Daily News - Monday 7 April 2014
Department of Health
The Australian Government has provided $170 million for the continuation of 150 programs as part of its ongoing commitment to mental health.
Sydney Morning Herald
Prime Minister Tony Abbott faces three years of horse trading to get his legislation through the Senate following a Western Australian poll that featured a swing of about 5 per cent against both major parties.
Ben Schneiders, Sydney Morning Herald
The Institute of Public Affairs - a think tank well connected within the Liberal Party - has proposed that Australia's minimum wage be abolished.
Paul White, Eureka Street
Returnees to the Congo have been harassed, imprisoned and tortured by state authorities. Some have disappeared altogether. Forced returnees to Sri Lanka are routinely detained and quite often suffer torture. Hazaras returned to Afghanistan are persecuted due to their ethnicity and their adherence to the Shi'a sect. Australia continues to forcibly return asylum seekers, placing them in tremendous danger, ignoring a 2000 Senate Committee recommendation.
Eamon Waterford, The Drum
Social ills like criminal behaviour, incarceration, unemployment and homelessness can end up costing billions - which makes early intervention to avoid them look cheap, writes Eamon Waterford.
Opinion: David Marr, the Saturday Paper
Gutting the Racial Discrimination Act isn’t about free speech or vindicating a star News Corp columnist. Not really. It’s a clever gambit to persuade a slice of the electorate that Tony Abbott is running a government after their own hearts – one that understands, even respects, what they feel about Aborigines, immigrants, Muslims and boat people.