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  • Sharing Australian mining expertise to help Africa

    Western Australian Federal Minister Gary Gray announced today that the Australian Government would help an extra 115 officials from African countries visit Australia next year to learn from Australia's mining experience.

    This is in addition to 150 officials from 24 African countries who will visit Australia in 2011 — supported by the Australian aid program.

    And it includes study tours being delivered in partnership with the Australian mining industry and over 60 Australia Award scholarships focused on mining governance.

    Mr Gray made the announcement on behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd at the Africa Downunder conference in Perth today.

  • Emerson to attend Paris meeting of Libya Contact Group

    Acting Foreign Minister Craig Emerson today flies to Paris to represent Australia at a meeting of the Libya Contact Group.

    The meeting, to be held tomorrow (September 1), will be co-chaired by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron. It will also be attended by Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, and key figures from Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).

    "I welcome France’s initiative to host this meeting after the dramatic events in Libya over the past week,” Dr Emerson said.

    "The meeting will allow Australia and the broader international community to hear from the NTC about what Libya needs in recovering from this conflict and making the transition to democracy."

  • DoHA signs up to support Australian Indigenous business

    The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is the latest Commonwealth department to become a member of the Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council (AIMSC) and support certified Indigenous suppliers.

    Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon and Minister for Indigenous Employment and Economic Development Mark Arbib welcomed DoHA’s commitment to supporting Indigenous businesses.

    “The Gillard Government is committed to supporting Indigenous economic development and providing access to Government procurement is one way we can do that,” Ms Roxon said.

  • EFIC and Commonwealth Bank to help SME exporters gain access to working capital under new arrangement

    Commonwealth Bank and Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) today announced the signing of a Master Working Capital Guarantee Facility to help Australian exporters gain additional working capital to finance export contracts.

    A common challenge for small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters is stretching their working capital to meet the many demands of a growing business, from developing business opportunities, to winning contracts, and delivering on their contracts.

    Under this arrangement , EFIC can provide a guarantee to Commonwealth Bank, enabling the Bank to lend to its SME customers the additional working capital they need to finance their international sales contracts.

  • Bloomberg backs Sydney’s greener future

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today backed the City of Sydney's efforts to cut emissions and plan for the future saying it's what all global cities are doing.

    In a video message, to be played tonight at the Council's State of the City report back, Mayor Bloomberg praises the City's greenhouse gas reduction target - one of the most ambitious of any government in Australia - to slash emissions by 70 per cent by 2030.

    "We all need to improve the environmental performance of our cities, maintain global city status and competitiveness and improve sustainable transport including cycleways," Mayor Bloomberg says.

  • Blood products now ordered and tracked online in Canberra

    Patients within Canberra hospitals who require blood will benefit from the roll-out of Australia's first national online system for ordering blood, known as BloodNet.

    Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, said BloodNet was being rolled out across the country by the National Blood Authority. The ACT will join the rest of Australia in adopting the system which has been developed for use in both public and private hospitals.

    "Canberra Hospital, Calvary Hospital, Capital Pathology and Healthscope Pathology will all be using the newly introduced BloodNet system as of this week," the Chief Minister said.

  • Melbourne named most liveable city in the world

    Melbourne has been named as the best city in the world to live, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Survey.

    The report, coincidentally released today on the 176th anniversary of its founding, showed that Melbourne had moved from third to first place, beating Vancouver for the first time in almost a decade. Melbourne has consistently been in the top three positions of the 140 city list, and was last in first position (jointly with Vancouver) in 2002.

    Melbourne scores highly in all of the EIU’s criteria and achieves perfect scores in the areas of healthcare, education and infrastructure.

  • ACCC calls for comment on Telstra's structural separation undertaking and draft migration plan

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will today issue a discussion paper inviting comment from industry stakeholders and consumers in relation to Telstra’s structural separation undertaking and draft migration plan. The ACCC’s preliminary view is that Telstra’s undertaking can not be accepted in its current form and that important changes are required.

