"In a move worth $300 million, mental health services will have their funding renewed for a further 12 months. The announcement made today by Health Minister Sussan Ley follows a campaign by Mental Health Australia, after some mental health services began to shut down, unsure of future funding. Hundreds of contracts were due to end on [...]
Thousands of Australians seeking help for mental health problems face growing uncertainty because federal funding for hundreds of contracts has not been guaranteed after June 30. Seventy mental health groups, including Mental Health Australia, Headspace, and the Black Dog Institute, have written an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Health Minister Sussan Ley. [...]
Former Victorian premier Jeff Kennett has questioned what Tony Abbott's ice taskforce will achieve and appealed for "courageous" leadership on the bigger problem of alcohol. Mr Kennett has called for a total ban on alcohol advertising and sponsorships, saying the key to tackling the ice epidemic is education. His stand was endorsed by the president [...]
The Federal Government has taken contentious changes to racial discrimination laws "off the table" to protect national "unity". - Emma Griffiths via Government backtracks on Racial Discrimination Act 18C changes; pushes ahead with tough security laws - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).