Genetic discrimination in life insurance 'threatening lives'

Genetic discrimination in life insurance 'threatening lives'

Posted November 08, 2017 20:44:00 Photo: People who undergo genetic testing face having their life insurance applications refused. (Supplied: ACT Health) Related Story: Your gene tests can be used by life insurers — and that’s a problem Related Story: Warning genetic testing could put life insurance options at risk When Peter Garvey tried to upgrade his life insurance policy for peace of mind after having three children, he was denied cover for cancer because he had disclosed a positive test for a genetic mutation. He was in his late 20s…

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Xi is up, Trump is down, but it may not matter

Xi is up, Trump is down, but it may not matter

Xi is fresh from a Communist Party Congress that enshrined him as the strongest Chinese patriarch since Mao Zedong. His personal prestige is mirrored in his nation’s soaring self-confidence: China is now stronger than at any time in the modern era and its global influence is quickly growing. Generally, American Presidents arrive in China in a position of superiority, backed by US economic might, the unmatched capability of American armed forces and the weight of more than 70 years of global leadership. But the questions being asked about who is…

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Nobody is in charge of the UK

Nobody is in charge of the UK

Despite being a lifetime Labour Party supporter, it gives me no joy to write these words. As a Democrat I well understand that governments can do things that I do not agree with — even economically questionable things, like the self-imposed recession of the early 1980s or Brexit today — with absolute legitimacy. Where I draw the line is when the UK is made a laughing stock around the world. Just take the last few days. We have Priti Patel, the now-former Secretary of State for International Development, who resigned…

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That gold royalty increase that was killed off? It could be revived

That gold royalty increase that was killed off? It could be revived

Posted November 09, 2017 08:42:33 Photo: Gold miners have been asked how the policy can be adjusted to protect jobs, the Treasurer says.(AAP: Kim Christian) The WA Government’s gold royalty hike might not be dead just yet, with the Treasurer confirming he is examining options to bring the policy back. A month after the budget measure was vetoed by State Parliament’s Upper House, Treasurer Ben Wyatt confirmed he had been in discussions with miners about the possibility of bringing back the contentious policy. Mr Wyatt said while no decisions had…

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Johnathan Thurston named Queensland's Australian of the Year

Johnathan Thurston named Queensland's Australian of the Year

By Bianca Banchetti Updated November 08, 2017 22:06:30 Photo: Johnathan Thurston meets with children from the C&K Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten. (AAP: Darren England) Johnathan Thurston, the Cowboys co-captain and Indigenous mentor, can add another achievement to his growing list of accolades after being named Queensland’s Australian of the Year for 2018. The acclaimed NRL player was recognised during the prestigious awards ceremony in Brisbane for using his impressive sport profile to help Indigenous people throughout Queensland reach their full potential. Heralded as one of Australia’s most…

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