Daily News - Friday 14 February 2014

Posted 14 February 2014 11:30am



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

ProBono News

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

The Guardian

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.’

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