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Health Insurers should be offering insurance that covers primary care, Paolucci argues. www.shutterstock.com

Business Briefing: treat the cause not the symptoms of problems with private health insurance

Business Briefing: treat the cause not the symptoms of problems with private health insurance The Conversation10.5 MB (download)
If customers are questioning the value of private health insurance its because of the way the system is distorted by government incentives.
Huawei’s technology HQ in Shenzen. Brücke-Osteuropa

Keeping tabs on Huawei raises awkward questions for everyone

In its often fractious dealings with western governments, Chinese tech giant Huawei has been repeatedly accused of being a proxy for government espionage and other practices unbecoming of a global corporation…
Who you gonna call? (They’ve all been fired) Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Environment Agency staff cuts risk economy and reputation

In the days after typhoon Haiyan tore through the Philippines, David Cameron said that such extreme weather demanded that we take steps to prevent and mitigate against climate change. These are encouraging…
The proposed HS2 line near Altofts, south of Leeds: big changes, but who decides? HS2

HS2: how do we resolve megaproject planning?

The UK’s largest infrastructure projects of coming decades have been wrapped in controversy: the HS2 high-speed rail line linking London to the north is mired in political wrangling and disputed facts…
Treasurer Joe Hockey admits the government’s ‘open for business’ promise must be followed up with action. Alan Porritt/AAP

Abbott’s ‘open for business’ honeymoon is over

From a three-and-a-half year high last month, business confidence data for October shows the post-election honeymoon is over, with business conditions continuing to underperform in non-mining sectors…
Clinics advertise the most popular laser treatments from A$100 but they can involve a lot more financial pain. Matt Baran

Invisible ink: the rise of the tattoo removal industry

Tattoo removal is a lucrative business. According to one estimate, about a quarter of Australians under 30 have a tattoo. And approximately a quarter of these people are planning to have it removed. Tattoo…
The money is piling up but will the regulators knock crowdfunding down? Jeff Belmonte

Crunch time for crowdfunders as regulation looms

Crowdfunding has attracted the attention of regulators and may have to change its ways. As it finds itself at the centre of a Financial Conduct Authority consultation, those in the game are wondering if…
They’re tempting and easy but payday loans are certainly not cheap. Scurzuzu

Payday lenders are out of time in their fight against credit cap

Pressure is mounting on high cost credit companies to face tighter controls when they hand out short-term loans. Debt advice agencies, consumer organisations, anti-poverty campaigners and a cross-party…
Frack orf: fracking hasn’t had the same reception here as it has in the US. Georgie Gillard/PA

Laying down the law over fracking

Foundation essay: This article on the different international attitudes to fracking by Professor John Paterson, Chair in Law at Aberdeen University, is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation…
A game of two halves: publishing performance can improve services but could also affect who surgeons choose to take on. PA/Gareth Fuller

Publishing surgeons’ performance could lead to gaming

Data on hospital performance often shows a wide variation and this poses the question of whether it should be available to the public or kept confidential. The government wants more transparency and announced…
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says universities must adapt to the challenges and opportunities presented by ubiquitous high-speed internet. AAP

Universities must adapt education models: Conroy

Australian universities need to adapt their education models or face becoming irrelevant says Communications Minister Stephen…

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