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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, May 22 2015.

Portfolios

Agriculture

Bill relishes getting back to agricultural roots - Grains Research & Development Corporation

Bill Ryan has enjoyed the opportunity to get back into the field and talk with growers as a GRDC western regional panellist. As a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) western regional panellist, Bill Ryan has enjoyed getting back in the field and interacting with growers and industry people throughout Australia. 'As a GRDC regional panellist, you have the opportunity to get back and kick the dirt, talk to growers and really get back to the roots of agriculture which is where I started my career - and I enjoy that.

http://www.grdc.com.au/media-centre/media-news/west/2015/05/bill-relishes-gettin...

Forestry linked to economic and social benefits in Cape York

S enator Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture is in Cape York this week to look at opportunities for traditional owners to take control of the forest resources on their land. The visit included a tour of Cape York Timbers, a social enterprise by Cape York Partnership which offers training to indigenous people and produces high-quality Australian hardwood sawntimber from predominantly indigenous owned forests. Senator Colbeck is being hosted in Cape York by Mr Richie Ah Mat, Chairman of the Cape York Land Council and a member of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council. .

http://www.agricultureparlsec.gov.au/pages/media-releases/forestry-linked-to-eco...

Attorney-General's

Organiser of asylum seeker boats gaoled | Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP)

Last updated 21st May 2015. Iraqi national, 43-year-old Sayed Omeid was sentenced on 20 May 2015 to ten years imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six and a half years for his role as an organiser of two asylum seeker boats carrying a total of 555 passengers from Indonesia to Christmas Island in 2001. The case presented by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) demonstrated how Omeid had a central and integral role in the people smuggling enterprise.

http://www.cdpp.gov.au/news/organiser-of-asylum-seeker-boats-gaoled/

Pages - 21 May 2015Law, Crime and Community Safety Council meeting

Senator The Hon George Brandis QC. Tomorrow, Attorneys-General, Justice and Police Ministers along with Emergency Management Ministers from throughout Australia will attend the third meeting of the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council in Canberra. The Council of Australian Governments has charged the Council with developing and promoting best practice in law enforcement, crime reduction, law reform and emergency management in a national and trans-Tasman context.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/SecondQuarter/21-May-...

Australia Council Outlines 2015-16 Budget Impact | Australia Council

The 2015-16 budget measures will have a significant impact and the Australia Council will be working closely with the Ministry for the Arts and Creative Partnerships Australia to avoid duplication and offer support to the sector that is complementary. The Australia Council's new appropriation for 2015-16 is $184.5M. This redirected funding will also support the Creative Partnerships Australia matched funding program and the transfer of the Visions of Australia and Festivals of Australia programs and the Major Festivals Initiative to the Ministry for the Arts.

http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/news/media-centre/media-releases/australia-co...

Rothschild Prayer Book Now On Show | National Library of Australia

In an Australian first, the Rothschild Prayer Book , considered to be one of the most remarkable books in the world, has gone on display at the National Library of Australia in Canberra. It is now on show in Revealing the Rothschild Prayer Book c.15051510 from the Kerry Stokes Collection, housed in a temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art bespoke showcase in the National Library's Treasures Gallery for a strictly limited time. More than 20 of the National Library's own rare medieval and Renaissance treasures are also on show to complement the Rothschild Prayer Book This display coincides with the success of a public fundraising appeal to digitise, conserve and research the National Library's early manuscript treasures.

http://www.nla.gov.au/media-releases/2015/05/21/rothschild-prayer-book-now-on-sh...

21 May 2015New scholarships for rural arts leaders

Aspiring arts leaders living in regional and rural Australia are invited to apply for a new scholarship to further develop their leadership skills. Regional arts are vitally important in Australia and the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that our next generation of rural arts leaders are supported to develop their skills for the benefit of the sector. The new scholarships for regional arts leaders complement the Australian Government's support for regional arts through the Regional Arts Fund, particularly the new Regional Artist Development Fellowships announced in 2014.

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2015/SecondQuarter/21-May-...

