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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 410. Updated Tuesday, 20 May 2014

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Legal advice for Aboriginal artists retained

Funding has been confirmed for the Artists in the Black program delivered by the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

The program provides free, culturally appropriate and specialised legal resources and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, art organisations and communities to protect their artistic and creative practices, their intellectual property and their cultural heritage.

The Arts Law Centre of Australia is the only community-based legal service in Australia providing legal advice to the arts and cultural community in Australia.

 

 

ACCC warns of unsafe Remington rifles

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is alerting consumers that Remington USA has recalled certain rifles that may have an unsafe trigger mechanism, including more than 21,000 imported into Australia.

The two rifles of concern are the Remington Model 700™ and the Model Seven™ with X-Mark Pro® (XMP®) triggers, manufactured between 1 May 2006 and 9 April 2014 and sold nationally by licensed dealers.

Remington proposes to replace XMP triggers in all affected rifles free of charge. More information is available at this PS News link.

Earlier this week

$11.6b infrastructure package

The Government will provide an additional $11.6 billion to establish an Infrastructure Growth Package that will fast-track investment in critical infrastructure across the country.

Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss said the funds would be targeted at projects that grew the economy, boosted productivity and created jobs.

The Infrastructure Growth Package includes funding over five years towards the Asset Recycling Initiative and funding for targeted infrastructure investments to deliver priority infrastructure projects and upgrades.

Boost for nuclear medicine

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has welcomed a decision by the independent nuclear regulator to approve siting and construction of its proposed Synroc waste treatment plant at its campus in Sydney's Sutherland Shire.

Synroc is an Australian invention that immobilises radioactive waste in a durable solid rock-like material and together with nuclear medicine projects represent a $168 million investment in innovation, design, construction and high end manufacturing.

The projects will enable ANSTO to triple its nuclear medicine production, guaranteeing local supplies and meaning Australia can help meet world demand with medicine produced from proliferation-proof Low Enriched Uranium.

Construction of the Synroc plant is scheduled to start in 2015 and be completed by the end of 2017.

D-Day reunion for veterans

Eight veterans of the D-Day and Normandy campaign during the Second World War will travel back to France at the start of June to mark the 70th anniversary of the landings.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Senator Michael Ronaldson said the veterans from across Australia, who were members of the Royal Australian Air Force, will travel back to France and join their Allied comrades from countries such as the UK, US, New Zealand and Canada on Friday 6 June for an international commemorative service to mark the special occasion.

"The opportunity to travel back to France and re-connect with their mates and former comrades will bring back memories for these men," he said.

"It also serves as a chance to remember and pay tribute to those who are no longer with us, including the 14 Australians who are known to have been killed on D-Day."

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