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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Health funding: time for the states to impose a “hospital” levy on property?

The Federal Government appears to have gotten away, politically at least, with the massive cut it made in last year’s Budget to funding promised to the states for hospitals, says the Grattan Institute’s John Daley. For all the protests, he says most of the states will respond as they usually do, “with piecemeal increases to [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Parallel lines that never meet: #IASLottery & fortune cookie wisdom vs Closing the Gap evidence

Submissions are being called for the Senate inquiry into “the impact on service quality, efficiency and sustainability of recent Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy tendering processes” – or the #IASLottery as it’s known on Twitter. In the post below, Dr Tim Senior looks at how the Strategy measures up against the best evidence on what works [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Tax reform promises focus not just on how much, but how revenue raised, while Budget cuts still major concern

Yesterday Treasurer Joe Hockey released the Federal Government’s long-awaited discussion paper on tax reform, which comes just five years after the long-awaited Australia’s Future Tax System Review for the Labor Government by former Treasury Head Ken Henry. Among other measures, the paper advocates broadening the GST and reducing income and company taxes,  along with a [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

A Twitter tribute as @malcolmfraser12 falls silent: Vale Malcolm Fraser

*Updated 22 March with additional responses and reflections Much is being written and broadcast about the life of former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser after his death earlier today – which came as a shock for many, despite his advancing age, given how energetic and engaged he remained to the end in public life. This [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

#SOSBlakAustralia call goes out across the land to save remote Indigenous communities

Aboriginal woman from the Kimberley, Tammy Solenec from @amnestyOz, speaks at #SOSBLAKAUSTRALIA Perth #closethegappic.twitter.com/WxWYxzdktP — Simone van Hattem (@simone) March 19, 2015 A day of action to protest plans to close remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia ended up not only trending nationally on Twitter but hit the streets in real-life, with rallies across Australia, [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

‘Unfair and arbitrary. Is the only thing new in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy a new round of a massive funding cuts?’

Indigenous leader Pat Dodson – who revealed he has met Prime Minister Tony Abbott only once, and then  in passing – said last week that removal of frontline services from Indigenous organisations working towards Closing the Gap in Indigenous health “would seem counter intuitive to any fair-minded Australian”.  But that, he said in this Age [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

‘This is not theory’: Vanuatu’s Cyclone Pam disaster adds urgency to need for global climate change/disaster prevention action

Residents in #Vanuatu begin clean-up after #TCPam, relief teams head to survey damage http://t.co/NbVC2mTsM7 | Story: http://t.co/WliBuxlzlP — ABC News (@abcnews) March 15, 2015 Will the devastation now facing Vanuatu be the tragic reality check that global leaders need to develop a new framework for global action to reduce the risks of disasters – and [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Where to after “profoundly disappointing” Closing the Gap report? Justice targets, renewed funding, and much much more

Pressure is growing on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to add justice targets to the nation’s Closing The Gap strategy to work to reduce the current rate of Indigenous incarceration – although he showed no signs of interest today as he handed down the “profoundly disappointing” 2015 Close the Gap report card. See the summary (pic, [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

“Ebola is not a natural disaster. It is a disease fostered by poverty…” Greens Senator Richard Di Natale on his trip to Liberia, Sierra Leone

The headline death toll of Ebola “does not do justice to the profound and far-reaching impact of this disease”, says Greens Senator Richard Di Natale in his powerful report to Parliament on his recent trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Read his speech below or watch it via the link here: Empathy in an Age of [...]

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FEDERAL ELECTION 2013 |

Health policy reform: principles for reform & how to get there

It’s hard to pick where health policy will go now under the Federal Government, with a new Minister and the likely shift (mark 3?) on a GP co-payment – if not because they accept the evidence against it but because of the politics. But there was an interesting intervention in the lead up to this [...]

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