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Regional Victorians are using dramatically more ice, alcohol and nicotine than their Melbourne counterparts who seem more partial to cocaine, a new analysis of the state's sewage system has found. The first drug testing of waste water in regional Victoria found twice the amount of methamphetamines compared to metropolitan Melbourne, raising concern about a lack of rehabilitation and health resources available for users. Comment?
Being injured at work is traumatic enough, let alone when your injury requires ongoing medical treatment and extended time off work. So imagine how it would feel to learn that insurance agents appointed by WorkSafe to handle claims including yours have engaged in doctor shopping and cherry-picking of evidence so they can deny or terminate claims to receive financial incentives. Comment?
Western Australia has convinced the federal government to consider changing the GST formula but the plan faces stiff opposition from other state premiers who have branded it a "craven" bid for WA votes. And the federal Labor opposition has attacked the idea to phase in a floor on how low a state's share of the GST can go as "federalism on the run". Comment?
Imagine if you could take your long service leave with you from one job to the next. Thousands of Victoria's security guards and cleaners could soon be able to do just that, after a landmark inquiry found the proposal has merit. Comment?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to keep alive the dumped East West Link with the ongoing offer of $3 billion for the controversial tollway, but is so far offering just $10 million for the Melbourne Metro project. In a letter which has apparently not yet been received by Premier Daniel Andrews or Treasurer Tim Pallas, federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has reiterated former prime minister Tony Abbott's "locked box" promise to hand over $3 billion to the first Victorian government prepared to build the East West Link, which was sensationally scrapped by the Andrews Government after the 2014 state election. Comment?
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