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Friday, 17 February 2017

RESEARCH / FOREIGN / HEALTH / SPACE SCIENCE

The PM and Minister Arthur Sinodinos announced a treaty-level Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement with NZ. [Full Text]

Ministers Matt Canavan and Darren Chester said a project to improve positioning capability in the Australasia region will be part of that collaboration. [Full Text]

FOREIGN

The PM issued opening remarks at the meeting with his NZ counterpart. [Full Text]

The PM issued a Joint Statement from that meeting. [Full Text]

DEFENCE / FOREIGN

Minister Marise Payne discussed terror bombings in Iraq and Pakistan and Syria/Daesh on AM. [Full Text]

Minister Payne discussed those issues and US relations in a Brussels doorstop interview. [Full Text]

Defence said around 1,900 police from Iraq's Ninewah province have graduated from the Taji Military Complex. [Full Text]

Defence said USAF F-22 Raptors have commenced training with the RAAF Hornets in Australia. [Full Text]

DEFENCE / RESEARCH / INDUSTRY

The Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group issued a speech by its head. [Full Text]

GENERAL

The PM discussed firefighting and NZ relations at a wreath laying ceremony doorstop. [Full Text]

Minister Mathias Cormann discussed Budget and energy policy and WA and political issues on Sky. [Full Text]

Minister Christopher Pyne said the passage of the ABCC legislation capped off a successful sitting week. [Full Text]

AG George Brandis said the Senate passed over a dozen pieces of legislation in the first Parliamentary fortnight of 2017. [Full Text]

Minister Pyne and Shadow Minister Anthony Albanese discussed political issues and energy, tax, Budget and disability policy on Today. [Full Text]

Shadow AG Mark Dreyfus said evidence to a Senate inquiry proves that AG Brandis attempted to prevent the truth coming to light regarding Bell Group. [Full Text]

SUPER / FINANCE / COMMERCE

Minister Kelly O'Dwyer addressed the Self-Managed Superannuation Funds Association Conference. [Full Text]

Superannuation peak bodies issued a Guidance Notice on ASIC's updated disclosure requirements. [Full Text]

FINANCE / COMMERCE

Minister O'Dwyer addressed the Insurance Council of Australia Annual Forum. [Full Text]

The ABA announced the appointment of Anna Bligh as CEO. [Full Text]

The RBA issued information from today's Payments System Board meeting. [Full Text]

FINANCE / COMMERCE / HOUSING

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said the CBA CEO called for supply-side and demand-side responses in addressing housing affordability. [Full Text]

FINANCE / COMMERCE / CLIMATE

An APRA board member discussed 'Australia's new horizon: Climate change challenges and prudential risk' in a speech to that forum. [Full Text]

The IGCC welcomed that speech. [Full Text]

AID / COMMERCE

Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells addressed the Aid Suppliers Conference. [Full Text]

PHILANTHROPY / JUSTICE

Minister O'Dwyer said donations to the Bourke Street Fund are now tax deductible. [Full Text]

JUSTICE / GENDER

Minister Fierravanti-Wells discussed the Criminal Code Amendment (Prohibition of Full Face Coverings in Public Places) Bill 2017 in a speech to the Senate. [Full Text]

FOI / JUSTICE

AGs issued four documents relating to the development of s11B of the Freedom of Information Act. [Full Text]

INDIGENOUS / JUSTICE / AGRICULTURE / RESOURCES

AIATSIS issued 'Authorisation and decision-making in native title'. [Full Text]

INDIGENOUS / HERITAGE / RESEARCH

CSIRO issued its opening statement to a Senate committee hearing for its Inquiry into Aboriginal rock art on the Burrup Peninsula (see today's First Edition). [Full Text]

ICT / COMMERCE / REGIONAL

Minister Fiona Nash said the NBN Interim Satellite Service will be superseded by the Sky Muster service from 28/2. [Full Text]

NBNCo issued information on that switch. [Full Text]

The NFF encouraged regional households to make that switch. [Full Text]

