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.

Pages - Counter-Terrorism Financing Summit 2017

Malaysia will be hosting the 3rd Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF) Summit in November 2017. This is a manifestation of Malaysia's support and commitment in addressing terrorism and terrorism financing...

https://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Counter-terrorism-financing-summit-2017.aspx

Pages - Commonwealth agencies continue to battle fraud

Australia is consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world and the Government is committed to ensuring we do not become complacent....

https://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Commonwealth-agencies-continue-to-battle-fraud.aspx

Meeting with Italian Minister for Defence | Department of Defence Ministers

 Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, met with the Italian Minister for Defence, Roberta Pinotti in Sydney today to discuss Australia-Italy defence cooperation.Minister Payne welcomed Minister Pinotti to Australia noting the visit is the first by a sitting Italian Defence Minister.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/marise-payne/media-releases/meeting-italian-minister-defence

Minister for Defence Industry meets with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to discuss Australian exports | Department of Defence Ministers

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, met with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces to discuss opportunities for Australian defence exports. “I am honoured to meet with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed to reaffirm the strength of Australia’s relationship with the UAE and to discuss how we can further build our interaction in the field of defence industry, including enhanced Australian defence exports,” Minister Pyne said.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/christopher-pyne/media-releases/minister-defence-industry-meets-crown-prince-abu-dhabi

Festivals Australia open for applications | Department of Communications and the Arts

Applications are now open for the Festivals Australia program.

https://www.arts.gov.au/departmental-news/festivals-australia-open-applications

South Australian man charged with possession of child exploitation material | Australian Federal Police

This is a joint media release issued by the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police Detectives from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), a partnership between the South Australia Police Special Crimes Branch and the Australian Federal Police, yesterday arrested a 23-year-old man from the southern suburbs of Adelaide for aggravated possession of child exploitation material. It will be alleged that the material included depictions of children under 14 years of age. 

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/south-australian-man-charged-possession-child-exploitation-material

International cooperation leads to extradition of man from UK for drug conspiracy | Australian Federal Police

A 56-year-old Australian citizen residing in Lincolnshire, England for the past five years was today arrested and charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with serious drug offences after being extradited from the United Kingdom.

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/international-cooperation-leads-extradition-man-uk-drug-conspiracy

Tell someone, take someone, be seen. | Australian Federal Police

This media release is issued on behalf of ThinkUKnow Australia and the Carly Ryan Foundation. To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Carly Ryan’s tragic death and promote online safety, the Carly Ryan Foundation, in partnership with ThinkUKnow Australia, is asking the Australian community to spread the word about staying safe through the theme: tell someone, take someone and be seen for Carly.

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/tell-someone-take-someone-be-seen

Radio interview with Steve Mills and Basil Zempilas 6PR Perth | Prime Minister of Australia

Steve Mills: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joining us on the radio. Good morning to you, sir. Prime Minister: Good morning, great to be with you.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-20/radio-interview-steve-mills-and-basil-zempilas-6pr-perth

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Australia | Prime Minister of Australia

I am looking forward, with Lucy, to welcoming the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his wife, Mrs Sara Netanyahu, to Australia. This is a historic visit - the first by an Israeli Prime Minister - and it demonstrates the strength of our relationship and its importance to both countries.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-20/prime-minister-netanyahus-visit-australia-0

Government invests heavily in Western Australia’s future | Prime Minister of Australia

The Turnbull Government will invest $100 million in Navy related industrial infrastructure and sustainment in Western Australia between 2017 and 2020. The investment in shipbuilding production lines and facilities, including wharves, jetties and cranes, will occur on both Defence Estate, particularly HMAS Stirling (Fleet Base West), and at the Henderson industrial precinct.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-20/government-invests-heavily-western-australias-future

Interview with Geoff Hutchison ABC Perth | Prime Minister of Australia

Geoff Hutchison: Prime Minister welcome to WA, why haven’t you been to see us in the last six months? Prime Minister: Oh lots of work to do, a very busy Parliament getting a lot of stuff through. As you know, in the last six months, we’ve got more contentious legislation through the Senate than we had done in the previous three years, and some of that has been vitally important for Western Australia, particularly the restoration of the rule of law to the construction sector which is so important here in this state.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-20/interview-geoff-hutchison-abc-perth

Department of Health - UWA leads on student online life-saving organ donor plan

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is the first university in Australia to encourage students to help save lives by joining the Australian Organ Donor Register online.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-wyatt015.htm

Department of Health - Turnbull Government committed to tackling obesity

The Australian Government is taking action to tackle the challenge of obesity and encourage all Australians to live healthy lives.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-hunt012.htm

Call for submissions on new processing aids for wine

?Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on an application to permit pectins and carrageenan as processing aids in Australian-made wine....

http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/media/Pages/new-processing-aids-for-wine.aspx

Business set to partner Federal Government in protecting our threatened species - media release 20 February 2017

Business and philanthropists are invited to partner with the Federal Government in an innovative approach to saving our threatened species with the launch of a new prospectus....

