Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.

Medicines price rise effect hosed down

Dan Harrison There is no evidence to suggest increasing charges for medicines will deter people from filling their prescriptions, Health Department officials told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Medicare fee jeopardises Aborigines

John Paterson.

Dan Harrison Health leaders warn Abbott government's proposed $7 Medicare fee could widen gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

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Doctors chief sounds alarm on $7 co-payment

Brian Owler.

Dan Harrison AMA president warns Coalition's proposed $7 Medicare co-payment could destroy recent gains made in indigenous health by deterring people from seeking care.

Push for climate change on G20 list

Gus Nossal.

Dan Harrison Three former Australians of the Year, including Nobel laureate Peter Doherty, have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott calling for climate change to be included on the agenda for the...

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Employers fear disability wage reform will cost jobs

Jeopardised: Forlift driver Matt Hillas says he loves his job.

Dan Harrison Scores of businesses employing people with disability could be forced to close and thousands could lose their jobs as a result of a legal ruling which found some workers had been discriminated...

Joe Hockey's budget will increase crime, says crossbench senator John Madigan

Senator John Madigan.

Dan Harrison A crossbench Senator has predicted the Abbott Government’s first budget will produce an increase in domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.

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Rein in specialists' fees: adviser

Terry Barnes.

Dan Harrison Surgeons should be forced to accept a cap on their fees in return for Medicare subsidies, according to Terry Barnes, the former Howard Government advisor who kickstarted debate about Medicare...

Children deserve a healthy start to life: Alan Tudge defends Andrew Forrest's welfare report

Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest

Dan Harrison Coalition frontbencher Alan Tudge has urged critics of a plan to prevent welfare recipients from spending their payments on alcohol to think of the children deprived a healthy start to life because...

Cash quarantine unfair to majority: welfare groups

Andrew Forrest

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland, Fergus Hunter Indigenous leaders and welfare groups have criticised a radical proposal by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest for a large expansion of welfare quarantining, arguing such a move would disempower...

Andrew Forrest calls for extensive reforms to ease crisis in indigenous employment

Andrew Forrest, chairman of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., speaks during the company's annual general meeting in Perth, Australia, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Fortescue, the most indebted junk-rated mining company, is accelerating repayment of $2.04 billion in bonds to help cut debt and lower interest payments. Photographer: Aaron Bunch/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Andrew Forrest

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland Indigenous business would be given tax-free status, parents would lose family payments if their children wagged school and welfare recipients would be prevented from spending their benefits on drugs...

Signs many NDIS recipients not using available support

Generic disability.

Dan Harrison, Cameron Atfield Up to one in five National Disability Insurance Scheme participants have yet to activate their support plans, according to the parliamentary committee overseeing the rollout of the scheme.

AMA rejects call for more fee disclosure

Dan Harrison and Daisy Dumas The Australian Medical Association has rejected calls for greater transparency on surgical fees, saying it was not possible for patients to compare prices for operations in the same way they might...

Job seekers could be forced to turn to crime, expert warns

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Dan Harrison, Anna Patty Young job seekers denied unemployment benefits could be forced to turn to crime or sex work to survive, employment services providers have warned.

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College raises concerns at 'extortionate' fees of some surgeons

Surgeon

Dan Harrison, Daisy Dumas The professional body for surgeons has expressed concern about the ''extortionate'' fees being charged by some specialists, including some of its own members.

Work for dole schemes no help in finding jobs, says expert

Centrelink

Gareth Hutchens, Anna Patty, Dan Harrison One of Australia's most respected workplace economists says there is no evidence that ''work for the dole'' schemes actually work, accusing the federal government of expanding the program for...

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Australia working with 'partners in grief' to secure MH17 crash site: Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 23 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed Australia is working with other countries on options to secure the site of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to allow a thorough forensic investigation.

Government's $7 GP fee will only do themselves harm: AMA president Brian Owler

AMA president Brian Owler at the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday.

Dan Harrison The worst possible outcome for the Abbott government would be if its proposal for a $7 Medicare fee actually became law, Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler says.

MPs plead for mum Cassie Batten who gave cannabis to ill son

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Dan Harrison, Rania Spooner, Beau Donelly A group of federal MPs has used the case of terminally ill Tamworth man Daniel Haslam to argue for compassionate treatment of a Victorian woman who could face charges for supplying medicinal cannabis...

Minister warns constitutional push at risk

Senator Nigel Scullion

Dan Harrison Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has warned that the push to recognise the first Australians in the nation's founding document could be derailed if proposals for a constitutional ban on...

MPs call for compassion in case of mother who used cannabis oil to help sick son

Cassie Batten

Dan Harrison, Rania Spooner and Beau Donelly A group of federal MPs have written to Victorian Premier Denis Napthine urging compassion in the case of a Victorian woman who faces possible charges for using cannabis oil to treat her son's severe...