Living with mental health issues is hard enough, but new research has shown those suffering mental health issues live 25 years less.
Lack of exercise, poor diet and high stress leading manifesting in heart disease are common consequences of poorly managed mental health problems. The inappropriate prescribing of pharmaceuticals is also a rising problem.
Dr Joe Parks, Director of Psychiatric Services for the Missouri Department of Mental Health spoke to Tim Brunero less thought of impacts associated with mental health issues.
Professor Niall Ferguson’s final Reith lecture is this weeks Public Domain feature. He argues that the greatest mistake of the past fifty years was to allow the state to encroach on civil life, assuming it could do a better job than the people themselves.
The fourth part of Professor Ferguson’s lectures series “The Rule of Law and its Enemies” is called “Civil and Uncivil Societies”.
We hear a lot about how important Intellectual Property is to business, but are patents actually stifling innovation?
Also, the Indonesian government recognises the atrocities of the Suharto regime, but will it every make a formal apology to its victims?
And, some branches of the media have been giving The Greens a hard time since losing ground in NSW local elections on the weekend. But are The Greens really falling away like The Democrats did before them?
Tim Brunero spoke to Ben Eltham from New Matilda about their top three stories this week.
There’s been some recent news that is sure to make mining magnate Gina Rinehart happy – the federal government has approved the first Enterprise Migration Agreement. Put simply, this means as many as 1715 migrant workers will be hired to help with the multi billion dollar Roy Hill project.
Does this signal the beginning of the end for high paying mining jobs for Australians at the expense of cheap import labour?
Many Australian workers are outraged to see these opportunities handed elsewhere, though Rinehart is adamant that a shortage in skilled labour here in Australia has forced her to look overseas.
We spoke with Allen Hicks, Deputy National Secretary from the Electrical Trades Union, about the outcome for Australian workers.
The mining boom has provided undeinable benefits for the economy of late, but there’s been growing concern over the ramifications this places on residents of mining towns throughout Australia.
Among mining areas in QLD and WA there have been mounting concerns about the impact of “Fly in – Fly out” workers on rural communities. These under-resourced and now over-populated towns are struggling to cope with recent influx of these non-permanent workers as the crime rate rises, health services are squeezed and the roads become more and more dangeours.
Local residents are understandably upset. Though, these “Fly in Fly out” workers have had their own issues to overcome.
Breakfast spoke with Charles Firth from the CFMEU (miners union) this morning to learn more about the growing debate.
Port Augusta may resemble the last stone left to turn in this chapter of Australia’s clean energy development.
Residents of the coastal town have been pushing the persistent goal of closing two old and aging coal stations in the area, with a local lobby group pushing for greener energy facilities around the Port.
Whether it be for Environmental or Health issues, the coal-fired power stations are just a menace.
We spoke with Port Augusta City Council CEO Mr. Greg Perkin about the residents green energy hopes for the future.