ICT / PUBLIC SERVICE

Shadow Minister Ed Husic said a review of its ICT projects (see Early Edition) doesn't solve the Government's problems with digital services. [Full Text]

ICT / COMMERCE

NBNCo said it will move to a discount model for its Connectivity Virtual Circuit charge. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / COMMERCE

Minister Darren Chester said a General Aviation Advisory Group will ensure the industry has a voice at the heart of Government. [Full Text]

INFRASTRUCTURE / TRANSPORT / CITIES

Minister Paul Fletcher discussed Sydney airport issues on ABC Sydney. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / MEDIA

The ABC issued a response to an article in The Australian regarding AirServices Australia. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / TRADE

Minister Luke Hartsuyker visited game meat processing facilities in Queensland. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / HEALTH / CHEMICAL REGULATION

APVMA issued a Regulatory update. [Full Text]

METEOROLOGY / AGRICULTURE

The WMO issued an El Nino/La Nina Update. [Full Text]

WATER / AGRICULTURE / ENVIRONMENT / REGIONAL

The MDBA issued a weekly report. [Full Text]

The Irrigators Council will hold a national council meeting in Launceston next week. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / SPORT / COMMERCE / TRADE

Hort Innovation announced a three-year $600,000 contract with Netball Australia to promote Australian apples. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / RESEARCH

Hort Innovation invited nominations for a melon industry Strategic Investment Advisory Panel. [Full Text]

TAX

Shadow Treasurer Bowen said Minister Cormann reminded everyone of some of the Government's tax increases. [Full Text]

STEM EDUCATION / INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure Australia approved the business case for the relocation of the UTAS Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics facilities to the Hobart CBD. [Full Text]

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie welcomed that announcement. [Full Text]

EDUCATION / TRADE

The IEAA issued a call for papers for its 2017 Transnational Education Forum. [Full Text]

TRADE

Austrade issued a Trade Winds newsletter. [Full Text]

EDUCATION / REGIONAL

The NCSEHE issued 'Access to higher education: Does distance impact students' intentions to attend university?'. [Full Text]

CHILDCARE / BUDGET

Independent MP Cathy McGowan said the Government's childcare reform package fails to provide certainty for rural and regional families. [Full Text]

HEALTH

The CHF said the AMA public hospital report card (see Early Edition) highlights that hospitals and the health system are facing a funding crisis. [Full Text]

PHA said that report highlights the value of health insurance. [Full Text]

The PBS issued information on changes to the PBS Botulinum Toxin Program. [Full Text]

HEALTH / RESEARCH

The NHMRC issued a Health Tracker newsletter. [Full Text]

ENERGY / INDUSTRY / CLIMATE

The CEC said politicians need to remain focused on replacing coal power plants with renewable energy at the lowest possible cost. [Full Text]

ENERGY / INDUSTRY / INNOVATION

Standards Australia issued 'Roadmap for Energy Storage Standards'. [Full Text]

WORKPLACE RELATIONS

The Business Council welcomed the Senate vote to bring forward the transition to the new Building Code. [Full Text]

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Friday February 17 2017 Early Edition

GENERAL

The PM discussed NZ, tax, energy, housing and infrastructure policy, Israel, US relations and political issues on Sky Business. [Full Text]

Minister Mathias Cormann discussed tax, negative gearing, energy and Budget policy and WA political issues on The Bolt Report. [Full Text]

Minister Scott Ryan said the Government has abolished free travel for former parliamentarians. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Don Farrell welcomed the passage of that legislation. [Full Text]

Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen discussed tax, Budget, energy, and childcare policy and political issues on Sky. [Full Text]

The RBA issued the design of the new $10 banknote. [Full Text]

ENERGY / INDUSTRY / CLIMATE

Minister Josh Frydenberg was interviewed on 5AA (audio). [Full Text]

ENERGY / RESOURCES / REGIONAL

Shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon said the PM demonstrated he doesn't understand the challenges the Hunter region is facing. [Full Text]

