NDIS trials to cost further $400m
Dan Harrison, The Sydney Morning Herald
Federal Labor's rush to launch the National Disability Insurance Scheme before last year's election contributed to it underestimating the cost of trials by almost $400 million, the Coalition says.
Charity Regulator Staff Offered Voluntary Redundancies
Staff at Australia’s beleaguered charity regulator, the ACNC, have been offered voluntary redundancies as part of a major public service jobs cutting move by the Australian Tax Office.
Operation Sovereign Borders: health panel sacked over fears of media leaks
Independent psychiatrists, psychologists and GPs were replaced by a single military surgeon in December.
Indigenous affairs: close the gap, but open the conversation
Elizabeth Strakosch, The Conversation
The sixth annual Closing the Gap statement, delivered to federal parliament earlier this week, had the same message as previous years.
The human cost of drought can't be counted
Fleur McDonald, The Drum
Six years ago, I was one of the farmers being driven to breaking point by drought. These are the people we need to remember when weighing up the merits of assistance.
Warren Mundine wants Indigenous youths in detention moved to jobs and training program
The chairman of the Federal Government's Indigenous Advisory Council wants Indigenous teenagers in juvenile detention to be moved to jobs and training.
Joe Hockey insists Coalition's economic plans are answer to rising jobless rate
Daniel Hurst, The Guardian
Treasurer appears to soften his previous cost-cutting rhetoric by signalling that May budget will be ‘focused on growth.’