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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, Dec 19 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Bryan Brown lends his voice to commemorate Anzac centenary // National Film and Sound Archive, Australia

To commemorate the Anzac Centenary the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA ) has produced a series of four archival film compilations - narrated by award-winning actor Bryan Brown - to show contemporary Australians what life in our country was like at the time. Narration was provided by Bryan Brown, and recorded at Big Bang Sound where the packages were also mixed for cinema release. The resulting digital content will also be used for other upcoming Anzac commemorative projects planned by the NFSA.

http://www.nfsa.gov.au/about/media/releases/2014/12/18/bryan-brown-lends-his-voi...

Media Statement: Firearm licence status of Man Haron Monis - Australian Federal Police

On the morning of Tuesday 16 December the AFP provided a brief to the Prime Minister regarding Man Haron Monis holding a registered firearms licence. NSW Police have since confirmed that there is no record of Mr Monis ever having held a firearms licence. AFP National Media (02) 6131 6333.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/december/media-statement-firear...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Minister for Defence - Boost for Australian defence and aerospace industries

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today welcomed the announcement by the US Department of Defense that Australia has been selected to provide support to Joint Strike Fighters (F-35) in the Asia Pacific Region. Senator Johnston said as a result of the Howard Government's decision to join during the development phase, Australian defence industry stands to win well in excess of $1.5 billion in JSF-related production and support work over the life of the program. In fact, Australian participation in the JSF program as a partner has resulted in an Australian part in almost every JSF produced, Senator Johnston said.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/12/18/minister-for-defence-boost-for-aus...

Va105

PDF version (105 KB ) | Back to Media Releases & Speeches entry page. It is a valuable way for veterans and the general public to find information and is for many veterans their first contact with DVA. You can visit the new-look website at www.dva.gov.au.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2014/dec/va105.htm

Commission of Inquiry report released into CH-47D Chinook crash : Department of Defence

Defence has released the Commission of Inquiry report into the circumstances surrounding a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on 30 May 2011. The Commission of Inquiry was appointed to further inquire into certain aspects of the helicopter crash, following the completion of a technical investigation conducted by an Aviation Accident Investigation Team from the Directorate of Defence Aviation and Air Force Safety. Defence agreed to all 19 recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry report and all of these have been fully implemented.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/12/18/commission-of-inquiry-report-released-into...

Merry Christmas from Defence Media Operations : Department of Defence

Defence Media Operations would like to take this opportunity to wish all in the media a happy and safe Christmas. Therefore, from3pmWednesday, 24 December 2014, until 7 amMonday,5 January 2015, Defence Media Operations will be operating on an after-hours basis. Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999.

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/12/18/merry-christmas-from-defence-media-operati...

Education

Tougher compliance uncovers $300m in suspected child care fraud | Ministers' Media Centre

The Abbott Government's tougher stance on child care compliance has uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars worth of suspected fraudulent payments to child care services, with the vast majority found to be in family day care. About 50 child care services have faced compliance action under the Abbott Government, including 32 services caught by the Abbott Government's dedicated child care payment compliance taskforce in 2014-15 alone. Labor cut the number of child care compliance checks from 763 checks in 2011-12 to 523 checks in 2012-13.

http://ministers.education.gov.au/ley/tougher-compliance-uncovers-300m-suspected...

Environment

Flow advice: Summer flows to be variable in the Mitta Mitta | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Landholders and river users on the Mitta Mitta River are advised to take into account variable flows from Dartmouth Reservoir during summer, and adjust their river activities as necessary. Throughout this period, the flow in the Mitta Mitta River at Tallandoon is expected to be slightly greater than at Colemans gauge, depending on inflows from Snowy Creek. Follow the MDBA on Twitter: @MD_Basin_Auth.

http://www.mdba.gov.au/media-pubs/mr/summer-flows-variable-mitta-mitta

Christmas comes early for landcare - joint media release 18 December 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/mr20141218.html

Farmers keen to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef - media release 18 December 2014

Minister for the Environment. Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt said, 'Queensland farmers take seriously their role as environmental stewards and have demonstrated this through their overwhelming interest in this programme which seeks to improve nitrogen management on their farms and help protect water quality in the Great Barrier Reef'. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/hunt/2014/mr20141218a.html

Implementing the Basin Plan - Commencement of ACT Water Management Legislation - Media release 18 December 2014

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment. The ACT Water Management Legislation is an example of one of the many ways in which our Government is improving governance of water within the Murray-Darling Basin, said Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment. | Minister for the Environment | Parliamentary Secretary | Archives |.

