Dan Harrison is Health and Indigenous Affairs Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He is based in Canberra.
Dan Harrison The High Court has cleared the way for the Abbott government to revive mandatory sentencing for people smugglers, rejecting a High Court challenge to the laws.
Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has avoided setting a deadline on a review of mental health services, but says he does not want the process to "drag on."
Dan Harrison More than 1.2 million votes for the Western Australian Senate will be recounted following an intervention by Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn.
Dan Harrison Mining billionaire Clive Palmer has confirmed his party has struck a deal with the Australian Motoring Enthusiasts Party to vote together on legislation in the Senate.
Benjamin Preiss, Dan Harrison Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party senator-elect Ricky Muir will vote with Queensland businessman Clive Palmer.
Dan Harrison Multi-millionaire miner Clive Palmer’s party has netted $2.2 million in taxpayer electoral funding, while former Labor MP Craig Thomson has missed out on funding by just two votes.
Dan Harrison Labor leadership contender Anthony Albanese has sought to position himself as best placed to democratise the party, contrasting his opponent Bill Shorten's ''newfound commitment'' to reform with his...
Dan Harrison, Heath Aston The founder of the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party has denied the sacking of the leadership of its Victorian arm is part of a power play to replace Victorian Senator-elect Ricky Muir.
Dan Harrison Labor leadership candidate Bill Shorten has committed to reforms to further broaden and democratise the party, including allowing rank and file members to elect delegates to the party's national...
Dan Harrison A review of indigenous training and employment programs by mining billionaire Andrew Forrest will report to Prime Minister Tony Abbott by April next year.
Dan Harrison Labor leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese has taken a swipe at his opponent, Bill Shorten.
Dan Harrison Labor leadership aspirant Anthony Albanese has taken a swipe at his opponent, Bill Shorten, suggesting he is running an extravagant campaign using resources that would be better spent fighting the...
Dan Harrison The Prime Minister has had a treadmill delivered to his Parliament House office in the past week.
Dan Harrison Tony Abbott's chief adviser on indigenous affairs has taken a swipe at businessman and environmentalist Geoffrey Cousins over his campaign against a gas hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley.
Dan Harrison There are no waves at Wave Hill, 800 kilometres south of Darwin, on the edge of the Tanami Desert.
Dan Harrison There are no waves at Wave Hill, 800 kilometres south of Darwin, on the edge of the Tanami Desert. Far from the ocean, it seemed a strange place to bring a surfboard.
Dan Harrison Proposal would see pharmacists able to issue repeat prescriptions, provide vaccinations.
Dan Harrison Pharmacists would give vaccinations, issue repeat prescriptions and play a greater role in managing chronic diseases under a radical proposal by a former top health bureaucrat to overcome doctor...
Dan Harrison Former Democrats leader Janet Powell is seriously ill with pancreatic cancer.
Dan Harrison Sport will be brought into the health department as part of a bid to tackle rising rates of obesity, incoming Health Minister Peter Dutton says.