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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

New Zealand may take asylum-seekers from Australian detention


New Zealand looks set to take a share of asylum-seekers from Australian detention centres. The countries’ two leaders are expected to make an announcement on the issue tomorrow. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is in New Zealand for talks with her counterpart, John Key, to mark 30 years of close economic ties. The issue of asylum-seekers … Continue reading

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