Issue 11 Aug 2018

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In this issue:

Doctor-patient privilege dies with My Health Record

The Federal Government’s My Health Record is not fit for purpose, according to many health professionals, and raises serious concerns over patient privacy.

By-elections reflect disenchantment with major parties

The five by-elections held on 28 July were conducted as a referendum on the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten, but the votes recorded in the five seats shows a growing level of disenchantment with both major parties, with little appetite for the Greens who positioned themselves as the alternative.

Longman result may force PM to rethink policies

Despite the dreadful result in the Longman by-election, it is still extremely unlikely that Malcolm Turnbull will be challenged as Prime Minister before the next election.

No question about it: the Don is in charge

The U.S. President is no shrinking violet. Nor does he move slowly.