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Does institutional distrust matter? It does when it comes to the NDIS

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Distrust of the disability services system is not new. It was a significant driver of change from the previous state-based system to the nationally consistent scheme that the National Disability Insurance Scheme aspires to be. Flavio Souza, Gordon Duff, and David Jonas surveyed 239 eligible NDIS participants and carers about the sources of their distrust of the NDIS and its impact on their choices.

Whitlam didn’t really end our old honours system. We’re still handing Orders of Australia to the wrong people

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We think of Gough Whitlam’s Government as the most radical in our post-war history, dedicated to its leader’s ‘crash through or crash’ style. (In the end, it crashed.) But Whitlam’s approach to Australian Honours was bold only on the surface. Imperial Honours were scrapped. So today it’s rare for Australia’s worthies to run round town […]

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Mark Crosweller ran the National Resilience Taskforce and Emergency Management Australia. He wants a compassionate narrative as well as accountability

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As grief turns to anger, blame quickly follows. Australia's community spirit has shone through this summer’s disastrous fires, but there is also tension in the air, mixing with the toxic smoke. Fingers are being pointed left, right and centre and the recriminations have gone well beyond the usual cut and thrust of politics, activism and legitimate demands for public accountability.