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/frydenberg/media-releases/mr20170220.html

17-036MR ASIC permanently bans former Easy Capital director | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

ASIC media releases are point-in-time statements. Please note the date of issue and use the internal search function on the site to check for other media releases on the same or related matters....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-036mr-asic-permanently-bans-former-easy-capital-director/

17-035MR Share Investing pays $130,000 in infringement notice penalty | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

ASIC media releases are point-in-time statements. Please note the date of issue and use the internal search function on the site to check for other media releases on the same or related matters....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-035mr-share-investing-pays-130-000-in-infringement-notice-penalty/

Distinguished Lecture: Big Science can provide value for money - ANSTO

Emeritus Professor of Physics Max Brennan AO will explore the topic, “Big Science—Value for Money” in a Distinguished Lecture at ANSTO on 21 March 2017....

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/MediaCentre/News/ACS125585

International cooperation leads to extradition of man from UK for drug conspiracy - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Service Newsroom

A 56-year-old Australian citizen residing in Lincolnshire, England for the past five years was today arrested and charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with serious drug offences after being ...

http://newsroom.border.gov.au/releases/international-cooperation-leads-to-extradition-of-man-from-uk-for-drug-conspiracy

Seminar to help NT businesses maximise FTA benefits, Media release, 20 Feb 2017, Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon Keith Pitt MP

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will host a seminar in Darwin on Tuesday February 21 to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) ...

http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/pitt/releases/Pages/2017/kp_mr_170220.aspx?w=yxmHAaWUZXyR1X%2BwO6Fs8A%3D%3D

Safety first as Main North Road upgrade opens

The Australian Government has fixed a notorious road black spot at Blakeview in South Australia, funding a $1.36 million upgrade through its Black Spot Programme.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc031_2017.aspx

Major Bruce Highway upgrade south of Gympie on-track

Work is well underway on building a safer road for motorists and freight transport operators driving the Bruce Highway south of Gympie.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc032_2017.aspx

| Ministers for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

International energy company Chevron has paid $3 million for a cash bid permit to secure the right to explore an area off the Western Australian coast for the next six years.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/canavan/media-releases/3m-cash-bid-exploration-permit-awarded-western-australia

| Ministers for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Craig Laundy, has visited the research headquarters of a carbon fibre manufacturer that will use Australian Government funding to help develop lightweight car seats for global markets.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/laundy/media-releases/government-funding-puts-geelong-manufacturer-driver%E2%80%99s-seat

Small Business Roadshow kicks off in Adelaide | The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Tax cuts, reductions in red tape and levelling the playing field for small business through fairer competition policy is front and centre in a nationwide roadshow starting today, Small Business Minist...

http://mfm.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/016-2017/

Media Releases - Bureau of Meteorology Newsroom

The tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria intensified to Category 1 strength this morning. Cyclone Alfred is forecast to move slowly south-southeast, and weaken into a tropical low again tomorrow (T...

http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/338/tropical-cyclone-alfred-remains-slow-moving-along-the-gulf-of-carpentaria-coast/

Visit to the United States, Media release, 20 Feb 2017, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

I will also meet senior members of the new United States Administration and leading foreign policy thinkers to share views on advancing Australia's interests with our American partners. I will reinfor...

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2017/jb_mr_170220.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX%2FlS0K%2Bg9ZKEg%3D%3D

Updated Social Security Agreement for Australia and Austria | The Hon Christian Porter

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said under existing arrangements, our Social Security Agreement with Austria currently generates pension flows from Austria to Australia of about $14.1 ...

http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/updated-social-security-agreement-for-australia-and-austria

Counter Daesh conference, NATO Head Quarters | Department of Defence Ministers

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, attended a meeting of Defence Ministers today in Brussels to discuss progress in the coalition's military campaign to counter Daesh.The Ministers reviewed the progress of the military campaign, which remains on track, and discussed next steps. After three months of operations to liberate Mosul, East Mosul is liberated and operations will commence shortly to liberate West Mosul, Daesh's last major stronghold in Iraq.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/marise-payne/media-releases/counter-daesh-conference-nato-head-quarters

