It turns out we have until 15 October to opt out of the My Health Record initiative. This means you'll have to take action to withhold your consent. Otherwise, the Australian Government will make a permanent health record about you, which will be shared with doctors, hospitals and other health practitioners by the end of … Continue reading Is your My Health patient record safe in their hands?
Out-of-pocket or gap costs are a huge issue in Australia's private health sector. They make people wonder why they bother with private health insurance when they have to spend hundreds or sometimes thousands of dollars beyond what they get back. Four Corners and the Health Report are investigating out-of-pocket expenses and their impact on our … Continue reading Private health care under the microscope
Remember the days when police officers looked like this? And not like this? Those days are long over if last night's TV news bulletins in Queensland were anything to go by. The 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games seems to be taking a weirdly warped pride in the extent to which its paramilitary police and 4,000 … Continue reading Games changer for the thin blue line
A bully is someone who verbally or physically assaults someone who is weaker than themselves because that assault can't be returned. They are, without exception, bottom-feeders who derive pleasure from the one-sidedness of the exchange. But if someone is merely uncompromising with those who disagree with them, they're not being a bully. Unkind maybe, but … Continue reading Spare a thought for the real victims of bullying – not the Cry-Bullies
I really like to see us win in sporting events and think the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games might even do us some good as a country, and as a state. But three weeks' out from the opening ceremony, I'm wondering if the Games frenzy has already been overdone and overblown. Almost every country who has … Continue reading Why the Commonwealth Games is like ‘Diet Olympics’
Checked my photo stream and don't recall taking this photo. I'm assuming it's not Russian hackers...
If you are too scared to ask hard questions, then you should question your education, or your maturity. Warren Mundine says this - and much more - in his own elegant, nuanced way in today's Herald Sun: "If people don’t uphold and enforce the nation’s laws because of a fear of being called names they’re … Continue reading Every crim has their reasons, but please spare us the sob story