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Federal Budget 2014-15

Federal health budget review: "There is a failure to realise that health is central to the well-being and wealth of individuals and nations"

Many thanks to Dr Lesley Russell for this insightful analysis of the federal health budget. Dr Russell writes: Every year since 2007 I have done a detailed analysis of the health provisions in the federal budget.  I do this in the light of current and past strategies, policies, programs and funding and support my work, […]

Smoke and mirrors: Mixed messages from government

Meredythe Crane, Senior Policy Officer at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), writes: A few months ago the Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a national taskforce to deal with the growing problem of methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, which would identify ways to approach education, health and law enforcement. This was backed by $20 million in funding over two […]

Memo to Canberra: How are other countries finding billions for health care? Ending fossil fuel subsidies

There’s confusion about what is or isn’t on the table for cuts after Health Minister Sussan Ley conceded the Senate won’t pass increased patient contributions for PBS drugs, but said the $1 billion ‘savings’ will have to be found elsewhere. See more below for how it unfolded. But if the Minister and the Federal Government […]

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 […]

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

Here’s a sample of his tweets from The Advertiser, and this article on how his Twitter connection came about, via journalist Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf). The Australian has compiled all the formal tributes from PM Tony Abbott and ex PMs. Here’s a taste from Paul Keating: “His public life also enshrined other important principles: no truck […]

#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 — Simone van Hattem (@simone) March 19, 2015 They gathered in…..Western Australia ….Victoria and ACT …New South Wales ….and back to Queensland

'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 […]