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Granny flats are often the result of informal arrangements between parents and children who assume it will all work out well. Markus J/Shutterstock

When granny flats go wrong – perils for parents highlight need for law reform

Parents and children rarely put agreements about granny flats in writing and almost never consult a lawyer. But when these arrangements go wrong, the consequences can be disastrous and costly for all.
The situation for older Australians isn’t what was envisioned when the Aged Care act was introduced in 1997. from shutterstock.com

Australia’s aged care residents are very sick, yet the government doesn’t prioritise medical care

Twenty years since the Aged Care Act was introduced, the situation for older Australians remains dire. They're sicker and have more complex care needs, but little access to medical care.
Those caring for spouses with dementia are often isolated, lonely and emotionally overwhelmed. (Shutterstock)

Is it adultery if my spouse doesn’t know who I am anymore?

With people living longer lives and dementia on the rise, it's time to consider whether it's verboten for spouses acting as full-time caregivers to seek love and comfort outside their marriages.
Victoria’s Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance Mr Daniel Mulino voted against the state’s assisted dying bill. JOE CASTRO/AAP Imagine

Four reasons Victorian MPs say ‘no’ to assisted dying, and why they’re misleading

The main arguments used by those who voted against assisted dying – including that the bill has insufficient safeguards – in Victoria's upper house, deserve further scrutiny.

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