Monday, 4 March 2019

TRADE

The PM and Minister Birmingham announced the signing of the Indonesia FTA. [Full Text]

Bill Shorten and Shadow frontbenchers Wong and Bowen said that agreement is a step forward. [Full Text]

TRADE / INDUSTRY / RESOURCES

Minister Andrews said the Indonesia FTA will deliver benefits to the manufacturing and resources sectors. [Full Text]

The Minerals Council welcomed that FTA. [Full Text]

TRADE / INDUSTRY

Minister Andrews and Liberal Senator Fierravanti-Wells discussed the Indonesia FTA and steel industry policy at a Port Kembla doorstop. [Full Text]

AiGroup welcomed the Indonesia FTA. [Full Text]

The BCA welcomed the Indonesia FTA. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / TRADE

The NFF welcomed the Indonesia FTA. [Full Text]

GENERAL

The PM, Minister Payne and others discussed the Communities Environment Program, Indonesia FTA, North Korea and border security policy, the incoming High Commissioner to NZ and political issues at a doorstop. [Full Text]

Minister Birmingham discussed the Indonesia FTA and political issues on Today. [Full Text]

Minister Birmingham discussed those topics on ABC24. [Full Text]

Bill Shorten and Shadow Ministers Plibersek, Burney and O'Neil discussed domestic violence/social services and climate policy, bushfires, diplomatic appointments, Paladin/Home Affairs, the Indonesia FTA and political issues at a doorstop. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Leigh discussed finance regulation, domestic violence, tax and super/tax policy on 3AW. [Full Text]

COMMERCE

Treasurer Frydenberg announced $6.4m to Tasmania under the Small Business Regulatory Reform Agenda. [Full Text]

COMMERCE / TRADE

The SME Ombudsman welcomed a Joint committee report on FTA access by SMEs. [Full Text]

That report was issued last month. [Full Text]

HEALTH / COMMERCE

The AMA said a proposed website showing specialists' fees should also list Medicare and health fund rebates. [Full Text]

PHA said providing consumers more information about medical specialist fees and charges is welcome. [Full Text]

HEALTH / COMMERCE / STANDARDS

Standards Oz issued a standard for health contact centres. [Full Text]

HEALTH

The TGA issued 'Understanding Australia's new opioid overdose rescue treatment'. [Full Text]

ICT / COMMERCE

auDA announced the appointment of members to a General Advisory Standing Committee and a Technical Advisory Standing Committee. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / COMMERCE / FOREIGN

The ACCC deputy chair addressed the International Farm Management Association Congress. [Full Text]

INDIGENOUS / GENDER / SOCIAL SERVICES

Minister Scullion announced $1.36m for a program to support Aboriginal men in Central Oz. [Full Text]

SUPER / TAX

Minister Robert invited comment on draft legislation for amendments to super tax legislation and regulations to correct unintended outcomes (as reported in last Wednesday's Third Edition). [Full Text]

SUPER / WORKPLACE RELATIONS

AiGroup said retirement savings must not be allowed to be the pawns in industrial disputes. [Full Text]

CLIMATE / ENERGY / INDUSTRY

The Climate Council said climate and energy experts have signed a joint statement that without further action Australia will not meet its 2030 target. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Butler said that statement confirms Liberal emissions reduction targets are inadequate. [Full Text]

Mr Butler said Minister Taylor's interview on Insiders proved he is the Comical Ali of Australian politics (see Second Edition). [Full Text]

ENERGY / INDUSTRY

The AEMC outlined changes to regulation of gas pipeline capacity trading. [Full Text]

The AEMC issued an update on reforms to embedded network power system regulation. [Full Text]

The AEMC issued 'Data analytics at the AEMC'. [Full Text]

The AER said it will investigate high wholesale electricity prices in Victoria and SA on 1/3. [Full Text]

ARENA issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

AGED CARE / SOCIAL SERVICES

Shadow Minister Collins committed $300k to a program to visit lonely LGBTI Victorians in aged care. [Full Text]

AGED CARE / JUSTICE

The Aged Care RC issued information on its next round of hearings in Adelaide. [Full Text]

JUSTICE / SOCIAL SERVICES

The AFP issued 'Acknowledging the Empty Space: A framework to enhance support of people left behind when someone is missing'. [Full Text]

ENVIRONMENT

Greens Senator Hanson-Young said the Government's Communities Environment Program is a drop in the ocean (see Second Edition). [Full Text]

The ACF said that program will help some community groups but does little to reverse the cuts by the Coalition. [Full Text]

RESOURCES / ENVIRONMENT / REGIONAL

Adani foreshadowed its evidence to a Queensland Parliamentary committee. [Full Text]

FOREIGN

ASPI issued 'The Strategist Six: Karin von Hippel'. [Full Text]

SPACE / FOREIGN

The Lowy issued 'Breaking Russia's space stranglehold'. [Full Text]

