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Transcript: PM Intrview

Monday, 2 August 1999, 6:57 pm | Unknown

SUBJECTS: Republic referendum, forestry issues, driving under the influence, Ralph Report. More >>

Telecommunications customers to get summaries

Monday, 2 August 1999, 5:48 pm | Unknown

The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has made a Determination requiring telecommunications service providers to provide customers with concise summaries of the terms and conditions applying to their service. These summaries are expected ... More >>

New Reciprocal Health Care Agreement With NZ

Monday, 2 August 1999, 5:47 pm | Unknown

A new reciprocal health care Agreement will ensure that Australians and New Zealanders travelling between the two countries will receive the same access to health services and benefits. More >>

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Consumers Benefit From Wholesale Sales Tax

Friday, 30 July 1999, 7:53 pm | Unknown

Close monitoring of price movements by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had shown that the great majority of retailers had passed on to consumers yesterday's reductions in Wholesale Sales Tax, ACCC Chairman, Professor Allan Fels, said today. More >>

ACCC Reaffirms Its Concerns On A.S.X. Bid

Friday, 30 July 1999, 1:42 pm | Unknown

"The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission remains concerned that, based on the information currently available to it, the Australian Stock Exchange's bid for the Sydney Futures Exchange would be likely to substantially lessen competition. ... More >>

Visit To Papua New Guinea

Friday, 30 July 1999, 1:41 pm | Unknown

I will be making a short visit to Papua New Guinea on Saturday, 31 July. More >>

Extended Programme Benefits Young Offenders

Friday, 30 July 1999, 1:39 pm | Ian Llewellyn

Disadvantaged young law breakers have been given further help with the launch today of the Victorian Young Offender Pilot Programme by the Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Trish Worth. More >>

Agriculture Action Plan To Include Food And Fibre

Friday, 30 July 1999, 1:37 pm | Ian Llewellyn

JOINT STATEMENT Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Warren Truss National Farmers' Federation Vice President, Wayne Cornish Australian Food and Grocery Council Executive Director, Mitchell Hooke AFFA99/3WTJ 29 July 1999 Agriculture ... More >>

ACCC Investigates Coca-Cola Amatil

Thursday, 29 July 1999, 8:57 pm | Unknown

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has started a preliminary investigation of allegations that Coca-Cola Amatil may have breached the Trade Practices Act 1974. More >>

Price Reductions Expected Tomorrow

Thursday, 29 July 1999, 8:57 pm | Unknown

The Wholesale Sales Tax on televisions, videos, stereos, cameras, watches and certain other goods will fall from tomorrow (29 July 1999). "These reductions should be passed on fully and immediately in prices by businesses selling or supplying these ... More >>

New Classification Guideline

Thursday, 29 July 1999, 8:56 pm | Unknown

Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers with classification responsibilities have agreed upon revised guidelines for the classification of publications that may be unsuitable for children. More >>

Transcript: Howard Interview

Wednesday, 28 July 1999, 7:45 pm | Ian Llewellyn

Subjects: Defence Department Secretary; Paralympic contract; heroin injecting rooms; marching bands at Olympic Games; Papua New Guinea; HIV infection through blood transfusion More >>

Communications Industry Y2k statement - July

Wednesday, 28 July 1999, 3:29 pm | Unknown

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, today released a Ministerial statement on the Year 2000 readiness of the communications sector. More >>

New Tax Advisory Board

Tuesday, 27 July 1999, 2:13 pm | Unknown

I am announcing today the creation of a new Advisory Board to assist the Government with the implementation of The New Tax System. More >>

Cocaine Seizure In Sydney

Tuesday, 27 July 1999, 2:11 pm | Unknown

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, announced today that an Australian Federal Police Drug Strike Team in Sydney had seized approximately 16 kilograms of cocaine following the identification by Customs of the consignment in ... More >>

More treasures to be kept at home

Tuesday, 27 July 1999, 2:11 pm | Unknown

'Museums, galleries and archives can now apply for Federal financial assistance to buy artefacts considered too precious to ever leave our shores,' the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston, ... More >>

Labelling Of Forest Products

Tuesday, 27 July 1999, 2:10 pm | Unknown

International cooperation on certification and labelling of forest products will be the focus of a visit to four countries by the Minister for Forestry and Conservation, Wilson Tuckey. Mr Tuckey left this weekend on a two-week visit to Finland, the Netherlands, ... More >>

MC Society Outraged At Aussie Press Restrictions

Tuesday, 27 July 1999, 9:19 am | Unknown

The New Zealand-based human rights group, the Magna Carta Society, is outraged the Commonwealth of Australia has demanded the right to order newspapers, television and radio stations not to employ any journalists in Parliament it does not agree ... More >>

In Memory Of Dr Christopher Kohlenberg

Tuesday, 27 July 1999, 8:47 am | Unknown

The Council, members and staff of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricans and Gynaecologists were devastated to hear of the tragic death of Dr Christopher Kohlenberg in the Air Fiji plane crash near Suva on Saturday morning ... More >>

