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Articles by Bernard Keane

No new taxes to see here, just plenty of ‘loophole closing’

As the Netflix tax example shows, pretty much anything can be dressed up as “tax integrity” or “level playing field” or “loophole” if that’s how you want to portray it.

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Hockey bungles the message, but Abbott’s is a failure of conviction

Tony Abbott’s second-guessing of himself on an iron ore inquiry reflects a deeper question of what his government stands for.

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Australia’s Iraq ‘stalemate’ still stimulating terrorist recruitment

Australia now finds itself embedded in a “stalemate” in Iraq, at best, while apparently determined to ensure disillusioned jihadis stay there.

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Iron ore inquiry is populism from a fair-weather free-market friend

What exactly would an iron ore inquiry achieve other than satisfy the populist cravings of a government that once cheered on the big miners? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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Essential: thumbs up for the budget, but no bounce for the Coalition

Voters like the 2015 budget much more than last year, but don’t think they’ll benefit and don’t think it will help with Australia’s “budget emergency”, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Latham enlists domestic violence for his own culture war

Domestic violence is increasingly being used as a theatre for the culture wars, not treated on its merits.

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Coalition’s big PPL backflip: double dipping was the pretext for its policy

The Coalition’s own attacks on Labor’s paid parental leave scheme in 2010 show it knew about “double dipping” and the explicit importance of it in Labor’s scheme.

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War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

The government’s attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.

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Shorten offers a coherent vision — complete with outsourced infrastructure

Bill Shorten’s budget reply offered some coherent vision, but his Infrastructure Australia proposal continues the process of outsourcing policy from politicians.

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Sluggish wages growth already undermining budget narrative

Sluggish wages growth is already undermining the budget’s growth forecasts — and the Reserve Bank’s too, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Time for Liberals to admit they’re the party of big government

The Abbott government will not merely return Australia to the high-taxing years of the Howard government, it will exceed the Whitlam government in its spending.

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Multinational winners and grinners emerge from budget mayhem

Much of the benefit of the government’s budget handout to small business will flow into the bottom lines of companies being targeted for multinational tax avoidance, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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What is the point of the Abbott government?

The 2015 budget might keep Abbott and Hockey in their jobs, but its failure to be either economically stimulatory or fiscally disciplined suggests the government isn’t really clear on its purpose.

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The numbers: 2015-16 budget at a glance

A cheat sheet of key stats and figures for the 2015 Australian federal budget.

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The Coalition is now the party of big government

The Coalition can no longer call itself the party of small government. The Abbott government’s path to surplus involves big spending, big deficits, and collecting more tax than Labor ever did.

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Deficit, schmeficit: Hockey focuses on the short term

The budget will repair some of the government’s political damage, but the economic damage will be there for years to come.

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Budget overview: a humiliating abandonment of fiscal rigour

Families? Check. National security hysteria? Check. Blaming everything on Labor, still? Check.

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Hockey’s homage to Rupert crowns a humiliating day

After a rough 24 hours Joe Hockey decided to take the unusual step of a media conference the afternoon before the budget. But what exactly was he announcing?

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Treasury forecasts: are they worth the budget paper they’re printed on?

History suggests the numbers in tonight’s budget documents will bear little relationship to what happens to the economy in the next twelve months.

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Essential — voters (especially retirees) back pension changes

Voters back the government’s pension changes and Tony Abbott has clawed his way back in voters’ estimation, today’s Essential Report show — though only as far as before it all went really bad at the start of the year.

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Newman should pick his conspiracy theories better

Maurice Newman’s conspiracy theory on climate change reflects the inability of denialists to cope with climate change evidence.

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Excellent childcare package weighed down by funding politics

The government has unveiled a strong child care policy that will boost workforce participation — but the means to pay for it may mean trouble ahead for the government.

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When it comes to unsustainability, super concessions are king

The government talks a lot about “unsustainability” but only for programs that benefit lower income earners, not the rich.

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Greens secrecy makes the press gallery grumpy — again

The Greens’ refusal to work with the press gallery in the way the major parties do means journalistic noses out of joint over yesterday’s leadership change.

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Hockey scrambles to deliver Rupert his Netflix tax

The government has abandoned plans to improve the integrity of our multinational company tax system - except in the one area where Rupert Murdoch wants it.

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