THIS month I got done over by a drug seeker.
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IT WAS one of those days...I had convinced a patient to immunise his family for a trip to South-East Asia, despite the travel agent telling him that no immunisations were required. “No immunisations are mandatory for getting back into Australia,” I explained, “but that isn’t the same thing as giving yourself protection from serious infections common in the developing world.”Reluctantly he accepted scripts for the vaccines. I thought my mission was accomplished, but then he arrived back without all of the vaccines I had prescribed.“Well, I decided I didn’t want the flu vaccine because I never get the flu, and then ... see more
BEING poor in Australia just got a whole lot more complicated. Like most things in the 21st century, poverty has become far more competitive. The bar that defines what used to be described as ‘the bread line’ has been raised to the point where it now converges on the patisserie. There’s even talk of yet another TV reality show – Australian Idle – in which the country’s young and shiftless display their prowess in exploiting the many and varied services now available to the New Indigent. The hi-tech requirements demanded of the modern vagrant ensure that ... see more