Need to upgrade some software? Why just get the IT people in to do an upgrade, when you can use the opportunity to sell off the whole operation to a private corporation to run? This is the Government's idea to avoid spending money on the existing system. But what exactly could happen to our confidential medical records? Could they end up in a data silo in Bangalore? And what of the thousands of Medicare employees? Plans are well advanced and a 'proof of concept' trial is apparently slated in a year.
The State of Reconciliation report found that support for reconciliation is growing across Australia with 86 percent believing the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians is important.
However, the report also found that incidences of racial prejudice are high with one in three Aboriginal persons experiencing verbal racial abuse in the six months before the survey. Moreover, only a quarter of Australians believe trust towards non-Indigenous Australians is high.
The report, which comes a day before the yearly Close the Gap figures are released, says 64 percent of Australians agree cultural diversity makes us stronger.
We all know climate change is here, and it means longer droughts and bigger floods. But just how long and how big?
The impact on Australia of climate change is just one of the topics a Melbourne conference attended by key climate scientists is exploring.
As Victorian parliament resumed today, farmers and anti-coal seam gas activists rallied on parliament house steps to demand a total ban on fracking in the state. Strong community concern has led to a moratorium on the practice and prompted a state government inquiry into the effect of the drilling. 70 communities in Victoria have declared themselves “gasfield free” as a symbolic statement to oppose the industry they fear will have devastating effects on their community, farmland and water resources. The Victorian government will decide in the coming months whether to lift the current ban on onshore gas drilling.