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Articles by Bernard Keane

Committee recommends data retention, with some half-baked protections

A key committee has waved through the biggest mass surveillance scheme in Australia history.

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After another rotten week for Abbott, change can’t come soon enough

Tony Abbott, dogged by misjudgment and poor luck, had a week so bad that some of his colleagues want him gone as soon as possible.

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Positions, roles, offers, tables — who’s right in the Moraitis Files?

When is “formally putting on the table” not offering something? When it’s not in the government’s interests to admit it.

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Attack-mode Abbott raises the tariff walls against foreigners

Tony Abbott is now incapable of any response to policy issues other than attack. Now he’s turned his sights on foreign investment.

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Coalition contradictions become too many to count

As the Prime Minister tries to dogwhistle his way out of his leadership malaise, the incessant contradictions of the government become too many to track.

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The Moraitis files: resign yourself to inaction on the Triggs offer

The head of the Attorney-General’s Department is in deep trouble over his offer of a job to Gillian Triggs — but history suggests nothing will eventuate.

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Abbott targets Muslims and backflips on free speech in terrorism statement

The Prime Minister has unveiled a series of legislative measures and attacked the Muslim community in his national security statement.

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Quickie siege report ignores key issues around Monis

A six week review of the Sydney siege was never likely to produce a substantial report — and it fails to address the key issues around Man Monis and his path to murder.

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Direct Action is ‘intergenerational theft’ — just ask Peter Costello

Climate change is the ultimate form of intergenerational theft — and Joe Hockey is making it worse.

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False census of security: governments already know too much about us

Censuses only worsen the information asymmetry between governments and citizens. Getting rid of them is a good idea.

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Abbott lies about data retention while the media cuts and pastes

Tony Abbott has raised the data retention debate to a new height of hysteria, and the media is failing to protect itself.

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Essential: voters split on Abbott ouster, but don’t think he’ll last

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will make it to the next election, and many want him removed forthwith, today’s Essential Report polling shows.

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Abbott tries again on terrorism, even though it failed the first time

Having doubled down on aggression, Tony Abbott is also trying to use terrorism as part of his political recovery - even though it didn’t help last year.

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The coup that delivered power to a national security elite

Tony Abbott’s desperation, and the Iraq debacle, have delivered an unaccountable clique of security officials massive power.

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Keane: sorry, but ‘reform’ ain’t dead

The claim that the ability of governments to reform is dead is wrong — voters will back even complex reforms if they understand the benefits.

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The new Abbott, much like the old one, with added aggro

Tony Abbott told his divided partyroom he wanted to fight Labor. His conception of the Prime Ministership seems to consist of nothing more.

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Labor to roll over on data retention bill — but with a twist

Labor is poised to back a data retention regime, but protection for journalists and whistleblowers is under consideration.

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Abbott fights the tender war, while xenophobes hover

Tony Abbott jokes about Russian submarines, but his war on foreign investment is very real.

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Stopping Das Boots: PMO dives at dawn on subs

The submarines debacle is another example of how the PMO fails to do the basics that should be second nature to a well-run political machine.

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Vultures circle Joe as he lashes out at Treasury

Joe Hockey is struggling to keep his job and is clinging to a budget now abandoned even by his leader.

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Essential: the Abbott goes deep underground edition

Tony Abbott has achieved new lows in his personal approval rating, including with Liberal voters, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Five things Abbott can do to help the economy and his government

Despite claims that the cause of reform is lost, there are some things Tony Abbott can do that will be both good policy and good politics.

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Abbott — out of touch, out of luck, out of time

Tony Abbott is continuing to make missteps and display poor judgment in spite of holding off an attempt to unseat him.

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And the winner is … Turnbull

The leadership spill result this morning leaves Malcolm Turnbull perfectly placed to become Prime Minister with the strong support of the Liberal partyroom.

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Reserve Bank downgrade makes choice of treasurer crucial

The Reserve Bank has downgraded its forecasts for the Australian economy, showing why it’s critical that a new treasurer be someone voters can trust, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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