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.

Rare 1901 cricket footage brought back to life by NFSA! | National Film and Sound Archive of Australia

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) has built a custom-made device in order to digitise and publish a rare ‘Kinora’ reel featuring 1901 footage of legendary cricketers K.S. Ranjitsinhji and C.B.Fry.

https://www.nfsa.gov.au/rare-1901-cricket-footage-brought-back-life-nfsa

Pages - Assistance for primary producers extended to Mid Murray in South Australia

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and South Australian Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell today announced that Category C assistance for primary producers would be extended to...

https://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Assistance-for-primary-producers-extended-to-mid-murray-in-south-australia.aspx

Indigenous Languages and Arts open for applications | Department of Communications and the Arts

Applications are now open for the 2017-18 Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program.

https://www.arts.gov.au/departmental-news/indigenous-languages-and-arts-open-applications

Medtronic Strata II / Strata NSC valves | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Hazard alert - potential for MRI scans to affect valve positioning

http://www.tga.gov.au/alert/medtronic-strata-ii-strata-nsc-valves

Biolox Forte 36 mm Alumina ceramic heads - used in hip replacements | Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Hazard alert - increased risk of requiring revision

http://www.tga.gov.au/alert/biolox-forte-36-mm-alumina-ceramic-heads-used-hip-replacements

Remarks at the bilateral meeting with His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel | Prime Minister of Australia

Prime Minister, Lucy and I were delighted to welcome you and Sara to Australia. Not your first visit, your second, but your first as Prime Minister of Israel and the first visit by a Prime Minister of Israel in office. We are delighted to have you here.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-22/remarks-bilateral-meeting-his-excellency-benjamin-netanyahu-prime-minister-state

Speech at the luncheon in honour of His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel | Prime Minister of Australia

What a wonderful occasion. What a historic occasion. Prime Minister, welcome. Shalom Chaverim. This demonstrates the deep friendship between our two countries.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-22/speech-luncheon-honour-his-excellency-benjamin-netanyahu-prime-minister-state

Joint Press Conference with His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of the State of Israel | Prime Minister of Australia

PRIME MINISTER: Welcome Bibi, Prime Minister. Lucy and I were delighted to welcome you and Sara to Australia today. Israel and Australia are very good, strong friends.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-22/joint-press-conference-his-excellency-benjamin-netanyahu-prime-minister-state

Israeli PM’s Visit Cements a Warm, Old Friendship | Prime Minister of Australia

Our friendship is as old as the state of Israel itself.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-22/israeli-pms-visit-cements-warm-old-friendship

Nash welcomes ACCC involvement on the speed of broadband plans | Ministers of Communications and the Arts

Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash has welcomed news the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced further work to help consumers get the information they need to compa...

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

Department of Health - Funding delivered to open gut research centre

The Australian Government has delivered on its election commitment to provide $4 million funding to make Australia’s first dedicated micro gut health research centre a reality.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-hunt014.htm

Department of Health - Action to deliver faster supply of medicinal cannabis products

The Australian Government will facilitate faster access by qualified doctors to medicinal cannabis for patients with the necessary approvals.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-hunt013.htm

Department of Health - New CEO for Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)

Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, today announced that the Board of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand has appointed Mr Mark Booth as the new CEO of the internationally esteemed food standards agency.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-gillespie009.htm?OpenDocument&mth=02&yr=2017

Summer compliance blitz: "Fish in a protected zone and you will get caught" - GBRMPA

Dedicated on-water and aerial patrols over the Christmas break resulted in 48 incidents of illegal recreational fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, with these breaches threatening the healt...

http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/latest-news/compliance/2017/summer-compliance-blitz-fish-in-a-protected-zone-and-you-will-get-caught

17-040MR Sydney man sentenced to 350 hours community service after pleading guilty to dishonest use of his position | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Following an ASIC investigation, Mr Shun Yuen Ken Li (also known as Leo Lee), of Roseville Chase....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-040mr-sydney-man-sentenced-to-350-hours-community-service-after-pleading-guilty-to-dishonest-use-of-his-position/