ENERGY / INDUSTRY

The AER invited submissions to reviews of 2018-23 revenue proposals from TransGrid and Murraylink. [Full Text]

The CER issued a new version of the register of solar water heaters. [Full Text]

DEFENCE / FOREIGN

Minister Marise Payne issued information from the counter-Daesh Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels. [Full Text]

ASPI issued 'Australia's FPWP: it's time to revisit the Quad'. [Full Text]

DEFENCE / HISTORY

ASPI issued 'The fall of Singapore: the lessons of alliance failure'. [Full Text]

FOREIGN / COMMERCE / INNOVATION

Minister Julie Bishop announced the selection of 15 social entrepreneurs for the Australia-ASEAN Emerging Leaders Program. [Full Text]

FOREIGN / FISHERIES / JUSTICE

DIBP said two Vietnamese fishing vessels have been apprehended in the Coral Sea. [Full Text]

AID / COMMERCE

Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells opened the inaugural Australian Aid Supplier Conference. [Full Text]

COMMERCE / TRADE / TAX

Minister Michael McCormack welcomed legislation to apply the GST to imported goods valued up to $1,000. [Full Text]

TAX

Shadow Treasurer Bowen said the Government is in disarray over the capital gains tax discount. [Full Text]

FINANCE / COMMERCE

The ACCC invited comment on a draft determination to deny authorisation to 16 insurance companies to agree to a 20% cap on commissions to car dealers who sell their insurance products. [Full Text]

ASIC invited comment a proposal to remake a class order about reporting requirements for financial services licensees who are natural persons. [Full Text]

COMMERCE

The ACCC will not oppose the merger of printers PMP and IPMG. [Full Text]

COMMERCE / ECONOMY

PwC issued information from the Australian edition of its 2017 Global CEO Survey. [Full Text]

HEALTH / RESEARCH

Minister Simon Birmingham addressed the announcement of Diabetes research grants (see Wednesday's Early Edition). [Full Text]

HEALTH / EDUCATION

Minister David Gillespie met with members of the National Medical Training Advisory Network. [Full Text]

HEALTH

The AMA issued its 2017 Public Hospital Report Card. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Catherine King said that report reveals a crisis in public hospitals. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / RESEARCH

Minister Barnaby Joyce said a 10-year agreement between the GRDC and the NSW Government will see an investment of more than $130m into R&D. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / COMMERCE / TRADE

Minister Barnaby Joyce said 2017 is shaping up to be a year of delivery for the agriculture sector. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / IMMIGRATION

Employment issued the Government's response to a Joint committee inquiry into seasonal workers. [Full Text]

IMMIGRATION / JUSTICE

The Ombudsman issued immigration reports tabled on 15/2 and the Minister's tabling statement. [Full Text]

METEOROLOGY / AGRICULTURE / TRADE

ABARES issued a Weekly Australian Climate, Water and Agricultural Update. [Full Text]

BIOSECURITY / AQUACULTURE / ENVIRONMENT

Minister Anne Ruston and the Queensland minister issued a statement on white spot disease. [Full Text]

ICT / PUBLIC SERVICE

Minister Angus Taylor said the Government will review all significant government technology projects. [Full Text]

AGED CARE

Minister Ken Wyatt invited comment on a draft National Aged Care Advocacy Framework and applications for National Aged Care Advocacy Program funding. [Full Text]

REGIONAL / PUBLIC SERVICE / AGRICULTURE

Mr Fitzgibbon said a Government motion on the APVMA relocation failed in the Senate. [Full Text]

DISABILITY / BUDGET

Shadow Minister Jenny Macklin said Minister Christian Porter tells lies about the NDIS. [Full Text]

CHILDCARE / BUDGET / SOCIAL SERVICES

NXT Senator Nick Xenophon said the Government's omnibus bill will run over too many families. [Full Text]

ANTI-DUMPING

The ADC issued documents regarding copy paper and galvanised steel. [Full Text]

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