And in Other News...Court backs ACMA power
The Federal Court has found the Australian Communications and Media Authority does have the power to make a finding that Today FM breached a condition of its licence by recording and broadcasting a prank call to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London in December 2012.
ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman said the decision provided clarity over the operation of the licence condition that prohibits broadcasters from using their broadcasting service in the commission of an offence.
''The Federal Court confirmed that the ACMA has the power to form an opinion as to whether a broadcaster has breached the licence condition, independently of any conviction for a criminal offence,'' he said
The decision paves the way for the ACMA to finalise its investigation which could involve the imposition of tough penalties, ranging from large fines to stringent conditions on its broadcast licence, if the station is found to have broken the law.
NSW signs up
NSW has become the second State to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government to create a one-stop shop for environmental approvals.
This follows the endorsement of the Queensland Government last month.
The Federal Government is on track to sign up all States and Territories within 12 months which will have the effect of fast-tracking environmental approvals.
Advice for small business
A new online hub has been developed to help small business owners and operators to better understand their legal obligations and the role of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
The hub is an information gateway and is designed to improve small business experiences with ASIC and help them better understand its role and how it can help.
Available at www.asic.gov.au/small-business, the hub features information on starting and closing a small business, legal requirements for small business operators, one-minute guides on popular topics and access to ASIC’s new quarterly small business eNewsletter.
The Government is to reinstate funding to native title respondents that was withdrawn by the previous Labor administration.
It will provide $2.2 million over two years to assist people who demonstrate that a native title claim is likely to have a significant impact on their interests.
The funding will be available from 1 January 2014.
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) is offering John Allwright Fellowship scholarships to 27 applicants from 18 countries. The scholarship holders will begin studies in Australia in 2014.
The ACIAR introduced the scholarships in 1986 to provide the opportunity for partner-country scientists involved in ACIAR-supported collaborative research projects to obtain postgraduate qualifications at Australian tertiary institutions.
The Australian Weather Calendar 2014 has been released, showcasing a collection of landscape and environmental photographs taken across Australia.
Published jointly by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the calendar is marking its 30th anniversary.
The images selected represent each State and Territory and aim to promote a broader understanding of the science of meteorology. More than 700 submissions were received in the hotly-contested photography competition.
The Weather Calendar is now on sale online at http://shop.bom.gov.au and at a number of Bureau outlets nationally.
Advice service expanded
State Super Financial Services is expanding its telephone-based advice service for Public Servants to members in Western Australia and the ACT.
The expanded service will offer financial advice through strategic discussions with specialist public sector financial advisers.
The service will be specific to the individual’s defined benefit super account which helps them understand their choices and make better decisions.
Earlier this weekE-health program to be reviewed
The Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records program is to be reviewed because it had failed to attract enough doctors to participate in the project.
Minister for Health, Peter Dutton said that a year after the introduction of the electronic health records system only a fraction of Australians had established a record and for those who had, only a few hundred doctors had added a Shared Health Summary..
“I am therefore announcing today a review of e-health records to be chaired by Richard Royle, Executive Director of the UnitingCare Health group in Queensland,'' he said.
Mr Dutton said Mr Royle would be assisted by Australian Medical Association president, Dr Steve Hambleton and Chief Information Officer of Australia Post Andrew Walduck.
The Review panel will invite submissions from the public along with key stakeholder groups including peak clinical bodies, and report back to the Minister Dutton by mid-December.
Award for Moorhouse
The 2013 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature has been presented to writer Frank Moorhouse.
Mr Moorhouse’s career began in 1957 with a short story published in the Southerly journal when he was 18.
He has written many seminal works, including his Edith Trilogy, which follows the life of an idealistic Australian woman and her career at the League of Nations and later the International Atomic Energy Agency.
One of these books, Dark Palace, won the Miles Franklin Award.
Arts to tour regions
Some of Australia's best performing and visual artists have received more than $5 million under the Australia Council's regional touring programs, Playing Australia, Visions of Australia and Contemporary Music Touring Program.
Circus, dance and theatre performances will tour to more than 250 locations, exhibitions from Australia's major cultural institutions will visit more than 120 regional destinations and music will be performed in more than 140 locations, including remote destinations such as Broome, Yirrkala and Mount Isa.
The next round of the Contemporary Music Touring Program is open for applications until 25 November 2013, and the Playing Australia and Visions of Australia programs are open until 2 December 2013
The lists of funded tours are available at www.australiacouncil.gov.au
DSTO scientist joins College
Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) scientist Dr Anne-Marie Grisogono has been selected by the Australian Research Council (ARC) to join its College of Experts.
The ARC College plays a key role in identifying research excellence, moderating external assessments and recommending fundable proposals. It also assists the ARC in recruiting and assigning assessors and in implementing peer review reforms in established and emerging disciplines as well as interdisciplinary areas.
During her three year membership, Anne-Marie will primarily be involved in assessing applications and assigning expert assessors to submitted grant proposals. Early Years translations
Belonging, Being and Becoming – The Early Years Framework (EYLF) has been translated and is now available in 10 languages.
The translations were developed by the Community Child Care Co-operative NSW on behalf of the Department of Education.
The EYLF has been translated into Dinka, Arabic, Vietnamese, Turkish, Thai, Spanish, Somali, Korean, Hindi and Simplified Chinese.
For more information go to this PS News link.
Edition 400, 11 March 2014