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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 Tuesday, Jul 29 2014.



Pages - 28 July 2014Helping communities withstand natural disaster

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. Western Australian Minister for Emergency Services. Mr Keenan said the funding partnership between the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments would strengthen disaster resilience across Western Australia through state-wide and community level projects.

Pages - 28 July 2014 - $3.7 million to help build a disaster resilient Australia

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today announced $3.7 million in grants to assist Australian communities better prepare, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergencies. In 2014-15 the Federal Government will fund 19 nationally-significant projects under the National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) Program, reinforcing its commitment to building a disaster resilient Australia. The partnership approach between all levels of government, non-government agencies and the community is vital in building a culture of shared responsibility, a key tenet of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience, Mr Keenan said.

Pages - 28 July 2014Australia supports human rights action for women and girls

The Hon Michael Keenan MP. FGM constitutes a serious threat to the psychological, sexual and reproductive health of women and girls. Gender equality and the empowerment of women is a priority of Australia's aid program.


Australia and Thailand co-host a multinational peace operations activity : Department of Defence

A benchmark peacekeeping activity for the Asia Pacific region which enhances the ability of partner nations to contribute to international peace operations is being co-hosted by Australia and Thailand.. This biennial multilateral desktop peace operation seeks to improve multinational readiness for participation in integrated United Nations peace operations.. Commanding Officer of the Australian Defence Force's Peace Operations Training Centre, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Matthew Nash, said PIRAP JABIRU was first conducted in 1998 and now includes military and police from up to 22 Asia Pacific nations, discussing peace operations in contemporary times..

New Chief of Capability Development Group announced : Department of Defence

The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC has announced Major General John Caligari, AM, DSC will succeed Vice Admiral Peter Jones AO, DSC, RAN as the Chief of Capability Development Group. He has worked in the Capability Development Group since 2012 and was responsible for developing the current Defence Capability Plan, Air Chief Marshal Binskin said. As Chief of Capability Development Group since 2011, Vice Admiral Jones has instigated the Capability Development Improvement Program and has overseen a range of reforms to the capability development process, Air Chief Marshal Binskin said.

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Defence Minister releases White Paper public consultation

A 50-page Defence Issues Paper, containing a summary of the key issues for consideration in next year's White Paper, has been released today by Defence Minister David Johnston. The purpose of this Defence Issues Paper is to set out the essential and fundamental issues for consideration as part of the development of the Defence White Paper, Senator Johnston said. The 2014 Defence Issues Paper is available at:


PDF version (150 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. Thomas Chirnside Primary School. Wangaratta West Primary School.

Exercise Hamel 2014 draws to a close in North Queensland : Department of Defence

The final training activities of Exercise Hamel 2014 have been completed and soldiers will soon start returning home from training areas throughout North Queensland. Exercise Hamel 2014 was conducted in North Queensland in areas stretching from Townsville, Atherton, Innisfail, Tully and Cairns, making it the largest Army training activity of the year. Brigadier Mark Brewer, Director General Training of the Australian Army's Forces Command, said Exercise Hamel 2014 had been a great success.


Interview with Lyndal Curtis on ABC News 24 Capital Hill | Ministers' Media Centre

Work for the Dole. But 40 jobs a month. Do you have to apply for jobs you are skilled and qualified for or do you just have to meet a target? Can you apply for anything at all?.

New Employment Services model to drive stronger job outcomes | Ministers' Media Centre

The Australian Government will release today an exposure draft of the purchasing arrangements for a new employment services model to operate from 1 July 2015. Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker said the model included a new mix of incentives, services and payments to drive stronger performance. New targets for Indigenous job seekers will be introduced to ensure that more Indigenous Australians are in work and reaping the benefits of a job.


Strictest conditions on Carmichael Coal Mine project - media release 28 July 2014

Minister for the Environment. The comprehensive assessment of this project took into account advice from the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development (IESC). | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Cultural grants connect Australian creativity with the world - - Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

A number of major Australian arts and cultural projects will tour Asia, Europe and the Americas with the support of this year's Australia International Cultural Council grants program. The Department's cultural diplomacy grants scheme for 2014-15 will support a range of activities to strengthen our creative economy's links to our region and the world, increase our cultural exports and promote Australia as a culturally vibrant country. Highlights include `Saltwater Country', a major exhibition by contemporary Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, a tour of France and the United Kingdom by the Belvoir St Theatre, a Tasmania-Indonesia Dance Exchange program for West Sumatran youth, and the Australian Dance Theatre's Latin American tour.

Australian humanitarian assistance for Gaza, Media release, 28 Jul 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

The Australian Government is deeply concerned about the continuing conflict between Israel and militant groups in Gaza, the growing number of casualties and the deteriorating humanitarian situation. Many Palestinian civilians have lost their lives along with a number of Israeli soldiers and civilians.Large numbers of people have been displaced from their homes, buildings and essential services damaged, and livelihoods jeopardised. To respond to growing needs, the Australian Government is providing $5 million in urgent humanitarian assistance to Gaza. This will be delivered through our established development partners in Gaza: the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), World Vision and APHEDA. This assistance is in addition to Australia's existing commitment to provide $56.5 million in development assistance to the Palestinian Territories in 2014-15. This funding will help build Palestinian institutional capacity, stimulate private sector economic growth, improve livelihoods

Deputy Prime Minister Truss and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to attend the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting, Media release, 28 Jul 2014, Australian Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Brett Mason

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Brett Mason will visit Palau to attend the 45th Leaders Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the Pacific region's pre-eminent regional body, held from 28 July and 1 August. Deputy Prime Minister Truss will attend the Leaders' Retreat, while Senator Mason will represent Australia at the Forum plenary session and the Post-Forum Dialogue. Senator Mason will visit three Australian-funded projects which are helping Palau to both address a serious problem from the past and build a better future.

