Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Cory Bernardi calls for debate on abortion in controversial new book

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has moved to distance himself from Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi after the backbencher called for a new debate on abortion, railed against "non-traditional" families and...

Health minister Peter Dutton says Medicare spending unsustainable

Peter Dutton

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has predicted an overhaul of Medicare, saying spiralling costs will make the system ''unmanageable'' without change.

Medicare unsustainable without overhaul says Peter Dutton

The Medicare levy generates about $9 billion.

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has flagged an overhaul of Medicare, warning soaring costs will make the system ''unmanageable'' without change.

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Greens push for bans on liquor advertising

Richard Di Natale

Dan Harrison The Greens will push for a ban on the promotion of alcohol in sport, arguing that it provides a loophole for the alcohol industry to target children.

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LNP candidate for Griffith Bill Glasson backs $6 GP fee

Dr Bill Glasson.

Dan Harrison Doctor who wants to take Kevin Rudd's old seat for the Coalition says proposal for patients to pay a $6 fee to see a GP is worth considering.

Doctor chosen to replace Kevin Rudd in Griffith may support end to bulk-billing

Bill Glasson

Dan Harrison Bill Glasson, the doctor who wants to take Kevin Rudd's old seat for the Coalition, has said a proposal to end bulk-billing for visits to the GP, with patients to pay a $6 fee, is worth considering.

Medicare dental scheme: millions of children to benefit

Teeth.

Dan Harrison More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a scheme starting on Wednesday.

Medicare about to cover dental care for 3.4m children

Close-up of little boy opening his mouth during dental checkup Tug

Dan Harrison More than 3 million children will be eligible for Medicare-funded dental care under a scheme starting on Wednesday.

Call to charge $6 fee for visits to emergency departments

Gareth Hutchens and Dan Harrison The author of the proposal to charge a $6 fee for GP visits says hospitals may have to charge a similar fee to stop patients clogging up emergency departments.

Extend fee to emergency departments too, author of co-payment scheme Terry Barnes says

Ambulance

Gareth Hutchens, Dan Harrison The author of the plan to charge people $6 for visiting a GP says hospitals may have to charge a similar fee to stop patients from clogging up emergency departments.

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Coalition considers end to free GP visits

doctor

Gareth Hutchens, Dan Harrison Doctors have criticised a proposal to charge a fee for every GP visit, saying it risked placing greater pressure on public hospitals.

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Morrison retreats from media on asylum seekers

Dan Harrison and Gareth Hutchens Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has stopped holding weekly press conferences on asylum seeker boat arrivals, instead issuing a written statement with no opportunity for journalists to ask...

No Christmas present from Clive Palmer for Senator Nick Xenophon as Motoring deal remains under wraps

Clive Palmer.

Dan Harrison Billionaire MP Clive Palmer has failed to honour his promise to release the details of an agreement between his party and Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party Senator Ricky Muir by Christmas.

General Cosgrove front runner for governor-general role

General Peter Cosgrove

Dan Harrison, Louise Hall, Marcus Strom Former defence chief Peter Cosgrove has long been a front runner for the role of Australia's next governor-general, and those who know him say he is a ''unifying figure'' who has remained...

Australia to send two aircraft to South Sudan

United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS)

Dan Harrison Australia will deploy two military aircraft to South Sudan for United Nations efforts to restore peace to the world's youngest nation.

Australia to send aircraft to South Sudan UN mission

SPLA soldiers

Dan Harrison Australia will deploy two military aircraft to South Sudan to assist United Nations efforts to restore peace to the world's youngest nation.

Medicare Locals need overhaul: AMA

Peter Dutton.

Dan Harrison Australian Medical Association calls for overhaul of Medicare Locals, the 61 organisations set up to plan and co-ordinate primary care.

Indigenous organisation to defy Tony Abbott funding cut

Aboriginal flag.

Dan Harrison The leaders of the national representative body for indigenous people have vowed to continue as a ‘‘fearless’’ voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, despite the Abbott Government...

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Tony Abbott accuses Labor of scaremongering over NDIS funding

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has accused Labor of trying to scare people with disability as he vowed his government would deliver the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Tim Wilson: Freedom Commissioner

Tony Wright, Dan Harrison The Abbott government has sent shockwaves through the anti-discrimination and political establishments by appointing one of the nation's most vociferous critics of the Human Rights Commission as its...