A largescale inquiry on the state of mental health services in New Zealand has said that the services should focus more on the “the missing middle” – the 20% of the population who struggle with“common, disabling problems” such as anxiety. Noting that the rates of depression, trauma and substance abuse...
Samantha Hepburn, Deakin University Indian mining multinational Adani has announced that it will self-fund a significantly smaller coal mine in the Galilee Basin, after failing to secure finance from more than 30 domestic and international banks and lenders. Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan has described Adani as a “little Aussie battler”...
Hundreds of school students arrived in the Australian capital Canberra and lined up outside the parliament house, wanting to speak to the Prime Minister and the government about taking action against climate change. While Prime Minister Scott Morrison told them to be less activist and return to school, the Senate...
Australian authorities have arrested a woman charged with putting sewing needles inside strawberries, which had led to a nationwide crisis in the industry. My Ut Trinh, 50, who, according to the police, had worked as a supervisor at a strawberry farm north of Brisbane, was motivated by spite, the court...
The Australian government has announced that it will allow backpackers and seasonal workers to stay in the country for longer durations to let them fill labour shortages in the agricultural sector. Backpackers who are visiting Australia -- usually youngsters from Europe and other places --  will be now able to...
In a move that it calls the world's first initiative to stop chemical pollution from killing corals, Pacific island Palau will ban the “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020. The government says there is scientific evidence that certain sunscreens, even in minute quantities, are toxic to corals and lead to their deaths. It...
The Australian government has said that it will remove some 40 children who remain in migrant detention camps on the Pacific island Nauru by the end of the year. The announcement came under pressure from the international community which criticised the country's policy of intercepting asylum seekers attempting to reach...
Ina first in the world, drones will be used to deliver vaccines in remotes parts of Vanuatu that are otherwise difficult to access. The government of the Pacific archipelago, with 83 islands, has signed contracts with two commercial drone companies to deliver vaccines in 39 villages, reaching which by foot,...
Stephen Duckett, Grattan Institute Australia has a good health system by international standards, but it has to get better. Half of all patients across Australia wait more than a month for an elective hospital procedure, such as a hip replacement. This is in addition to waiting for an outpatient visit...
Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce a Future Drought Fund, that will grow to $5 billion over a decade, at Friday’s national drought summit. The fund is to provide support against future droughts, helping primary producers, non-government organisations and communities prepare for and respond to their...

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