Details Released of Australia’s Federal Budget 2015-16

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Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey.

MIL OSI – Source: Australia Government Ministerial Statements – Details Released of Australia’s Federal Budget 2015-16 (Budget media lock-up)

At 7:30pm on Tuesday 12 May 2015, the Treasurer will deliver the 2015-16 Budget in the House of Representatives.

From 1:30pm on that day, embargoed Budget materials will be available to approved members of the media in a secure lock-up area in Parliament House, Canberra.

Media organisations are now invited to apply to the Treasury for access to the lock-up. Enquiries and applications, including the names and positions of employees seeking access, should be sent to budgetlockup@treasury.gov.au by 5pm, Friday 24 April 2015.

Space in the lock-up is limited, so media organisations should restrict their applications to essential employees only.

Attendees can sign in from 12.00pm to a pre-lock-up area, which they will not be able to leave. When the lock-up commences at 1.30pm, those already signed in will be able to move immediately into the venue and collect their Budget materials.

Attendees are asked to observe these security conditions:

  • Budget information may not be broadcast, published or made publicly available in any way until 7.30pm (AEST).
  • Attendees may not make contact with anyone outside the lock-up area prior to 7.30pm (with the exception of authorised communications to secure Budget sub-lock-ups).
  • Mobile phones and pagers cannot be taken into the lock-up. Secure storage facilities will be available outside the lock-up area.
  • Laptops and tablets can be taken into the lock-up. Electronic versions of the Budget documents will be available on USB sticks or for download via a secure Wi-Fi access point. Following download, connectivity must be disabled for the duration of the lock-up. The area will be monitored for unauthorised transmissions.
  • Once the lock-up begins at 1.30pm, attendees may not leave the lock-up area until 7.30pm, except in the case of emergency.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any part of the lock-up area, and attendees will not be permitted into smoking areas during the lock-up.

Attendees are required to vacate the lock-up area by 8.30pm.

 

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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