  • Australian Household Income and Income Distribution during 2009-10

    Average real (CPI adjusted) household incomes in 2009–10 have not shown any significant change over 2007–08 levels, according to the latest survey results released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). In real terms, there was no significant change for low, middle or high income households.

    Since 2007–08, there has been a decline in the number of households whose main source of income is unincorporated business income and an increase in the number of households whose main source of income is government pensions and allowances.

  • $1.1 million joint funding package to support art in APY lands

    Federal Arts Minister Simon Crean and South Australian Premier Mike Rann today announced $1.1 million to strengthen Indigenous art centres of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, in the remote north of South Australia.

    The Australian Government is contributing $655,000, building on $450,000 committed by the South Australian Government in June.

    The funding will be used to provide much-needed housing for staff at a number Indigenous art centres in the APY Lands. The joint funding illustrates the Australian Government's commitment to work in partnership with state and territory governments to close the gap in our remote Aboriginal communities.

  • Renaissance masters set to visit Australia

    Touching depictions of the Madonna and Child, moving portrayals of the Crucifixion and portraits of Italian nobles are just some of the Renaissance works that will be part of a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

    Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced that the National Gallery of Australia will stage the exhibition Renaissance: 15th And 16th century Italian paintings from Accademia Carrara, Bergamo with the assistance of the Gillard Government.

    In the first exhibition showing 15th century Italian paintings to come to Australia, two centuries of paintings from Northern and Central Italy created during the Italian Renaissance will be on display.

  • Innovating to create new products, processes and jobs

    The Gillard Labor Government is working closely with firms in the Illawarra to secure a manufacturing future for the region and create new products, processes and jobs.

    Speaking at the Illawarra Manufacturing Expo hosted by Member for Throsby Stephen Jones and Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said manufacturing was an essential part of the local and national economy.

    "The Government knows that times are tough right now for manufacturing. This Expo is showing local firms that we will work with them to transform manufacturing in the country and create the high-skill, high-wage jobs of the future," Senator Carr said.

  • NTC to play key role in Freight Week 2011

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) will play a key role in Freight Week 2011 (5-9 September 2011), sponsoring the last day of the conference and participating in a number of the other days.

    NTC Chief Executive Nick Dimopoulos said the NTC was delighted to be a part of Freight Week 2011.

    “We’re looking forward to talking to members of the freight and logistics industry about the issues the transport sector is facing,” said Mr Dimopoulos.

    “Importantly, we’ll be there to listen and work collaboratively on the solutions.”

  • Sewing circle stitches up funding to improve social cohesion

    Newly arrived migrants and refugees in southern Tasmanian will benefit from a $60 000 grant to a women's sewing group in the latest round of funding under the 2011–12 Settlement Grants Program, the Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kate Lundy, announced in Hobart today.

    Tasmanian Federal Senators, Carol Brown and Lisa Singh, welcomed the federal funding to assist new arrivals settle successfully in the Hobart community.

  • Innovative housing solution for homeless in Sydney

    Minister for Social Housing and Homelessness Mark Arbib today met with the founder of innovative United States homelessness initiative Common Ground, Rosanne Haggerty, during a visit to a social housing project under construction in Sydney’s Camperdown.

    Jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales Governments under A Place to Call Home project, the Camperdown Common Ground Project will provide 104 self-contained units for vulnerable Australians once complete.

    Senator Arbib said the Australian Government has contributed more than $38 million to A Place to Call Home in New South Wales as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness.

  • Strengthening legal cooperation with China

    Attorney-General Robert McClelland met with the Chinese Minister for Justice, Madam Wu Aiying in Canberra yesterday evening to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on legal cooperation.

    Mr McClelland said the MOU updated a previous agreement signed in 1984 and will improve mutual understanding across the law and justice sectors in Australia and China.

    “The MOU is a clear expression of the importance both Australia and the People’s Republic of China place on maintaining an enduring relationship across the law and justice sector,” Mr McClelland said.

    “The Australian legal and justice sector places a great degree of importance on its relationship with China.

