Topic archives: Health

What if we dramatically cut our sugar consumption? Um, we already did.

February 6, 2018 16

Australians have already reduced their soft drink consumption by far more than a sugar tax would ever achieve -- but we still got fatter.

The government is right: sugar tax is rotten policy

February 5, 2018 23

The public health lobby is demanding a sugar tax to reduce soft drink consumption -- but there's no evidence from other countries that have tried it that it has any health benefits.

New corrections policy accused of putting West Australian prisoners’ health at risk

February 1, 2018 1

Western Australia's peak medical body says a "short-term cost-cutting measure" is putting prisoners' health at risk.

Who’s really to thank for our jobs boom?

January 16, 2018 12

The strong jobs growth under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison is due to the government's health and education spending, and low interest rates, not a buoyant private sector.

Business Council tactics come straight from Republican playbook

January 15, 2018 16

The Business Council is taking its cue from Republicans in wanting unfunded company tax cuts to be paid for by ordinary Australians through health and education cuts.

We’ve achieved a ‘flexible economy’, but at what cost?

December 7, 2017 3

Much of the big surge in jobs growth this year has come in the health sector. But it also appears to be the result of a flexible economy -- and while we've always been told that's good, it comes with its own problems.

Women in tech hits new low, jobs data shows

Women in tech hits new low, jobs data shows

May 24, 2017 1

The fall in the level of women in Australia's tech sector continues, while manufacturing had one of its best years of recent times, employment data shows.

Australians are better than everyone else at surviving cancer

Australians are better than everyone else at surviving cancer

May 12, 2017 3

While cancer remains one of our biggest killers, we've made significant progress in treating it in recent decades -- and we're doing better than anywhere else.

Indigenous gap remains stubbornly wide

February 14, 2017 1

The 2017 Closing the Gap report shows disappointingly little progress toward targets for removing or reducing the gap in health and educational outcomes for indigenous Australians.

Private health insurance crisis? Don’t bet your life on it

Private health insurance crisis? Don’t bet your life on it

December 12, 2016 4

The claims that the private health insurance industry is in crisis would look more plausible if the industry wasn't making big profits and hadn't cried wolf about previous "threats".

New study confirms suicide higher for veterans

November 30, 2016 6

Australia's ex-servicemen have a much higher rate of suicide than other Australian men, a new study confirms -- and younger men in particular are at risk.

Productivity Commission gets stuck into Australian business

November 8, 2016 6

A new paper from the Productivity Commission revisits an old topic on improving our economic performance. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Keane: grand final or no, funding sport is a complete waste of money

September 30, 2016 12

Australia wastes billions of taxpayer dollars on elite sports funding and major sporting events for no benefit whatsoever. It's time to end it.

Beneath the hokum, Porter offers a way forward on welfare

September 21, 2016 12

While Christian Porter isn't above partisanship and ideology, his welfare reform proposal should offer an opportunity to deliver more effective welfare, especially for groups to whom we owe an obligation, not the other way round.

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you’ve got me watching you

September 20, 2016 14

The dietary villain du jour is now sugar -- supposedly "the new tobacco". Except the facts fit uneasily with this new form of nanny statism.

Congratulations, Australia, you’re healthier than you think

Congratulations, Australia, you’re healthier than you think

June 9, 2016 10

Australians, who are among the healthiest people in the world, got markedly healthier during the 2000s, despite what the public health lobby says.

Stay and fight, don’t leave and snipe

June 3, 2016 2

Crikey readers discuss health and politics.

Hey St Vincent’s — get your own house in order before nanny stating

June 1, 2016 23

Some nanny state institutions need to focus on their own health problems before trying to control everyone else's -- as St Vincent's in Sydney shows.

First, do no financial harm: on exorbitant medical fees and pay disparity

First, do no financial harm: on exorbitant medical fees and pay disparity

May 26, 2016 6

Australia's health system creates "medical fee gaps", writes professorial fellow Peter Brooks.

Keane: neoliberalism is fine, but what we have is crony capitalism

April 27, 2016 43

The business community in Australia are fair-weather neoliberals whose only real commitment is to "reform" that suits them, and many politicians are no better.