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Super system fails the distressed: opposition

The government and its financial regulator have failed people in distress who need early access to their superannuation funds, the opposition said. Regional Development spokesman Bob Baldwin told parliament that changing responsibility for deciding on compassionate early release of super ...

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NSW axes 300 jobs in health restructure

NSW Health Minister says health restructure will improve local decision-making. A middle layer of bureaucracy at the NSW Health Department will be abolished under a restructure that will scrap 300 positions, and savings of $80 million directed to frontline services. ...

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Call for greater focus on women in self-harm

Women have been overlooked in suicide prevention programs, despite higher rates of attempted suicide, says advocacy group. Australian women are far more likely to attempt suicide than men but the violent methods men use to take their own lives means ...

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Disability scheme by 2018 under PC plan

While it is yet to commit to the PC’s timetable for a national disability insurance scheme, the government has defended the seven year lead-in period outlined. While it is yet to commit to the PC’s timetable for a national disability ...

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Nurses disappointed by aged care report

ANF says the PC did not offer real solutions. The final Productivity Commission report into aged care saying it fails to address quality care for elderly Australians, says the ANF. ANF federal secretary Lee Thomas said the report Caring for ...

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