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.

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

Visit to Brussels for counter-Daesh conference | Department of Defence Ministers

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne will travel to Brussels today for discussions on key Australian defence, security and strategic interests.The Minister will attend a meeting of Defence Ministers from the counter-Daesh coalition in Brussels on 16 February, to discuss the military campaigns in Iraq and Syria.Daesh has now lost more than 60 per cent of the territory it once held in Iraq and this meeting will be an opportunity to further progress the coalition campaign against the terrorist group.

https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/marise-payne/media-releases/visit-brussels-counter-daesh-conference

Memorial unveils one-of-a-kind Changi manuscript | Australian War Memorial

A unique manuscript written and produced by former prisoner of war Sir Alexander “Alick” Russell Downer KBE during his captivity in Singapore’s notorious Changi prison camp was today unveiled at the A...

https://www.awm.gov.au/media/releases/memorial-unveils-one-kind-changi-manuscript/

Australian Youth Orchestra celebrates 60 years | Department of Communications and the Arts

AYO is celebrating 60 years of providing professional leadership and inspiration to young Australian musicians.

https://www.arts.gov.au/departmental-news/australian-youth-orchestra-celebrates-60-years

Australia Post features Aussie jetties in new stamp issue - Australia Post Newsroom

Australia Post is profiling four Australian jetties in the newest stamp issue. The four featured jetties from around the country, all wooden, include those at B

https://auspost.newsroom.com.au/Content/Home/02-Home/Article/Australia-Post-features-Aussie-jetties-in-new-stamp-issue/-2/-2/6130

Remarks at bilateral meeting with The Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka | Prime Minister of Australia

PRIME MINISTER: Prime Minister, welcome to Australia on your first official visit as Prime Minister. And congratulations on your honourary doctorate from Deakin University. It is great to welcome you and Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe here and all of your colleagues.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-15/remarks-bilateral-meeting-honourable-ranil-wickremesinghe-prime-minister-democratic

Press Conference with The Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka | Prime Minister of Australia

PRIME MINISTER: I’m here with Prime Minister Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka. We've had a very fruitful discussion, reflecting the very deep relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-15/press-conference-honourable-ranil-wickremesinghe-prime-minister-democratic

Joint Statement by the Prime Minister's of Australia and Sri Lanka | Prime Minister of Australia

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka paid an official visit to Australia from 13 -17 February 2017 at the invitation of Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia, accompanied by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping and Hon. (Dr). Harsha de Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-15/joint-statement-prime-ministers-australia-and-sri-lanka

Radio interview with Tim Shaw, 2CC | Prime Minister of Australia

TIM SHAW: I’m pleased to say that the Prime Minister, half an hour before he greets the Sri Lankan Prime Minister, has taken the time to speak to us this morning. Prime Minister Turnbull, good morning.

http://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-02-15/radio-interview-tim-shaw-2cc

The Sky’s the limit in new Sky Muster trial | Ministers of Communications and the Arts

A new trial involving the Sky Muster satellite opens the door to potentially life-saving in-flight broadband access for the Royal Flying Doctors Service, mobile units for emergency services to use dur...

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

Department of Health - Launch of Meals on Wheels’ National Meal Guidelines

The Minister for Aged Care, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP spoke at the launch of Meals on Wheels’ National Meal Guidelines in Canberra on 15 February 2017

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-wyatt170215.htm

Department of Health - Ensuring safe and responsible supply of medicinal cannabis

The Australian Government is taking further action to enable the safe and legal distribution of medicinal cannabis products for adults and children suffering from painful and chronic conditions.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-hunt009.htm

Department of Health - Statement on the retirement of Mike Fitzpatrick

As a player and administrator, Mike Fitzpatrick has made an enormous contribution to the great game of AFL.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/health-mediarel-yr2017-hunt010.htm

17-030MR ASIC lodges appeal in relation to former AWB officer | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has lodged an application in the Victorian Court of Appeal for leave to appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court dismissing ASIC’s proceeding against Mr Peter Geary....

