Fall of Democracy: Australia’s growing anti-protest regulations

Federal and state governments have both passed successive legislative amendments in recent years that threaten fundamental rights to protests and freedom of speech in Australia.

The latest installment, amendments to the Crown Land Management Act in Victoria, have been described as “a fundamental attack on democracy”, leaving many experts calling for an audit of increasing draconian measures introduced in the last decade.

My Health Record data breached 77 times in 24 months

Australia’s controversial My Health Record program has once again come under scrutiny after it has been revealed data breaches of the system have increased in the last 12 months.

Over a 24 month period, My Health Record documents have revealed 77 data breaches reported to the Australian Information Commissioner, including 42 new breaches recorded since Australians began being automatically enrolled into the system last year.

The end of natural medicine in Australia?

The Australian government has passed health insurance reform laws that end public and private health cover for a wide range of natural therapies, such as Herbalism, Yoga, Homeopathy, Naturopathy and more.

From April 1st 2019, the government will no longer subsidise for a range of natural treatments, and health insurers will no longer be able to provide cover for “non-permitted therapies”, despite them accounting for less than 1% of all benefits paid.