And in Other News...AG’s launches survey
A stakeholder survey has been initiated by the Attorney-General's Department aimed at enhancing its contribution to Government and key stakeholders.
The Department has engaged an external research provider, ORIMA Research, to conduct the survey on its behalf.
The survey is under way and is scheduled to be completed by 6 September. Information given will be confidential.
Defence security upgraded
The Holsworthy Barracks stage of the Base Infrastructure Works Project has begun.
The project involves a range of security infrastructure works at 16 Defence establishments across Australia.
The project is part of the Base Security Improvement Program established in late 2009 following a review of Defence’s protective security arrangement and includes a range of projects designed to improve security across Defence bases.
Additional closed circuit television, base-wide alert systems and other electronic security systems will be installed.
Collectable coins mark Royal birth
The Royal Australian Mint is issuing two collectable coins in the lead-up to the christening of Prince George of Cambridge, the first-born son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and third in line to the British Throne.
Acting Marketing Director at the Royal Australian Mint, Mark Cartwright said that while this was the Mint’s first coin dedicated to Prince George, it was the latest in Australia’s long and proud tradition of releasing coins commemorating important Royal events.
“The coin features a family tree with the initials ‘W’ and ‘C’ above ‘HRH Prince George Born 22.07.2013’, and was designed by the Royal Australian Mint after extensive consultation with Buckingham Palace,” Mr Cartwright said.
The fine silver 50c proof coin retails for $80 and is available to buy from the Mint Coin Shop in Deakin, the Mint’s Contact Centre on 1300 652 020 and by visiting the Royal Australian Mint’s online store at this PS News link.
An uncirculated cupro-nickel coin featuring the same design is also available for $9 and can be found at this PS News link.
Earlier this weekCooks in Legends mix
Australia Post is giving people across the country the chance to choose the stars of the next Legends stamp series which is set to honour Australia’s culinary masters.
The 2014 Australia Post Australian Legends Award nominees are: 1960s - Margaret Fulton, Charmaine Solomon , Stephanie Alexander; 1970s - Maggie Beer, Peter Russell-Clarke, Tony Bilson; 1980s - Gabriel Gaté, Neil Perry, Tetsuya Wakuda, Alla Wolf-Tasker; 1990s - Christine Manfield, Kylie Kwong, Greg Malouf, Guy Grossi; and 2000s - Donna Hay, George Calombaris, Peter Gilmore, Luke Nguyen.
Public voting is open until 22 September and more information is available at this PS News link.
Open Day rocks
Geoscience Australia’s latest open day has been dubbed a success, with a new record of around 8,000 visitors welcomed through the door when it was held earlier this month.
All tours to the laboratories, GPS robots, rock dating SHRIMP, Geological TimeWalk and the Joint Australian Tsunami Centre were fully subscribed as open day went national for the first time, with an online presence taking it beyond Canberra to the rest of Australia.
Four science talks were streamed live via the web and are still available for viewing if you missed them.
They can be accessed at this PS News link.
Campaign tackles cyberbullying
The Australian Human Rights Commission has launched a campaign to encourage bystanders to take action against cyberbullying this year.
The Commission has recruited entertainer Ruby Rose to act as an ambassador for the BackMeUp campaign.
More information is available from this PS News link.
Digital radio trials extended
Digital radio trials in Canberra and Darwin have been extended until August 2014.
The digital radio trials (and the services provided under them) were originally scheduled to end on 31 August and the extension will now allow for further testing of DAB+ digital radio technology.
The trials are being conducted by Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), and the ABC and SBS are active participants in the Canberra trial.
Permanent digital radio services using DAB+ technology have been operating in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney since 1 July 2009.
Edition 376, 27 August 2013