And in Other News...End of assignment
Max Dupain on Assignment, an exhibition from the National Archives of Australia, winds up at the Liverpool Library in Sydney on Sunday.
During its five-year tour, the exhibition has attracted an enthusiastic response from visitors across Australia and further afield.
It highlights the photographs Dupain took while working for Federal Government Departments and companies such as CSR Limited from the 1940s to the 1970s. They include portraits, people and places, corporate and advertising shots, as well as images of life on the cane fields.
Yeend gets WTO job
Tim Yeend has been appointed Chief of Staff to new World Trade Organisation Director-General, Roberto Azevedo.
Until recently Mr Yeend was Australia’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the WTO. He had previously led negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Australia-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement.
Warships heading here
More than 20 international warships will visit a variety of Australian ports in the lead up to October’s International Fleet Review in Sydney marking 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy.
They will be making operational visits to the other ports for Customs clearance and logistics resupply before arriving in Sydney.
While the ships will not be open to the public during their logistics visits, there are opportunities to visit them in Sydney during two IFR Warship Open Days to be held on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October.
The Department of Infrastructure and Transport is monitoring complaints by the public about Volkswagen vehicles.
Earlier this year Volkswagen recalled Golf, Jetta, Polo, Passat and Caddy models of vehicles manufactured between June 2008 and September 2011 with a seven-speed DSG gearbox. There is also a recall of Volkswagen vehicles fitted with DSG 6 gearboxes that began in Australia in 2009.
The Department said it was actively monitoring these recalls.
Earlier this weekR U OK?Day
The Australian Social Inclusion Board is encouraging the community to get involved on R U OK?Day on Thursday 12 September and to ask ‘Are you OK?’ of friends, family members and colleagues.
Last year, an estimated one in three Australians asked the question. This year, it is expected that hundreds of events will take place in local communities across Australia to raise awareness.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Causes of Death 2013 Report, suicide was the largest cause of death of Australians aged 15 to 44 years with more than 2,300 people taking their own life in 2011. For those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent the relative suicide rate is 2.5 times higher for males and 3.4 times higher for females than for the corresponding non-Indigenous population.
For more information visit www.ruokday.com. To connect with crisis support lines call 1800RUOKDAY or 1800 786 5329.
Voluntary patent surge
IP Australia has reported a surge in voluntary patent examination requests in the 2012-13 financial year.
Most were filed in March and April immediately before to the introduction of the IP Laws Amendment Act 2012. The total number of examination requests in 2012-13 was more than double the previous financial year.
This will mean delays are expected to increase in the December 2013 quarter, and are likely to exceed the 12-month customer service charter commitment by the end of April 2014. Based on projections, this could average up to 19 months at its peak during 2014, before returning to the 12-month commitment in early 2015.
IP Australia has restricted directions to applications that are 57 months from filing date. This will keep new requests for examination to a minimum, while the enormous volume of pre April 2013 examination requests are processed.
It is likely that it will have to revise the customer service charter in 2014 due to these exceptional circumstances.
ABC wins Australia’s vote
The ABC provided the most watched and listened to election coverage across the nation on Saturday night..
More Australians watched the ABC’s election coverage than any other network. Australia Votes 2013 achieved a combined metro and regional reach of 5.3 million viewers on ABC1 and ABC News 24 and an average audience of 1.5 million nationally.
Across the duration of the campaign, more than 10 million voters (aged 18+) watched the ABC’s coverage on television.
ABC Online had over 60 million visits with more than 2.7 million plays of video and audio relating to campaign coverage.
ABC’s Vote Compass had more than 1.3 million responses confirming its place as the largest survey of voter attitudes that has ever been undertaken in Australia.
TGA warning on tablets
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued a warning in relation to Prosolution tablets, which Australians have been buying online.
Testing found that they contain the undeclared prescription substance tadalafil, a prescription-only substance (which is the active ingredient in the medicine Cialis) and the undeclared prescription substance sildenafil, a prescription-only substance (which is the active ingredient in the medicine Viagra).
The supply of Prosolution tablets is illegal and they have not been assessed by the TGA for quality, safety or efficacy as required under Australian legislation, and the place of manufacture is not approved by the TGA.
The TGA said the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services (Customs) would stop future shipments of Prosolution tablets from entering Australia. If these tablets were found at the border by Customs they will be seized and destroyed.
The TGA said consumers should exercise extreme caution when purchasing medicines from unknown overseas Internet sites.
Edition 378, 10 September 2013