Patient advocates say cuts to health spending will lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers, while doctors have accused the government of targeting the sick to reduce the budget deficit.
An extra $74 million will be channelled into federal government advertising campaigns despite the budget's bleak finances.
More than three-quarters of arbitrated unfair dismissal claims ultimately fail, indicating employers are perhaps not doing it so tough under workplace laws.
Australian women are waiting up to two years to have the surgery Angelina Jolie had to reduce her high chance of breast cancer, and doctors fear these waiting times could increase.
Australia has launched a bid to stop the commercial use of a controversial ''geoengineering'' technique that involves dumping iron into the ocean in a bid to counter the effects of man-made climate change.
Scientists have been surprised to learn that malaria parasites ''talk'' to each other. And the chatter is crucial to the parasite's survival and spread in humans.
Scientists have used caffeine to achieve a stem cell breakthrough that many researchers thought impossible but which could lead to new therapies for many crippling diseases.
Afghan detainees captured by Australian soldiers and held at a US military prison near Bagram complained to Australian government officials that they were forced to accept humiliatingly public ''groin and buttocks'' searches, previously secret Defence documents reveal.
Budget time always reminds one of The Sound of Music.
The ABC will design news and current affairs shows for young people as part of a range of ideas made possible by $90 million of new government money.
BUDGET night has come and gone and the New England electorate stands to benefit from $81.56 million in ...