Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Unemployed youth must apply for 40 jobs a month

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'


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


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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Tony Abbott's Hollowmen moment: was Medical Research Fund a last-minute distraction?


Dan Harrison Health department officials only began work on the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund in April, just weeks before it was announced in the budget.

Australian Medical Association president warns of 'four-minute medicine'


Dan Harrison Doctors could be forced to churn through patients more quickly in order to absorb cuts to their income.

Doctors under pressure to bear cost of scheme, AMA warns

Brian Owler Australian Medical Association president at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 29 May 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Dan Harrison Doctors could be forced to churn through patients more quickly in order to absorb cuts to their income linked to the proposed $7 Medicare fee, the new federal president of the Australian Medical...

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Health Minister stirs states on hospital procedure figures


Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has accused the states of overstating the number of procedures they perform in public hospitals to get more federal funding.

'Father of reconciliation' Patrick Dodson urges George Brandis not to change race-hate laws

Professor Patrick Dodson

Dan Harrison Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson has urged the Abbott Government not to water down laws against racial vilification, arguing such protections are needed for the national project of reconciliation...

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop breaks duck, ejecting first Coalition MP from Parliament

Madam Speaker Bronwyn Bishop

Dan Harrison Queensland MP Ewen Jones has become the first Coalition MP to be ejected from Parliament since the Abbott government came to power.


Abbott and Hockey pressed to soften federal budget

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Mark Kenny Matthew Knott Dan Harrison Pressure is building on Tony Abbott to water down key aspects of the budget and even to consider bringing forward the promise of income tax cuts to soothe jangling marginal seat nerves.

Tony Abbott faces budget revolt

Tony Abbott

Mark Kenny, Matthew Knott, Dan Harrison Senior government ministers are signalling a willingness to compromise on key budget reforms after a wave of popular unrest, and in the face of entrenched opposition from interest groups and a...

Health Minister Peter Dutton signals willingness to negotiate on $7 GP fee

Peter Dutton.

Dan Harrison Health Minister Peter Dutton has signalled he is willing to negotiate with crossbench senators to get his proposed $7 payment for Medicare services through Parliament.

Abbott daughter's $60,000 scholarship 'based on merit'

ELECTION 2013: Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Frances Abbott at the campaign bus launch in penrith, NSW, on Tuesday 13 August 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Dan Harrison Prime Minister Tony Abbott's office has confirmed his daughter, Frances, received a scholarship to study at a college linked to a friend of the Prime Minister, but said he was not required to...

Tony Abbott's friend linked to $60,000 scholarship for Frances Abbott at private college

ELECTION 2013: Frances Abbott, Margie Abbott, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Bridget Abbott during their visit to Bear Cottage for a funding announcement in Manly, on Sunday 1 September 2013. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Dan Harrison and Daisy Dumas The chairman of a Sydney design college has insisted he had no part in awarding a prestigious scholarship to Frances Abbott, the daughter of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but conceded he "probably"...