Force Support Element 6 farewelled in Darwin | Department of Defence Ministers

Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan today farewelled approximately 70 ADF personnel in Darwin as they prepare to deploy as the next force rotation into the Middle East Region.Mr Tehan joined family, friends and invited dignitaries at Robertson Barracks, Darwin for the farewell parade.The personnel are drawn primarily from the Australian Army’s 1st Brigade and will deploy to the Middle East region for about six months.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/dan-tehan/media-releases/force-support-element-6-farewelled-darwin

Minister visits the United Arab Emirates to promote Australian Defence exports | Department of Defence Ministers

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today delivered a keynote address at the 2017 International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), in Abu Dhabi highlighting the strengths of Australia’s defence industry and the cutting edge technology we sell across the globe.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/christopher-pyne/media-releases/minister-visits-united-arab-emirates-promote-australian

A new Digital Investment Management Office for the DTA | Digital Transformation Agency

The Digital Transformation Agency has established the Digital Investment Management Office to provide oversight of all significant government ICT and technology investment projects.

https://www.dta.gov.au/news/digital-investment-management-office/

Recruitment of Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety | Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Recruitment has formally begun for a new Chief Executive Officer and Director of Aviation Safety for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

https://www.casa.gov.au/media-release/recruitment-chief-executive-officer-and-director-aviation-safety

First 2017 Senate sittings deliver key reforms

The Turnbull Government has passed over a dozen key pieces of legislation through the Senate in the first Parliamentary fortnight of 2017....

https://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/First-2017-senate-sittings-deliver-key-reforms.aspx

162kg of meth concealed with spoons, two charged | Australian Federal Police

A joint operation, between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF), has resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $162 million. Two men, aged 42 and 22, have been charged with serious drug importation offences as a result of this operation which police will allege has prevented more than 1.6 million street deals of meth from entering the community.

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/162kg-meth-concealed-spoons-two-charged

European expert to address Mingenew Update event - Grains Research & Development Corporation

Leading Danish researcher Lise Jorgensen will be one of the keynote speakers at the first event kicking off the 2017 series of Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Updates in Western Australia.

https://grdc.com.au/Media-Centre/Media-News/West/2017/02/European-expert-to-address-Mingenew-Update-event

MiniMed 640G insulin pump | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Recall for product correction - potential loss of therapy due to power error

http://www.tga.gov.au/alert/minimed-640g-insulin-pump-0

Payments System Board Update: February 2017 Meeting | Media Releases | RBA

At its meeting today, the Payments System Board discussed progress on the New Payments Platform (NPP).

http://www.rba.gov.au/media-releases/2017/mr-17-05.html

Next Generation of Banknotes: $10 Design Reveal | Media Releases | RBA

The Reserve Bank has today revealed the design of the new $10 banknote that will be issued into circulation from September 2017.

http://www.rba.gov.au/media-releases/2017/mr-17-04.html

Remarks at meeting with Rt Hon. Bill English, Prime Minister of New Zealand and economic ministers | Prime Minister of Australia

Prime Minister of New Zealand: Can I welcome you Prime Minister, and the economic ministers. We’re very fortunate to be in this part of the world, beside each other and beside the better performing economies in the developed world - particularly the Australian economy, 25 years without a recession.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-17/remarks-meeting-rt-hon-bill-english-prime-minister-new-zealand-and-economic

Science and innovation treaty with New Zealand creates new opportunities | Prime Minister of Australia

Australia and New Zealand will work together to tackle chronic disease, advance general health care and improve the accuracy and availability of GPS signals as part of our commitment to increase collaboration on research and innovation.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-17/science-and-innovation-treaty-new-zealand-creates-new-opportunities

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers the Rt Hon Bill English and the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP | Prime Minister of Australia

Prime Minister the Rt Hon Bill English and Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP met in Queenstown on 17 February 2017 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting. Prime Minister English and Dr Mary English warmly welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull and Ms Lucy Turnbull to New Zealand. The visit is an opportunity for the leaders to discuss a wide range of issues, underlining the enduring strength and depth of trans-Tasman ties.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-17/joint-statement-prime-ministers-rt-hon-bill-english-and-hon-malcolm-turnbull-mp

Doorstop at Wreath Laying Ceremony in Arrowtown | Prime Minister of Australia

Prime Minister: The New Zealand firefighting is a continuation of that great Anzac spirit. And obviously we are very very sad, as you are, from the death of the helicopter pilot that served in Afghanistan - and one of the veterans I was speaking to there served in Afghanistan.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-17/doorstop-wreath-laying-ceremony-arrowtown

