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eHealth – what is the future?

This is an extract from my latest article for The Australian Independent Media Network. As a patient seeing multiple health professionals and having registered, in great hope, for eHealth, I was very interested to hear the doctors thoughts about their own profession. I understood the patients’ perspectives all too well. There was a general consensus from […]

We need politicians with vision

One of the things that bothers me about the current Australian government is lack of vision, lack of the ability to think outside the square or to challenge the status quo. I’m going to illustrate with an example built around our health system (on which I have written voluminously lately), the horrific domestic violence record in this […]

Medicare is not the problem

This article continues from Sussan Ley updates the nation on Medicare. I spent several hours last night looking at the Medicare statistics. I came to a conclusion which may send a few readers reaching for their smelling salts. I ask that after you’ve taken a whiff, you stick with me. My conclusion may seem radical a […]

Sussan Ley updates the nation on Medicare

As any regular reader of this site is aware, I have been very vocal about the various changes to Medicare proposed by the LNP government. A list of past articles is provided at the end of this article should you have missed out. I also appeared on the ABC News supporting the RACGP in their “You’ve […]

Open letter in support of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Originally posted on Castan Centre for Human Rights Law:
The following open letter was sent to editors of a number of Australian media publications regarding recent political attacks on the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs. Its signatories included a number of Castan Centre academics. If you would like to add…

Abbott is not amused with Triggs

 

So Abbott survived – for the moment

To battle we go! #libspill pic.twitter.com/mYe6oUtyfA — john shakespeare (@johnshakespeare) February 8, 2015 Interesting day. The spill motion was put and was defeated. 61 against and 39 for the motion. That’s 39% of the sitting members would like a new leader.  That means just twelve people between Abbott as Prime Minister and bye-bye Abbott. Well this […]

A Prime Minister has to be a team player

Tony Abbott makes far too many Captains’ Calls. Knights and dames, the $20 Medicare rebate reduction, Prince Philip’s knighthood and now the call to move the leadership spill discussion/meeting/vote to Monday at 9 am. Make no mistake: this is a strategic move with personal motivation. It is not true leadership style. Chief Whip Philip Ruddock […]

Why Dysfunction?

Originally posted on Lew Bornmann's Blog:
It seems to me… “In politics stupidity is not a handicap.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte. Our political parties have fundamentally different visions of what kind of country we should have and neither is feeling sufficiently politically weak to agree to the other side’s vision; there remains essentially no room…

Wives and partners? WTF?

First let me say I personally have no problem with the words “husband” or “wife”. *Ducks missiles flying in from some of the feminist fraternity* In my view these words are merely relationship descriptors, no different than son, daughter, mother, father, sister or brother. Compared to some languages, English has very few relationship descriptors: some […]