Indigenous leaders seek to enable economic development on native title land | Australian Human Rights Commission

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have called on Government to work with them on pursuing economic development on native title land and commit resources to this process. Participants of the Indigenous Leaders Roundtable determined that the Australian Human Rights Commission should lead and facilitate ongoing dialogue on these issues. Commissioner Wilson said the Australian Human Rights Commission would continue to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to progress reform.

http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/media-releases/indigenous-leaders-seek-enable...

Defence

Chief of Joint Operations welcomes Australia's strong partnership with NATO : Department of Defence

The Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston, has welcomed the continuing strength of Australia's partnership with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), including through the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) contribution to the NATO-led non-combat Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. During the NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting on 19 and 20 May, Vice Admiral Johnston represented the Chief of the Defence Force at a Military Committee meeting on the Resolute Support Mission. During the NATO Chiefs of Defence meeting, Vice Admiral Johnston also attended a Military Committee meeting on NATO's Interoperability Partnership, and a Combined Forces Initiative Task Force meeting.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2015/05/21/chief-of-joint-operations-welcomes-austral...

Education

2GB: VET Reforms | Ministers' Media Centre

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training is Simon Birmingham and he's been good enough to join us Minister, thanks for your time. Now, this is a national figure and that's in the first year. That funding is- and it is a big some of money- it is of course spread right across the country and it is about supporting those 360,000 apprentices that we have in the system and trying to take, as I say, the paperwork and the bureaucracy away from employers and make it easier for them to provide the support necessary to keep their apprentices in place.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/birmingham/2gb-vet-reforms

Environment

New state-of-the-art visitor centre for North Head - Media release 21 May 2015

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. Sydney's history and heritage is on display and open to the public at a new state-of-the-art facility at North Head Sanctuary. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/baldwin/2015/mr20150521.html

Green Army hits first year target with more than 250 projects on the ground - media release 21 May 2015

Minister for the Environment. The Coalition has delivered and exceeded its election commitment to roll out 250 Green Army projects around Australia in the first year of the programme. Building the Green Army to 250 projects is just the beginning - it will continue to grow to 1500 projects by 2018-19.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2015/mr20150521.html

Health

Press Conference - Opening of Children's Bioresource Centre (CBC) at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Transcript of Minister for Health Sussan Ley's press conference regarding the opening of Children's Bioresource Centre (CBC) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and the Abbott Government doubles drug listings for patients. And we are at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and this, can I say, is a perfect example of research and clinical practice integrating. There is a pipeline of new drugs which represents the massive investment that we are prepared to make, and there's also a stage when a drug is on a clinical trial where there might be compassionate access, or there might be it might be that you are part of that clinical trial.

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

Abbott Government doubles drug listings for patients

The Australian Government has doubled the number of drug listings for consumers since coming to office. PDF printable version of Abbott Government doubles drug listings for patients (PDF 404 KB). Mekinist (2015) - Melanoma - $437 million - $131,000 per patient if not subsidised through the PBS Kayldeco (2014) - Cystic Fibrosis - $174 million - $300,000 per patient if not subsidised through the PBS Soliris (2014) - Atypical Haemolytic-Uraemic Syndrome - $63 million - $500,000 per patient if not subsidised through the PBS Perjeta, Herceptin and Kadcyl (2015) - Breast Cancer - $191 million combined - $82,000 per patient if not subsidised through the PBS Abraxane (2014) - Pancreatic Cancer - $92 million - $16,000 per patient if not subsidised through the PBS Lucentis (2015) - Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO) and Diabetic Macular Oedema (DME) - $541 million - $10,000 per patient if not subsidised through the

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

Blog: ASADA's role in supplements education | Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority - ASADA

Last night a story aired on ABC TV news in Perth about supplements. Supplements education is a key component of nearly every education session or resource ASADA has. We have filmed a number of interviews with athletes and AIS experts on the dangers of supplements.

https://www.asada.gov.au/news/blog-asadas-role-supplements-education

Immigration and Border Protection

Detector dog graduates to join new Border Force ranks - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

Graduate Lisa and Detector Dog Maverick More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/45f84c8c-e26e-4ac0-ad77-6e...

Industry

2015 Ausmine Conference keynote address

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to speak to you at your conference. Fortunately, Australia has a METS sector that is the envy of the world. Every small business will benefit from a tax cut.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/speeches/2015-ausmine-confe...

