Ben Pynt explains that long-term detention – now the rule rather than the exception in Australian asylum seeker policy – causes inevitable ill effects on health, and that the oversight of the treatment of asylum seekers is becoming practically impossible.
Bebe Loff – Director of the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University – considers the need to respect culture and autonomy in the provision of health care
Currently before the senate, the Homelessness Bill 2013 is the result of Kevin Rudd’s 2008 promise to halve the number of homeless Australians by 2020. The bill recognises the multifaceted nature of homelessness, writes Stephanie Murphy, but are these empty words?
Coming into force this July, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act continues to occupy a great deal of the media’s attention. With an emotive introduction to Parliament by Prime Minister Gillard and rare bi-partisan support, the question circling many Australian households is: what is the NDIS? Isabella Royce answers this question and others in her discussion of disability support schemes in Australia and the UK.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is likely to become one of the world’s most significant free trade deals. But while Australia is one of the major parties, Australians could be excused for drawing a blank on the name. Stephanie Murphy discusses the regional agreement, internet freedom, big pharma and the perils of free-trade.