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/birmingham/2014/mr20141218.html

Finance

Media Release MC 145/14 - Government Committed to Implementing the Investment Manager Regime

The Government is committed to implementing a practical Investment Manager Regime with the release of updated exposure draft legislation in early 2015. The purpose of Element 3 of the Investment Manager Regime is to provide tax certainty to foreign investors investing in Australia. To ensure that our Investment Manager Regime is internationally competitive and meets its objectives, key stakeholders have supported an approach that broadly reflects the United Kingdom's equivalent Investment Manager Exemption.

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media/2014/1218-investment-manager-regime.html

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia expands education opportunities in PNG's highlands, Media release, 18 Dec 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I will visit Goroka, in Papua New Guinea's highlands, to announce Australian support to expand primary school education in the region. Australia will provide 30 primary school infrastructure kits to Enga, Hela and Southern Highlands provinces next year. More than 4400 books will be provided to schools and community groups through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_141218a.aspx?ministe...

Chinese visitors go online to head Down Under, Media release, 18 Dec 2014, Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP

A new pilot program aimed at streamlining the visa process for Chinese visitors is underway, with the first round of applicants to trial the online system given the green-light to head to our shores. Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb said the online visa application trial, which commenced on 1 December, is aimed at ensuring Australia is well placed to capture the ever-increasing Chinese tourist market. 'China is already our most valuable tourism export market, not to mention our largest source of visitor visa applications providing Chinese travellers with the ability to trial online visitor visa processing, is all part of a broader strategy to ensure Australia maintains its position as a preferred destination for Chinese tourists and investment,' he said.

http://www.trademinister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/ar_mr_141218.aspx?ministerid...

Australia secures renewed humanitarian access to Syria , Media release, 18 Dec 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2191 in response to the appalling humanitarian situation in Syria. The humanitarian situation in Syria remains dire due to the brutal campaign being waged by the Assad regime against its own citizens. The resolution adopted today extends for a further 12 months the mandate for UN agencies and their partners to use four specified border crossings into Syria for the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_141218.aspx?minister...

Health

Cancer cases double since 1982, but survival improving (AIHW)

AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders . Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice. Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129550066

Share of health spending dedicated to primary health care increasing (AIHW)

AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Conferences & events Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders . Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice. Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice.

http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129550067

The Hon Peter Dutton MP

The Minister for Health Peter Dutton has congratulated beyondblue on the appointment of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard to its board. The Minister for Health Peter Dutton today congratulated beyondblue on the appointment of former Prime Minister Julia Gillard to its board. Improving mental health services for Australians who experience mental ill health has the support of all sides of politics.

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

Immigration and Border Protection

Babies born to IMAs transferred from Nauru to remain in Australia

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. Thirty-one babies already born to illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) who were transferred from Nauru to Australia before 4 December 2014 will be allowed to remain in Australia and have their protection claims assessed as part of the legacy caseload as a result of an agreement reached with Senator Muir, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. 'Pregnant IMAs who were transferred to Australia but who had not given birth, prior to today, will also be returned to Nauru, with their babies, at an appropriate time.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2014/sm220187.htm

Online lodgement pilot for Chinese visitors

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. 'Given the volume and importance of the Chinese caseload, the rollout of online lodgement for the visitor visa in China will be implemented initially through a pilot utilising online lodgement via a limited number of agents.'. 'Given that the PRC is now the largest source country for visitor visas, with more than 550,000 granted in 2013-14, the introduction of online lodgement will make Australia an even more attractive destination for visitors from China in particular,' Minister Cash said.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/mc/2014/mc220171.htm

Infrastructure and Regional Development

Civil Aviation Safety Authority - CASA to issue fine after VIC drone crash

A Victorian man will be fined after crashing his drone during a police operation at Altona this week. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority will issue the $850 fine because the drone was flown within 30 metres of people. Flying a recreational drone does not require an approval from CASA but there are important safety rules which must be followed.

http://www.casa.gov.au/scripts/nc.dll?WCMS:STANDARD::pc=PC_102351

Prime Minister and Cabinet

Statement regarding the NT News Thursday 18 December 2014 | Minister for Indigenous Affairs

The NT News has today implied that the Minister for Indigenous Affairs lied about being on a plane last Thursday morning, 11 December 2014, in order to attend a Northern Land Council (NLC) meeting. The Minister spoke directly to the newspaper on Friday 12 December 2014 and confirmed that he was on a charter aircraft that left Darwin early on Thursday morning 11 December, which had to return to Darwin soon after take-off due to a technical problem. Whilst it was initially thought the problem would be quickly rectified, this proved not to be the case and the Minister was forced to cancel his attendance. The Minister regularly uses the airline for charter flights in the NT and the company has served him well. As demonstrated by last week's incident, the company always ensures the safety of its passengers.

http://minister.indigenous.gov.au/media/2014-12-18/statement-regarding-nt-news-t...

