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Discussion paper

Transforming our mental health law: a public discussion document

The New Zealand government is focusing on completely repealing and replacing the Mental Health Act. This document sets out the key topics that need to be considered in developing this new legislation.
Briefing paper

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (NSW): a comparison with legislation in other states

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was introduced in the Parliament of NSW by Independent MP, Alex Greenwich, on 14 October 2021. This paper considers the Bill, especially its provisions concerning eligibility criteria, the process involved, safeguards and allowance for conscientious objection. It includes a...

Independent assessments

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme initiated this inquiry following concern expressed in the community about the introduction of independent assessments. The Committee has welcomed the announcement by the federal government that they will not be proceeding with independent assessments in...

Yarning about sad news and sorry business

This toolkit, developed in collaboration with Health Consumers Queensland, gathers insights and perspectives from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Queensland on engagement and consultation processes in relation to palliative care.
Briefing paper

Breaches of COVID-19 public health orders in NSW

The aim of this research is to describe trends and characteristics of breaches of COVID-19 public health orders detected by the NSW Police Force and compare this information with self-reported rates of non-compliance.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says the coronavirus curve is flattening. Are we turning the corner?

As the spread of the COVID-19 virus wreaks havoc, the question of how Australia is faring compared to other countries — and what might lie ahead — is being much discussed. What can the data usefully tell us? How does Australia compare? And are we...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says Australia is doing better on COVID-19 than New Zealand despite a less extreme lockdown. Is he correct?

Australia and New Zealand remain among a small group of countries that have so far managed to subdue the deadly coronavirus pandemic. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been keen to stress Australia is not entirely in lock-step with its trans-Tasman neighbour.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Were NSW's coronavirus numbers higher than Victoria's thresholds for lifting curfew, as Scott Morrison said?

Victoria's "roadmap for reopening" from coronavirus lockdown has not been well received by the federal government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the plan as "crushing news", saying he hoped Victoria's trigger points for easing restrictions were a worst-case scenario.
Fact sheet

Reality Check: Would the government's original vaccine timetable have put Australia in a different position?

Having last year promised to put Australia at the front of the global coronavirus vaccination queue, Prime Minister Scott Morrison found himself under intensifying pressure over the pace of the rollout. Here's a reality check.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison claimed Australia was outperforming other countries with its coronavirus vaccination rollout. Was he correct?

Having last year promised to put Australia at the front of the global coronavirus vaccination queue, the federal government now finds itself under pressure over the pace of its vaccine rollout. Prime Minister Scott Morrison this month defended the government's record, claiming Australia had outperformed...