Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Architect of national disability insurance scheme warns on pace of the rollout

Dan Harrison Rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme too fast risks driving up costs through inflation, according to the architect of the reform.

Indigenous children suffer more abuse

This photo taken 24 February 2004, shows two Aborigines on the street in the controversial housing area known as

Dan Harrison Indigenous children are eight times as likely to suffer abuse or neglect than non-indigenous children, according to figures to be released on Wednesday.

Indigenous advisor calls Tony Abbott's comments about settlement of Australia silly

Warren Mundine

Dan Harrison Tony Abbott's chief indigenous adviser has described as ''silly'' the Prime Minister's comment that Australia was ''scarcely settled'' before British colonisation.

Tony Abbott's comments on Australia being 'unsettled' before the British 'silly', says Warren Mundine

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Dan Harrison, Gareth Hutchens Tony Abbott's chief indigenous adviser has described as ''silly'' the Prime Minister's comment that Australia was ''unsettled'' before British colonisation.

Outgoing disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes fires parting shots at Abbott government

Graeme Innes

Dan Harrison Outgoing disability discrimination commissioner Graeme Innes has fired a barrage of parting shots at the Abbott government, declaring it may be time for him to move on because he has ''no stomach to...

Bill Shorten backs child sex abuse royal commission's request for more time

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten addresses the ANU Crawford Australia Leadership Forum, in Canberra on Tuesday 1 July 2014. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Dan Harrison Opposition Leader strongly backs calls for government to extend the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Age discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan takes on extra role of acting disability discrimination commissioner

Susan Ryan, Age Discrimination Commissione

Dan Harrison Age discrimination commissioner Susan Ryan will take on the additional responsibility of addressing disability discrimination when the current disability discrimination commissioner, Graeme Innes,...

Call for concerns on NDIS to be voiced

Senator Mitch Fifield

Dan Harrison The minister responsible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme has urged families with concerns about how the scheme is operating to make their views known.

Tony Abbott launches scheme to tackle disparate state laws on domestic violence

Tony Abbott arrives for question time on Tuesday.

Dan Harrison The Abbott Government will develop a national domestic violence orders scheme as part of a $100 million plan to tackle violence against women and children.

Clive Palmer says Tony Abbott is not 'evil' and needs time to consider the PUP's climate change stance

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer

Dan Harrison Clive Palmer says Tony Abbott is not an "evil person" and he believes a solution can be found around the Fairfax MP's announcement yesterday on the carbon tax and wider action on climate change.

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PM Tony Abbott willing to revisit GP fee: AMA

SMH NEWS 6 July 2011. Stethoscope. iStock photo File #: 5623147

Dan Harrison, James Massola The Abbott government has signalled a willingness to redesign one of its most contentious budget measures, a proposed $7 fee for visits to the doctor.

Most at risk avoid bowel cancer kits

Dan Harrison Only a third of Australians who were sent a bowel cancer screening kit returned a sample for testing, despite the disease being the second greatest cause of cancer-related deaths.

Alannah MacTiernan and Richard Di Natale in joint bid to get euthanasia bill through

Di Natale

Dan Harrison Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan and Greens Senator Richard Di Natale (left) will co-sponsor legislation to legalise euthanasia across Australia.

MPs of all stripes in push to make medicinal marijuana legal

Dan Haslam

Dan Harrison A multi-party group of federal MPs will on Thursday launch a push to make cannabis legally available for medicinal purposes.

AMA wants GP fee gone

Brian Owler.

Dan Harrison The Australian Medical Association has demanded Tony Abbott scrap his proposed $7 GP fee, accusing the Coalition of treating healthcare as ''an ideological toy''.

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Labor accuses government of misunderstanding its own $7 Medicare fee policy

Angus Taylor

Dan Harrison A Liberal MP incorrectly told his constituents the Coalition's proposed $7 Medicare co-payment would not apply to those who could not afford to pay it.

Call to pay back pensioners for $7 GP fee


Dan Harrison Pensioners should get a pay rise to compensate them for the proposed $7 Medicare fee to shepherd the controversial measure through a hostile Senate, according to the man who restarted the debate...

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Violence in Iraq is a 'humanitarian, security disaster', says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott

PM Abbott

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned Iraq could become a ''terrorist state'' if Sunni insurgents strengthen their control of parts of the country.

Julie Bishop doesn't envisage Australian troops returning to Iraq

Julie Bishop

Dan Harrison Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has described the situation in Iraq as ''deeply disturbing'' while defending the 2003 removal of Saddam Hussein as ''a good thing''.

Support but no Aussie soldiers for Iraq, says Julie Bishop

Tribal fighters shout slogans in support of Iraqi security forces during clashes with Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Jurf al-Sakhar June 14, 2014. Picture taken June 14, 2014. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

Dan Harrison Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she does not expect Australian troops to return to Iraq to battle a jihadist insurgency which has seized control of a vast swathe of territory in the north of the...