  • Publication of Wikileakes Cable - Yemen

    The Australian Government is on the record as saying the large scale distribution of hundreds of thousands of classified United States Government documents is reckless, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.

    The Government’s long-standing position is not to comment on material that has been published by Wikileaks.

    However I note that on occasions in the past, Wikileaks has decided to redact identifying features where security operations or safety could be put at risk.  This has not occurred in this case.

    The publication of any information that could compromise Australia’s national security – or inhibit the ability of intelligence agencies to monitor potential threats – is incredibly irresponsible.

  • Salmonids becomes most valuable fisheries product for first time in 2009-10

    The value of salmonids production increased by 13 per cent to $369.1 million in 2009–10, to surpass rock lobster as Australia’s highest earning fisheries product, according to Australian fisheries statistics 2010, released today by ABARES.

    Australian salmonids production predominantly consists of trout and Atlantic salmon.

    ABARES acting Deputy Executive Director, Terry Sheales, said the higher value for salmonids was underpinned by higher production in the aquaculture sector, more than 95 per cent of which is in Tasmania.

    “Despite higher earnings from the production of salmonids and prawns, the gross value of Australian fisheries production fell by 2 per cent to $2.18 billion in 2009–10,” Dr Sheales said.

  • Possible US mail delays due to Hurricane Irene

    Customers are advised that mail to and from some parts of the East Coast of America may be delayed due to Hurricane Irene.

    30 August, 2011

  • South Sydney villages will grow

    The City has committed nearly $130,000 to encourage new jobs and support new, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses in south Sydney's growing villages.

    Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the grant will encourage sustainable business growth in two of the City's key village centres - Redfern Street and the emerging Green Square Town Centre.

    "Redfern and Green Square are fast becoming retail destinations - we want to make sure that growth is sustainable, with jobs for people who live in the area and a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses," the Lord Mayor said.  

  • Time to shine for Housing ACT tenant gardeners

    ACT Minister for Community Services Joy Burch has called on Canberra's public housing tenants to show off their green thumbs and enter this year's annual Housing ACT spring gardening competition.

    "Canberra is blessed with some wonderful gardens and many of those are to be found at the homes of public housing tenants," Ms Burch said.

    The annual competition is now open to all Housing ACT tenants and entries are being invited in seven categories: large garden; small garden; courtyard garden; environmentally-friendly garden; speciality garden; vegetable garden and rose garden.

  • Austrade Office and Australian Consulate-General for Colombia

    Trade Minister and Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs Craig Emerson announced today the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) would open a new office and manage an Australian Consulate-General in Bogota, Colombia, next year.

    “This decision follows improvements in business conditions and increasing levels of foreign direct investment in response to the Colombian Government’s economic reform agenda,” Dr Emerson said.

    Today’s announcement follows a comprehensive reform of Austrade, unveiled in May, under which additional Australian Government resources are being employed in growth and emerging markets.

  • What's important in Australian life?

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) launched a national conversation today, asking:
    What do you think is important in Australian life?
    What do you think is important in Australia’s society, economy and environment?

    To kick start the conversation, we asked Michael Stutchbury, Economics Editor of The Australian, and Richard Aedy, host of Radio National's Life Matters program to share their views.

    Mr Aedy reflected on several areas he sees as important for Australia’s progress, saying “Nobody should leave Year 12, including kids who are planning to go into trades ...because all of them are growing up into a world that requires more understanding of complexity".

  • Future of Financial Advice Reforms Draft Legislation

    More Australians will seek financial advice following the announcement of the draft legislation to implement the Gillard Government's Future of Financial Advice reforms.

    The Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, today released the first tranche of draft legislation of the Future of Financial Advice (FOFA) reforms for public consultation.

    "It is a concern that only one in five Australians access financial advice. These reforms will restore trust and confidence in the sector following collapses such as Storm, Westpoint and Trio. They also remove the red tape that has prevented low-cost, good quality advice being delivered to millions of Australians."