Latest media releases
This is a list of the latest media releases from Australian Government websites arranged under their portfolios. It is generated daily from new media releases collected overnight. This list was generated on Friday, May 24 2013.
- Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
- Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
- Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
- Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
- Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Health and Ageing
- Immigration and Citizenship
- Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
- Infrastructure and Transport
- Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
- Resources, Energy and Tourism
- Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Regulations to support modern biosecurity legislation - Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Draft Regulations for the Biosecurity Bill 2012 and the Inspector-General of Biosecurity Bill 2012 are available for public comment. Deputy Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Ms Rona Mellor, said the new legislation was designed to support a responsive biosecurity system that intervened where risk needed to be managed: off-shore, at the border and on-shore. `As draft regulations are released, we will continue to engage those people and groups who work with us to manage Australia's biosecurity system and those who rely on the outcomes of good biosecurity management,' Ms Mellor said.
Cutting red tape for the food industry - The Hon. Joe Ludwig - Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
The Hon David Bradbury MP, Assistant Treasurer, Minister Assisting on Deregulation, Member for Lindsay. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, and the Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation, David Bradbury MP, said the review is part of the National Food Plan, which will be released on Saturday. The PC review is a great way to identify reforms that will have the most benefit for the food industry and consumers.'.
Australia's apple and pear industries need to be taking more notice of the lessons learnt in New Zealand, where the invasion of the Varroa mite caused significant damage to the beekeeping industry and impacted the production of pollination reliant crops. Technical Manager for Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL) Jesse Reader says while Australian growers increasingly understand the value of paid pollination, they aren't particularly focused on the threat of Varroa, and the experiences from other countries show this may be a problem. 'Australian growers are resilient and responsible, but the sooner we establish better pollination practices and understanding, and the stronger our relationships with the pollination industry, the better that adaptation will be.'.
Community Landcare Grants to fund 242 local projects- The Hon. Joe Ludwig - Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Community and agricultural groups across Australia will share in more than $10.7 million in Community Landcare Grants as part of the Sustainable Agriculture stream of Caring for our Country. 'Community Landcare Grants will this year fund 242 projects right across the country. The 2013-14 Community Landcare Grants funding includes:.
Targeting wild radish as early as the label will allow and mixing herbicide modes of action (MOA) are keys to effective weed control and optimising grain yields. Trials in Bolgart and Tammin investigated wild radish control and cereal crop safety using an early application of Jaguar (Group C and F) and a range of MOA options for use with common phenoxy applications 2,4-D amine and LV Ester 680 for late control (prior to flag leaf). H Jaguar® - single spray C & F Velocity® + LV Ester H & I Precept® + Bromoxynil H & C Jaguar® + LV Ester C & F & I Tigrex® + Bromoxynil F & I & C Velocity® + Tigrex® H & F & I.
HMAS Leeuwin , operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Christmas Island on Sunday. The vessel was initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command. Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.
Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare today unveiled the next stage of a major reform program to crack down on the illegal firearms market in Australia. Operation Unification is a national public awareness campaign that encourages people to anonymously identify criminals who possess illegal firearms to police. According to a national investigation of the illegal firearms market conducted by the Australian Crime Commission last year, it is estimated that there are a quarter of a million firearms in the hands of criminals - more than 250,000 long arms and 10,000 hand guns in the illicit firearms market.
The Attorney-General today launched a new campaign to prevent terrorists from accessing chemicals that can be used to manufacture explosives. The Attorney-General revealed the new campaign materials at the National Security Hotline Forum a gathering of police, security and intelligence agency representatives who investigate and process information provided to the Hotline. The National Security Hotline can be contacted on 1800 123 400.
HMAS Broome , operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Ashmore Islands yesterday. The vessel was initially detected by ACV Ashmore Guardian , operating under the control of Border Protection Command. For operational and safety reasons Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people to be transferred to Australian Government authorities in Darwin where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.
Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Q&A will air twice next week, with Monday's show to be followed by a special episode on Tuesday after host Tony Jones and Bill Gates front an audience at The University of New South Wales. And Q&A With Bill Gates will air on Tuesday 28 th May, featuring Microsoft founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates as the sole panellist. Q&A is simulcast live around the country on ABC1, ABC News 24 and ABC News Radio at 9.35pm AEST.
