May 6, 2020 | Media Releases

6 May 2020 – INCENTIVISING INCREASED SUPPORT FOR CHARITIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The Liberal-National Government values the essential role charities play, and the important role our philanthropic sector have in supporting the work of our charities, particularly when great challenges faceAustralians. Today Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator the Honourable Zed Seselja, announced the Government is creating an incentive for philanthropic funds to give more support to charities at …

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April 28, 2020 | Media Releases

28 April 2020 – COVID-19: NEW APP TO SLOW THE SPREAD

The Australian Government has launched the new voluntary coronavirus app, COVIDSafe. The app is an important public health initiative that will help keep you, your family, and your community safe from further spread of coronavirus through early notification of possible exposure. Senator for the ACT, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, said everyone in Canberra is doing an extraordinary job to …

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April 21, 2020 | Media Releases

21 April 2020 – DELIVERING IMPROVED MOBILE COVERAGE FOR RURAL CANBERRANS

More Canberrans will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage under Round 5 of the Coalition Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program thanks to today’s announcement of funding for three new base stations in the ACT. Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Regional Health, Regional Communications and Local Government, the …

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March 31, 2020 | Media Releases

31 March 2020 – ANAO REPORT: REGULATION OF CHARITIES BY THE ACNC

Today the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) released their report into the Regulation of Charities by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). It has been seven years since the ACNC was established, and throughout those seven years has demonstrated to be an effective regulator. The Australian Government recently released our response to the ACNC Review, which contained measures to …

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February 24, 2020 | Media Releases

20 February 2020 – CANBERRA AIRPORT MASTER PLAN SECURES A CAPITAL FUTURE

The Liberal and Nationals Government has approved the Canberra Airport 2020 Master Plan, supporting thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity over the coming decades. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Plan paved the way for better infrastructure and expanded capacity.  “The airport and these developments are expected to …

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February 4, 2020 | Media Releases

4 February 2020 – WELCOME THE CARILLON’S NEW G BELL

The Commonwealth Government has welcomed the arrival of the Carillon’s new G Bell, known as the ‘Ngunnawal’ Bell. The enormous G Bell, weighing in at over 5 tonne, was transported from the UK on a RAAF-C17 in time for the Carillion’s 50th Anniversary. The Bell will be one of the largest bells within the tower and will add the missing …

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January 17, 2020 | Media Releases

17 January – NEW WORLD-LEADING RESEARCH FACILITIES BUILT IN CANBERRA

New equipment built in Canberra will be used for world-leading research in astronomy and nanomaterials. The Coalition Government today announced two research facilities would be built at the Australian National University: • $632,000 to build a revolutionary wide-field infrared surveyor that will allow astronomers to collect real-time data on cosmic phenomena.• $600,000 to build an advanced multi-functional Electro-Opto-Magneto-Mechanical analysis platform. …

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January 14, 2020 | Media Releases

14 January 2020 – SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES DECLARED DISASTERS FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO BUSHFIRE RELIEF FUNDS

I have declared the Cudlee Creek, Kangaroo Island, Angle Vale, Keilira, Yorketown and Duck Pond bushfires in South Australia as disasters for the purpose of establishing Australian disaster relief funds as deductible gift recipients (DGRs), allowing these funds to receive tax-deductible donations. The Keilira fire began on 30 December 2019 and has caused widespread damage to property and the natural …

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November 25, 2019 | Media Releases

25 November 2019 – MONARO HIGHWAY UPGRADE FUNDING BROUGHT FORWARD

Residents of South Canberra and Tuggeranong will benefit from an acceleration of funding for upgrades to the Monaro Highway. The $200 million project which is being jointly funded by both governments, includes widening works and targeted safety upgrades to bust congestion along the corridor. The Liberal and Nationals Government has been working with states and territories to bring forward critical …

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November 19, 2019 | Media Releases

19 November 2019 – AUSSIE FARMS LOSE CHARITABLE STATUS

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission yesterday announced law-breaking group Aussie Farms have had their charitable status stripped following an investigation. Assistant Minister for Finance, Charites and Electoral Matters yesterday welcomed the decision of the Commissioner. “The Government recognises the special place that charities occupy in Australia, and it is important that charities recognise their privileged position and do not …

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