Medicinal cannabis legislation passes Parliament

Parliament has passed legislation permitting Australian patients to access a safe, legal and reliable supply of medicinal cannabis products for the management of painful and chronic conditions.

QLD seniors regional housing initiative

Elderly residents could avoid a move away from their home towns and be able to retire locally under a new Queensland Government initiative to build adaptable housing in regional communities.

SA jury duty available for people aged over 70

The South Australian Government will move to allow people over 70-years-old to sit on juries in South Australia.

VIC tackling men and family violence

The Victorian Government is increasing access to men’s behaviour change programs to help break the cycle of family violence.

NSW rollout of domestic violence suspect targeting

A measure announced as part of the NSW Government’s $60 million domestic and family violence package will be rolled out across the state following a successful trial.

Safeguarding older Australians from abuse

Today, the Federal Government has taken steps to put the rights of older Australians on the national agenda by initiating an inquiry into elder abuse.

QLD tough smoking laws for young and old

The Queensland Government has passed anti-smoking laws to reduce areas where smokers can light up and restricting tobacco sales, including aged care facilities.

Criminals gain increased access to Android malware

Security researchers are reporting that Android malware known as GM Bot is now more widely available to criminals.

Free waterwise showerheads for WA local communities

Water Minister Mia Davies is encouraging Water Corporation customers to take advantage of a free Showerhead Swap initiative launching today.

Concession payment to SA tennants

From tomorrow, more than 27,000 tenanted households across South Australia will receive the Cost of Living Concession for the first time.

SA dog and cat welfare laws up for debate

Major changes to South Australia’s dog and cat management laws will today be debated in Parliament.

Free tickets to NSW Premier's gala concerts

Minister for Ageing John Ajaka today reminded seniors that free tickets to the 2016 Premier’s Gala Concerts would be available from 9.00am this morning, 23 February.

Changes to QLD smoke alarm laws

Legislation introduced to parliament today will mandate the installation of high-tech smoke detectors by 2027 in Queensland domestic dwellings, based on State Coroner recommendations.

Estate duties part of the tax debate?

The Australia Institute has released a paper, Surprise Me When I’m Dead: Revisiting the Case for Estate Duties.

Senate voting reform

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul has announced proposed changes to the voting process for the Australian Senate, which will be introduced into the Parliament today.

Pathology payments bleeding taxpayers dry

The government could save up to $175 million a year by changing the way it pays for pathology testing and negotiating savings with industry, according to a new Grattan Institute report.

Longer, healthier lives are possible

A Stanford analysis shows how to enhance longevity and well-being through healthy living, financial security and social relationships.

Paleo diet increases weight gain

A new study has revealed following a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks can lead to rapid weight gain and health complications.

SA Grants for Seniors applications now open

Community organisations can now apply for one-off State Government grants of up to $10,000 to help older South Australians engage with their local communities.

Australian Unity expands

Australian Unity is now one of the nation’s largest home care providers after finalising the transfer of Home Care Service of NSW (Home Care) from the NSW Government.

Advanced Australia: The Politics of Ageing

Mark Butler has produced an excellently researched book on one of the most pressing issues confronting Australia today.