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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

What if all ministers were health ministers?

If government is in the business of creating healthy, productive citizens in a healthy, productive society, why shouldn’t every minister include health in his or her portfolio? GP and writer Tim Senior explains.

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iSentia index: Queensland, Manus Island and #Tay4Hottest100

It’s been a rough week for Labor’s campaign in Queensland, with leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s media profile shrinking compared to last week.

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Manus disturbances a logical consequence of Labor-Liberal policy

The protests, self-harm and violence won’t stop on Manus Island - they’re a logical consequence of the way Australian policy has evolved.

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Will the Liberal leadership endgame play out sooner than expected?

The Medicare backflip has the government beginning 2015 as it ended 2014. If this keeps up, the Liberal leadership question will emerge sooner rather than later.

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Abbott reshuffles to ‘reset and refocus’

Tony Abbott has used the resignation of Arthur Sinodinos and the dumping of David Johnston to “reset and refocus” his beleaguered government.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

A fairer way to increase co-payments

The government’s “optional” GP co-payment will hurt those who need it most, writes Dr Ruth Kearon, former adviser to Nicola Roxon and a current board member of Family Planning Tasmania.

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Abbott dumps co-payment — onto GPs

The government has dumped responsibility for a Medicare co-payment onto GPs — but hasn’t resolved the absurdity at the heart of the proposal.

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Ice cold: why China (and China alone) decided to release Kalynda Davis

China’s uncharacteristically lenient treatment of alleged drug mule Kalynda Davis is, in some ways, an anomaly and a distraction from the greater ice threat that should unite Australia and China.

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Abbott shifts toxic co-payment proposal onto doctors

The government has tried to extract itself from its GP co-payment mess by dumping responsibility for it onto doctors.

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Embarrassed government to change course on Ebola?

The government is expected to reverse its opposition to sending personnel to west Africa to fight Ebola after being embarrassed domestically and internationally on the issue.

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Tips and rumours

Government appointments in the family … NSW Police wins the Fail Award … Vic Young Labor plays the Hunger Games

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Co-payments and inept budget messaging put Coalition in a hole

What’s the purpose of the Medicare co-payments? It’s a good question that not even the government has been able to answer in its shambolic efforts to sell the budget

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Labor needs to lock in voter perceptions of the government now

The government’s post-budget performance has been as poor as its pre-budget one, but Labor must frame the political narrative now, because life will get easier for the government.

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Tips and rumours

The 9/11 truther who could be Victoria’s newest senator … the gun-totin’ Liberal Democrats … Palmer paying for “volunteers”.

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Running the ruler over a future Coalition ministry

With only 100 days to go until the election, we take a look at the men and women who’ll take on ministerial responsibilities if the Coalition wins. Who are the duds, who are the stars, and who is the has-been that never was?

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Coalition plan to hack into Medicare Locals unwinds reform

Medical experts are concerned any move by the Coalition to scrap Medicare Local operations will unwind important primary healthcare reform. Health journalist Mark Metherell reports.

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Abolishing Medicare Locals is bad health and economic policy

New primary health care organisations known as Medicare Locals aren’t perfect. But the opposition’s plan to abolish them makes no sense on health or economic grounds, writes health academic Jon Wardle.

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The 2011 Crikeys: our best and worst politicians

Who are our best and worst political performers for the year? The award goes to …

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

The health debate continues on Croakey

Kudos to Nicola Roxon for observing a couple of hard truths at yesterday’s health debate with Peter Dutton. However, she also appeared to rank action on obesity as a lower priority than tobacco and alcohol and that doesn’t cut it. Croakey diagnoses (and continues) the debate.

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Julia Gillard: Deputy Prime Minister and Centre Half Forward

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The Australian | FEDERAL|

Milne: Gloves off, this is a dirty campaign

The attacks on Peter Dutton and his BHP shares show what a grubby election campaign this is going to be, writes Glenn Milne, as he fights fire with fire and delves into Wayne Swan’s share portfolio.

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Roxon rocks on and gives Health a genuine feel

Nicola Roxon may be an economically illiterate Labor hack, but she knows how to answer interview questions and stick to her talking points, which is more than can be said for Peter Dutton.

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Sky News | FEDERAL|

How Twitter stole the federal election

The Kevin07 election may have been the Youtube/Facebook election, but this year’s federal election is shaping up to be “twitterised”. But some pollies — looking at you TonyAbbottMHR — need to up their Twitter game.

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Now for the pictures, a climate change strategy, dud forecasts

The Liberals have finally got the shadow health minister talking about health, how Abbott can go green, some lessons in truth from the SMH, and more from the mind of Richard Farmer.

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Who will defeat Julia Gillard, Space Emperor?

A three legged partially blind dog of course!

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