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-030mr-asic-lodges-appeal-in-relation-to-former-awb-officer/

17-031 ASIC cancels AFS licence of Sovereign MF Ltd (in liquidation) | ASIC - Australian Securities and Investments Commission

ASIC has cancelled the Australian Financial Services (AFS) licence of Sovereign MF Ltd (in liquidation) ACN 104 964 555 (Sovereign).

http://www.asic.gov.au/about-asic/media-centre/find-a-media-release/2017-releases/17-031-asic-cancels-afs-licence-of-sovereign-mf-ltd-in-liquidation/

‘No stone unturned’ in research for type 1 diabetes cures | Australian Research Council

‘No stone unturned’ in research for type 1 diabetes cures—Media release issued by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training—15 February 2017

http://www.arc.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/no-stone-unturned-research-type-1-diabetes-cures

Dr Alex Caveen from Seafish UK visit to AFMA - Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA)

Readers of AFMA News, may be aware that AFMA regularly hears from international guest speakers on the latest of fisheries management in their country....

http://www.afma.gov.au/dr-alex-caveen-seafish-uk-visit-afma/

Media Release

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said on today’s 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, Australians would pause and reflect on the lives lost and more than 15,000 Australian soldiers who were taken prisoner.

http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2017/feb/va015.htm

Stronger biosecurity controls over potential disease carriers

Australia’s biosecurity system has been further strengthened today, with the introduction of legislation that will provide additional safeguards, both by air and by sea, to protect our $60 billion agricultural industries.

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/joyce/Pages/Media-Releases/stronger-biosecurity-controls-over-potential-disease-carriers.aspx

It’s CoOL to get on board early

Canberra's Pialligo Estate is among the first crop of businesses rolling out new Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) on their food products, getting in early to give consumers a clear view of where the...

http://minister.agriculture.gov.au/hartsuyker/Pages/Media-Releases/it's-cool-to-get-on-board-early.aspx

Supporting sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian crises, Media release, 15 Feb 2017, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Today I announce the Australian Government will continue our partnership with the International Planned Parenthood Federation to deliver the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program in Crisis and Post C...

http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2017/jb_mr_170215.aspx?w=tb1CaGpkPX%2FlS0K%2Bg9ZKEg%3D%3D

Shorten flounders on Labor's commitment to NDIS | The Hon Christian Porter

Labor’s failure to fully fund the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been exposed as Bill Shorten floundered to explain Labor’s funding commitments for the Scheme when in Government....

http://christianporter.dss.gov.au/media-releases/shorten-flounders-on-labors-commitment-to-ndis

Disaster assistance for bushfire affected communities in New South Wales

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today announced that disaster assistance has been made available for affected communities across the ...

https://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Disaster-assistance-for-bushfire-affected-communities-in-new-south-wales.aspx

Once again, Labor goes weak on illegal firearms trafficking

Labor has once again put politics ahead of public safety by voting against mandatory minimum sentences for illegal firearms trafficking....

https://www.ministerjustice.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Once-again-labor-goes-weak-on-illegal-firearms-trafficking.aspx

Keeping Temora skies safe | Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Temora pilots are being called on to take part in a special aviation safety briefing next week to keep local skies safe.

https://www.casa.gov.au/media-release/keeping-temora-skies-safe

Keeping Forbes skies safe | Civil Aviation Safety Authority

Forbes pilots are being called on to take part in a special aviation safety briefing next week to keep local skies safe.

https://www.casa.gov.au/media-release/keeping-forbes-skies-safe

Assistance to victims of Berlin Terrorist Attack

This declaration means eligible Australian residents harmed as a direct result of this terrorist attack may be able to seek a one-off payment of up to $75,000 through the Australian Victim of Terroris...

https://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au/Mediareleases/Pages/2017/FirstQuarter/Assistance-to-victims-of-berlin-terrorist-attack.aspx

Italian woman allegedly imports $1.1M of cocaine into Melbourne Airport | Australian Federal Police

A 39-year-old Italian national is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today, charged with allegedly importing approximately five kilograms of cocaine into Melbourne

https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/italian-woman-allegedly-imports-11m-cocaine-melbourne-airport

Coalition procurement policy supercharges Indigenous businesses | Ministers Media Centre

The Coalition Government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) has been such a success in its first year that we are immediately moving to introduce the 2020 target....

https://ministers.dpmc.gov.au/scullion/2017/coalition-procurement-policy-supercharges-indigenous-businesses

Is your cereal planting seed disease free - Grains Research & Development Corporation

New South Wales cereal growers are urged to take advantage of a no cost disease testing service now available for 2017 planting seed.

https://grdc.com.au/Media-Centre/Media-News/North/2017/02/Is-your-cereal-planting-seed-disease-free