AUSTRALIA COUNCIL’S LATEST FUNDING ROUND SUPPORTS CLOSE TO 200 PROJECTS, WITH STRONG SUCCESS BY FEMALE ARTISTS

The $6.4 million funding in the October core grants round will support 118 individual artists, 27 groups, and 51 arts organisations. This round saw strong outcomes for female artists, particularly in music, with 56% of grants awarded to women or groups including women. This is particularly encouraging in light of the Council’s recent research report Making Art Work which found that on average female artists earn 25% less than male artists and earn 30% less from their creative work. Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski said that this funding round would…

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Australians are on the move – and they’re all heading north

Joint media release with the Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry MP Australians are on the move and they’re all heading north – riding the Australian continental plate at a rate of seven centimetres a year This continental shift means Australia’s mapping co-ordinates have been realigned approximately 1.8 metres north-east in an update to the national coordinate reference frame (the Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020, or GDA2020). This is the first update to Australia’s coordinate reference frame in over two decades and is significant for applications that rely on highly accurate…

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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency news round-up: 16 January 2018

What you need to know Twitch now accepts BTC and Coinbase for payments, a new report shows how coins can be manipulated, and Binance has added a bunch of new coins. 1. Twitch now accepts crypto payments Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming service, is now allowing subscribers to pay for its services using cryptocurrency. Twitch confirmed the plans in a tweet on its official account last week, listing BTC and Coinbase amongst the payment options it accepts. “Put those gift cards from grandma to good use by subscribing to…

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World-wide week-of-action targeting money mules

This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Border Force (ABF), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and AUSTRAC. In support of the European Money Mule week of action, the AFP, ABF, ACIC and AUSTRAC conducted intelligence-gathering and analysis activities last week (20-24 November). Money mules are the middlemen for criminals who have obtained funds by online banking fraud through phishing or hacking. The criminals need a mule to launder the funds obtained as a result of illegal activities. After being recruited by the fraudsters, money…

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Gas acceleration program open for applications

Applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $26 million Gas Acceleration Program (GAP), which is designed to accelerate new supplies from onshore gas developments to the domestic market. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said it’s essential that Australia continues to invest in its gas sector to meet the needs of industry and domestic users. “This program is a significant component of the Australian Government’s $90 million investment in gas security, reliability and affordability,” Minister Canavan said. “Australia has significant gas reserves that can power our economy…

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