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Bulk-billing rates have been trending upwards for well over a decade. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

FactCheck: do 86% of people visit the doctor for free?

Yes, 86% of GP visits were bulk-billed in 2017-18, up from 82% when Labor was in power. But they also rose under Labor, while the percentage for "patients" seems to be lower than the percentage for "visits".
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State of the states: will Whelan disendorsement make a difference in Tasmania?

It remains to be seen whether the Liberals' campaign woes in Lyons will have any impact on the neighbouring battleground seats of Bass or Braddon, which recent polls suggest the Liberals could regain.
Spontaneous humour is harder for the modern politician, faced with 24-hour media coverage. But every now and then they give it crack, anyway. The Conversation / AAP Images

Funny, that: why humour is a hit-and-miss affair on the election campaign trail

Political humour, like all humour, carries an innate risk: if it works, it can be spectacular, and it it tanks, it can be a catastrophe. Australian election campaigns have given us both.
After much back-and-forth over the logistics of the third debate, Shorten and Morrison finally faced off at the National Press Club, moderated by Sabra Lane. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Shorten and Morrison make their final cases in third leaders’ debate: our experts respond

No gaffes, no real surprises – the third leaders' debate was a fairly predictable affair, save for the testy conclusion
Shorten, tears welling at times, addressed the matter at great length in his Wednesday morning news conference. Lukas Coch/AAP

View from The Hill: Shorten turns Daily Telegraph sledge to advantage

The Daily Telegraph story with the headline “Mother of Invention” backfired, handing Shorten the opportunity of a powerful moment on the campaign trail and drawing criticism even within News Corp.

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