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Federal Election 2013

Blocking #marriageequality: 'It is frustrating, hurtful, incredibly exhausting & deeply personal'

Rebecca Shaw writes: Before I say any of what I am about to say, let me get some things off my chest. I don’t want to get married, to a man or a woman (but especially a man). I don’t think that marriage equality should be the most discussed issue in our community. And I […]

What's the problem with hospital funding and why lifting the GST is 'like prescribing medicine before completing the diagnosis'

*** Professor Stephen Leeder writes: Remind me again, what’s the problem with hospital funding? State and territory leaders will meet in Sydney today to nut out solutions to health and education funding gaps. New South Wales Premier Mike Baird will again call for the GST to increase to 15%, while Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will recommend increasing the […]

#IHMayDay15 Longread: Trending by breakfast, talking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, healing, justice, media & MORE

#IHMayDay15 took over Twitter on May 29 with a day of action and listening on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It ran for more than 15 hours, was trending in Queensland by 8am and nationally through the day, featured 15 moderators and generated nearly 50 million Twitter impressions by […]

"Suddenly, nothing happened!" Health Minister Sussan Ley leaves mental health reform "in limbo"

Health Minister Sussan Ley yesterday announced the Federal Government’s next step in taking the National Mental Health Commission’s landmark Review “from paper to policy” – with the first meeting held of an expert reference group “tasked with guiding the implementation of its recommendations”. She said the 13-person Expert Reference Group (see the full list in […]

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 […]

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