Consumers Misled On Y2K Compliance

Monday, 26 July 1999, 8:03 pm | Unknown

Consumers who bought 'Bugbuster' from Melbourne company PC Resq may be eligible for a refund due to the potentially misleading nature of PC Resq's conduct in promoting the product. More >>

Reserve Bank: Schedule Of Expected Release Dates

Monday, 26 July 1999, 2:33 pm | Unknown

Schedule Of Expected Release Dates More >>

Update On The Collins Submarine Project

Monday, 26 July 1999, 2:06 pm | Unknown

The new Head of the Submarine Capability Team, Rear Admiral Peter Briggs, held a briefing session with industry involved in the Collins Submarine project in Canberra today. More >>

Welfare services spending scrutinised

Monday, 26 July 1999, 2:04 pm | Unknown

Spending on welfare services (not including social security cash payments) in 1997-98 was $10.9 billion - almost 2% of Gross Domestic Product - 64% of this expenditure was by the government sector. Almost 25% of the expenditure came from clients' fees ... More >>

Transcript: Howard Interview

Friday, 23 July 1999, 8:10 pm | Unknown

Subjects: Lamb tariffs; Davis Cup; Productivity Commission report into gambling - poker machines, gambling advertisements; Australia’s health system - Medicare, State Premiers; return of Kosovo refugees; Unemployment rates Treasury figures; Australia’s ... More >>

Transcript: Howard Radio Interview

Friday, 23 July 1999, 2:30 pm | Unknown

SUBJECTS: Visit to Newcastle; BHP closure, Impulse Airlines, Hawk Lead-in fighter, Redbank Power Station, Boeing early warning project, Hunter Valley Research Foundation, St George Rugby team, Mark Taylor, Bob Dylan More >>

Australia Decides on Boeing for AEW&C

Thursday, 22 July 1999, 8:25 pm | Unknown

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, today announced that The Boeing Company, based in Seattle USA, has been selected as the preferred tenderer of Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and associated support for the Australian Defence ... More >>

CrimTrac - technology to fight crime

Thursday, 22 July 1999, 8:24 pm | Unknown

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released the tender for CrimTrac, a state of the art national crime investigation system which will help police catch and prosecute more criminals. More >>

Ministers On Timber Plantations

Thursday, 22 July 1999, 8:24 pm | Unknown

The nation's forestry Ministers have agreed to seize the opportunity for further expansion of Australian timber plantations by driving the implementation of the plantation sector's development strategy, Plantations for Australia: the 2020 Vision. More >>

ACCC Opens Up Telstra’s Local Network

Thursday, 22 July 1999, 8:23 pm | Unknown

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will mandate access to Telstra’s local network, the last part of Telstra’s original network monopoly, allowing competitors direct access to its copper lines that connect customers to local telephone exchanges. More >>

Greenpeace Re-Enters Shale Oil Plant

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:47 am | Unknown

Gladstone, July 21 1999: Greenpeace this morning continued its campaign of action to stop the greenhouse vandalism of the Great Barrier Reef by once again stopping operation of the Stuart Oil Shale plant near Gladstone, Queensland. More >>

Draft Report on Australia's Gambling Industries

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:43 am | Unknown

This report is the first of its kind in Australia. The report’s findings on the social impacts of gambling are important and should be carefully considered by all levels of government More >>

Visit To Singapore And Indonesia

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:40 am | Unknown

I will be visiting Singapore and Indonesia, including East Timor, from 24-31 July. From 24-28 July, I will be in Singapore to attend the 6th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the 32nd Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Post-Ministerial Conference. More >>

Employee Share Ownership

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:38 am | Unknown

The Hon. Peter Reith, MP Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small BusinessLeader of the House of RepresentativesParliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 More >>

Search for crew of sunken vessel

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:35 am | Unknown

Fourteen people are missing following the sinking of a foreign vessel about 80 kilometres north-west of Christmas Island overnight. More >>

Hon Justice James Muirhead, AC, QC

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:34 am | Unknown

It is with deep regret that the Institute records the death of the Honourable Justice James Muirhead, AC, QC, the founding Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. More >>

New animal industries find their niche

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:34 am | Unknown

20 July 1999 Australia’s new and emerging animal industries, worth more than $160 million a year, have an unenviable reputation for startling peaks and equally depressing troughs. More >>

Troeth Opens Snack Fruit 99

Wednesday, 21 July 1999, 12:31 am | Unknown

The horticulture industry is one of the fastest growing industries of the agriculture sector. Unity in this industry is essential if Australian horticulture is to continue to prosper. More >>

NSW. Health Care Complaints Commision/ACCC M.O.U.