3D printing comes to Australian school kids

Students from three secondary schools from Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria have experienced the cutting-edge of design technology thanks to a project delivered by Questacon The National Science and Technology Centre. I commend schools right across Australia that are embracing 3D design and printing in classrooms I was recently at Ironside State School in St Lucia, Queensland, and was amazed by the 3D printers the kids were using every day to complement their STEM based subjects. Mrs Andrews acknowledged key partner Raytheon Australia for their support in delivering the programme, which is one of a series of programmes supported under a three-year partnership between Questacon and Raytheon Australia.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/andrews/media-releases/3d-printing-com...

Questacon gives students an adventure in 3D | Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre

Students from three secondary schools have experienced the cutting-edge of design technology through an innovative, videoconference-based project delivered by Questacon The National Science and Technology Centre, with support from Raytheon. In a three-month project concluding today, Questacon's 3D Design Virtual Excursion saw 46 students from schools in Western Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria use 3D design and printing to create body parts for a figurine. Science and Technology Centre Bookings Café Galleries Q by Night Q Shop Spectacular Science.

http://www.questacon.edu.au/business/media-centre/news-and-media/questacon-gives...

Infrastructure and Regional Development

$18 million for Murray-Riverina diversification projects

NSW Minister for Regional Development. The project is expected to create up to 11 new jobs. The investment is expected to generate up to 26 new jobs.

http://www.minister.infrastructure.gov.au/wt/releases/2015/may/wt151_2015.aspx

Social Services

Upcoming makeover for Nundah Service Centre - Department of Human Services

Thursday, 21 May 2015. From Monday 25 May Nundah residents will have access to more efficient government services in the newly refurbished Nundah Service Centre. A limited number of staff will be present outside the Nundah Service Centre on Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May to ensure customers facing hardship or with urgent matters are provided with appropriate support.

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/media/media-releases/2015/2015-05-21-u...

Treasury

15-120MR ASIC requires FX Primus to cease targeting Australian investors | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Our media releases cover a wide range of ASIC activities such as enforcement outcomes, consumer warnings, legislative amendments and policy updates. Subscribe to the email distribution by sending your name, title, organisation, email address and contact phone numbers tomedia.subscription@asic.gov.au.

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

15-119MR ASIC permanently bans Australian mastermind of UK fraud | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Our media releases cover a wide range of ASIC activities such as enforcement outcomes, consumer warnings, legislative amendments and policy updates. Subscribe to the email distribution by sending your name, title, organisation, email address and contact phone numbers tomedia.subscription@asic.gov.au.

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

Indigenous consumers lost $740,000 to scams last year | ACCC

This Fraud Week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging Indigenous consumers to be wary of requests over the internet for personal information. In fact, scams accounted for almost 90 per cent of complaints by Indigenous consumers to the ACCC in 2014. Today we are launching a scams campaign on our Your Rights Mob' Facebook page to spread the message to Indigenous consumers about how to spot a scam and how they can protect themselves from scammers.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/indigenous-consumers-lost-740000-to-scams-last-...

ACCC will not oppose Federation Centres' proposed acquisition of Novion Property Group | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose Federation Centres' proposed acquisition of Novion Property Group after accepting court-enforceable undertakings from the parties to divest one of their shopping centres in South East Melbourne. The ACCC considers that the proposed acquisition does not raise competition concerns in most regions where Federation Centres and Novion currently compete as there are sufficient alternative shopping centre managers in these regions. The ACCC has therefore accepted court-enforceable undertakings which, in the event that the proposed acquisition proceeds, will require the divestiture of either Karingal Hub by Federation Centres or Bayside by Novion to a purchaser approved by the ACCC within a specified confidential period.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-will-not-oppose-federation-centres%E2%80%9...

Water market reforms continue to deliver benefits to irrigators | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has publicly released its fifth Water Monitoring Report. The Water Monitoring Report details the impact of water market and charge reforms on irrigators and infrastructure operators in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB). The review will consider how the water charge rules affect the water use, delivery, and trading decisions of water market participants.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/water-market-reforms-continue-to-deliver-benefi...

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