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Will we still be allowed BBQs by Sunday?

Here you go. White with one! Thanks. You know, I’m so confused. I thought the right wing lot were all keen on small government and free speech and minimal intervention in our lives. So they say. Why are you confused? Yesterday I read journalists are being reported to the police for reporting the news. That […]

Silence on Violence

Originally posted on One Voice In The Crowd:
Well the Queensland election is now in full swing with both major and minor parties out on the hustings with promises and counter promises announced daily. Asset sales/ leases, new roads, schools, extra teachers, extra nurses, gas & coal mining, saving the Barrier Reef and a plethora…

Manus bothers me – it should bother you too

The media has been diligently reporting on the Manus Island situation. The new Minister has castigated the media for publishing false reports. Yet the Minister has provided no proof the reports are false. 'Our humanity is diminished when something like this takes place' #Manus #auspol http://t.co/oxCYjgXtBx — Welcome to Australia (@welcome2aussie) January 20, 2015

Is the Pope having an each-way bet?

I find the Pope’s opinions on two topics in particular, as reported, highly confusing and somewhat illogical. The Pope leads 1.2 billion Catholics around the world. I was very encouraged to read an encyclical will be issued on climate change. So too the promised encyclical on the environment will provide both encouragement for, and a call […]

The growth of Medicare is slowing

Today I draw attention to two “must read” articles which rather contradict the government’s claims about Medicare. The first is by Glen Murray. Like Glen’s graph? Click the graph to read Glen’s full analysis, I guarantee you will find it very interesting! The second article is by Catherine King, published in The Guardian. Catherine refers […]

Open Letter to Sussan Ley on Medicare changes

Dear Sussan, I am glad common sense prevailed today and you called a halt to the changes that were to take effect on Monday. I see this as a reprieve, but not a victory. You have made it very clear you are intent on making changes. I am disappointed you place the emphasis on consulting […]

Religion belongs in the dark ages

Today I read an article by one who once was training to be a priest. Alex Mooney says: There are no gods, no heaven, no hell, no miracles. There never has been. There never will be. This is way beyond reasonable doubt now. There is not one shred of evidence anywhere to prove the existence […]

Medicare is YOUR insurance cover

Sign the RACGP Petition HERE! When we allow the government to start dismantling Medicare, let us not forget one very important fact. "Medicare…provides a patient rebate, not a doctor payment" The #LNP has cut *your* insurance payment http://t.co/rNXop0EZgI — SirComrade Girlieman (@elronxenu) January 7, 2015 Medicare is the Commonwealth funded health insurance scheme that provides […]

In the Australia of the future, you will fly out to see a doctor

Jane felt the baby’s head. Little Jamie was hot. Too hot. “Philip”, she screamed, “I’m scared!” Jane’s husband dragged himself out of bed and with considerable effort limped down the corridor to his daughter’s bedroom. One look told him she was feverish. Jane was sponging Jamie gently and had administered yet another dose of Infant […]

How Medicare Rebate cuts may impact the patient, other than cost

Previously I looked at the financial aspects of the proposed cuts to the Medicare Rebate. This article assumes knowledge of the previous article. There are non-financial impacts we seriously need to consider. In this article I look at Continuing Professional Development (a doctor impact) and treatment delay (a patient and community impact). Policies, based only […]