Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

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

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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...

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


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


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


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


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...

MH17 crash: Tony Abbott warns remains of victims may not be repatriated for weeks

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 19:  Prime Minster, Tony Abbott speaks to the press in Sydney, on July 19, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tony Abbott

James Massola and Dan Harrison The families of Australians killed in the Malaysian Airlines MH17 disaster could be forced to wait for weeks for the return of their loved ones remains, Prime Minister Tony Abbott says, as Australia...

Peris pushes for overhaul of domestic violence laws

Nova Peris

Dan Harrison People who fail to report suspected domestic violence by their neighbours, friends or family could be prosecuted under changes advocated by Labor senator Nova Peris.

Proposal before cabinet could push up the cost of FOI requests

Portrait of Raiders' chairman Allan Hawke taken in Yarralumla.
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Dan Harrison Fees to access documents under Freedom of Information could be increased under proposals being considered by federal cabinet.

Labor seeks public views on potential push to ban cosmetics tested on animals

12 August 2013.  AFR.  Clare O'Neil Labour candidate for the seat of Hotham.
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Dan Harrison A group of Labor MPs will develop a new party policy on the testing of cosmetics on animals.

'Bamboo ceiling' blocking Asian Australians, says commissioner


Dan Harrison A ''bamboo ceiling'' is preventing Asian Australians from taking their share of leadership positions, the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, has suggested.

Disability advocates speak out against any slowdown of NDIS rollout

Bruce Bonyhady

Dan Harrison Disability advocates have warned against any delay to the full rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, following a speech by the scheme's architect which has been widely interpreted as...