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, Dec 11 2013.
- Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Immigration and Border Protection
- Infrastructure and Regional Development
- Social Services
Australian farm exports are forecast to be around $38 billion in 2013-14, with higher forecasts for beef and veal, wine, and dairy products, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). 'Export earnings are forecast to increase by 12 per cent for beef and veal, 24 per cent for dairy products and 4 per cent for wine. During this financial year, farm production is forecast to rise by 2.9 per cent, crop production is forecast to rise by 3.9 per cent and livestock production is forecast to increase by 1.6 per cent.
The Hon Michael Keenan MP. Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today launched the new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre which will play a critical role in improved understanding of risks posed by natural hazards. This new Cooperative Research Centre will expand research on bushfires and incorporate other natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis, Mr Keenan said.
The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator the Hon. 'I am proud of my Department's collaborative partnership with ACPMH and the Department of Defence a partnership which is vital in helping us to deliver the support that our veterans need. This support will be based on research and testing of the best available treatment available to veterans and their families.'. Being physically based at the University of Melbourne means we can provide a unique link between researchers, clinicians, the Department of Veteran' Affairs and Defence in a way that can fast track new research into the broader community.'.
Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Inaugural Australia-Papua New Guinea Defence Ministers' Meeting
Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today met with Dr Fabian Pok, Papua New Guinea's Minister for Defence, for the inaugural Australia-Papua New Guinea Defence Ministers' Meeting. Dr Pok will spend three days in Australia and will also attend the Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum on 11 December. Dr Pok is travelling with Commander of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force, Brigadier General Francis Agwi, and Papua New Guinea Secretary of Defence, Mr John Porti.
Defence begins drawdown of Philippines recovery operations. He said the drawdown of Australian military assistance comes as the Philippine Government was returning to normal operations and further international aid assistance was arriving. Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999.
Inaccurate reporting on PTSD in The Australian. As a result, he has grossly misrepresented my views on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and failed to acknowledge the work I have personally undertaken to ensure Defence has the resources and health professionals required to address mental health issues in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). These studies are readily available on the Defence website.
Projects that focus on helping disadvantaged students, particularly Indigenous Australians to attend university will share in $50 million from the Australian Government. The 17 successful projects include targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly Indigenous students, by partnering with schools and communities to build aspiration and prepare students to attend university. The funding has been allocated under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.
The Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP welcomed the launch of the New Colombo Plan today which is an integral part of the Government's policy to foster deeper relationships and understanding with regional neighbours. At its heart, the New Colombo Plan is an education initiative that allows the building of relationships through the experience of attending university in a different country, Mr Pyne said. Australian students studying on the New Colombo Plan in the Asia-Pacific will develop a very valuable understanding of our region a familiarity that will stand them in good stead throughout their careers, Mr Pyne said.
The Coalition will support the professional development of childcare educators with a new programme replacing Labor's flawed and inequitable Early Years Quality Fund (EYQF), Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley announced today. Ms Ley said the programme would be open to all long day care educators (LDC) and would be delivered using uncommitted funds from the EYQF. Ms Ley said this was delivering on the Coalition's promise to retain any uncommitted funds from the EYQF in the childcare portfolio.
The Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt has today announced his . The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef.
Holden the Federal Government's commitment to repeal the carbon tax Newspoll - Transcript: AM Agenda, Sky News, 10 December 2013
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. Transcript: AM Agenda, Sky News - Interview with Kieran Gilbert. These are significant sums of money to support, ultimately, two manufacturers left in Australia with Ford's demise - Toyota and Holden - so there is a significant sum of money.
Foreign Affairs and Trade
New Colombo Plan to transform relations with the region, media release, 10 December 2013, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
Today marks the launch of the pilot program for Australia's New Colombo Plan, a signature Australian Government initiative to send undergraduate students to countries across the region to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with our Indian Ocean Asia-Pacific neighbours. The New Colombo Plan Secretariat has been established in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to further develop and implement the new program, working with the Department of Education to deliver the awards. The New Colombo Plan has already been warmly welcomed within Australia and the region.
Page last updated: 10 December 2013. The Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, today commended the Australian Medical Association for publication of the 2012-13 Indigenous Health Report Card. In speaking at the launch of the AMA report: The Healthy Early Years - Getting the Right Start in Life, Senator Nash said the AMA was a proud advocate of Indigenous health, and the Report Card Series was an important resource that highlights the health inequalities that still exist for Indigenous Australians.
Launch of the Indigenous Health Report Card 2012-13 “The Healthy Early Years - Getting the Right Start to Life”
Page last updated: 10 December 2013. The AMA is a proud advocate of Indigenous health, and the Report Card Series is an important resource that highlights the health inequalities that still exist for Indigenous Australians. We are fully committed to achieving health equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.
