The Federal Government has announced it will invest $719 million to deliver improved primary health care and increase access to dental and allied health care services as part of the Strong Futures package.

The funding will be delivered over the next 10 years with an aim to improve the health and wellbeing of 65,000 Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, which is set to include new alcohol and drug treatment services.

The Australian Government will continue to fund Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and the Northern Territory Government to deliver primary health care services, which involves more than 250 full-time staff delivering medical, nursing and allied health services in 80 primary health care clinics. 

The Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate will replace the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) affecting the building and construction industry.

David Murray, the outgoing chairman of the multi-billion national Future Fund, has savaged the Federal Government’s carbon tax, describing it as the “worst piece of economic reform” has ever seen.

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has called for an urgent increase in the average dole payments and will use this weeks annual ‘Sharing the Wealth of the Lucky Country’ conference to highlight the worsening plight of the most disadvantaged people in Australia.

The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows an in increase job vacancies by 0.7 per cent in February, showing a turn around from a previous spate of declines.

The Federal Government has announced a National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout plan that will see the service delivered, or in the process of delivery, in the next three years.

The Federal and Victorian Governments have announced nearly $100 million in joint funding initiative to keep the Melbourne based Australian Synchrotron running for the next four years.

The Federal Government has announced $3.5 million in funding for 14 adaptation research projects to help governments, industry and communities further prepare for the impacts of climate change.

The Federal Government has announced the appointment of an export panel for carbon farming to address the proposed methods for developing carbon credits under the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI).

The Federal Government’s $200 million Renewable Energy Fund is ready to commence investment in promoting and developing the country’s renewable energy sector.

The Federal Government has banned Chinese technology giant Huawei for fear that it could compromise national security.

The Federal Government has passed its Future of Financial Advice Bill through Parliament after it made a series of key amendments to the legislation.

The Federal Government has announced a that key changes to the student visa program recommended by the Knight Review will be commence from 24th March.

The South Australian Government has signed up to the Federal Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining agreement, becoming the third state to agree to ‘tougher regulations for future coal seam gas and large coal mining projects’.

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has announced the introduction of  a HECS style fee support system for the VET sector.

The Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has announced a funding offer of $1.75 billion to the  states and territories for a program to reform the VET system over the next 5 years. The offer, outlined in a document called Skills for All Australians will be considered at next month’s COAG meeting.

The Federal, Victorian and South Australian Governments have announced a $275 million co-investment in Holden to keep its operations in Australia

The Federal Government’s legislative package to overhaul the shipping industry has been introduced to Parliament, and referred for inquiry to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee for inquiry.

The Acting Commonwealth Ombudsman Alison Larkins has confirmed her office is satisfied that the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has confirmed with recommendations relating to the school chaplaincy program.

The Federal Government has announced the full list of appointments to the Regional Development Australia Western Australia branch.

The Federal Government has passed its controversial Mining Resources Rent Tax (MRRT) through the Senate, paving the way for tax to become law.

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