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Articles by Bernard Keane

Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

ISDS benefits only corporations, and governments lose out even when they win, the evidence shows.

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Essential: just go, Bronwyn, just go

Many voters, including Liberal voters, want Bronwyn Bishop gone from politics altogether. And few people are buying the government’s efforts to link a carbon price and higher electricity prices, Essential Report shows.

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Conference settles Labor’s leadership issue — for now

Bill Shorten emerged from Labor’s national conference with his authority repaired and the party leadership issue settled.

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Will Shorten’s high-risk ploy achieve a remarkable recovery?

With his leadership weakened, Bill Shorten has made two high-risk plays ahead of Labor’s national conference.

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Tilting at windmills: counter-terrorism strategy ignores reality

The new counter-terrorism strategy ignores the hard reality of what causes radicalisation, in favour of a neoconservative straw man.

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Labor on turnbacks: moral conundrum, political no-brainer

While the moral and policy issues around boat turnbacks are complex, politically the issue is very simple for Labor.

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Shorten’s Super-RET: dumb economics, but smart politics?

Bill Shorten’s higher RET is intended to exploit the gap between voter enthusiasm for renewables and Tony Abbott’s pathological hatred of them. But it’s not the best way to achieve decarbonisation.

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Earth to Planet Tax: we can see through your sneaky GST ruse

The government is trying to pretend it is the party of lower taxes while encouraging a GST rise. Meanwhile, better tax options are ignored.

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Essential: voters back renewables over coal

Voters strongly support government investment in renewables — and they think Tony Abbott and co are too fixated on coal, Essential Report shows.

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APRA’s capital move may put a lid on house prices

APRA has responded to the Murray Inquiry’s call for higher residential mortgage capital requirements for banks, which may have flow-on effects through the economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Bronwyn Bishop: Liberal attack dog finally gets bitten

Once the scourge of public servants, Bronwyn Bishop is now on the receiving end of the scrutiny she once dished out with relish.

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Pollies with snouts in the trough set back reform

To effectively prosecute reform, politicians need to be trusted by the electorate. Bronwyn Bishop and Bill Shorten haven’t helped that cause.

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Abbott’s double standard on a nuclear-free Middle East

Tony Abbott says he wants a nuclear-free Middle East. So what about Israel?

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Activist Reserve Bank joins the negative gearing critics

The Reserve Bank has joined the chorus of criticism of negative gearing, in defiance of the government’s enthusiasm for it, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Shorten’s late declaration larger and later than thought

Bill Shorten’s late declaration from the 2007 election is online and involves a bigger sum than previously thought.

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Finally, court lifts absurd Securency injunction

Nearly 12 months late, the Victorian Supreme Court has recognised the absurdity of pretending the internet doesn’t exist.

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Hockey’s call for ‘mature debate’ on tax rings hollow

The government simultaneously calls for a “mature debate” on tax while hyperbolically attacking Labor over its reform proposals. No wonder there’s no economic reform.

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Key American medical body admits to ‘collusion’ on torture

A decade on, a key US medical body has admitted it colluded with the Bush administration in justifying torture.

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Essential: positions on indigenous recognition harden

Positions are hardening on recognition of indigenous Australians in the constitution, and voters support much tougher carbon emissions targets, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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After royal commission, Shorten crashes with voters

Bill Shorten’s standing with voters has crashed in the wake of his appearance at the trade union royal commission. And as Tony Abbott can tell him, it’s a long road back.

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The Coalition’s war on renewables: follow the money

The government’s war on renewable energy reflects the strong financial links between the fossil fuel industry and the Coalition.

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Should Barnaby Joyce resign?

Barnaby Joyce has rejected Tony Abbott’s efforts to accommodate his grievance about the Shenhua mine. And that means he should resign from cabinet.

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Australia … waiting endlessly in the desert of disillusion

Voters sense neither Tony Abbott nor Bill Shorten are up to the job of leading the country. But there’s no clear prospect of change to that dynamic.

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Sluggish jobs data emerges from the statistical mess

Peering through the statistical mayhem, it’s clear unemployment is going nowhere fast, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Shorten’s late declaration typical of a rotten disclosure system

Bill Shorten’s late donation return isn’t even the worst example of a system that allows our political parties to treat disclosure laws with contempt.

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