The ABC has committed to the development of acclaimed Australian novel, The Secret River , by author Kate Grenville, as a television mini-series. Through the deeply personal story of a young couple, William and Sal Thornhill, The Secret River dramatises the colonisation of Australia and the escalating conflict between the original Indigenous inhabitants and the newly arrived white settlers. The Secret River is a profound and moving story that has captivated its readers.
What Are the Hottest 100 Songs of the Last Twenty Years? You Decide. If that's not enough tunes for you, you can re-acquaint yourself with all 20 Hottest 100 countdowns on our special pop up radio station ABC Extra, where we'll be playing every song that's made it in to the Hottest 100 lists over the last two decades. And if you still want more, test your Hottest 100 knowledge with our triple j twitter trivia.
Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Schoolstudents will have more help in finding a great career with over $6.1 million allocated to the new National Career Development Strategy. The $6.1 million investment supports an initial suite of Making Career Connections projects to complement the release of the National Career Development Strategy. The Making Career Connections initiative includes:.
Smarter service for NT job seekers to help them into work and strengthen their communities | Ministers' Media Centre
Morepeople in remote areas of the Northern Territory will be helped to get jobs and contribute to their communities thanks to the Gillard Government's new $1.5 billion Remote Jobs and Communities Program (RJCP), which starts on 1 July 2013. 'They will support individuals who are not working to participate in training or activities that will contribute to their communities as well as making them more work-ready. 'Giving people, including Aboriginal people better access to training and jobs is a great step towards building their confidence, providing opportunities to their families and strengthening their communities.'.
Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
The Gillard Government today announced a $2.5 million life-raft to the Queensland Government to continue critical advice and advocacy services to vulnerable tenants for another six months. Treasurer Wayne Swan said the Government funding offer, if accepted by Premier Newman, would allow current services to continue under the Queensland Tenant Advice and Advocacy Service. Should the Newman Government refuse to fund dedicated Tenant Advice and Advocacy Services, the Australian Government will be looking at all available levers, including denying requests from Queensland to approve delays in delivering social housing initiatives through funding underspends and to provide access to the proposed Housing Payment Deduction Scheme.
The Gillard Government will provide $26.4 million over the next four years to continue funding for the Healing Foundation, an Indigenous organisation that supports healing initiatives for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, particularly members of the Stolen Generations. The Government supported the establishment of the Healing Foundation in 2009 following the first anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples. Projects funded by the Foundation include community education and capacity building, as well as projects to help people better respond to loss, grief and trauma in Indigenous communities..
More Support for Australian Disability Enterprises to move towards social firm business models | The Hon Amanda Rishworth
The Gillard Government is delivering a further $900 000 to support Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) to move towards a not-for-profit social firm business model. We're increasing funding available to support Australian Disability Enterprises to move towards a social firm business model as a result of the high level of demand and high calibre of projects being proposed under the Social Firm Transition Fund, Ms Rishworth said. This funding will assist ADEs adapt one of their business lines to a social firm model, and help build new business lines that are commercially viable and reflect what government and businesses want to buy.
Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture. The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Amanda Rishworth, today took part in a tree planting ceremony to officially open a new development that will provide a safe and accessible home for three adults with severe or profound disability in Devonport. Senator for Tasmania Anne Urquhart, who joined Parliamentary Secretary Amanda Rishworth at the official opening, said this accommodation will incorporate Platinum level accessible features under the Livable Housing Design Guidelines and a six star energy efficiency rating, which will lower energy and water costs.
Foreign Affairs and Trade
Pacific Sports Partnerships call for a healthier, inclusive Pacific, media release, 23 May 2013, Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs
The Gillard Government is supporting Pacific island countries to develop healthier communities through sport. Senator Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport, and Senator Matt Thistlethwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, today announced the opening of the Pacific Sports Partnerships, a $14 million competitive grants program funded by AusAID and managed by the Australian Sports Commission. Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Senator Matt Thistlethwaite explained that the Pacific Sports Partnerships Program has been supported through Australia's aid program since 2010 and has partnered with a range of sports including cricket, football, netball, rugby league and rugby union.
Australia's wildflower exports achieved solid sales results in Japan in 2012, despite numerous challenges to the industry, according to data from the North Asian nation's largest wholesale flower auction. Japan is the biggest export market for Australian banksias and other native flowers, which are used to create high-end bouquets for posh weddings, exhibitions and hotel lobbies, as well as ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. However, a strong Australian dollar and natural disasters in Japan have challenged the industry.
