Sam Howland

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Australia's health system can't shoulder the country's welfare burden alone

Two patients caught my eye in budget week. One, a woman who collapsed in her garden, was rapidly brought to hospital by two calm and steady paramedics and assessed within minutes by the chief emergency physician. She was subsequently sent to an observation ward for a more prolonged consultation …

The 2013 election promises look very different to the 2014 budget.

Dear Tony Abbott,<p>We’re a bit confused.<p>You see, on 6 September, 2013 — the night before your election last year — you made this pledge about what …

The ideology driving the Abbott government's first budget

Raw ideology – a desire to shrink the size of government – is the real driver of the Abbott government’s first budget.<p>It splinters the key planks of …

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Limit political donations to individuals, Christopher Pyne says

As more senior Liberals prepare to face a corruption inquiry in Sydney, the federal education minister, Christopher Pyne, has called for a ban on all political donations “other than from individual Australians”.<p>“I don’t believe that the trade union movement or corporate Australia should be able to …