Tight security for shipment of nuclear waste from Lucas Heights to France

The Australian  |  Thursday 12 April 2018

 Spent fuel rods being unloaded in the reactor service pool at the Lucas Heights reactor.

Spent fuel rods being unloaded in the reactor service pool at the Lucas Heights reactor.

A top-secret security operation to send spent radioactive fuel rods from Australia’s nuclear reactor to France for reprocessing is planned for the coming months.

Potentially involving hundreds of state and federal police, the details of the transport operation will remain confidential until after the shipment arrives at La Hague, in northwest France.

Seeking Public Affairs Advisors

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Australian Public Affairs is a dynamic communications consultancy seeking Issues and Communications Advisors to manage campaigns on behalf of our clients.

The ideal candidates will have 5+ years of experience in issues rich communications environments within Australia and will have managed clients, resolved issues and led projects across a broad range of sectors and issue sets.

The candidates will be able to seamlessly integrate with our Media, Government Relations and Graphic Design teams – drawing on resources and directing solutions.

The candidates will also have expertise in either or both social media campaigning and working in the independent schools sector.  A background in politics, government or journalism would be an advantage.

The roles require individuals with high levels of emotional intelligence, an ability to communicate and advise clients on options to resolve issues at CEO and Board levels, and an ability to quickly grasp and propose solutions to confidential and complex matters.  There is also a need to juggle multiple deadlines in an exciting and fast moving environment.

There is an expectation that the Advisors will contribute to growing the practice by sourcing new business.

Please send a CV of no more than 4 pages and cover letter to Tracey Cain at tcain@apa.net.au

Prince Charles tours Nhulunbuy for sixth visit to the Northern Territory

 PHOTO: Prince Charles walks with traditional owners in Nhulunbuy. (ABC News: Georgia Hitch)

PHOTO: Prince Charles walks with traditional owners in Nhulunbuy. (ABC News: Georgia Hitch)

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales has received a warm welcome at Nhulunbuy in north-east Arnhem Land, for his first visit to the remote region.

It is the sixth time Prince Charles has visited the Northern Territory, with a history of royal visits to the Top End before him, including a 1956 stop by Prince Philip when he went crocodile hunting.

‘I feel better already’: Prince Charles given a welcome fit for a future king in East Arnhem Land

 His Royal Highness Prince Charles

His Royal Highness Prince Charles

WITH a didgeridoo placed against his chest, the future king of England closed his eyes.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales stood in the guts of the Yirrkala Art Centre, on the steamy top west coast of the Gulf of Carpentaria, as a bearded man with sunglasses blew wild, rhythmical vibrations into his heart.

Where Do Birds Flock Together? Australians Are Mailing In Feathers to Help Find Out

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Kate Brandis, an Australian researcher, has enlisted the public to help her track elusive waterfowl as the country’s wetlands disappear.

SYDNEY, Australia — One day in April 2016, Kate Brandis opened a weathered envelope, mailed to her from suburban Sydney. Instead of a letter inside, she found the feathers of an Australian white ibis. A day or so later, another envelope arrived, stuffed with more feathers. In the days following, more began to come.

Kristina Keneally says her stillborn daughter 'changed her forever' in maiden speech

 Kristina Keneally is congratulated by Senator Jenny McAllister after delivering her maiden speech in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Kristina Keneally is congratulated by Senator Jenny McAllister after delivering her maiden speech in the Senate. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Stillbirth was an insidious health crisis on which Australia had made virtually no strides despite health improvements in other areas, Senator Keneally said. Six babies die each day - 2200 a year - and "the rate of stillbirth has not changed in Australia in decades," she said, vowing to make it a priority in this second act of her political career. "Surely we can do better than that as a nation."

Senator Keneally has hit the ground running, with the Senate on Tuesday agreeing to an inquiry to examine the economic impact of stillbirth, research needs and options for sustainable funding.

Kristina Keneally Pays Moving Tribute To The Daughter She Lost

 Kristina Keneally during her maiden speech in the Senate chamber at Parliament House on Tuesday. Photo: Kym Smith

Kristina Keneally during her maiden speech in the Senate chamber at Parliament House on Tuesday. Photo: Kym Smith

In her first address to the Senate, Kristina Keneally delivered a speech filled with emotion and gratitude as she spoke about her path back to politics.

But it was her heartfelt dedication to her baby girl who was stillborn that really captured the chamber's attention.

Stillbirth labelled a 'national health crisis' as rates remain unchanged for more than 20 years

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There have been renewed calls to educate pregnant women about what they can do to reduce the risk of stillbirth after new figures showed a slight increase in stillbirth rates across Australia.

Stillbirth Foundation Australia said the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed there were 1724 stillbirths in 2016 – a slight increase on the previous year's figures of 1718.

Taxis back on parade with RSL tipped to overturn Anzac Day ban

 “Taxi drivers drive our vets around at no cost. It’s something they are proud to do,” Mr Rogers said. Picture: AAP

“Taxi drivers drive our vets around at no cost. It’s something they are proud to do,” Mr Rogers said. Picture: AAP

A plan to exclude taxis from an Anzac Day parade, over terrorism concerns, is expected to be overturned when the NSW RSL and Taxi Council meet today.

Organisers of the Anzac Day march through Sydney proposed last Friday to transfer elderly war veterans out of taxis and into golf carts during the annual event.

Loreto College Marryatville (SA) launches brand refresh

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Loreto College has launched its new branding – whilst the crest has not changed, its application is modern and eye-catching with a tagline focused on the educational outcomes of the college.

APA was engaged to undertake the refresh, which included the development of key graphic elements such as the tagline’s distinctive font and colouring, the ribbon of colour, graphic icons, and the treatment of images and layouts.

After developing the first materials, including a Prospectus and a document entitled Directions 2017-2018, APA prepared Brand Guidelines so that the refreshed look can be rolled out by internal resources.

Peter Gordon launches law firm Gordon Legal

 Gordon Legal's Peter Gordon. Elke Meitzel

Gordon Legal's Peter Gordon. Elke Meitzel

Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon was celebrating his Australia Day honours earlier this year with wife Kerri O'Toole and friend Jack Rush, QC, when Rush handed him a bottle of red.

In neat, cursive handwriting, an inscription on the wooden box encasing the Penfolds 707 drop read, "With all our love, the Crimmins family". It was signed by Brian Crimmins.

Sidney Nolan: Date Night at the Heide Museum of Modern Art

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Date destinations are difficult to decide on. You can propose a sit-down meal at a restaurant with photogenic platters. Or, you can prop against a dimly-lit bar where the bartender knows your usual. Dates in the gardens of Heide, however, is an entirely different experience. With its spacious fields, in-situ sculptures, and housemuseums, Heide MoMA is an elegant setting for meetings and, perchance, romance. At the inaugural Date Night, guests are served a selection of excellent cheese and wine, along with conversation topics. Afterwards, guests proceed through Heide I exhibitions for a private, after-hours viewing of “Nolan at the Newsagent.” This makes for a date that is a cross between garden party and art salon, without the delicate china and speeches. Whether you have a passing or keen interest in art, you will find your kind in gatherings here.

Heide Museum of Modern Art is to Melbourne what Bloomsbury is to London: a place defined by a clique of iconoclasts. Formerly a dairy farm, the land was purchased in the 1930s by Sunday Baillieu and John Reed, where the couple envisioned a setting to cultivate art and letters. Part private residence and part co-working space, Heide was a significant incubator for Australian modernist architecture, sculpture, painting, poetry, and prose.