Organisers of the world's biggest sporting events will be able to engage with Australia's major sport event specialists at the SportAccord Convention in St Petersburg, Russia between 2631 May. Since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Australia's sport event specialists have earned stellar reputations for providing host nations with high quality services in such areas as operational planning and management, security, broadcasting, surface technologies and event cleaning. For example, project planning, event operations and management services for Rio 2016.
Health and Ageing
THE HON MARK BUTLER MP. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing. This strategic partnership between EPPIC and headspace represents a significant stage in building a national system of youth mental health care and realising the potential of young Australians to flourish and contribute.
THE HON MARK BUTLER MP. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Strategy will focus on early intervention and building stronger communities with the aim of reducing the prevalence of suicide and the impact on individuals, their families and communities. The funding for initiatives under the strategy is in addition to funding allocated to Indigenous programs under the two national suicide programs, including $4.6 million from the National Suicide Prevention Program and $6 million over the four years from the Taking Action to Tackle Suicide (TATS) package.
Immigration and Citizenship
Immigration outreach officers will visit Moree NSW from May 29-31 to conduct information sessions about employer-sponsored skilled migration options and to explain new laws and penalties for employing or referring people who are not allowed to work. The departmental officers will conduct the public information seminar and will also be available for brief individual appointments with employers and employees to answer their questions about skilled migration. The individual appointments and the information seminar will take place at the following location.
Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Brendan O'Connor today launched a campaign to raise awareness of new measures aimed at stamping out the practice of hiring illegal workers. A further 1600 illegal workers were found to the end of March this year, including seven farm workers who were detained by officials in Stanthorpe, Queensland, last week.'.
Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education
Given the significant announcement by Ford, today is not a day for engaging in scare campaign politics. Unfortunately for the Ford workers and their families, the Leader of the Opposition has chosen to repeat misleading claims regarding carbon pricing. The Gillard Labor Government's thoughts remain first and foremost with the workers and their families affected by today's announcement.
Infrastructure and Transport
+61 2 6257 2828. An independent review of air traffic controller (ATC) numbers at Airservices by internationally recognised air navigation services provider, NAV CANADA, has validated that the organisation has the appropriate number of operational air traffic controllers to meet its requirements. The review also found that the way in which Airservices plans future ATC staff requirements is robust.
Prime Minister and Cabinet
Media Advisory: Message from the Governor-General on the passing of Ms Hazel Hawke AO | Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Hazel was much loved by us all. Hazel contributed to our community our country across so many fields social reform, our cultural life, children's television, and family enrichment. Nomination process for Order of Australia and Bravery decorations.
I was so sad to learn this evening that Hazel Hawke has died. Ordinary Australians saw the best of themselves in Hazel - many women of her generation will feel they have lost a friend. After her diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease, Hazel's life of service to Australia continued in ever more trying circumstances.
PM: Today is a very sad day for the workers at Ford who have heard the news today that their jobs will come to an end in October 2016. As the Prime Minister said, this is a very sad day for the workers. I'm actually around the corner from where Toyota manufacturers, so I've had the opportunity as Prime Minister and as a local member to meet a lot of people who work in the car industry.
Local councils are able to apply for funding for CCTV and other security infrastructure, which is important in keeping the community safe. For more information please see the Ministers . Over 6 million Australians volunteer each year with not-for-profit organisations, contributing more than $14.6 billion in unpaid work.
Ford Australia's announcement that it will cease manufacturing in Australia from 2016 makes this a distressing day for the company's workforce, suppliers and the broader communities affected. We will be seeking a significant contribution to this effort from Ford Australia. As a company that has been operating since 1925 and has made such a significant contribution to Australia over many decades, both governments anticipate Ford Australia will make a significant contribution to the structural adjustment programs.
Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
The National Capital Authority (NCA) today announced its annual Public Forum will be held on Thursday 13 June 2013. 'The public forum will allow more time to discuss topics outside the formal agenda. The final agenda will be released on Tuesday 11 June 2013.
Media release: Thursday, 23 May 2013. With 2015 set as the deadline for Commonwealth agencies to make the transition to digital management and storage, the National Archives has organised a conference offering more information on the advantages that result from such actions. Digital Mandate A National Advantage is a one-day conference at the National Convention Centre Canberra on Thursday 30 May.