Department of Health - Advocacy in Aged Care Takes a Step Forward

A nationally consistent approach to the delivery of aged care advocacy services to help those ‘lost in the system’ is a step closer with the development of the draft National Aged Care Advocacy Framework and the opening of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program funding round.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-wyatt013.htm

Department of Health - National Medical Training Advisory Network meets with Minister to discuss Australia’s health workforce challenge

Federal Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie, will meet in Melbourne with members of the National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) to progress crucial work on medical education and training in Australia.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-gillespie007.htm?OpenDocument&mth=02&yr=2017

Transparency and accountability in executive remuneration for government businesses | Minister for Finance

Senator the Hon. Mathias Cormann Minister for Finance Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate Senator for Western Australia...

http://www.financeminister.gov.au/media-release/2017/02/18/transparency-and-accountability-executive-remuneration-government

17-034MR ASIC consults on 'sunsetting' class order about reporting requirements for Australian financial services licensees who are natural persons | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

ASIC media releases are point-in-time statements. Please note the date of issue and use the internal search function on the site to check for other media releases on the same or related matters....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-034mr-asic-consults-on-sunsetting-class-order-about-reporting-requirements-for-australian-financial-services-licensees-who-are-natural-persons/

Two Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels apprehended in the Coral Sea - Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)

Two Vietnamese fishing vessels and their crew of 29 men suspected of illegally fishing near Saumarez reef in the Coral Sea marine park have been apprehended....

http://www.afma.gov.au/two-vietnamese-illegal-fishing-vessels-apprehended-in-the-coral-sea/

Phishing for rewards | ACMA

Phishing for rewards

http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/Newsroom/Newsroom/Latest-news/phishing-for-rewards

162kg of meth concealed with spoons, two charged - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Service Newsroom

 joint operation, between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Border Force (ABF), has resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of approximately $162...

http://newsroom.border.gov.au/releases/162kg-of-meth-concealed-with-spoons-two-charged

Two Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels apprehended in the Coral Sea - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Service Newsroom

Two Vietnamese fishing vessels and their crew of 29 men suspected of illegally fishing near Saumarez reef in the Coral Sea marine park have been apprehended....

http://newsroom.border.gov.au/releases/two-vietnamese-illegal-fishing-vessels-apprehended-in-the-coral-sea

Government will review all major ICT projects | Ministers Media Centre

Assistant Minister for Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the review would provide greater transparency and oversight of Government’s $6.2 billion annual ICT spend....

http://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/taylor/2017/government-will-review-all-major-ict-projects

Aid Supplier Conference, Media release, 17 Feb 2017, Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific , Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

Today I will open the inaugural Australian Aid Supplier Conference, a Government initiative to promote understanding of Australia's development assistance priorities and thinking....

http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/fierravanti-wells/releases/Pages/2017/cf_mr_170217.aspx?w=p2wUlmE1t7kKl1%2BiOm3gqg%3D%3D

Visit to Fiji, Media release, 19 Feb 2017, Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific , Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells

I will visit Fiji from 19 to 21 February on the first anniversary of Tropical Cyclone Winston, which hit Fiji on 20 February 2016 and resulted in the tragic death of 44 Fijians....

http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/fierravanti-wells/releases/Pages/2017/cf_mr_170219.aspx?w=p2wUlmE1t7kKl1%2BiOm3gqg%3D%3D

Australia and New Zealand align on positioning

The Australian Government today announced it will be collaborating with New Zealand on a project to improve positioning capability in the Australasia region.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc029_2017.aspx

| Ministers for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

The Australian Government today announced it will be collaborating with New Zealand on a project to improve positioning capability in the Australasia region.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/canavan/media-releases/australia-and-new-zealand-align-positioning

| Ministers for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Australia and New Zealand will work together to tackle chronic disease, advance general health care and improve the accuracy and availability of GPS signals as part of our commitment to increase collaboration on research and innovation.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/sinodinos/media-releases/science-and-innovation-treaty-new-zealand-creates-new

Australian and Queensland governments working together to respond to white spot outbreak

Recent Media Releases Contact Photo Gallery MAContentRollup search Feedback Biography Page Content ?Media release Australian and Queensland governments working together to respond to white spot outbre...

