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health   October 14, 2023

Divided over disability care

While there was consensus on how to create a more inclusive society for people with disability, the commissioners in the comprehensive inquiry that wrapped up last month were seriously divided on key recommendations. And that means despite the...

environment   August 5, 2023

The case for a global crisis centre

It is with mounting despair that I note several mega threats to our planet and to humanity seem to be simultaneously gathering considerable momentum, yet governments and policy authorities are simply ignoring the severity and urgency of the...

law & crime   May 13, 2023

Failing our duty of care in youth detention

The children who live at the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct in Melbourne are in state care. In a way, we are all their parents – we have a duty of care to them. It is our voting power, our voices, our interest and our considerations that determine...

health   February 11, 2023

The NDIS should cover ADHD

At the end of last year, I was on an episode of Q+A with the National Disability Insurance Scheme minister, Bill Shorten. A person in the audience, Romy Cecil, asked the panellists what they thought it would be like living with attention deficit...

health   December 17, 2022

What we got wrong about Covid-19

Right at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, even as the informed science community was telling everyone that this was not influenza, we were, perhaps unconsciously, basing our approach on the assumption that the causative SARS-CoV-2 virus would...

environment   December 10, 2022

A Covid positive end to Anthony Albanese’s year

Just when Anthony Albanese was set to finish the most successful year of his political life with another win, he was struck down by Covid-19. On Monday, the prime minister turned up for a cabinet meeting in Sydney wearing a mask. One of his staff...

health   December 3, 2022

International Day of Disabled Joy and Rage

Content warning: This article contains descriptions of systemic abuse and the discrimination of disabled people. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the celebration of International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), an occasion introduced by...

health   December 3, 2022

We need Covid-19 mandates

A recent poll suggested as many as two-thirds of Australians think the pandemic is over. This is far from true. A false impression has been created, as a result of poor messaging by governments and health officials and the progressive relaxation of...

health   October 22, 2022

Corporate misincentives

Reports this week alleging that doctors had made false claims totalling as much as one third of Medicare’s annual budget has pointed to more than just potentially significant weaknesses in the Medicare system. It has again highlighted the impact of...

health   October 1, 2022

Bill Shorten and the robo-debt inquiry

No one was more shattered than Bill Shorten when he lost the “unlosable” election to Scott Morrison in 2019. But three years on, he is emerging as one of the Albanese government’s most impressive ministers. It is a tribute to both men: Anthony...

health   September 17, 2022

How government can pass the Covid test

National cabinet met virtually this week with the chief medical officer, Paul Kelly, in attendance. Kelly was absent from the previous meeting, on August 31, which cut mandated Covid-19 isolation from seven to five days – a decision not supported by...