Pacific Sports Partnerships call for a healthier, inclusive Pacific : News Centre : Australian Sports Commission
The Gillard Government is supporting Pacific island countries to develop healthier communities through sport. Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Senator Matt Thistlethwaite explained that the Pacific Sports Partnerships Program has been supported through Australia's aid program since 2010 and has partnered with a range of sports including cricket, football, netball, rugby league and rugby union. The objectives of the Pacific Sports Partnerships are to:.
Resources, Energy and Tourism
The Australian Government today released a comprehensive assessment of how developing nations can be assisted to sustainably develop their mineral and energy resources. A report by Geoscience Australia, commissioned by AusAID, details the known mineral and energy resources of 138 developing countries, along with insights into other factors that can influence investment such as political, operational, security and terrorism risks. Australian development assistance can assist developing countries grasp the opportunities afforded to them through mining.
While the number of new resource projects in Australia has declined during the past 12 months, the total amount of investment remains at record levels, Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray said today. However, from 2003, investment in resources and energy projects increased 12-fold to around $268 billion as part of the latest investment cycle. This record high level of committed investment in mining projects has been driven by some of the largest projects ever undertaken in Australia, most of which are still to be completed and move to the production stage of their project life.
Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water. Australians across the country can recycle their unwanted e-waste for free, now the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is available in every state and territory. National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme recycling locations in Tasmania:.
Reef HQ Aquarium is celebrating World Turtle Day today (Thursday 23 May) by introducing its newest celebrity turtle to the world. The Great Barrier Reef is a hive of activity. Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef.
Thursday 23 May 2013. ASIC today released its annual assessment report of the ASX Group (ASX) licensees. ASX comprises two market licensees and four licensed clearing and settlement facilities - ASX Limited, ASX Clear Pty Limited (formerly known as Australian Clearing House Pty Limited), ASX Settlement Pty Limited (formerly known as ASX Settlement and Transfer Corporation Pty Limited), Australian Securities Exchange Limited (formerly known as Sydney Futures Exchange Limited), ASX Clear (Futures) Pty Limited (formerly known as SFE Clearing Corporation Pty Limited) and Austraclear Limited.
Run That Town puts the player in charge of any Australian neighbourhood and challenges them to make planning decisions based on 2011 Census data to boost popularity, grow the town and keep the locals happy. 'Run That Town is a strategy game with a twist that is intended for a wide audience offering both one-time and ongoing users a unique insight into the value of Census data.' Ms Taylor said. Media notes: When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 13-117MR ASIC to further improve hedge fund disclosure
Thursday 23 May 2013. Following industry feedback, ASIC had decided to extend until 1 February 2014 the transitional relief to hedge fund issuers under [CO 12/749] that had previously issued a shorter PDS on or before 22 June 2012. A PDS issued after 22 June 2012 for a fund which satisfies the definition of hedge fund must issue a longer form PDS.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 13-118MR Former Bell Potter adviser sentenced to 5 years jail
Thursday 23 May 2013. A former Bell Potter Securities advisor has been sentenced in to five years jail with a non-parole period of three years and nine months for fraudulent conduct that cost investors more than $1.6 million. ASIC's concerns arose from Mr Evan's role as a director of Kismet Trading Pty Ltd (deregistered), during his employment at Bell Potter Securities where he worked until his resignation in October 2008.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) today released its March 2013 Quarterly Superannuation Performance publication.. Over the 12 months to 31 March 2013, total estimated superannuation assets, which include the assets of self-managed superannuation funds and the balance of life office statutory funds, rose by $187.8 billion (13.5 per cent) to $1.58 trillion. For superannuation funds with more than $50m in assets as a whole (quarterly reporting funds), their annual rate of return (ROR) for the year ending 31 March 2013 was 10.2 per cent, while their ROR for the March 2013 quarter was 4.1 per cent.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission - 13-112MR ASIC concerns sees payday lender change advertising
Thursday 23 May 2013. Payday lender Nimble Australia Pty Ltd, previously known as Cash Doctors, has changed its advertising following ASIC concerns it was potentially misleading. ASIC was also concerned that statements Nimble made comparing its product with a credit card were inaccurate.
Reports of e-mail scams to the ATO have tripled to almost 11,000 compared to the same quarter of last year. Reports of e-mail scams. For more information on how to report and protect yourself from scams visit.