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Finding a cure for Ebola

Health | Peter Gregory
Australian Financial Review 5th November, 2014

The outbreak of Ebola in Africa has demonstrated the need to reduce regulation of the pharmaceutical industry in the United States and elsewhere as...

Fat chance scare tactics will trim us

Health, Food and Nanny State | Tim Wilson
Courier Mail 28th February, 2013

In yesterday's Courier-Mail, a senior Queensland health bureaucrat proposed graphic health warning labels be put on sugary, fatty and salty foods...

An assault on diet

Health and Food | Chris Berg
The Age 24th February, 2013

When the National Health and Medical Research Council released its official new dietary guidelines this week, they helpfully included a sample...

The puritanical public health movement

Ideas & Liberty and Health | Chris Berg
The Drum 23rd October, 2012

For eight weeks in 2011, four public health researchers - three from the Cancer Council, one from the University of Western Australia - watched 792...

Finding a focus for disability policy reform efforts

Economics & Deregulation and Health | Mikayla Novak
Canberra Times 12th March, 2012

Over the past 12 months the Gillard government has attempted to improve its opinion poll ratings, in part by advocating policies to appeal to core...

Should packaged alcohol display health warnings?

Deregulation Unit, Health and Food | Tim Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald 10th March, 2012

Mandated alcohol warning labels don't work and perpetuate the government-sponsored drift away from individual choice and responsibility that fuels...

Private v public health care: no simple policy cure

Health | Sinclair Davidson
The Drum 22nd February, 2012

Last week the ALP government achieved one of its goals - the private health insurance rebate will be means tested from July 1, 2012. For many this...

Market lessons from the financial crisis

Economics & Deregulation, Ideas & Liberty, Health and Education | Tim Wilson
The Sydney Morning Herald 6th November, 2011

The lesson of the global financial crisis is that freer markets work and are vital to address our current local challenges. At the heart of the...

Private health accounts may solve looming health crisis

Health | Tim Wilson
The Australian 23rd May, 2011

In a society as wealthy as ours it's understandable that Australians support universal access to healthcare. But accepting this principle and the...

Medicare needs a shot in the arm

Health | Tim Wilson
The Punch 23rd May, 2011

Structural reform of Australian healthcare financing can cut inequity and promote universal choice as well as universal service delivery. In a...