The federal government has bagged an unprecedented $360 million from household bank accounts since a controversial change to unclaimed money laws, figures from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission show.
A national institution, Medicare turns 40 this year. But are budgetary changes such as the doctor co-payment the beginning of the end for universal healthcare? Michael Green reports.
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.
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.
Clive Palmer has extended an olive branch to Prime Minister Tony Abbott on his paid parental leave scheme, offering to support a compromise deal put forward by Nationals senator John Williams.
The southern highlands village of Robertson's cool summer nights and rich red volcanic earth have helped the Hill family grow potatoes for more than 50 years.
The brother of Australia's Customs and border protection chief Michael Pezzullo will be sentenced for corruption charges on Tuesday in a development Labor and the Greens say the agency boss should have disclosed at a recent Senate estimates hearing.
Unilever and Revlon are sweating it out in the Federal Court over the efficacy claims of the newest clinical antiperspirant product to go on sale.
Muslim leaders have taken a swipe against police in a run-in that has exposed failures in the effort to stop Australians joining the Syrian jihad.
Australia is a racist country and our ''dominantly white'' theatres are making no progress towards colour-blind casting, telling multicultural stories or provoking audiences to address racism, playwright Andrew Bovell said.
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