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Articles by Bernard Keane

Pressure builds for independent inquiry into siege

Talk of a reshuffle won’t allay community concerns about the handling of Man Monis and the Sydney siege. And the pressure for a judicial inquiry is growing.

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Keane’s year in review: the gap between reason and democracy, and how we fell in

There’s a gap between rational policy and what we get in a democracy. And this year the gap grew so wide we all fell in.

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What’s the point of a tax debate when the miners run tax policy?

The government is entering a tax debate looking like the pawn of multinational mining companies. It is a dangerous position to be in.

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Siege inquiry needs greater independence and more focus

The inquiry into the Sydney siege needs a tighter focus on what went wrong at a Commonwealth level and in the interaction between state and federal security agencies, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

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PM’s rebuke focuses attention on siege intelligence failure

As the Prime Minister publicly questions the AFP and ASIO’s monitoring of Man Monis, an inquiry is now underway into a possible intelligence failure.

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Keane: the day the Australian media lost its credibility

Yesterday’s events in Sydney showed the media, for the most part, isn’t up to the task of calm, well-informed coverage of terrorism events.

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Essential: Abbott won’t last as leader, and changing climate views

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today’s Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.

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MYEFO by the numbers: economic rocks ahead

Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a serious deterioration in revenue in the latest budget update.

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Politics on hold while Sydney siege continues

An unfolding siege in Sydney, with possible terrorist links, has put federal politics on hold while we wait for the incident to be brought to an end.

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The 2014 Crikeys: Ludlam top in a year of duds

With the government badly faltering, its best performers have come from outside domestic policy, while one non-major party politician combined mongrel with policy skill.

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Credlin is not the problem, Abbott and his ministers are

Responsibility for the government’s woes rests not with the PM’s chief of staff but with ministers, from the PM down, who have failed to explain themselves to voters.

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Faulkner’s retirement a loss across many fronts

Labor Senator John Faulkner’s retirement marks the end of an era in Australian politics.

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Government’s full-blown war on the internet is here at last

Data retention is central to the government’s crackdown on filesharing — illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.

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Abbott dumps co-payment — onto GPs

The government has dumped responsibility for a Medicare co-payment onto GPs — but hasn’t resolved the absurdity at the heart of the proposal.

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CIA’s torture program is NOT a relic of the past

The beyond-Kafkaesque nightmare of the CIA torture report isn’t a document of history or a one-off derailment of American values, it’s exactly how the War on Terror continues to be pursued.

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US Senate torture report: the essentials

The CIA engaged in a torture program that didn’t work, tortured and killed innocent people, and the agency lied systematically to the authorities while intimidating those who raised concerns, a congressional report finds.

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Abbott shifts toxic co-payment proposal onto doctors

The government has tried to extract itself from its GP co-payment mess by dumping responsibility for it onto doctors.

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How what we see as important splits us up as voters

Different issues have different priorities for different voters — but some unite us, creating an opportunity for the government if it can take it.

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Essential: Abbott ends year with a collapse

The Prime Minister has plumbed new depths in approval as voters sour on the economy, their own circumstances and politics in general, Essential’s latest report shows.

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After five years of waiting, Murray delivers (some of) the goods

Long in the making, the Murray inquiry is a worthy successor to previous financial sector inquiries, and Joe Hockey deserves credit for it.

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Joe’s economic story just doesn’t add up

Voters aren’t buying Joe Hockey’s economic narrative. It could be because it just doesn’t stack up.

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Senate committee slams parliamentary department over use of CCTV

The Senate privileges committee has issued a damning report on the use of CCTV footage in parliament — and a controversial figure is again under pressure.

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Keane: reshuffle the key to a better 2015 for the Coalition

The government needs a ministerial overhaul to more effectively play to its strengths.

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Higher ed debacle: Pyne demonstrates why the government is failing

Christopher Pyne’s bungling of his higher education reforms demonstrates the flaws that have bedevilled the government — and it’s not even clear the government is aware of them.

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