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/ruston/Pages/Media-Releases/australian-and-queensland-governments-working.aspx

Grain growers to benefit from 10 year investment

Recent Media Releases Speeches & Transcripts Multimedia Contact Photo Gallery MAContentRollup search Feedback MediaReleaseSubscribe Biography Media-Releases-2013 Media-Releases-2014 Media Releases 201...

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/joyce/Pages/Media-Releases/grain-growers-to-benefit-from-10-year-investment.aspx

Signs point to another year of delivery

It is already shaping up to be another strong year of delivery for the agriculture sector, with a swag of announcements only six weeks into 2017....

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/joyce/Pages/Media-Releases/signs-point-to-another-year-of-delivery.aspx

Game meat industry making leaps and bounds

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today visited two Australian game meat processing facilities in Queensland to see first-hand their operations and the work industry is...

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/hartsuyker/Pages/Media-Releases/game-meat-industry.aspx

Government investment drives productivity gains for rural transporters

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, recognised the vital importance of government investment in roads and infrastructure to aid Australia’s hard working livestock and rur...

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/hartsuyker/Pages/Media-Releases/Government-investment-drives-productivity-gains-for-rural-transporters.aspx

Levelling the playing field for Aussie small businesses online | The Hon Michael McCormack MP

SENSIBLE changes to Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection online were introduced to the Parliament this week as the Turnbull-Joyce Government delivered another 2016-17 Budget measure to boost small ...

http://mfm.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/015-2017/

Media Releases - Bureau of Meteorology Newsroom

The South Doodlakine radar is the second of three Doppler radars that are part of a $23 million project managed by the Western Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Food, made possible b...

http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/337/south-doodlakine-doppler-radar-images-now-online/

Media Releases - Bureau of Meteorology Newsroom

The tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria is forecast to move back over water, and strengthen into a tropical cyclone on Sunday....

http://media.bom.gov.au/releases/338/tropical-low-in-the-gulf-forecast-to-intensify-on-sunday/

Donations to the Bourke Street Fund now tax deductible | The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP

The Turnbull Government has moved quickly in support for the people of Melbourne, and in particular the immediate families of those who lost their lives or were injured in the Bourke Street tragedy on...

http://kmo.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/011-2017/

Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program, Media release, 17 Feb 2017, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce the selection of 15 social entrepreneurs from across our region for the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program (A2ELP), to be held in Melbourne and Sydney in March....

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2017/jb_mr_170217.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX%2FlS0K%2Bg9ZKEg%3D%3D

Release of Australian Military sales equipment catalogue | Department of Defence Ministers

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today released the first Australian Military Sales Equipment Catalogue.The Catalogue lists selected equipment that is scheduled to be withdrawn from front line service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), but that still demonstrates a viable capability that other countries might seek to purchase; along with details of equipment still in production that our friends and allies could consider acquiring for their capability requirements.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/christopher-pyne/media-releases/release-australian-military-sales-equipment-catalogue

Government supports project with potential for pumped hydro | Prime Minister of Australia

The Turnbull Government has reaffirmed its strong commitment to energy security by providing $54 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to support a large-scale solar development with the potential for pumped hydro storage.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-16/government-supports-project-potential-pumped-hydro

Speech - International Women's Day Parliamentary Breakfast 2017 | Prime Minister of Australia

PRIME MINISTER: Aunty Agnes, thank you so much for you very warm Welcome to Country. We acknowledge and honour your elders, including yourself and all of your elders past and present. We are here on Ngunawal land.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-16/speech-international-womens-day-parliamentary-breakfast-2017

Government introduces legislation to address McGlade decision

The Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreements) Bill 2017 was introduced into Parliament yesterday, 15 February 2017.  Copies of the Bill and Explanatory memorandum are available on the AP...

http://www.nntt.gov.au/News-and-Publications/latest-news/Pages/Government-introduces-legislation-to-address-McGlade-decision.aspx

Media Release: Funds for research into NT Chinese merchants and women in Australian politics – National Archives of Australia, Australian Government

The National Archives of Australia and the Australian Historical Association (AHA) have awarded two new scholarships to support research into unexplored aspects of Australia's history.

http://www.naa.gov.au/about-us/media/media-releases/2017/02.aspx

Interim Satellite Service to end this month | Ministers of Communications and the Arts

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has reminded rural and remote Australians still receiving internet through the old Interim Satellite Service to contact their local Sky Muster provider ...

http://www.minister.communications.gov.au/fiona_nash/news/interim_satellite_service_to_end_this_month

