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You win some, you lose more

Good morning, early birds. The Morrison government will reportedly extend Medicare-subsidised telehealth sessions for an extra six months, and national cabinet members will be asked to expand their hotel quarantine capacities to help lift the number of stranded Australians allowed home each week from 4000 to nearly 6000. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Takin’ care of business?

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has announced a $1500 fortnightly "disaster payment" for workers forced to quarantine in Victoria, and Dan Andrews announced that Melbourne workers will receive a "piece of paper" explaining their employment situation for police inquiries. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Demonstrators and 603 teddy bears representing children locked up around Australia, Friday, November 29, 2019 (Image: AAP/Roy VanDerVegt)

Raising an issue, apparently

Good morning, early birds. Australia’s Council of Attorneys-General have postponed making a decision about raising the age of criminal responsibility to 14, and the Australian Medical Association has called for a royal commission into Victoria’s handling of the current COVID-19 outbreak. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

GPs are doing too good a job (and other news you may have missed)

Medicare philosophers and more SA Libs in peril: in a jam-packed week, here are the stories you may have missed.

Australia needs a Medicare system for mental health

Mental ill-health costs Australia approximately $130 billion every year. It's time for a policy solution.

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I got it on the dark web

Good morning, early birds. The Medicare details of three former police commissioners may have been sold to the highest bidder, and Julian Assange’s extradition fight could last years. It’s the news you need to know, with Charlie Lewis.

The high price of being who you are

Transgender people have to pay thousands — even tens of thousands — of dollars in medication and specialists to live as who they really are.

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The death of private healthcare can’t come soon enough

A new report shows the private healthcare system may be on its last legs. Good.

Have out-of-pocket costs for GP visits gone up 25% under the Coalition?

Senator Kristina Keneally was broadly correct in her assertion, but it's important to understand the finer details.

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Shorten pledges massive Medicare investment

Good morning, early birds. Opposition leader Bill Shorten has promised a huge investment in Medicare and cancer screenings under a Labor government, and family members lobby to have stranded Australian ISIS orphans brought home. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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