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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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“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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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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‘Good government starts today’ What about good health policy? (asks the AMA for all of us)

It wasn’t a good start for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s new, improved government after he survived the Liberal party room spill motion, with confusion from the get go about whether or not the GP co-payment proposal was finally going the way of his knighthood selections and the Parental Payment Scheme. The word, at least for [...]

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Seven years on from the Apology and how is the healing going?

  Here’s hoping the Canberra political air will clear enough this week from today’s Liberal leadership spill vote to allow a focus on the 7th annual Closing the Gap report from the Prime Minister, which is expected on Wednesday. This time last year Prime Minister Tony Abbott said there was “probably no aspect of public [...]

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Waiting for Godot: Bushfires, heat and climate change – a doctor’s compelling view from the #SAfires

  The fearsome spectre of Ash Wednesday hung over the Adelaide Hills for five days this week as firefighters battled to control the worst bushfires so far in Australia this summer. Now South Australia, and elsewhere, prepares for flooding rains. It was a very tense time for Dr David Shearman, Honorary Secretary of  Doctors for [...]

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Budget revenue/savings ideas beyond GST on food: GST on private health, insurance, pay private hospitals not private insurers

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is still saying there will be no changes to the GST in this term of government, but given we’ve heard the odd broken promise before, it’s fair to say the issue needs a close watch, particularly as the Federal Government struggles with its next Budget. Changes to the GST got another, [...]

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Federal Govt faces doctors rallying in waiting rooms, streets over Medicare co-payment Plan B

The Federal Government is facing the prospect of doctors marching on the streets against its latest Medicare package – possibly ahead of the Queensland state election on January 31 where health cuts are already on the agenda. The Australian Medical Association (AMA) yesterday signalled it was launching a campaign to put a stop to the [...]

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New year, same approach: implications of the Fed Govt’s confidence trick on Medicare

Much happened on the health front in the closing weeks of 2014, not least with the appointment of a new Health Minister Sussan Ley. See some interim advice to the new Minister and judgements on the contributions of former Minister Peter Dutton from Croakey contributors. The Federal Government also finally came up with a Plan [...]

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Abbott reshuffles Ministry: Dutton to Immigration, Ley to Health, Morrison to Social Services

Prime Minister Tony Abbott today announced a reshuffle of his Ministry, that has seen Peter Dutton move from Health to Immigration and replaced by Sussan Ley, former Assistant Minister for Education, who becomes the second woman in Cabinet (alongside Foreign Minister Julie Bishop). His statement announcing the moves said: The Hon Peter Dutton MP will [...]

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