Euston lock re-opens and weir pool levels to vary | Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Euston's Lock 15 reopened this week following a month of work to repair a damaged lock gate. The Murray–Darling Basin Authority's (MDBA) executive director of river management, David Dreverman, said boats were now able to access the lock as usual. "Work to fix the gate by WaterNSW together with a small SA Water team from Berri was done as quickly as possible to limit the inconvenience to local people and tourists. We are grateful for the patience of those people who have been wanting to make use of the lock," Mr Dreverman said.

http://www.mdba.gov.au/media/mr/euston-lock-re-opens-weir-pool-levels-vary

Department of Health - Turnbull Government has committed $200m to research on dementia

The Australian Government welcomes today’s release of the Alzheimer’s Australia report on the economic cost of dementia in Australia.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-wyatt012.htm

Confusion reigns on Labor's Renewable Energy Policy - media release 16 February 2017

Despite announcing its energy policy 18 months ago and having taken it to an election Labor still has no idea what its policy on renewables actually is....

http://www.environment.gov.au/minister/frydenberg/media-releases/mr20170216.html

17-033MR ASIC launches First Business App to help young people starting a small business | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

ASIC Chairman, Greg Medcraft today launched a new free mobile app – First Business by ASIC's MoneySmart – to support young Australians starting a small business....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-033mr-asic-launches-first-business-app-to-help-young-people-starting-a-small-business/

17-032MR The Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP launches Financial Literacy Annual Highlights Report | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

The Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer MP today launched the National Financial Literacy Strategy Annual Highlights Report 2015-16 at an event at Parliament House in Canberra.

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-032mr-the-hon-kelly-o-dwyer-mp-launches-financial-literacy-annual-highlights-report/

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

What if I told you it was possible for a bank to default on a small business loan, even though the borrower has an impeccable loan history and has made each and every payment like clockwork?

http://www.asbfeo.gov.au/news/banking-on-small-business-getting-a-fair-go

Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman

Ensuring small businesses have access to justice, particularly in cases where there's an imbalance of bargaining power, is one of the key principles outlined in the ASBFEO’s small business reform agenda, released just last week.

http://www.asbfeo.gov.au/news/parliament-responds-to-asbfeo-call-for-small-business-focus

Five years’ jail for Sydney man importing almost 12kg of ephedrine - The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection Service Newsroom

A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to five years’ jail with a non-parole period of 2.5 years for importing almost 12kg of ephedrine in 2015....

http://newsroom.border.gov.au/releases/five-years-jail-for-sydney-man-importing-almost-12kg-of-ephedrine

Seminar to assist Kimberley businesses to benefit from North Asia FTAs, Media release, 16 Feb 2017, Australian Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon Keith Pitt MP

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will host a seminar in Kununurra on Monday 20 February to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs...

http://ministers.dfat.gov.au/pitt/releases/Pages/2017/kp_mr_170216.aspx?w=yxmHAaWUZXyR1X%2BwO6Fs8A%3D%3D

New legislation to protect polar regions

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester today introduced amendments to maritime legislation that will further protect the planet's polar regions from the impact of ship pollution.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc027_2017.aspx

Heavy vehicle safety initiatives—have your say

Consultation has opened on the next round of heavy vehicle safety programs to be administered by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc028_2017.aspx

75th anniversary of the Banka Island Massacre

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said today marked the 75th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters of the Second World War when 21 Australian Army nurses and up to 100 British soldiers were slain by Japanese soldiers on Banka Island in Indonesia...

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2017/feb/va016.htm

Members let down by industry self-interest | The Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP

After almost 15 months of waiting for the arrival of the industry-fund sponsored report into Government legislation on the governance of superannuation funds, its key recommendation is that the status...

http://kmo.ministers.treasury.gov.au/media-release/010-2017/

Google Impact Challenge prize winners, Media release, 16 Feb 2017, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce the four winners of the “Technology Against Poverty” prize, a partnership between the Australian Government’s innovationXchange and Google.org....

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2017/jb_mr_170216.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX%2FlS0K%2Bg9ZKEg%3D%3D

Visit to the Republic of Korea, Media release, 16 Feb 2017, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

I will visit the Republic of Korea on 17 and 18 February to advance Australia's interests with one of our most important regional economic and strategic partners....

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2017/jb_mr_170216a.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX%2FlS0K%2Bg9ZKEg%3D%3D

Pages - Disaster assistance for flood affected communities in Western Australia

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett today announced disaster assistance in response to flooding that affected Western Australia in January and February 201...

https://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Disaster-assistance-for-flood-affected-communities-in-Western-Australia-15-2-17.aspx