Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

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

Doctor

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...

Iraq crisis: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop defends removal of Saddam Hussein

Julie Bishop

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

Harsh rules for young job seekers 'totally unrealistic'

Youth unemployment

Dan Harrison Young job seekers forced to wait six months for unemployment benefits will be required to apply for 40 jobs a month, despite not receiving any payments.

Unemployed youth must apply for 40 jobs a month

Youth unemployment

Dan Harrison Young job seekers forced to wait six months for unemployment benefits will be required to apply for 40 jobs a month, document their efforts to find work and meet regularly with an employment service...

CSIRO chairman Simon McKeon bemoans political fight over funding of $20b medical research fund

Dan Harrison CSIRO chairman and former Australian of the Year Simon McKeon says it would be a ''tragedy'' if opposition to the proposed $7 Medicare co-payment prevented the creation of a $20 billion medical...

Out of touch: Liberal MP Sharman Stone hits back at Coalition colleagues over paid parental leave criticism

Liberal MP Sharman Stone

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland, James Massola Liberal MP Sharman Stone has hit back at male Coalition colleagues who have criticised Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme, accusing them of being out of touch with the challenges women face in...

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Abbott government cuts Red Cross $5 million grant

Red Cross Charity fund drive.

Dan Harrison The Red Cross will have to find $5 million in savings after the Abbott government ceased an annual grant to the organisation.

No data on how many patients are bulk-billed

GP fee

Dan Harrison The Abbott government stands accused of operating in an ''evidence-free zone'' by introducing a $7 fee for Medicare services in the absence of data about how many people are bulk-billed.

Bulk-billing figures deemed 'diversion'

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Dan Harrison The federal government has been accused of operating in an ''evidence-free zone'' by introducing a $7 fee for Medicare services in the absence of data about how many people are bulk-billed.

Welfare groups warn changes will spark catastrophe

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Dan Harrison, Beau Donelly More than half a million young people could need emergency assistance - including food packages - as a direct result of an Abbott government change which welfare groups have warned will lead to...

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NDIS packages come in under budget for first time

Disabled carpark sign

Dan Harrison The average cost of support packages delivered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme has been brought down to below the budgeted cost for the first time.

National Health and Medical Research Council did not provide advice on $20 billion research fund

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Dan Harrison The federal government's main medical research agency provided no input into the Abbott government's budget centrepiece, a $20 billion medical research endowment, despite being its primary intended...

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