GENDER / FOREIGN

PM&C issued information for International Women's Day. [Full Text]

TRANSPORT / SHIPPING / DEFENCE

ASPI issued 'Does Australia need a merchant shipping fleet?'. [Full Text]

VET

TAFE Directors issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

ARTS / INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY / ICT / JUSTICE / FOREIGN

The Copyright Agency said the Oz Society of Authors has joined with similar organisations in the UK and America to condemn the Internet Archive's Open Library project. [Full Text]

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Second Edition from the Canberra Press Gallery

ENVIRONMENT

The PM and Minister Price announced $22m for a Communities Environment Program. [Full Text]

AVIATION / INFRASTRUCTURE / HISTORY

The PM and Ministers Cormann, Payne and Tudge said Western Sydney Airport will officially become Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. [Full Text]

GENERAL

Minister Birmingham discussed the Indonesia FTA and political issues on AM. [Full Text]

Minister Birmingham discussed the Indonesia FTA, China/trade and economic policy on Sky. [Full Text]

A transcript is online of Minister Taylor's Insiders interview. [Full Text]

The Lowy issued 'A certain boredom? Taking stock of democracy in 2019'. [Full Text]

GENERAL / STATISTICS

The ABS issued 'Data Integration Project Register, Australia'. [Full Text]

JUSTICE / SOCIAL SERVICES

Minister Fletcher announced $52.1m to fund 39 Redress Support Services to June 2021. [Full Text]

Bill Shorten and Shadow Ministers Plibersek, Burney and O'Neil committed $60m from a Banking Fairness Fund to support victims of domestic violence over four years. [Full Text]

JUSTICE / CRIMINOLOGY / ICT

The AIC issued 'Use and acceptance of biometric technologies in 2017'. [Full Text]

SOCIAL SERVICES

Mr Shorten and Shadow Ministers Burney and McAllister committed $200k to Melbourne's Father Bob Maguire Foundation. [Full Text]

HOUSING / SOCIAL SERVICES

The AIHW issued 'People in short-term or emergency accommodation: a profile of Specialist Homelessness Services clients'. [Full Text]

AGRICULTURE / FINANCE

Minister Littleproud said Labor's latest move on banks is an attempt to distract from the fact they voted against the Future Drought Fund (see Weekend Wrap). [Full Text]

BIOSECURITY / INDUSTRY / TRADE

Fourteen industry groups urged the Government to remove the proposed biosecurity levy from the 2019 Budget. [Full Text]

Shadow Minister Fitzgibbon said the Government is a threat to biosecurity. [Full Text]

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE / IMMIGRATION

Minister Coleman said a directive is in force to stop the entry to Australia of people convicted of violent crimes against women and children. [Full Text]

EMPLOYMENT / ECONOMY

Shadow Treasurer Bowen said an FOI from Treasury shows that the Government's 1.25 million jobs pledge had no modelling to support it (see First Edition). [Full Text]

DEFENCE / VETERANS / HEALTH

Shadow Minister Rishworth called on the Government to respond to a senate committee report on the use of anti-malarial drugs in the ADF. [Full Text]

HEALTH / RESEARCH

A new edition of the Medical Journal of Australia is online. [Full Text]

STA welcomed Mission for Cardiovascular Health funding. [Full Text]

HEALTH / DISABILITY

DHACS issued a communique from a January meeting of the Hearing Health Sector Committee. [Full Text]

FINTECH / AID

APO issued 'Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in the humanitarian sector'. [Full Text]

VET

ACPET issued a newsletter. [Full Text]

FOREIGN / TRADE

ASPI issued 'Australia and Indonesia: towards a durable partnership'. [Full Text]

FOREIGN / DEFENCE

The Lowy issued 'Four reasons why China supports North Korea'. [Full Text]

ASPI issued 'Second track on Indo-Pacific and the Quad [Full Text]

RESEARCH / ACADEMIES / FOREIGN

The Academy of Science said 10 young physicists will attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany. [Full Text]

ARTS

The Australia Council announced winners of its 2019 awards. [Full Text]

RESOURCES

The ABS issued 'Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Dec 2018'. [Full Text]

CONSTRUCTION / ECONOMY

The ABS issued 'Building Approvals, Australia, Jan 2019'. [Full Text]

COMMERCE / ECONOMY

The ABS issued 'Business Indicators, Australia, Dec 2018'. [Full Text]

FOI / TAX

Treasury issued a document relating to the top marginal tax rate (heavily redacted). [Full Text]

Treasury issued documents relating to the Capital Gains Tax Discount. [Full Text]

FOI / FINANCE / COMMERCE / TAX

Treasury issued documents relating to distributions from trusts. [Full Text]

HOUSING FINANCE / TAX

Treasury issued documents relating to negative gearing and capital gains tax policies. [Full Text]

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