Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Clive Palmer dismisses talk that Jacqui Lambie will join alternative voting bloc

Dan Harrison, Gareth Hutchens Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer has scotched suggestions that Senator Jacqui Lambie could team up with other crossbench Senators to form a new voting bloc.

Jacqui Lambie to meet senators on alternative voting bloc

'My diary's filling fast': Jacqui Lambie.

Gareth Hutchens, Dan Harrison Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie has pledged to work with anyone who can help her achieve her goals of a better pay deal for defence personnel and cheaper power for Tasmania.

Study reveals toll of war on younger veterans

Troubled by his experiences: Rob Pickersgill, a veteran who suffers from PTSD.

Dan Harrison New research has cast light on the mental toll war has taken on a new generation of soldiers.

Remote indigenous communities under threat

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion hit out at the South Australian government.

Dan Harrison Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has accused the South Australian government of racism, for refusing to guarantee services to remote indigenous communities that it delivers to...

Australia's education reputation at risk, Kim Carr warns

Yingying Dou, director of the MyMaster website, leaves work in Sydney.

Dan Harrison Labor's higher education spokesman Kim Carr has warned revelations of widespread cheating in the nation's universities will do serious damage to Australia's international reputation unless swift...

Mick Dodson argues for minimalist approach to indigenous constitutional recognition

Mick Dodson addresses the National Press Club on Wednesday.

Dan Harrison Indigenous leader Mick Dodson has argued for a minimalist approach to updating the nation's founding document, suggesting that voters be asked only to approve the removal of two racist sections.

MPs from both sides back euthanasia reform

Voice added: Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek.

Dan Harrison A Senate report may have opened the door to a free vote on voluntary euthanasia.

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Federal MPs should have free vote on euthanasia, Senate committee says

A Senate committee has recommended federal MPs be allowed a conscience vote on any voluntary euthanasia put before Parliament.

Dan Harrison Federal MPs should have a free vote on euthanasia, a Senate committee has recommended.

I want a promise from Putin on MH17, says Abbott

Crash site: An armed separatist stands on the wreckage of MH17 in the disputed Donetsk region of Ukraine.

Philip Wen in Beijing Dan Harrison Nothing short of a personal undertaking will satisfy the Prime Minister when he meets Russia's leader.

Consumers and doctors clash over health records

Testing times; The advocacy group wants instant access to online test results.

Dan Harrison Consumers Health Forum wants direct access to electronic test results.

Greens senator Richard di Natale seeks government support for Ebola fact-finding trip

Ebola mission: Greens senator Dr Richard di Natale.

Dan Harrison Greens Senator Richard Di Natale is seeking the Abbott government's support to travel to West Africa on a "fact finding mission" to examine the international response to the Ebola virus.

Ebola: Tony Abbott to support Australian volunteers' fight in West Africa

A health worker sprays disinfectant onto a colleague after they buried an Ebola victim on the outskirts of  Monrovia, Liberia.

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced Australia will support volunteers travelling to West Africa to help combat the deadly Ebola virus.

Indigenous people pay respects to Whitlam, the prime minister who cared about them

Handful of earth: PM Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hand of Vincent Lingiari in 1975.

Dan Harrison Nearly 40 years ago, a tall stranger travelled across the land, from Canberra to the edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory, to meet a group of Gurindji stockman who had waged a...

Washington wants 100 Australians to run Ebola hospitals in West Africa

David Wroe and Dan Harrison The United States has asked Australia to build and staff three Ebola treatment facilities in West Africa.

Mayors call for Abbott to reform alcohol tax

Dan Harrison The nation's capital city mayors have asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reform alcohol taxation, saying young men "preloading" on cheap wine before hitting city nightspots were behind much...

Poll backs Ebola action by Australian health workers


Dan Harrison, David Wroe Seven out of 10 Australians support sending Australian health workers to West Africa to help tackle the deadly Ebola virus.

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Retreat not the solution to Ebola, microbiologist Tim Inglis argues

Border checks: People wanting to leave Liberia or Sierra Leone are screened for Ebola before being allowed to travel, Australian Medical Association president Brian Owler says.

Dan Harrison Rich countries such as Australia cannot protect themselves from Ebola by retreating behind their borders, Australian microbiologist Tim Inglis writes in an article to be published in the Journal...

Aboriginal groups cool on remote dole shake-up

Aboriginal flag.

Dan Harrison Indigenous groups have reacted sceptically to reports the Abbott Government is considering forcing unemployed aboriginal people in remote communities to perform 25 hours a week of work for the dole.

Referendum to recognise indigenous Australians should be held in 2016, committee says


Dan Harrison There is nothing to fear in giving Australia's first peoples constitutional recognition, the chairman of a parliamentary committee considering the issue says.

Australia shuts borders to Ebola-affected countries

The Ebola virus.

Dan Harrison Australia has temporarily closed its borders to people from Ebola-affected west African nations as it steps up the nation's defences against the lethal virus.