Social Services

Helping Australians travel safely with medicines this summer - Department of Human Services

Thursday, 18 December 2014. The Department of Human Services and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) are reminding Australians about the simple rules for travelling with medications subsidised under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen said the department operates a special help line for people with questions about travelling with PBS medications.

http://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/media/media-releases/2014/2014-12-18-h...

Treasury

ACCC re-authorises Queensland liquor accord framework | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a determination granting conditional authorisation for local liquor accords operating in Queensland to adopt a pro-forma liquor accord developed by the Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation (OLGR). The pro-forma liquor accord was first authorised by the ACCC in 2010. The ACCC understands that there are over 100 other local liquor accords in Queensland that do not include price and supply restrictions.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-re-authorises-queensland-liquor-accord-fra...

RBA: Media Release-Payment Card Access Regimes

Search Media Releases Speeches Publications Statistics FOI About the RBA Monetary Policy Market Operations Financial Stability Payments System Financial Services Banknotes 2014 2013 2012 2011 2001-2010 1991-2000 1981-1990 Payment Card Access Regimes: Conclusions Media Release: Payment Card Access Regimes (March 2014) Proposed Variations to the MasterCard and Visa Access Regimes: Consultation Document Review of Card System Access Regimes: A Consultation Document --> Number Date Embargo. The Reserve Bank has varied the Access Regimes for the MasterCard and Visa credit card systems and revoked the Access Regime for the Visa Debit system. The Visa Debit regime was originally introduced to deal with technical issues arising from the interaction of Visa's rules and the credit card Access Regime these issues no longer apply and accordingly the Visa Debit regime will be revoked.

http://www.rba.gov.au/media-releases/2014/mr-14-22.html

ACCC to not oppose CSR and Boral's proposed clay brick joint venture | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed clay brick joint venture between CSR Limited (ASX: CSR) and Boral Limited (ASX: BLD). Critical to the ACCC's decision was the assessment that Boral would be unlikely to remain in clay brick manufacturing in eastern Australia if the joint venture does not proceed. The ACCC concluded that there was sufficient evidence to support the claims that Boral would exit brick manufacturing on the East Coast and that, on balance, the ACCC should not oppose the joint venture.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-to-not-oppose-csr-and-borals-proposed-clay...

2015-16 pre-Budget submissions | The Hon Joe Hockey MP

I am inviting submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups on their views regarding priorities for the 2015-16 Budget. In order to allow views to feed into the budget process at an early stage, I ask that interested parties lodge submissions as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 6February 2015. Lengthier submissions should ideally include an executive summary of no more than two pages, and be accompanied by an electronic version.

http://jbh.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/069-2014/

1270.0.55.007 - Australian Population Grid, 2011

MEDIA RELEASE 18 December 2014 Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time) 179/2014. So based on data from the 2011 Census and formatted for the square kilometre grid it's easy to see that Sydney has more areas of very high density - there are 21 square kilometres with more than 8,000 people per square kilometre - compared to Melbourne's solitary one square kilometre above this population density. This all pales when you look internationally - London has 327 square kilometres with a density greater than 8 000 people per square kilometre, said Mr Nairn.

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/mediareleasesbyReleaseDate/C69586761C191...

ACCC clears Elgas acquisition of Kleenheat east-coast LPG business | ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not oppose Elgas acquiring Kleenheat's east-coast LPG business after accepting court-enforceable undertakings. The ACCC was concerned that the proposed acquisition in its original form would have reduced competition in cylinder and bulk LPG markets, particularly given the overlap between Elgas and Kleenheat in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. Following an extensive review which included forensic financial analysis, the ACCC found that Kleenheat would be likely to cease trading in the eastern states if the sale to Elgas did not proceed.

http://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-clears-elgas-acquisition-of-kleenheat-east...

14-340MR Gippsland Secured Investments auditor deregistered | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

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http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2014-release...

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