Author: michael

How Australian media put Pravda in the shade

Hook, line and sinker. Mainstream media has swallowed the government’s latest PR stunt on tax as if it were the most unimpeachable of peer-reviewed scientific formulae. When it comes to rewriting political press releases, they’ve put Pravda in the shade.

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Adani: never underestimate a billionaire

The coal price is through the roof. Karan Adani debuted on Indian television this week saying the Carmichael coal project was close to financial close. It put the frighteners on the millions of people around the world who do not want this project to get up.

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The persecution of big business knows no bounds

If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. For there is a victim in these parts, a leviathan victim. Persecuted and forsaken, it is the Business Council of Australia, the collective of the world’s biggest companies which operate in Australia.

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Travel insurance: beware bogus clauses which deny your claim

After years of paying for travel insurance with Travel Insurance Direct, the time finally came to make a claim. My daughter had a skiing accident and ended up in a hospital in Japan. She was discharged on crutches. The doctor efficiently provided the requisite documents for the insurance claim. A few weeks later, the claim was duly lodged with TID.

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My Health Record: the doctor’s tale

If you’re the sort of person who’s never had a parking ticket and has a similarly unremarkable medical history then you can almost certainly ignore this. On the other hand, if you are one of the one in three of women who have had a termination of pregnancy in their lifetime, or last year you were among the one in five people who had a mental health issue, or among the 125,000 people treated for an alcohol or drug problem, you need to read this.

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Aged Care: corporate conflicts run deep

Eldercare profits are at record levels, numbers of trained nurses are down by a third, and the number of residents who need special care are up 50 per cent. The Senate Inquiry into the Financial and Tax Practices of For-Profit Aged-Care Providers kicks off tomorrow. Is the system broken? Are taxpayers getting value for money? In this opinion piece, Michael Wynne of Aged Care Crisis, an independent volunteer organisation which advocates for aged care residents, writes that cost-cutting and the pursuit of profits often come at the expense of care. As ageing demographics are exploding, the system needs an overhaul.

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Revolving Doors

24 Former Australian politicians with links to fossil fuel & resource extraction industries.


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