Funding of Tasmanian hospital remains despite budget cuts to state grants | World news |

Funding of Tasmanian hospital remains despite budget cuts to state grants | World news |
Tony Abbott: The commonwealth assumed ownership of the Mersey Community hospital from the Tasmanian government on 23 November, 2007. Photograph: Alan Porritt/AAPIMAGE

Tony Abbott enraged the states by telegraphing an $80bn cut in grants for health and education services in last week’s budget – but the economic statement also reveals taxpayers are still on the hook for a controversial and costly decision he took as health minister in 2007 to take over a small hospital in northern Tasmania.

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How will Australia’s budget affect you – readers respond | World news |

How will Australia's budget affect you - readers respond | World news |
Treasurer Joe Hockey listens to opposition leader Bill Shorten deliver his budget reply speech. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images
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Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne cancel university visit amid safety fears | World news |

Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne cancel university visit amid safety fears | World news |
Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne: students are protesting against plans to cut the public funding of university courses by 20% on average and deregulate fees. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/AAP

Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne have cancelled a planned visit to Victoria's Deakin University on Wednesday, citing fears about their safety during the national day of student protests against higher education cuts.

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