The Abbott Government could save more than $1 billion over four years if Australian prices for medical devices such as pacemakers and hip joints were brought into line with those paid in other countries, private health insurers say.
There is a budget crisis, but it isn’t coming from where the Treasurer is telling us to look.
From the subject of prime ministerial launches promising solutions for the moral challenge of a generation, to a lonely minister holding an afternoon press conference in the shadow of the nation’s most-revered public holiday: climate change policy has fallen so far in Australia’s political life that the government gives a good impression of hoping we ignore it.
Less than a month from the federal budget, one of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Aboriginal affairs advisers has called for a doubling of the number of indigenous rangers working to protect almost 500 million hectares of land across the continent.
Lest we forget.
The Abbott government would have to take $300 billion out of commonwealth spending over the next ten years in order to achieve its target surplus of 1 per cent of GDP in 2023-24, analysis of figures released by Joe Hockey shows.
Economists and environment groups have rounded on the Abbott government’s Direct Action climate change policy after key details of its centrepiece, an emissions reduction fund, were revealed on Thursday.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt has said the government will easily meet its 2020 target of a 5 per cent reduction on emissions, despite concerns that the government's "direct action" scheme will not generate the necessary reductions.
The Auditor-General has raised questions about the ability of the department responsible for Medicare to safeguard the integrity of the $19 billion program.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd and ex-Labor colleagues Peter Garrett and Greg Combet have been called to appear before the royal commission into their government's home insulation scheme next month.