Perpetuating the Canberra reflex

COMMENT By Oliver Marc Hartwich  In terms of its land mass, Australia is the sixth largest country on earth. The distances between the state capitals are enormous and travelling between places within the states by means other than air transport can take many hours. Given these spatial characteristics, perhaps the most surprising feature of Australia’s […]

Aged care overhaul a ‘recipe for disaster’: MAV

By Angela Dorizas Victoria's peak local government body has joined with Premier John Brumby in resisting the Commonwealth overhaul of aged care, threatening a withdrawal of local government funding for the aged care sector if the reforms go ahead. Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) president Bill McArthur said the Prime Minister’s proposal reneged on a 2008 COAG […]

Aged care reforms are no panacea

By Angela Dorizas The Federal Government's proposed takeover of aged care does not go far enough to address short and long term issues within the sector, industry experts have warned. Aged and Community Services Australia chief executive officer, Greg Mundy, said the reforms were a good starting point, but they did not address underlying problems […]

Commonwealth takeover of aged care

By Angela Dorizas Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced a Commonwealth takeover of aged care policy and funding in the lead up to next week’s COAG meeting.   The Government will invest $739 million in the sector and take full responsibility for aged care, including home and community care, as part of its broader scheme […]


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