Tuesday, 20 July 1999, 7:36 pm | Unknown

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman, Professor Allan Fels, and the Commissioner for the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission, Ms Merrilyn Walton, today signed an important Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation between ... More >>

Military Service Anomalies Hearing Begins

Tuesday, 20 July 1999, 11:39 am | Unknown

ReleaseThe Hon Bruce Scott MPMinister for Veterans’ Affairs · Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence · Federal Member for Monaro More >>

Australia Takes Legal Action Against Japan

Tuesday, 20 July 1999, 11:37 am | Unknown

Australia has begun legal action over Japan’s unilateral decision to recommence ‘experimental fishing’ for southern bluefin tuna (SBT), the Federal Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister, Mark Vaile, and the Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, said today. More >>

RFA Areas Debate

Tuesday, 20 July 1999, 11:36 am | Unknown

Wilson Tuckey, the Minister for Conservation and Forestry today denied recent media claims of Government deceit, stating that "the media and the public have always been informed about the inclusion of sandhill and swamp forest ecosystems in the ... More >>

Victoria To Host United Nations Food Conference

Tuesday, 20 July 1999, 11:36 am | Unknown

Victoria has scored a major coup by winning the right to host the United Nations conference on food standards and trade, the State's Industry Minister, Mark Birrell, and the Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, ... More >>

US Giant Makes Australia Home

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:58 pm | Unknown

The Minister for Financial Services & Regulation, Joe Hockey, today announced that a major US company, First Data Corporation, will spend $20 million setting up its Asia Pacific Regional Data Processing Centre in Australia and establish a new ... More >>

Regional Newspapers Result of Misuse of Market

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:57 pm | Unknown

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed proceedings in the Federal Court, Adelaide, against Rural Press Limited, its subsidiary Bridge Printing Office Pty Ltd, its employees Mr Ian Law and Mr Trevor McAuliffe, Waikerie Printing House ... More >>

Crackdown on poor quality nursing homes

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:55 pm | Unknown

Federal Minister for Aged Care, Bronwyn Bishop, today called on the Senate to pass new legislation aimed at improving care standards in Australia's nursing homes and hostels. Mrs Bishop said today's article in the Herald Sun highlighted the urgent ... More >>

Physical disability - How many are affected?

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:54 pm | Unknown

More than 1 in 10 Australians - over 2 million people-reported one or more physical impairments or disabling conditions, resulting in one or more activity limitations, in 1993. Almost 4% of Australians aged over 5 years also had a severe or profound ... More >>

New technology to prevent air crashes

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:52 pm | Unknown

Australia's aviation industry is set to become even safer with the introduction of new measures to prevent aircraft crashes caused by controlled flight into terrain. More >>

Foreign Investment Report Points To Win-Win

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:45 pm | Unknown

Rounding out his commitment to explaining the benefits of open markets to the Australian community, Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Trade Tim Fischer today released a report detailing the benefits of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). More >>

Popular Environmental Myths Exposed

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:41 pm | Unknown

Dr Stone said there had been a rash of newspaper articles in recent days reporting spurious claims that "the Barrier Reef is dying" or that "Sydney will be permanently flooded within 100 years", with little or no scientific evidence. More >>

On the road again

Monday, 19 July 1999, 1:38 pm | Unknown

More Australians will be able to experience the best of Australia's contemporary music thanks to the Commonwealth Government's Contemporary Music Touring Program. More >>

Transcript: Howard At Economists Association USA

Friday, 16 July 1999, 8:08 pm | Unknown


East Timor

Friday, 16 July 1999, 7:16 pm | Unknown

I support the decision taken overnight by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan authorising the commencement of the voter registration process in East Timor on 16 July. More >>

Model Criminal Code Proposals For Sexual Offences

Friday, 16 July 1999, 7:15 pm | Unknown

Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, today released Sexual Offences Against the Person a report from the Model Criminal Code Officers Committee of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General. More >>

ACCC Launches Comprehensive GST Surveillance

Thursday, 15 July 1999, 2:57 pm | Unknown

Prices of televisions, stereos, video camera and watches will fall on 29 July following a reduction in the wholesale sales tax (WST) rate from 32 per cent to 22 per cent. More >>

PM: New York Interview Transcript

Thursday, 15 July 1999, 2:53 pm | Unknown

SUBJECTS: Sydney a Centre for Global Financial Services, capital gains tax, corporate tax rate, Australian economy, Ralph report, new Prime Minister in Papua New Guinea, John Laws, aid workers, APEC, interest rates, East Timor, taxation reform, Taiwan. More >>

Sydney Morning Herald

Thursday, 15 July 1999, 1:17 pm | Ian Llewellyn

The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) may refer John Law's deal to promote banks to police for investigation. The investigation relates to a section of the Crimes Act that punishes with 10 years gaol any person who "with intent to cause ... More >>

Sydney Morning Herald

Wednesday, 14 July 1999, 5:26 pm | Ian Llewellyn

A report on further revelations that top rating talk back radio host, John Laws, was paid over Aus $1m by a syndicate of banks to abandon an on-air campaign criticising Australian banks. The Australian Broadcasting Authority is to undertake a formal ... More >>

PM On Drug Policy

Wednesday, 14 July 1999, 5:15 pm | Unknown


Interview With Howard on Washington Visit

Wednesday, 14 July 1999, 5:14 pm | Unknown


Transcript: Howard On Clinton

Wednesday, 14 July 1999, 5:12 pm | Unknown



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