And in Other News...Library seeks election ephemera
The National Library is looking to collect an original copy of every published leaflet, poster, pamphlet, policy speech, press statement and other political ephemera produced for the upcoming Federal election.
The National Library is particularly interested in receiving material from marginal electorates, from communities with specific local issues as well as from regional and remote Australia.
It will add the 2013 material to its existing political ephemera collection which dates back to the early 1900s.
Donations of original political ephemera can be sent to Federal Election Campaign Ephemera, Australian Collection Development, National Library of Australia, Reply Paid E202 (Box 6153), Kingston. ACT. 2604.
Tax Office warns on trusts
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is warning anyone with a trust fund to avoid considerable tax debts, penalties and prosecution by making sure they aren’t making an easily identifiable attempt to avoid tax.
According to the ATO, the practice is publicly marketed by some tax advisers even though it tries to exploit mismatches between trust and taxable income.
It is encouraging people to come forward with an early disclosure before they are contacted by the ATO to avoid higher penalties.
ACT households richest
The average wealth of Australian households in 2011-12 was $728,000, according to a report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The ACT had the highest level of wealth at $930,000 which was around 28 per cent higher than the Australian average.
Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory all had levels of wealth close to the Australian average while South Australia and Queensland had levels of wealth less than the Australian average.
Tasmanian households had the lowest level of average wealth at around $600,000.
The report can be accessed at this PS News link.
Earlier this weekAustralia joins security body
Australia is set to become a foundation member of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers Association (the ICoC Association).
The ICoC Association is an international body which will establish the first worldwide system of accreditation for private security contractors.
It will provide independent and effective verification of industry compliance with the International Code, raising standards and accountability for private security contractors worldwide.
Signed by more than 700 private security firms, ICoC articulates standards for the responsible provision of private security services in accordance with international humanitarian and human rights law.
Staff accept ABC offer
ABC staff have voted to accept the organisation's final offer on its new agreement.
The offer includes pay increases of 2.6 per cent, 2.45 per cent and 2.5 per cent, a
$500 upfront bonus, supporting parental leave and NAIDOC leave.
Sounds of Australia
Russell Morris’ Molly Meldrum-produced single The Real Thing, Peter Allen’s iconic I Still Call Australia Home and Archie Roach’s powerful song about the stolen generations, Took the Children Away, are among the 10 recordings added to the Sounds of Australia this year.
Established by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) in 2007, the Sounds of Australia (formerly known as the National Registry of Recorded Sound) is the ultimate selection of sound recordings with cultural, historical and aesthetic significance and relevance, which inform or reflect life in Australia.
The 2013 Sounds of Australia – in chronological order - are:
1. Hold Your Hand Out Naughty Boy, Florrie Forde (1913) – popular music
2. Yes, What?, 5AD, Rex Dawe and cast (1936-40) – radio comedy series
3. Bombora, The Atlantics (1963) – popular music
4. The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards, Dougie Young (1964) – country, Indigenous
5. The Real Thing, Russell Morris (1969) – popular music
6. I Still Call Australia Home, Peter Allen (1980) – popular music
7. Improvisation in Acoustic Chambers, Dr Ros Bandt (1981) – experimental music
8. This Sporting Life, Roy and HG (1986-2008) – radio broadcast
9. Recording of a Superb Lyrebird at Healesville, Vic, Greg Wignell (1987) – environmental recording
10. Took the Children Away, Archie Roach (1990) – popular music, Indigenous
Stamps feature unique plants
Some of the world’s most unique plants have been featured on Australia Post's latest stamp issue.
The featured plants are the carnivores of the plant world - Cephalotus follicularis, Drosera rupicola, Drosera lowriei and Nepenthes rowanae.
There are more than 670 species of carnivorous plants found across the world and more than 200 species in Australia, of which more than half are endemic (native).
The Carnivorous Plants stamp issue is available from this PS News link.
Edition 375, 20 August 2013