Chart of the day: These policies are worth billions — but good luck finding them in the budget – Budget 2018

Chart of the day: These policies are worth billions — but good luck finding them in the budget – Budget 2018

Posted May 08, 2018 11:52:30 The job of tonight’s budget is to outline where the Government gets its money and how it spends it. But some policies don’t appear on either side of that ledger — even though they have a big impact on the bottom line. In particular, some …

‘A race to the bottom’: how Australia imported its asylum seeker policies from the US | Australia news

In August 2001, at the height of the Tampa crisis – 433 rescued asylum seekers on board a freight ship seeking landfall in Australia – the Australian government made a call to an American bureaucrat, then in Geneva, and asked him to the embassy. Years earlier, the bureaucrat had been …

Private health insurance patients not getting value for money from complex policies: AMA

Private health insurance patients not getting value for money from complex policies: AMA

Posted March 26, 2018 18:27:26 Photo: Doctors say exclusions from private health insurance policies have become commonplace. (Supplied: Sanja Gjenero) The Australian Medical Association has delivered a grim view of the nation’s private health insurance providers, saying falling membership rates and rising premiums are threatening the viability of the entire …

Calls for more kinship-based child protection policies, as NT and NSW Indigenous grandmothers meet

Calls for more kinship-based child protection policies, as NT and NSW Indigenous grandmothers meet

Posted March 21, 2018 18:12:34 Photo: Alice Springs grandmother and former welfare worker Christine Kngwarraye Palmer. (ABC News: Declan Gooch) Indigenous grandmothers say child protection policies must strike a better balance between keeping children safe and allowing them to stay with their families. Grandmothers Against Removals (GAR) was founded in …

Banking royal commission: Westpac’s ‘unacceptable’ car loan policies under spotlight

Banking royal commission: Westpac’s ‘unacceptable’ car loan policies under spotlight

Posted March 21, 2018 20:06:02 Westpac has told the banking royal commission a Bank of Melbourne car loan granted to a carer in 2012 which she could not afford to pay back would not have been approved today. Key points: Nalini Thiruvangadam earned $350 per fortnight and was signed up …