Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Jacqui Lambie row shows problems with Indigenous advisory body, says Frank Brennan

Dan Harrison The bitter debate sparked by Senator Jacqui Lambie's claims about her Aboriginal identity highlights problems with Cape York leader Noel Pearson's proposed constitutionally entrenched...

Health cut to cause hardship for sufferers of genetic disorder

Micaela Hopkins and her two sons Tom, 6, and Josh, 8, who have a metabolic condition which means they can't process protein.

Dan Harrison Hundreds of Australians could be at risk of brain damage because they cannot afford low protein foods, following an Abbott government decision to abolish a grant that helps families meet the high...

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Medibank dumps GP access trial

Medibank said while 13,000 members who used the service were pleased with it,

Dan Harrison Medibank has abandoned a controversial trial which gave its members preferential access to GPs.

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Labor's Tony Burke becomes latest MP to back same sex marriage

Tony Burke now supports same-sex marriage.

Dan Harrison Labor MP Tony Burke has changed his mind about opposing same-sex marriage, saying the country needs to get to the next stage of explaining why those who do not want change will be unaffected by it.

Ireland same-sex marriage vote won't sway Tony Abbott's support

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is opposed to same-sex marriage, despite a referendum in Ireland supporting it.

Dan Harrison While the Irish victory for same-sex marriage advocates would keep the pressure on the issue, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out a similar referendum in Australia.

Patrick Dodson raises concerns over Noel Pearson's model for recognition

Dan Harrison Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson has raised concerns about a proposal to recognise the First Australians outside the constitution, warning it was "very risky" to rely on the goodwill of politicians...

Health Minister Sussan Ley's retreat on higher medicine charges to put $1b hole in budget

Health Minister Sussan Ley.

Dan Harrison Little more than a week after its second budget, the Abbott government has made its first strategic retreat by abandoning a plan to increase charges for subsidised medicines.

Federal budget 2015: side-effect means sickest patients are to pay more for drugs

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the location rules and other pharmacy regulation and remuneration arrangements would be reviewed over the next two years.

Dan Harrison Some of Australia's sickest people will pay more each year for their medicines due to a little-noticed change in last week's federal budget.

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Abbott vows not to shut down live cattle trade after sledgehammer revelations

Animals Australia has included this photograph, taken inside a Vietnamese abattoir last month, in its complaint to the Department of Agriculture.

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has vowed not to close down the trade in live cattle to Vietnam following revelations Australian cattle are being slaughtered with sledgehammers in Vietnamese abbattoirs.

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Australian cattle 'being killed with sledgehammers in Vietnam': claim

Animals Australia has included this photograph, taken inside a Vietnamese abattoir last month, in its complaint to the Department of Agriculture.

Dan Harrison Australian cattle are being killed with sledgehammers in Vietnamese abattoirs, according to a complaint lodged with the federal agriculture department by an animal rights group.

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Doctors hit out over greater care role for pharmacists under new $19b deal

Dan Harrison Pharmacists could receive public funding to dress wounds, deliver vaccinations and give weight loss advice under a $19 billion deal between the Abbott government and the powerful Pharmacy Guild.

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Abbott government extends pharmacy location rules for another five years

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the location rules and other pharmacy regulation and remuneration arrangements would be reviewed over the next two years.

Dan Harrison Rules that restrict new pharmacies from opening near existing pharmacies will be extended for another five years despite numerous government-commissioned reviews recommending they be abolished.

Illicit drug arrests and seizures at record high: Australian Crime Commission

Dan Harrison, Fergus Hunter A record number of Australians were arrested for illicit drug offences last financial year, according to the Australian Crime Commission.

The banana tax hidden in the budget

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Dan Harrison They are the new taxes you probably haven't heard of. but you'll be paying them when you go to the supermarket.

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Clive Palmer vows to spend up even bigger next election

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer:

Dan Harrison Leader Clive Palmer said his party would be fielding candidates in all 150 lower house seats as well as Senate candidates in each state.

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Bali nine: Most Australians oppose recall of ambassador to Indonesia over executions

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Dan Harrison Most Australians oppose the recall of the nation's ambassador to Indonesia in response to the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, a new poll has found.

Call for recognition to restore national storybook's 'missing chapter'

Dan Harrison Aden Ridgeway is only 52, but he's old enough to remember a time when segregation of black and white Australians was commonplace.

Tony Abbott's pledge: The fake billboard everyone fell for

Federal opposition leader Tony Abbott stands on a truck carrying a billboard that has a picture of himself and a quote to scrap the carbon tax if he wins government.
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Dan Harrison It seemed the ultimate proof of Tony Abbott's hubris. But as the Abbott government's second budget nears, the fake billboard is once again doing the rounds online.

Women with ovarian cancer symptoms not immediately being referred to specialists: study

Dan Harrison Almost half of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer presented to a GP with symptoms at least twice before being referred to a specialist, a new study has found.

'It's not a sexy cancer': why brain cancer struggles for funding

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Dan Harrison If research dollars were allocated according to the burden of the targeted disease, brain cancer would be in line for about twice as much money as it currently attracts.