Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Australia not ready for regional Ebola outbreak, Greens say

Dan Harrison It could take two weeks to prepare Australian personnel to combat any Ebola outbreak in the Asia Pacific, because doctors and nurses have not undergone the specific training needed to combat the...

Gough Whitlam overcame fierce resistance to usher in universal health care

Gough Whitlam and Bill Hayden sign the Medibank documents in 1975.

Dan Harrison When Whitlam took office, only Queensland and Tasmania provided free public hospital treatment, and more than a million people could not afford insurance.

Gough Whitlam helped big things grow for indigenous people

Gough Whitlam pours sand into the hand of Vincent Lingiari in 1975.

Dan Harrison In aboriginal communities across the nation there are people named Whitlam, in tribute to the man who might be regarded as Australia's first Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce backs farmers over miners and supermarket giants

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Dan Harrison Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has promised to defend the interests of family farmers against threats from mining companies and supermarket giants, but has risked alienating some rural landowners...

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce promises to defend family farms

Agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce during question time in Parliament House

Dan Harrison, Darren Gray Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has promised to defend the interests of family farms farmers against threats from mining companies and supermarket giants, but has risked alienating some rural...

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann defends 'girly man' comment

Channelling Arnie: Senator Mathias Cormann.

Dan Harrison Finance Minister Mathias Cormann is not backing away from his description of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as an "economic girlie man", accusing Labor of "confected outrage" over the issue.

Australia will not send ground troops to Iraq, says Julie Bishop

Special Response Team

Mark Kenny and Dan Harrison Australia does not envisage sending ground troops to fight Islamic militants in Iraq, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has said on a visit to Baghdad.

Tony Abbott heads to Jakarta for inauguration of Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Tony Abbott: Indonesia relationship ''is fundamental to Australia.

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott departed Australia for Jakarta on Sunday on a mission to build closer ties with new Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

No plans for Australian ground troops in Iraq: Julie Bishop

Australian government to provide further $7 million to Ebola response efforts: Julie Bishop.

Dan Harrison Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has again said Australia has no plans to send ground troops into Iraq.

Ebola reaching our region would be 'catastrophic', Tanya Plibersek warns

A man stands at the gate of an Ebola virus treatment center in Monrovia September 21, 2014. REUTERS/James Giahyue (LIBERIA - Tags: HEALTH DISASTER)

Dan Harrison, Mark Kenny Concerns are intensifying about the possibility of the deadly Ebola virus reaching Asia, with Labor warning the arrival of the disease in the densely populated region would be "potentially...

No repatriation plan, no Ebola medics: Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott: Our submarines needs to be world class.

Dan Harrison and James Massola Tony Abbott has hit back at suggestions Australia is not doing enough to fight Ebola, declaring it would be ''irresponsible'' to deploy personnel without guarantees that any health worker infected...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says sending Australians to Ebola zone would be irresponsible

Tony Abbott

Dan Harrison, James Massola Tony Abbott has hit back at suggestions Australia is not doing enough to fight the threat of Ebola, declaring it would be "irresponsible" to send personnel to West Africa to combat the crisis until...

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Abbott government seeking deal with allies to evacuate Australian Ebola workers

Health workers in Liberia prepare to remove the body of an Ebola victim.

Dan Harrison, James Massola Health Minister Peter Dutton says there are "no guarantees" any Australian personnel deployed to combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa would receive treatment in Europe or the United States if they...

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Labor calls on Abbott government to deploy medical teams to Africa to join Ebola fight

Tanya Plibersek

Dan Harrison Labor will increase pressure on the Abbott government to do more to help fight the Ebola outbreak in west Africa by publicly calling for the government to deploy Australian medical assistance teams.

Health experts call on Tony Abbott for greater action on Ebola

Ebola

Dan Harrison More than 60 Australian health professors have signed a letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott urging him to send troops and medical teams to West Africa to tackle the Ebola virus.

Australians risk their health to fight Ebola in Africa

Ebola virus

Dan Harrison Before she departed for an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone last month, Cairns registered nurse Sue-Ellen Kovack was asked why she had volunteered to travel half way around the world to help...

Election anniversary: Health

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton's controversial proposal for a $7 fee to visit the doctor has dominated his first year in the job, despite it not rating a mention in the election campaign.

Graduates who head to Top End could have HECS debts wiped

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Dan Harrison University graduates could have their student debts wiped if they moved to remote areas in northern Australia, under proposals to turbo-charge development in the Top End.

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AFL supports same-sex marriage

Dan Harrison The AFL has expressed support for same-sex couples being allowed to marry in a development advocates hope will help build momentum for marriage equality.

Australian troops to deliver arms in person in Iraq

Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

Dan Harrison Australian planes will risk anti-aircraft fire from Islamic State militants to land on Iraqi soil to deliver arms and munitions to Kurdish fighters.