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Ancillary cover, otherwise known as ‘extras’, includes the likes of dental, physiotherapy, optical care and natural therapies. Karolina Kabat/Flickr

Should taxpayers subsidise extras for private health insurance holders?

Removing subsidies for the 50% with private health insurance is politically unpalatable. But scrapping rebates for ancillary services can be a good place to start.
Footage was recently aired of Jake Carlisle, now at St Kilda, ingesting a white powder while on an end-of-year holiday. AAP/Joe Castro

A brave new world? The AFL’s updated illicit drug policy

This week the AFL announced revisions to its illicit drug policy. With strident critics calling for “zero tolerance” and even criminal sanctions for transgressions, it is an opportunity to reflect on why…
The government has promised increased funding for services to gain community consent for its welfare card trials. AAP/Dan Peled

Why the ‘cashless welfare card’ trial will leave us none the wiser

How can it be determined whether any improvements that may occur as part of the 12-month "cashless debit card" trial are the result of the card or increased funding for services, or a mix of both?
The compact fluorescent lamp was primarily developed by private companies such as General Electric, Philips and Osram rather than in publicly funded research institutions. Marcus Williams/Flickr

If we want to promote innovation we need to focus on businesses

Research institutions don't have a monopoly on innovation. In fact, most innovation comes out of business, and it's this sector that needs more attention in innovation policy.
Will home owners consider the non-bank sector as major banks increase lending rates? Reuters/David Gray

Rising mortgage rates - is it time to refinance your home loan?

Last week, Westpac hoisted its lending rate by 20 basis points in a bid to recover the costs of recent capital raisings. There is speculation other banks will follow. Australia’s non-bank lenders could…
NRL players Aaron Gray and Dylan Walker suffered a life-threatening reaction to a combination of controlled drugs. AAP/David Moir

Prescription drugs in sport: kill the pain, not the player

The use of prescription-only painkillers by athletes is hardly new, but debate about their (ab)use in Australia has recently been brought into focus by the emergency hospitalisation of South Sydney NRL…
Despite criticism from the Chinese government, which claims it espouses “the wrong values”, the popularity of dating show If You Are The One continues unabated. SBS Television

If You Are The One and The Bachelor know how to get to us: we all fear dying alone

The Chinese dating show If You Are the One has a domestic audience of 50 million, and a cult following in Australia. It seems harsher than shows such as The Bachelor – but is it really all that different?
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Summit drew an unprecedented show of support from the General Assembly of nations. Reuters/Mike Segar

Beyond GDP – how Australia could help redefine well-being

The widely accepted concept of economic prosperity - GDP - increasingly fails to measure human well-being.


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