Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

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

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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

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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."

Senator Fiona Nash should resign, says Greens health spokesman Richard di Natale

Deputy Leader of The Nationals Senator Fiona Nash, during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 12 February 2014.
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Dan Harrison, Amy Corderoy Greens health spokesman Richard Di Natale has called for Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash to resign, accusing her of compromising government efforts to tackle health challenges such as alcohol...

Drunks who end up in hospital should pay for treatment, says former adviser to Tony Abbott, Terry Barnes

Dan Harrison, Judith Ireland People who go to hospital for injuries sustained while drunk should be asked to pay something towards the cost of their treatment, according to a former adviser to Tony Abbott.

Labor pursues Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash over food website

Dan Harrison Labor and the Greens will use Senate estimates hearings next week to pursue the embattled Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash

Fiona Nash: Labor, Greens to pursue senator on food rating system fallout

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Dan Harrison Labor and the Greens will use Senate estimates hearings next week to pursue the embattled Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, over her role in taking down a website relating to a new healthy...

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NDIS trials to cost further $400m

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Dan Harrison Federal Labor's rush to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme before last year's election contributed to it underestimating the cost of trials by almost $400 million, the Coalition says.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott sets target on indigenous pupils' school attendance

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set a target of bridging the gap in school attendance between indigenous and non-indigenous pupils within five years.

PM targets schools in bid to close the gap

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Dan Harrison, Michael Gordon Tony Abbott's chief adviser on indigenous policy has challenged him to close the gap on school attendance by the end of this year, four years ahead of the Prime Minister's proposed deadline.

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Tony Abbott sets new school attendance target for indigenous students

Prime Minister Tony Abbott greets Matilda House during the Closing the Gap morning tea in the Prime Minister's courtyard at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 12 February 2014.
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Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set a target of bridging the gap in school attendance between indigenous and non-indigenous pupils within five years.

Australia failing to close gap on indigenous jobs

Dan Harrison Australia has made no progress towards halving the employment gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians within a decade, six years after the effort began.

Failure to narrow gap on Aboriginal employment

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Dan Harrison Australia has made no progress towards halving the employment gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians within a decade, six years after the effort began.

Senate committee to grill former Abbott adviser over proposal for $6 fee to visit GPs

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Dan Harrison The former adviser to Tony Abbott who proposed a $6 fee to visit the doctor will be grilled by a Senate committee.

Health system inefficiencies costing $3 billion a year, says expert

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Dan Harrison Billions of taxpayers' dollars could be saved from the public health budget without reducing levels of service and care, according to a former head of the federal Health Department.

Public hospital cuts could ease health crisis: think tank

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Dan Harrison Targeting inefficiencies in the public hospital system could save $1 billion a year, a former top health bureaucrat has found, dwarfing the possible savings from a controversial proposal to charge $6...