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Australia could be first country in world to ban smoking


  Australia could become the first major nation to outlaw smoking, with a federal government-funded trial about to test the viability of electronic cigarettes as a safer, permanent replacement for tobacco. Medical experts, cancer groups and anti-smoking lobbyists battled for decades to rid cigarettes from public spaces. ”E-cigarettes” are battery-powered devices that simulate the effects … Continue reading

Australia’s Aborigines blame racism for poor health standards


This week, the Australian government launched its new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan. As with all such plans, much depends on how it is implemented. With the details of how it is to be turned into meaningful action yet to be worked out, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and … Continue reading

The hidden costs of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme


You do not have to own a building to get naming rights. You just have to be the biggest tenant. So it is with DisabilityCare, the national disability insurance scheme. The Prime Minister wants naming rights so she promises a levy, starting next year, to part fund it. And Tony Abbott was not about to … Continue reading

Australia’s supposed doctor shortage is ‘a myth’


The number of full-time GPs billing on Medicare has surged at more than twice the rate of both population growth and the increase in Medicare payments back to doctors. The findings, in a paper to be released today by Monash University demographer Bob Birrell, point to a major “over-servicing” problem and explode the theory that … Continue reading

June 13 2012 China Daily Mail Headlines


Forced abortion in China on woman seven months pregnant Posted by China Daily Mail ⋅ June 13, 2012 ⋅ 4 Comments Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China. Rights groups say authorities in north … Continue reading

June 10 2012 China Daily Mail Headlines


Hasty cremation of activist’s body by Chinese authorities ‘without consent’ Posted by chankaiyee2 ⋅ June 10, 2012 ⋅ Leave a Comment Hong Hong’s Ming Pao reports that in the incident of the bizarre death of democracy activist Li Wangyang in Shaoyang, Hunan Province, the authorities conducted an autopsy in haste without his relatives’ consent, and cremated … Continue reading

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