Immigration and Border Protection
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. There have been reports of three deceased persons, however this has not yet been confirmed through our post. People should not believe the people smugglers' lies.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan today launched the new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre which will play a critical role in improved understanding of risks posed by natural hazards. This new Cooperative Research Centre will expand research on bushfires and incorporate other natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, cyclones and tsunamis, Mr Keenan said. The new Cooperative Research Centre will conduct coordinated and interdisciplinary research, including working with communities to improve disaster resilience and reduce the human, social, economic and environmental costs from bushfires and other natural hazards.
The Australian Government is committed to helping the people, families and local business impacted by Rio Tinto's announcement to suspend production at the Gove alumina refinery. The Northern Territory Government has made the Nhulunbuy Regional Training Centre available for a dedicated Community Support Centre. People can access Centrelink support through the department's Nhulunbuy service centre, including referrals to other Commonwealth Government assistance that may be available for their individual circumstances.
Infrastructure and Regional Development
Media alerts: 10 December 2013 - On-site media briefing: Collision with terrain involving Glasair III aircraft, near Jandakot WA on 9 December 2013
The ATSB will conduct an on-site media briefing on its investigation into the 9 December 2013 aircraft accident near the Lakelands Senior High School, South Lake, WA. The ATSB has deployed four investigators, who will begin work at the accident site on Tuesday afternoon 10 December 2013. Witnesses can call the ATSB on 1800 020 616.
The Australian Government is delivering on its election commitments to the electorate of Indi through the newly established Community Development Grants Programme. In addition to delivering these projects, the Australian Government will also deliver on the following projects throughout Indi:. Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition delivers on its election commitments.
Senator the Hon Marise Payne Minister for Human Services. Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane and Minister for Human Services Senator Marise Payne today reinforced the Australian Government's determination to work with the Northern Territory Government and Rio Tinto to provide a co-ordinated response. 'The Department of Human Services will ensure those affected can quickly claim income support and other available help,' Minister Payne said.
Search financial services/credit licensees and representatives, liquidators, auditors and more. This afternoon the Fairfax media published a report about ASIC's policy development for generic calculators undertaken nearly 10 years ago. ASIC relief and policy guidance on online calculators resulted in consumers having access to generic calculators as an education aid.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) reminds water infrastructure operators of the need to take due care in fulfilling their obligations under the Commonwealth water rules (water rules). The ACCC's detection of a breach of the Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009 (WCTFR) by Pomona Private Irrigation Trust (Pomona Water) is one recent example of a failure by a small operator to meet its obligations under the water rules. The ACCC is due to release its fourth annual Water Monitoring Report in 2014.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 13-333MR Third man convicted in insider trading investigation
Search financial services/credit licensees and representatives, liquidators, auditors and more. Mr David Thien Anh Luong, of Innaloo, Perth, was sentenced on Friday in the Perth District Court after pleading guilty to one count of insider trading following an ASIC investigation. Mr Luong was convicted and fined $30,000 and agreed to a pecuniary penalty order under the Proceeds of Crime Act (Cth), in the amount of $15,002.94.
Tuesday, 10 December 2013. The Panel today published the reasons for its decision on an application dated 7 November 2013 from Alexander Jason Elks in relation to the affairs of Moreton Resources Limited. The Panel's reasons for its decisions are on the .
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched FairStore, a best practice guide for owners, operators and staff of retail stores serving Indigenous communities in rural and remote areas of Australia. As part of the FairStore launch, the ACCC will be sending copies of FairStore to hundreds of traders across Australia. FairStore is a joint publication between the ACCC and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and was originally developed in 2006 as part of the National Indigenous Consumer Strategy.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has appealed against the recent decision by Justice Dowsett in the Federal Court dismissing the ACCC's allegations that Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) had breached the price fixing provisions of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (the Act), now Competition and Consumer Act 2010. It was alleged that ANZ made and gave effect to an agreement where it would only allow Mortgage Refunds to continue to be accredited to offer ANZ mortgage products if it agreed to limit any refund it paid to its customers to $600, which would allow ANZ branches to match the deal if they chose to waive the ANZ loan establishment fee. The ACCC alleged that in 2004 the ANZ Bank sought to limit the amount of a refund a mortgage broker, Mortgage Refunds Pty Ltd, could provide to its customers in respect of arranging ANZ home loans, in contravention of section 45 of the Act, by operation of section 45A which deems price fixing agreements to be
The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) will be released next Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at the National Press Club. The Government has been working on this document since we were sworn into office. We promised we would tell the truth about the budget we inherited and the release of MYEFO is an important part of that process.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed separate proceedings in the Federal Court against egg producers in WA and NSW alleging that each of the producer's use of free range was misleading. These matters form part of a continuing investigation by the ACCC into free range claims made by egg producers, which has involved the ACCC serving substantiation notices on a number of egg producers that supply eggs labelled as free range, Mr Sims said. In April 2013 the ACCC served substantiation notices on a number of egg producers that supplied eggs labelled as free range.