Dan Harrison

Dan Harrison

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

Rotarians disappointed at funding cut for polio eradication

Dan Harrison The Turnbull Government faces a backlash from thousands of Rotarians over its decision to cut support for global efforts to eradicate polio.

Auditor-General to probe Australia's 2022 World Cup bid over $500,000 payment

FIFA executive Jack Warner.

Dan Harrison The Australian National Audit Office will probe Australia's fruitless bid for the 2022 World Cup to determine whether any taxpayer funds ended up in the pockets of FIFA officials.

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Labor and Greens would control Senate under proposed reforms, research finds

Senator Jacqui Lambie would not have won her Tasmanian seat if Senate voting reforms had been introduced before the last two federal elections, research has found.

Dan Harrison Labor and the Greens would have the numbers to block any government proposals in the upper house had proposed Senate voting reforms been in place in the past two elections, according to research by...

How Australia could save $320m a year on prescription drugs

The report finds that patients are often unaware of whether their drug attracts a premium.

Dan Harrison Taxpayers could save $320 million a year by only paying for the best-value drug when cheaper drugs work just as well as more costly ones, according to a report by a former federal health...

Palmer United Party spent more than $9 a vote in 2013 federal election, say Greens

Clive Palmer's Palmer United Party received more than twice as many first preference votes in the Senate as it did in metropolitan lower house seats.

Dan Harrison The Palmer United Party spent more than $9 on advertising for every vote it won in metropolitan seats at the 2013 election, according to an analysis being used by the Greens to argue for spending...

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MERS coronavirus a bigger threat to Australia than Ebola, experts say

Red Cross workers carry the body of an Ebola victim in Monrovia in 2014. An expert has warned that a MERS poses a greater risk to Australia than Ebola.

Dan Harrison, Julia Medew An infectious-diseases expert has warned Australia is at greater risk from the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus than it was from Ebola.

Rosie Batty endorses plan for alcohol levy to fund family violence programs

Rosie Batty: There can never be an 'acceptable' level of family violence.

Dan Harrison A levy should be applied to alcoholic drinks to fund responses to family violence, according to a call to arms to be launched by Australian of the year Rosie Batty on Wednesday.

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Genetic patents: Grandmother Yvonne D'Arcy takes on global giant Myriad Genetics

Yvonne D'arcy says no company should be able to patent genetic material.

Dan Harrison She's the Brisbane grandmother who has taken her fight against a multinational biotechnology company to the highest court in the land.

We'll give you half: Senate's deal for underpaid intellectually disabled workers

Those who sign up for the half back pay will give up the right to sue to for the full amount.

Dan Harrison Intellectually disabled workers who were paid as little as $1 an hour will have to waive their right to make discrimination claims if they accept a government payment equivalent to 50 per cent of...

Labor, Greens question Australia's Ebola response

Labor's foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek says there are question marks over Australia's response to the 2014 Ebola breakout in west Africa.

Dan Harrison A Senate committee will probe the Abbott government's response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history, as Labor and the Greens question whether Australia's initial reluctance to act cost lives.

Horrific abuse of Australian cattle in Israeli abattoir captured on camera

An image supplied by Animals Australia from inside an Israeli abattoir.

Dan Harrison Australian cattle and sheep have been filmed being brutally slaughtered in an Australian-approved abattoir in Israel.

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Dick Smith to take on Tony Abbott but says he doesn't actually want to win seat

Dan Harrison Multimillionaire businessman and pilot Dick Smith says he will stand for Tony Abbott's seat in Parliament in a bid to improve aviation safety, but he hopes he won't win.

Dick Smith v Tony Abbott: multimillionaire businessman to contest PM's seat

Australian businessman Dick Smith will run against Tony Abbott at the next election.

Dan Harrison Millionaire businessman Dick Smith has the prime minister's blue ribbon Sydney seat - and marriage equality - in his sights.

Labor says Medical Research Future Fund could be diverted for 'pet projects'

Labor's health spokeswoman Catherine King.

Dan Harrison The Abbott government could raid its Medical Research Future Fund to pay for election promises and "pet projects" under proposals before Federal Parliament, Labor says.

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FIFA must be reformed before Australia could ever bid again for the World Cup, Sport Minister says

Sport Minister Sussan Ley:

Dan Harrison Australia will not commit public money to any World Cup bid overseen by FIFA until football's world governing body is reformed, Sport Minister Sussan Ley has vowed.

Australia out of line in locking up children, says Amnesty's secretary-general Salil Shetty


Dan Harrison Australia is out of line with international standards in holding children as young as 10 criminally responsible for their actions, the global head of Amnesty International has said.

Common medicines could cost more under pharmacy payment changes

Dan Harrison Patients could pay more for many of the most commonly prescribed medicines under changes to how pharmacists are paid to dispense drugs.

Medicare Locals closure to cost $112 million

Tony Abbott said during the 2013 election campaign that 'we are not shutting any Medicare Locals'.

Dan Harrison The Abbott government will spend up to $112 million to close the 61 Medicare Locals established by the former Labor government.

FIFA graft arrests: Sussan Ley says it's too early to consider fresh Aussie World Cup bid

Sport  Minister Sussan Ley said it was ''inappropriate to be talking about putting more taxpayers' funds into a rebid when we have serious allegations about corruption unfolding''.

Dan Harrison Federal Sport Minister Sussan Ley said it was too early to consider Australia making another World Cup bid while corruption allegations cast a shadow over the sport's governing body.

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David Koch told a week ago of review that sparked on-air Fiona Nash row


Dan Harrison, Megan Levy David Koch was told of a review into organ donation programs seven days before he dramatically quit his position as chairman of a government advisory council on live television.

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