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Articles by Bernard Keane

DFAT needs to explain itself over ‘superinjunction’ debacle

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ attempt to gag debate over a bribery scandal has blown up in its face. It should explain its role in the Victorian Supreme Court superinjunction.

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‘Terrorism is terrorism’ — until it’s not

Expanding anti-terrorism laws to include “promotion” of terrorism is fraught with dangers — especially when some countries define good journalism as terrorism.

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National security inquiry stretched by tight timeframe

The rushed timeframe for a parliamentary inquiry into the government’s national security reforms may yet cause headaches for proper consideration of the reforms.

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WikiLeaks reveals (not so) superinjunction

WikiLeaks’ revelation of a Victorian Court gag order recalls that the overuse of such orders can be defeated by the threat of online exposure.

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Essential: Abbott’s MH17 performance lifts Coalition

Tony Abbott’s handling of the MH17 disaster has won the approval of all voting groups and sent the Coalition’s vote to its highest point in months, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Business Council goes back to the ’80s for its latest warning of woe

The BCA’s latest economic vision — its second in a year — is a return to the sort of thinking discredited in the 1980s, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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The evidence is in: copyright net censorship just won’t work

The government’s key proposal to halt filesharing has demonstrably failed overseas, and has dangerous implications for free speech.

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Government flags copyright crackdown to overturn iiNet decision

The government wants to make it easier for the copyright industry to sue ISPs and force them to censor the internet, according to a draft paper about to be circulated.

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Invented budget ‘crisis’ hides incoherence and inconsistency

The “budget crisis” created by the Senate is an invention: the government has walked away from billions in additional revenue itself.

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A sober reflection on the so-called ‘alcohol epidemic’

The latest hard evidence shows that Australians are drinking significantly less, despite relentless claims of an “alcohol epidemic” from the public health lobby.

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Female workplace participation thrown out with parental leave bathwater

The Productivity Commission wants a more efficient and effective childcare system, but doesn’t hold out much hope it will spur participation.

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Essential: MH17 diplomacy sparks turnaround for the Coalition

Latest Essential poll shows first substantial Coalition gain since the politically disastrous budget, while women remain disengaged with super.

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Crikey Clarifier: data retention — what it is and why it’s bad

It’s time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

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MH17: now not the time for diplomatic nuance — and G20 decisions can wait

Tony Abbott’s strong response on the issue of culpability for MH17 was justified and appropriate.

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Brandis’ national security bill a concern for whistleblowers, journalists

The government’s national security reform bill sticks closely to what was promised, but there are some concerns that a parliamentary committee will need to tackle.

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Carbon repeal: condemning our children for cheap political points

The repeal of a functioning, low-impact carbon price is an economic attack on future generations, and they will damn us for it.

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Dear George: the direction is AWAY from data retention — it doesn’t work

Europe and the United States are moving away from data retention, despite what the Attorney-General may claim.

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Essential: voters want royal commission into CommBank con

The vast majority of voters want an investigation into just what went so wrong with the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning arm. But they still have a lot of trust in financial planners.

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Palmer’s pointless red tape hands banks a big win on FOFA

On the day the financial services inquiry is flagging the high cost of vertically integrated wealth management, Clive Palmer looks set to help the government gut consumer protections.

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Crunch time: welcome to a key week in this Parliament

This week is the most important week in economic and fiscal policy for years as reforms that will have major long-term benefits face the axe.

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Coalition’s week of triumph ends in debacle and dismay

This week’s Senate debacle demonstrates the need for the Abbott government to dramatically lift its games — but can it?

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Palmer out-Abbotts Abbott to complicate carbon price repeal

Clive Palmer’s profound inconsistency resembles Tony Abbott’s opposition tactics — and it’s making life miserable for the government.

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I despise the World Cup, and I’m not ashamed to say it

Soccer is ludicrously corrupt and fundamentally silly. And that’s why I not ashamed of admitting I hate the World Cup, writes Bernard Keane.

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Cormann lashes out but the FOFA pain may just be beginning

While the government rails at the industry superannuation sector, Labor is contemplating a second-best option when it comes to the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal.

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‘Perpetual-motion Palmer’ leaves government in turmoil

The Abbott government is in trouble. So does it wait for Clive Palmer to burn out, or the PUP to break up — or rethink its key messages?

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