GPs warn Medicare ‘on life support’ ahead of national cabinet reform push

Doctors across the country have fired a warning shot to the government, declaring Medicare is on “life support”. As the States and Territories prepare to use this week’s national cabinet meeting to push for urgent reform, new polling suggests more than half of Australians are being forced to pay out-of-pocket for a simple GP visit. … Read more

Assistant Minister Malarndirri McCarthy to have ‘further discussions’ with Lidia Thorpe over Voice to Parliament Opposition

During an anti-Australia Day rally in Melbourne on Thursday the Greens Senator stated her opposition to the Constitutionally enshrined Voice, arguing Indigenous people “deserve better” than an advisory body. “I sit in that parliament and every day they say they are sovereign. The colonial system and the colonisers say they are sovereign,” she told the … Read more

Anthony Albanese, Tony Burke to unveil arts overhaul

A major revamp of Australia’s arts, entertainment and cultural sector will put First Nations people at the forefront and ensure more investment in local talent. The new national cultural policy – ​​“Revive” – will be announced on Monday, and is set to bring “drive, direction and vision back” to the $17 billion industry, after a … Read more

Reform: Albanese government pushes changes for family court

The Albanese government has unveiled its plan to reform the Family Law Act, citing the need to address court delays and protect those at risk of family violence. The government will on Monday unveil draft legislation which it says will make family courts safer for children and separating families. It says the plan is not … Read more

Predatory podcast: Australian kids need help after a parent is caught with child abuse material

There is no specific service in Australia to help kids whose parents are caught with child sex abuse material despite a huge increase in offending. Australia also lacks research into the best way to help the youngsters, with advocates calling for funding to support families during a time of huge trauma. Sarah* is a mother-of-two … Read more

Streaming giants to be required to make Australian films and TV under major rules shake-up

Streaming giants like Netflix, Disney and Amazon Prime will be required to invest in making local Australian content under new rules set to be imposed on the industry. key points: Major streaming services will be required to invest revenue into producing local content from mid-2024 The film and TV sector has previously argued for 20 … Read more

Erin Molan: Sky host’s emotional outpouring for “hero” dad

An emotional Erin Molan has described how she will be “forever broken” following the death of her father, posting a heartfelt tribute on social media. Senator Jim Molan died peacefully among his family earlier this month following a battle with prostate cancer. He was laid to rest during a moving service at the Royal Military … Read more

Prison guard Adelle assaulted and had poo thrown on her at Port Phillip Jail

A former prison guard says her life will never be the same after she was violently assaulted by an inmate. At just 24 years old, Melbourne woman Adelle Mahoney told news.com.au that she feels like a “shell” of the person she used to be, as she grapples with the debilitating reality of severe PTSD and … Read more

Finks outlaw motorcycle gang members complete Wodonga to Cranbourne run

Members of one of the nation’s most high-profile motorcycle gangs have descended on Melbourne following a 350km journey from the Victorian border. Hundreds of bikies from Finks OMCG traveled to the southeast Melbourne suburb of Cranbourne, where the group’s headquarters are based, after leaving Wodonga on Saturday morning under close police scrutiny. The riders completed … Read more

Domestic violence: NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet makes crackdown pledge

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has put domestic violence front and center of the upcoming election, promising sweeping reforms for the justice system. Mr Perrottet on Sunday promised to take a hard line approach to domestic violence, making an election pledge to fund new magistrates and to look into setting up specialist courts. Less than two … Read more