in Reef Corporate Services Limited and Casinos Austria International (Cairns) Pty Ltd (the responsible entity of the Reef Casino Trust and manager of the casino respectively).

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-will-not-oppose-aquis-proposed-acquisition...

8158.0 - Innovation in Australian Business, 2012-13

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http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/6D1DB9C8DA852...

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