By Robert Merkel on May 6, 2013
As Ben Eltham noted again at New Matilda recently, DisabilityCare is likely to be seen in time as this government’s greatest policy achievement. Peter Hartcher gives much of the political credit to Bill Shorten, helping to mobilize Australia’s fragmented disability [...]
By Robert Merkel on April 26, 2013
The Grattan Institute’s report on long-term pressures on the budget should not come as a shock to anyone. In short, it says that the government’s tax take has dropped off, the mining and carbon taxes won’t deliver significant revenue, health [...]
By Cristy on April 12, 2013
The federal president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Steve Hambleton, has suggested that children who are not vaccinated should be held back from attending school. I think this is a terrible suggestion. Let me explain why. First of all, education [...]
By Robert Merkel on April 4, 2012
For anyone who’s paid any attention whatsoever to expert opinion on the issue, the Australia 21 report on illicit drug policy is profoundly unsurprising. Prohibition has failed, and imposes massive human and financial costs on all of us.
By tigtog on February 4, 2012
Doco examines how devastating disease became shiny pink marketing dream diverting donations away from organisations doing most of the work towards organisations with better PR. Is this the best use of donors’ money? And what about all the non-pinkified cancers?
By Robert Merkel on February 3, 2012
Medical research, and cancer research in particular, is the recipient of charitable funding in a way that few other areas of research are.
By Kim on February 1, 2012
John Howard invented ‘core’ and ‘non-core promises’. Now Tony Abbott has gone one up on his mentor. In a speech to the National Press Club yesterday, the Opposition Leader included Medicare dental funding and the National Disability Insurance Scheme under [...]
By Robert Merkel on January 3, 2012
The world continues to inch towards the eradication of two more diseases. The number of Guinea worm cases continues to decline. According to the latest WHO bulletin, in January through September 2011, there were 1,008 cases of dracunculasis reported, compared [...]
By Kim on December 13, 2011
Yesterday saw one of the boldest moves in Queensland politics for quite some time; Premier Anna Bligh announced that Queensland Health would cease to exist as from July next year, to be replaced by two smaller agencies, one for corporate [...]
By Robert Merkel on October 19, 2011
This is amazing – a (partially) effective vaccine for malaria. The full scholarly article on the Phase 3 clinical trial is here. In short, the vaccine reduced the incidence of malaria amongst vaccinated children by about half. It’s not a [...]
By Robert Merkel on October 10, 2011
By the time Parliament rises for the end-of-year break, two things will most likely have happened: the Clean Energy Future package will have passed into law, and the amendments to the Migration Act to enable offshore processing will have been [...]