Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Dick Warburton says climate sceptic views did not influence report recommending slashing of renewable energy target

Dan Harrison The climate sceptic and businessman chosen by the Abbott government to lead its review of the renewable energy target has denied his personal views have had any influence on the panel's report, which...

Medibank boss wanted its members to get priority treatment in emergency departments

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Dan Harrison  Medibank chief executive George Savvides floated the idea of privately insured patients receiving priority treatment in public hospital emergency departments at a function with doctors in March.

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Labor to block payment scheme for intellectually disabled workers

Labor's spokeswoman on disability reform, Jenny Macklin.

Dan Harrison Labor will oppose Coalition proposals which would require intellectually disabled workers to waive their right to make discrimination claims in return for a payment.

Linking GP co-payment with medical research fund a mistake, says Nobel prize winner

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Dan Harrison and Latika Bourke A Nobel-prize winning medical researcher has questioned the federal government's decision to link its proposed medical research fund with unpopular health savings, such as the controversial GP visit...

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Senators urged to vote against payment scheme for workers with disabilities

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Dan Harrison Disability groups are urging Labor and crossbench senators to vote against proposals that they say seek to extinguish the legal rights of 10,000 workers with intellectual disabilities.

Mick Gooda calls for 2015 referendum on indigenous recognition

Dan Harrison A referendum to recognise indigenous Australians in the nation's founding document should be held next year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda argued in a...

GP fee: Tony Abbott rejects AMA proposal to exempt pensioners

Dan Harrison, Kate Hagan A proposal by doctors to exempt pensioners from a $7 GP fee has been rejected by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has also signalled that children should pay.

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GP $7 fee plan: AMA push to exempt concession holders and children

The AMA has offered an alternative to the government's $7 GP fee.

Dan Harrison, Kate Hagan A fee for GP visits would not apply to concession card holders and children under an Australian Medical Association proposal to the Abbott Government.

Medicines price rise effect hosed down

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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

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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

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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...