Lesley M. Russell

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7 Jul 2015

The impacts of the 2015-16 Budget must be assessed in light of the previous Budget, which casts a long shadow.

ACOSS estimates that, combined, the two budgets strip approximately $15 billion / 4 years from basic services and supports that affect low and middle...

Briefing paper

23 Jun 2015

The 2015-16 Budget from the Abbott Government has no major announcements on Indigenous issues, but it is far from benign in its support for Indigenous programs. Advocacy groups say it has failed to undo the damage done and anxiety caused by funding cuts in last...

Discussion paper

23 Jan 2015

Primary health care (PHC) research requires dedicated policies and funding, specific research infrastructure and a workforce trained and skilled in this area. Currently PHC research is supported by the Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) strategy which was developed by the Commonwealth government...

Discussion paper

15 Jan 2015

Growing out-of-pocket health care costs are creating barriers to essential care for many Australians and arguably leading to increased hospital costs. Over time they will undermine the universality of Medicare and widen health disparities in our community. Despite this, the Abbott Government is intent on...



26 Sep 2014

What do the draft recommendations of the competition policy review mean for health policy and services?

THE DRAFT report of the federal government’s competition policy review, released this week for public consultation, is a massive opus, intimidating to all but insiders and the...

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Journal article

26 Aug 2015


I was asked to make some remarks about the concept of‘consultation’ in the proposal for Indigenous constitutional recognition put forward by the Cape York Institute (‘CPI’). My understanding of what presently is proposed is taken from the two submissions by the CPI to...

Journal article

26 Aug 2015

INTRODUCTION: Proposals for the establishment of an Indigenous advisory body within the Australian Constitution are genuinely innovative and exciting. Designing such a body is a challenge. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have long sought better political representation. Indigenous Australians constitute approximately 3 per cent...

Journal article

26 Aug 2015

INTRODUCTION: This paper is on Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination and its exercise through democratic participation. First, I will expound on why the right to self-determination—as configured in international law, translated by many states and adopted by Indigenous communities—enhances liberal democratic governance. Then I will...

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