17-038MR Seven West writes down Yahoo7 investment | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Seven West writes down Yahoo7 investment

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-038mr-seven-west-writes-down-yahoo7-investment/

17-039MR ASIC updates its guidance on fee disclosure statements | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

ASIC has today released an updated Regulatory Guide 245 Fee disclosure statements (RG 245) to reflect....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-039mr-asic-updates-its-guidance-on-fee-disclosure-statements/

AFMA’s new school of fish - Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)

At the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) we just love our graduates. Each year participants of the AFMA Graduate Program partake in three rotations across AFMA and the Department of Agr...

http://www.afma.gov.au/afmas-new-school-fish/

Longwarry interchange opens early and under budget

A major safety upgrade to the Princes Freeway and Sand Road intersection at Longwarry has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc034_2017.aspx

Revamped Arnot Creek Bridge opens to traffic on the Bruce Highway

Drivers using the Bruce Highway between Ingham and Cardwell now have a safer, faster journey with the upgraded Arnot Creek Bridge now open to traffic.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc036_2017.aspx

Charlton to Kingsthorpe highway upgrade to start

Construction of the $160 million Warrego Highway Toowoomba to Oakey Duplication Stage 2 project between Charlton and Kingsthorpe will begin shortly, with civil construction company the Georgiou Group awarded the contract for the project.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc035_2017.aspx

Ten year roadmap released for energy resources sector | Ministers for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has welcomed the release of a ten year roadmap for the Australian energy resources sector, to ensure it stays competitive.

http://minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/canavan/media-releases/ten-year-roadmap-released-energy-resources-sector

Response to claims about the department’s use of external collection agents - MEDIA HUB

Claims made recently about the Department of Human Services’ use of external collection agents are inaccurate and require clarification....

http://mediahub.humanservices.gov.au/media/response-claims-departments-use-external-collection-agents/

Kidston ground-breaking shows bright future for Aussie solar - Australian Renewable Energy Agency | Australian Renewable Energy Agency

We’ve seen the cost of electricity from solar power plants drop to almost the same level as wind power, and it may soon be even lower.

https://arena.gov.au/media/kidston-ground-breaking-shows-bright-future-for-aussie-solar/

Our Focus – Bullied project launches

This encompasses online resources on the Our Focus website, a collection of iview programs, an ABC2 program hosted by Tara Moss called Cyberhate, and an ABC TV series hosted by Ian Thorpe called Bulli...

http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/our-focus-bullied-project-launches/

Pages - Disaster assistance for the Queanbeyan-Palerang bushfire (Carwoola bushfire)

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced disaster assistance in response to last Friday’s bushfire (17 February) that affected...

https://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Disaster-assistance-for-the-queanbeyan-palerang-bushfire-carwoola-bushfire.aspx

Welcoming the NSW Defence Strategy | Department of Defence Ministers

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today welcomed the creation of Defence New South Wales and its blueprint Defence Strategy, New South Wales: Strong, Smart and Connected. Minister Pyne said the creation of a dedicated team and state strategy focused on defence within New South Wales would enhance coordination with the Commonwealth and strategic planning support for local defence industry.“I welcome the addition to the Commonwealth’s efforts to strengthen government industry relations,” he said.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/christopher-pyne/media-releases/welcoming-nsw-defence-strategy

Seeking views on protecting our critical infrastructure

The Turnbull Government has today released the discussion paper, "Strengthening the National Security of Australia's Critical Infrastructure", to seek views on managing the complex and evolving nation...

https://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Seeking-views-on-protecting-our-critical-infrastructure.aspx

Tip-off from a member of the public leads to 24kg cannabis seizure and one arrest | Australian Federal Police

A 24-year-old Brisbane man has been charged for possessing approximately 24 kilograms of cannabis with an estimated street value of $550,000 after a tip-off from a member of the public led to his arrest at Brisbane Airport yesterday (Monday, 20 February 2017).

