The ABC’s contract for the provision of Network Australia has been extended by six months while the Federal Government seeks additional information from tenderers for the new contract.

Network Australia is Australia’s international television service broadcasting across Asia, India and the Pacific.

According to a government statement, the extension is due to changed international circumstances since the Australia Network Request For Tender was issued, and the Government’s decision that “national interests should be addressed more broadly”.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon has bowed to pressure from doctors and consumer health groups after listing 13 new drugs on the national subsidised medicine scheme.

The Productivity Commission has published its Trade and Assistance Review 2009-10 outlining the state of trade and sovereign assistance in the country over the last two years.

Federal Greens Leader Senator Bob Brown has announced his party’s portfolio responsibilities as they prepare to take control of the country’s Upper House.

Geoscience Australia has released its Toward Future Energy Discovery, detailing the outcomes and achievements of the Australian Government’s five-year $134 million Energy Secrurity Initiative.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard has promised that Indigenous Australians will have a greater say on how to best address the disadvantages suffered by their communities after the Government’s intervention strategy expires next year.

Federal Minister for Regional Develoment and Local Government Simon Crean has announced the creation of an expert advisory panel to lead a ‘national discussion’ on a referendum on recognising local government in the Australian Constitution.

The Federal Government has announced that it will provide more than three quarters of a billion dollars to help build two of the largest solar power stations in the world.

The Australian Government has secured passage of the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Job Seeker Compliance) Bill 2011 through the Parliament.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland today announced Australian Government disaster assistance is now available in fourteen Local Government Areas affected by severe flooding in New South Wales.

The Federal Government has announced it will contribute more than $9 million toward research for the protection of soldiers of the Australian Defence Force.

The Federal  Government will continue its matching contributions to rural research and development corporations, following the release of a review on RDCs by the Productivity Commission. 

A CSIRO research report has found that a extending the life of existing iron ore mines in Australia and optimising marginal deposits would contribute an additional $56 billion to the national budget.

The Collie South West Hub capture and storage (CCS) trial project in Western Australia is to receive up to $104 million in matching Federal and State funding for the completion of a detailed storage viability study.

The seasonally adjusted Australian unemployment rate remained steady at 4.9 per cent in May, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS reported the number of people employed increased by 7,800 to 11,440,500 in May. The increase in employment was driven by an increase in part-time employment, up 29,800 people to 3,413,500 and was offset by a decrease in full-time employment, down 22,000 people to 8,027,100.

The number of people unemployed increased by 8,900 people to 592,800 in May, reported the ABS.

The ABS monthly aggregate hours worked series showed an increase in May, up 6.4 million hours to 1,601.1 million hours.

The ABS reported labour force participation rate in May of 65.6 per cent, which was unchanged from April.

The ABS reported labour force underutilisation rate was 12.2 per cent in May, up 0.2 percentage points from February.

More details are available in the May 2011 issue of Labour Force, Australia

International recruitment and consultancy firm Michael Page has published its latest figures on grow demand growth, finding that business confidence is bolstering employment growth.

Indigenous education plan released

The Productivity Commissions has provided evidence that supports the Government’s ambition of setting a price on carbon, concluding in its research report that a price-based approach is relatively the most cost-effective, and that the abatement achieved from existing policies “could have been achieved at a fraction of  the cost.”

A new $118 million National Health Performance Authority will be created to monitor hospital performance, including error rates, following agreement between federal, state and territory health ministers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

An exposure draft of the revised Government Business Enterprises (GBE) Guidelines has been released by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Senator Penny Wong.

More than $226 billion in commercial, industrial, road and rail, and residential assets are potentially exposed to inundation and erosion hazards in the face of a sea level rise of 1.1 metres, according to a supplementary report released by the Federal Government.

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