Understanding the NDIS: A History of Disability Welfare from ‘Deserving Poor’ to Consumers in Control

On July 1, 2016, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) moved from a trial phase to a full national roll-out. In this series on Understanding the NDIS, we explore how the scheme works, why Australia needs it, and the issues to be addressed before eligible Australians, such as many Indigenous people with disability, can receive [...]

Undoing the ‘OK to Be White’ Vote May Not Undo the Damage

The Morrison government has put more than its own clumsiness on display by voting for a motion in the Senate that it is “OK to be white”. The big myth of this absurd vote was that the government made an “administrative error” and did not realise its mistake until it was too late. What is [...]

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Australian Government Wins Plain Packaging Case against Philip Morris Asia

The federal government has won its case against tobacco giant Philip Morris Asia challenging Australia's tobacco plain-packaging laws. It means the former Gillard government's plain-packaging laws, introduced in 2011, will remain in place. The tribunal in the arbitration, based in Singapore, has issued a unanimous decision agreeing with Australia's position that it has no jurisdiction to hear Philip Morris's [...]

Let’s Talk about Mental Health

A few years ago, I felt as though my life had collapsed, and I fell into a severe depression. I lost the ability to stand up for myself, I backed away from conflict, I didn't believe in myself and I was afraid of what people thought of me. It was not long before I lost [...]