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/tip-member-public-leads-24kg-cannabis-seizure-and-one-arrest

Grain insights to feature at Kendenup Update - Grains Research & Development Corporation

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grains Research Update for the Albany Zone will be held at the Kendenup Lodge on March 7 and will feature a line-up of local and international speakers.

https://grdc.com.au/Media-Centre/Media-News/West/2017/02/Grain-insights-to-feature-at-Kendenup-Update

$23 million to help homeless youth | Senator the Hon Zed Seselja

Young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless across Australia will benefit from the Government’s decision to extend funding agreements for the youth homelessness programme, Reconnect....

http://zedseselja.dss.gov.au/media-releases/23-million-help-homeless-youth

Remarks – Meeting with the Energy Committee of Cabinet and EnergyAustralia | Prime Minister of Australia

PRIME MINISTER: Welcome to the Energy Committee of the Cabinet and welcome, Cath Tanna, CEO of Energy Australia.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-21/remarks-meeting-energy-committee-cabinet-and-energyaustralia

Interview with Haidi Lun, Bloomberg | Prime Minister of Australia

I want to start by talking about investing in Australia’s future economy. Because the Reserve Bank and the IMF have called on the Government to borrow more ‘good debt’ essentially, to invest in infrastructure. But there’s been a real reluctance. I understand you want to keep that AAA rating, but –  

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-21/interview-haidi-lun-bloomberg

Remarks to the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum | Prime Minister of Australia

In 2012, Lucy and I had the privilege of attending this Forum in Toronto, and it’s wonderful that our hometown Sydney—where the first forum was held—is hosting it once again.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-21/remarks-australia-canada-economic-leadership-forum

ARENA finalising grant to EnergyAustralia | Prime Minister of Australia

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is finalising a $450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to develop a pumped hydro energy storage project in the Upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-21/arena-finalising-grant-energyaustralia

Department of Health - $27 million for better Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes

New funding of $27m for child and maternal health programs and primary health care will help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children healthy and ready to learn when they start school and ensure they are properly immunised.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-wyatt016.htm

Media alerts: 21 February 2017 - Media briefing: Collision with terrain involving B200 King Air VH-ZCR at Essendon Airport, Victoria

The ATSB will tomorrow (Wednesday 22 February 2017) conduct a media briefing on its investigation into the aircraft accident that occurred at Essendon Airport, Victoria....

http://www.atsb.gov.au/newsroom/2017/alert-2017/

17-037MR Car loan provider Inhouse Finance Group to repay more than $400,000 to consumers | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Inhouse Finance Group (Sydney) Pty Ltd (Inhouse Finance Group) will refund more than $400,000 to 177 consumers following an ASIC surveillance which found that the car financier charged consumers an interest rate higher than the maximum allowable under the National Credit Act....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-037mr-car-loan-provider-inhouse-finance-group-to-repay-more-than-400-000-to-consumers/

Research investigates low activation and low cost superconducting material for magnetic coils in next generation fusion reactors - ANSTO

ANSTO has participated in collaborative research investigating the microstructure and superconducting properties of a material made with isotopically pure boron, 11B, for use in the magnetic coils of ...

http://www.ansto.gov.au/AboutANSTO/MediaCentre/News/ACS125707

Statement

This is a tragic accident that occurred at Melbourne's Essendon Airport today.

http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/chester/releases/2017/february/dc033_2017.aspx

Regional Forestry Agreements – providing jobs in the Gippsland region

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, today met with Australian Sustainable Hardwoods and Australian Paper to re-affirm the Turnbull Government's strong support ...

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/ruston/Pages/Media-Releases/rfas-providing-jobs-in-the-gippsland-region.aspx

First Australian beef cattle sea shipment arrives in China

Australia's live export industry has hit another milestone with the first sea freight shipment of live slaughter cattle arriving on China's shores today....

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/joyce/Pages/Media-Releases/first-aus-beef-cattle-sea-shipment-arrives-in-china.aspx

$23 million to help homeless youth | The Hon Christian Porter

Young people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless across Australia will benefit from the Government’s decision to extend funding agreements for the youth homelessness programme, Reconnect....

http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/23-million-to-help-homeless-youth

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