Australia Post has put its hand up to run Medicare and the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS) services from its shop fronts, as the federal government calls for expressions of interest in its plan to outsource the ageing and expensive system to make budget savings.
Residents of the North Korean city of Sinuiju were made to donate metal to a “loyalty fund” to erect two new statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, sources inside the country told DailyNK.
The sales job on this budget has been such a train wreck it’s almost as if the government needs a public service announcement about how to avoid obvious political pitfalls – kind of like that catchy ditty made for Metro Trains in Melbourne called Dumb Ways to Die.
The Vatican has called on Muslim leaders to denounce unambiguously the persecution of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq – and hinted that it is considering breaking off dialogue with Islamic representatives if they fail to do so.Read More >
Clive Palmer has declined to comment on possible compromises on health and education policy, despite previously insisting his three senators would oppose any Medicare co-payment or deregulation of university fees.
A senior Abbott government minister has warned against presenting all-or-nothing reform demands to the Senate, saying such a strategy simply invites crossbenchers to reject the bills outright.