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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 Thursday, Apr 24 2014.

Portfolios

Attorney-General's

Are you attending Sunny Side of the Doc?

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. - Australian Festivals & Events. In addition, we are working with Sunny Side to facilitate targeted business opportunities for Australian producers attending the market.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/ia_140423_sunnyside.aspx

Pages - 23 April 2014 - New era for the Australian Crime Commission

Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, today announced that Western Australia Police Deputy Commissioner, Chris Dawson APM, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Crime Commission (ACC). I believe he is the best person to lead the ACC in coordinating intelligence to combat serious and organised crime that is threatening Australian communities and businesses,' Mr Keenan said. 'I congratulate Mr Dawson on his appointment, and thank Mr Paul Jevtovic APM who has been acting in this position in the interim,' Mr Keenan said.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/Second%20Quarter/23Ap...

Pages - 23 April 2014 - National Anti-Gangs Squad moves into Queensland Police Headquarters

Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, today welcomed the relocation of the National Anti-Gangs Squad, Queensland Strike Team, to the Queensland Police Headquarters. 'The National Anti-Gangs Squad was designed so that State and Commonwealth law enforcement agencies were better able to work together to tackle criminal gang activity. Since being fast-tracked by the Coalition Government, the National Anti-Gangs Squad has so far received in excess of 300 requests for assistance from state and territory jurisdictions and assisted with 68 state police operations.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/Second%20Quarter/23Ap...

Screen Australia invests in five international documentaries

Funding for audience-engaging features of any genre. Market intelligence from Screen Australia staff on the ground at key international events. Screen Australia resources for documentary filmmakers.

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/news_and_events/2014/mr_140423_docos.aspx

Pages - 23 April 2014 - Additional assistance for communities impacted by Tropical Cyclone Ita

Federal Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan, and Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Jack Dempsey, today announced that further assistance is being provided to communities hardest hit by Tropical Cyclone Ita. As communities start to clean up and recover from the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Ita, we will continue to work proactively to ensure assistance is targeted to those in most need. This additional assistance is over and above the support already being provided to the 16 local government areas affected by Tropical Cyclone Ita under the joint Commonwealth and State Arrangements, Mr Keenan said.

http://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2014/Second%20Quarter/23Ap...

Trident Taskforce disrupts alleged drug trafficking syndicate - Australian Federal Police

This media release is issued on behalf of the Trident Taskforce. Members of the Trident Taskforce have disrupted an alleged drug trafficking syndicate, arresting two men. Trident Taskforce is a joint agency taskforce that was established in July 2012, comprising Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Australian Transactions Reporting and Analysis Centre, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Crime Commission.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/april/media-release-trident-tas...

National Anti Gangs Squad locates to Taskforce Maxima at QPS Headquarters - Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release with Queensland Police Service. QPS Taskforce Commander Mick Niland said the co-locating of the National Anti-Gang Squad (NAGS) to Queensland Police headquarters was an important step for Taskforce Maxima in the national fight against criminal gang activity. The NAGS is made up of members from the Australian Federal Police and State Police forces, Australian Crime Commission, Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Taxation Office and Department of Human Services.

http://www.afp.gov.au/media-centre/news/afp/2014/april/media-release-national-an...

Defence

Defence Ministers » Prime Minister and Minister for Defence - Joint F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to transform Australia's air combat capability

The Government has approved the acquisition of an additional58 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Together with the Super Hornet and Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the F-35 aircraft will ensure Australia maintains a regional air combat edge. The F-35 will replace the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft.

http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2014/04/23/prime-minister-and-minister-for-de...

Foreign Affairs and Trade

Foreign Minister's visit to Jordan and Lebanon, Media release, 23 Apr 2014, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

In my first visit to Jordan and Lebanon as Foreign Minister I have highlighted Australia's strong and continuing support for Jordan and Lebanon as they address the challenges caused by Syria's tragic and continuing humanitarian crisis. In Jordan I met His Majesty King Abdullah, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and the Director of the General Intelligence Department, General Faisal Al Shoubaki. In Lebanon, where I welcomed the formation of a new Lebanese Government in February, I met President Michel Sleiman, Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.

http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2014/jb_mr_140423.aspx?minister...

Immigration and Border Protection

Sydney migration agent jailed for fraud

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. The Federal Government said that the jailing of a former migration agent for immigration fraud sent a strong message to the industry that fraudulent and illegal behaviour will not be tolerated. Any individual who provides immigration assistance in Australia must be registered as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/mc/2014/mc213691.htm

Industry

Support helps packaging plant in Melbourne's north double jobs

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane, Victorian Minister for Manufacturing David Hodgett and Ford Australia's Government Affairs Director Ian Mearns today announced a $1.2 million investment to help grow an innovative small business and create new jobs in Melbourne's north. MNIIF is a $24.5 million fund jointly established by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments and Ford Australia to provide assistance to attract new investment in Melbourne's north. The grant to Lakeside Packaging is the fifth project to receive support from the Fund, collectively creating 220 new jobs and generating more than $25 million in new investment for the region.

http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/macfarlane/media-releases/support-...

Botox of plastic' to freeze power costs | CSIRO

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http://www.csiro.au/en/portals/media/botox-of-plastic.aspx

No Portfolio

Illegal foreign fishing vessel intercepted West of Darwin - News - Australian Customs and Border Protection Service Online Newsroom

Imagery of a suspected foreign fishing vessel detected west of Darwin by an Australian Customs and &hellip More .

http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/channels/NEWS/releases/illegal-foreign-fishing-ve...

Prime Minister and Cabinet

F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to transform Australia's air combat capability | Prime Minister of Australia

The Government has approved the acquisition of an additional 58 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. Together with the Super Hornet and Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the F-35 aircraft will ensure Australia maintains a regional air combat edge. The F-35 will replace the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-04-23/f-35-joint-strike-fighters-transform-austr...

Tasmanian Economic Council Appointments | Prime Minister of Australia

Four business members will be appointed to theJointCommonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council:. These business members will serve on the Council for an initial period of 18 months. Other members will include Tasmanian Premier the Hon Will Hodgman, the Treasurer, the Minister for Industry the Hon Ian MacFarlane and the Chair of the Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-04-23/tasmanian-economic-council-appointments

Treasury

All eyes on industry with visit from Minister Macfarlane | The Hon Bruce Billson MP

Local manufacturing and small businesses will today have the attention of two Cabinet Ministers with Minister for Industry, Ian Macfarlane, joining Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, visiting businesses in Frankston and Carrum Downs. The Minister for Small Business said hosting the Minister for Industry in his electorate of Dunkley provided a boost for local business owners. With so much movement in the industry space in the last 12 months, business owners are excited to be able to talk through their concerns and highlight areas of improvement directly with the Minister for Industry.

http://bfb.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/024-2014/

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