Robb welcomes Adani coal and rail project approval, Media release, 28 Jul 2014, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb today welcomed environmental approval of Adani Mining's $16.5 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Infrastructure project in Queensland. The project involves open cut and underground coal mining in the north Galilee Basin which will produce 60 million tonnes of thermal coal per year as well as 189 kilometres of new rail infrastructure. This is an outstanding project that demonstrates the enormous potential that remains in Australian resources and energy in this case coal to help drive continued economic growth and job creation.

Immigration and Border Protection

Operation Sovereign Borders

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. That's not what we do. Well again, that is not something that is part of that process at that time.

Operation Sovereign Borders, offensive comments of Senator Hanson-Young, Labor's opposition to returning illegal boat arrivals, MH17, polls

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. That is exactly it. This is just offensive.

Government welcomes High Court directions hearing outcome

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. I welcome the positive outcome for the government's case at the directions hearing of the High Court held today. The Court agreed today that the case stated for consideration on August 4 and 5 by the full bench of the High Court, was now hypothetical and it was no longer appropriate to continue with that hearing scheduled for those dates.


Consultation opens for new Industry Skills Fund

The Australian Government is seeking feedback on the design and implementation of the new Industry Skills Fund, the $476 million programme which will underpin Australia's sustainable industries of the future. The Industry Skills Fund is a centrepiece of the Australian Government's new support infrastructure for business and is a key element of the Australian Government's National Industry Investment and Competitiveness Agenda, Mr Macfarlane said. The Industry Skills Fund will commence on 1 January 2015 and will be delivered through the new Single Business Service initiative AusIndustry.

Regulation Reform - Cutting red tape | IP Australia

IP Australia is looking for ways to reduce regulatory burden within the intellectual property (IP) system. IP Australia invites you to suggest how we can cut red tape. Top Provide feedback Customer service charter Our portfolio Information Publication Scheme (IPS) Freedom of information FOI disclosure log IP glossary Forms Copyright notice Accessibility statement Quality Disclaimer Privacy Policy - condensed Site map Patents Trade Marks Designs Plant Breeder's Rights Copyright and other IP.

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads Upgrade Contract Awarded

Assistant Minister for Employment. 'The 20 kilometre Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads project will involve upgrading the highway to a four-lane divided road between the Allgomera deviation, south of Warrell Creek and Nambucca Heads, just south of the railway line. 'This latest project will include interchanges north and south of Macksville and at Warrell Creek and new bridges over Warrell Creek and the Nambucca River and will improve road safety, allowing traffic to operate during floods and improving amenity of local towns,' Mr Hartsuyker said.

Deputy Prime Minister Truss and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs to attend the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meeting

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Senator Brett Mason will visit Palau to attend the 45th Leaders Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the Pacific region's pre-eminent regional body, held from 28 July and 1 August. Deputy Prime Minister Truss will attend the Leaders' Retreat, while Senator Mason will represent Australia at the Forum plenary session and the Post-Forum Dialogue.

Industry Briefing for Final Stage of Pacific Highway: Woolgoolga to Ballina

NSW Minister for Roads and Freight. Today the Australian and New South Wales governments invited national and international construction industry leaders to a briefing on the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade—the final section of the Pacific Highway duplication. Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the Woolgoolga to Ballina section will be upgraded to four lanes.

Social Services

Australia welcomes refugees - Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

Humanitarian migrants arriving in Australia say they have been made welcome during their first year in the country, according to findings from a new study tracking their settlement experiences. In a research presentation to the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies' conference this week, researchers report that half of the new arrivals said they had 'always' been made welcome, while a further 28 per cent said they'd felt welcome 'most of the time'. Building a New Life in Australia is a major new longitudinal study following the settlement journeys of a large group of humanitarian migrants from their early months in Australia to their eligibility for citizenship in five years.


Ambassador Oil and Gas Limited 01 - Decision [28/07/2014]

Monday, 28 July 2014. Drillsearch and Ambassador also announced that:. Drillsearch must do all things necessary to ensure that the offer period under its Offer closes on a date that is no earlier than 7.00pm on the date that is 21 days after the date that the supplementary bidder's statement is dispatched to Ambassador shareholders.

ACCC Chairman discusses current priorities | ACCC

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims addressed the Sydney Business Chamber CEO's Leadership Roundtable today. 'The ACCC has launched an in-depth investigation into conduct by the CFMEU at Boral building sites, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. The Chairman said that the ACCC will only indicate its involvement in a matter if it considers, on balance, that there is a clear public interest in doing so.

Online is the easiest way to complete the Census test (Media Release)

These documents will be presented in a new window. Commonwealth of Australia 2014.

Corporal Roberts-Smith VC MG shares the story of Anzac as Royal Australian Mint ambassador[28/07/2014]

The Holey Dollar and Dump are the only Australian coins which have had their `legal tender' status removed, or been `demonetised'. The Royal Australian Mint has announced it has appointed Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG as ambassador for Australia's Official Anzac Centenary Coin Program. Corporal Roberts-Smith VC, MG said that for five decades the Mint has commemorated Australian stories of historical and cultural significance through coins.

Create your own Australian population clock (Media Release)

These documents will be presented in a new window. Commonwealth of Australia 2014.

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