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  • Re: [Australian & NZ Politics] You Call That a Knife? This is a Knife!

    -Loki- wrote: »
    Is them supporting data retention so odd considering they wanted their own version of it as well?

    I held out a faint hope that they would change their minds and represent their constituents instead of grabbing for power.

    Which is, admittedly, a pretty silly thought.

    Oh yeah and science is about to be skullfucked thanks to Pyne holding research funding hostage for his higher education reforms.
    More than two dozen research facilities are preparing to shut down as administrators warn Australian science is suffering “immense” damage as a result of the federal government’s refusal to guarantee critical infrastructure funding.

    About $150m in funding for 27 research infrastructure facilities promised in last year’s federal budget has been tied to the Abbott government’s higher-education changes, which have stalled in the Senate.

    The facilities have no guaranteed funding past 30 June and up to 1,700 jobs are at risk if they are forced to shut down.

    Among the sites funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS) is the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, where scientists invented the Nanopatch, a needle-free vaccine delivery patch that could dramatically slow the spread of viruses during a pandemic.

    Another NCRIS-funded site, the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), is developing a system to mass produce the revolutionary patch, but will have to shut its doors if funding isn’t renewed.
    chrishallett83
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  • Re: [Australian & NZ Politics] You Call That a Knife? This is a Knife!

    We also, finally, have an official position from Shorten on data retention:
    Labor leader Bill Shorten today told journalists there were some issues with the government's proposed data retention legislation but none of them "are too hard to work out".

    Issues to be resolved include where the data kept by telcos and ISPs under the scheme is stored and the ability of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources.

    So long, Labor. I tried to have faith in you.
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  • Re: [Australian & NZ Politics] Thanks, Shorten.

    This time the AMA are supporting the idea.
    For example, for chronically ill patients, the government would pay an annual sum to the doctor and that covers everything they have to do for that patient. So it encourages them to actively focus on making the patient better as opposed to getting as many visits possible out of them.
    It's got pros and cons, but it seems to work fairly well elsewhere.
    I want to wait and see because we all know its going to have liberal idiocy in there somewhere.

    If they pull it off, it'd be the first time the Liberals have genuinely made good policy. I fear it'll be like the welfare simplification scheme, though; a fantastic idea ruined by the Liberals being the Liberals.

    Edit: I'll make a new thread in a few hours by the way. Here's to 99 pages of misery.
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  • Re: [Australian & NZ Politics] Thanks, Shorten.

    plufim wrote: »
    I won't believe it's dead until the government changes.

    Afterall workchoices was dead. Buried and cremated too.

    And I bet they keep whining about "price signals".
    The federal government is set to confirm that its controversial GP co-payment has been dropped, and is looking at longer-term savings measures, including a “blended payment” model.

    Ending the current fee-for-service model and instead paying doctors in advance for patients who are chronically ill or have special requirements is one option on the table, as the government considers moves towards a blended system that would incorporate user-pays, rebates and upfront government payments.
    I am shocked. This is my shocked face.
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  • Re: [Australian & NZ Politics] Thanks, Shorten.

    Wong just moved a successful censure motion against Brandis regarding his treatment of the HRC. Parliament, predictably, fell into anarchy in an instant.

    If Wong were head of Labor and Ludlam head of the Greens, I'd shit myself with glee.
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