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Pension payments insufficient: Crompton

Reform priorities for an ageing society were firmly on the agenda of the Canberra tax forum. The chairman of the government's advisory panel on the economic potential of senior Australians, Everald Compton said the changing demographic in the nation's population ...

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Politicians open-minded on aged care reform

As far as the Productivity Commission's recommendations go, the Opposition and independent MPs aren't ruling anything in or out. Observers, meanwhile, are hopeful the need for reform will overcome the politics. Darragh O Keeffe reports. The opposition has said it ...

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Repeat caesareans under spotlight

Allowing women to make a more informed choice for their second birth might help reduce unnecessary surgery, writes Christine Catling-Paull. In the developed world the topic of caesarean section often gives rise to an emotional debate. Some view the caesarean ...

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Catching those who slip through the net

Story Code: 08-011111 High mortality rates and the poor physical health of people with serious mental illness is overlooked in policy, writes Brenda Happell. "There has never been a mental health equivalent to the likes of Slip, Slop, Slap; 30 ...

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A class of their own

Mounting calls for community health nurses to be employed in all schools, coupled with the development of national professional standards, may finally harness their potential in the community, writes Mardi Chapman. They are independent practitioners who see a wide range ...

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Call for federal rescue of Tas health

Hospital staff protest at cuts to elective surgery and closure of beds. By Flynn Murphy A Tasmanian government bid to slash $100 million from the state's health budget has renewed calls for a federal takeover of the system. Nurses around ...

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Reforming Australia’s tax system

Paul Osborne reports on the highlights from last month's tax forum in Canberra. The federal government will set up a business tax review, increase the personal tax-free threshold and work with the states to make their revenue raising systems more ...

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Leaked cabinet papers escalate wages dispute

Secret documents reveal a proposal by Ballieu government to cut $100 million from nursing budget. The Victorian Government has considered a plan to cut the Victorian nursing budget by more than $100 million and replace highly qualified nurses with less ...

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