Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Journalist Peter Greste's parents 'rocked' by courtroom cage images

Dan Harrison The parents of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste say they are haunted by images of him in a courtroom cage, as a spokesman for Tony Abbott said the Prime Minister was ''deeply concerned''...

Peter Greste: PM Tony Abbott 'deeply concerned' by charges

Peter Greste

Dan Harrison The Prime Minister is ''deeply concerned'' about Australian journalist Peter Greste, now jailed in Egypt, and the government has made representations for his release, a spokesman said, as images of...

Censured senator Fiona Nash denies wrongdoing over junk food link

Fiona Nash

Amy Corderoy, Dan Harrison Parliament has censured Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash for misleading the Senate and refusing to produce documentation about her employment of a junk food industry lobbyist in her office.

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Senate censures Fiona Nash over conflict of interest concerns

Senator Nash reveals staffer's lobby links (Thumbnail)

Amy Corderoy, Dan Harrison Parliament has censured Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash for misleading the Senate and refusing to produce documentation about her employment of a junk food industry lobbyist in her office.

Health system could save a billion a year

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Dan Harrison Governments could save a billion dollars a year by cutting waste in public hospitals.

Consumers Health Forum slams GP fee proposal

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Dan Harrison The introduction of a fee to see the doctor would hit the poor and chronically ill hardest and would be unlikely to generate savings, according to a report to be released on Tuesday by consumer...

Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia shuts doors after Fiona Nash cuts off funding

Dan Harrison An organisation that has been advising Australian governments on alcohol and drug policy for almost half a century shut its doors on Friday.

Last drinks for Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia

Dan Harrison An organisation that has been advising Australian governments on alcohol and drug policy for almost half a century shut its doors forever on Friday.

Mitch Fifield accuses Labor of 'scaremongering' on NDIS

Senator Mitch Fifield.

Dan Harrison Labor and Coalition senators traded barbs about the National Disability Insurance Scheme on Thursday, with government senators accusing the opposition of ''scaremongering'' and Labor suggesting the...

Fiona Nash admits resource library wasn't duplicated

Senator Fiona Nash Assistant Health minister

Dan Harrison Fiona Nash admits drug and alcohol resource library run by a body she cut funding to was not being offered by any other organisation, despite citing duplication as justification for her decision.

Fiona Nash tight-lipped on agreement over former staffer's lobbying links

Dan Harrison Embattled Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, has refused to release a document outlining the agreement her former chief of staff made to separate his role in her office and his links to his...

Health experts say food star rating system is critical

Assistant Health minister Senator Fiona Nash.

Amy Corderoy, Mark Kenny, Dan Harrison Australia's top public health professors have written to the state and territory food ministers calling on them to take urgent action to reinstate a healthy-food star rating system.

Senator refuses to answer questions on Furnival's compliance with standards

Senator Michael Ronaldson.

Dan Harrison Special Minister of State Michael Ronaldson has refused to answer questions about whether he ensured former political staffer Alastair Furnival complied with the standards for ministerial staff.

Report slams TV alcohol ads

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Dan Harrison Current rules on alcohol advertising are failing to protect children and must be tightened, according to the government agency charged with preventing disease.

Exemption on alcohol ads on TV sports programs exposes young

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Dan Harrison Existing rules on alcohol advertising are failing to protect children and must be tightened, the government agency charged with preventing disease says.

Lack of funding for First People's congress 'disappointing', says Tom Calma

Dan Harrison Indigenous leader Tom Calma says it is ''disappointing" that the Abbott Government will not provide further funding to the elected indigenous representative body, the National Congress of Australia's...

Doctors fear overcrowding in emergency departments if $6 GP fee adopted

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Kate Hagan and Dan Harrison A minimum $6 fee to see a GP would lead more patients to seek treatment in overcrowded emergency departments including those with conditions that had deteriorated because of deferred care, doctors...

Health Minister Peter Dutton opens door to GP co-payment

Health Minister Peter Dutton

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a GP co-payment warning of an ''unsustainable'' rise in the cost of health care.

Health Minister Peter Dutton defends embattled colleague Fiona Nash

Deputy Leader of The Nationals Senator Fiona Nash

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has defended his embattled colleague Fiona Nash, describing her as 'effective' and 'decent' and accusing state Labor ministers of leaking against her.

'Rigged' Commission of Audit should be broadened: Richard di Natale

Dan Harrison The chairman of a Senate committee has accused the Abbott government of "rigging" its Commission of Audit to justify "cruel cuts."