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Articles by Bernard Keane

Has the tax discussion taken us further away from reform?

With most sensible options ruled out, we’ve gone backwards on tax reform, not forwards.

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Keane: the old and the new of Anzac amnesia

A century on from Gallipoli, Australia remains mired in pointless imperial ventures in the Middle East and “Lest We Forget” was never more ironic.

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Senate reform and the outsourcing of democracy

Calls for an overhaul of Senate voting to prevent the election of microparties contradict the growing disillusionment with the professionalisation of politics

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Inflation on target, but will the Reserve Bank hold fire?

Yesterday’s inflation data gives the go-ahead to cut interest rates, but will the RBA wait for the budget, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane ask.

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Labor leaves Coalition isolated on super tax handouts

The government looks flat-flooted as sentiment turns against generous superannuation tax concessions to the wealthy.

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Essential: everyone thinks the budget will be bad for them

Voters expect the coming budget will be good for the wealthy and business, but bad for the rest of us — but that’s still better than last year’s budget, today’s Essential Report shows.

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The glamorous exceptions to Obama’s war on whistleblowers

While the Obama administration relentlessly pursues those who reveal crimes and wrongdoing, senior figures are allowed to leak with impunity.

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Coalition still playing catch-up on financial planning

While Labor’s Sam Dastyari runs “show trials” of the big banks, the Coalition is left ruing its failure to take control of the issue of financial planning scandals.

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Keane: media and politics are changing, and not for the better

Politics is becoming more professional, media, less so. And neither change is good for an informed citizenry.

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Abbott rightly resists the whine of the west

Tony Abbott is right to avoid the WA-versus-the-rest GST stoush, but he can’t avoid the fight over health and education funding.

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Good news on the jobs front suggest growth could be picking up

Today’s jobless numbers suggest the economy’s tepid growth might be improving, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Revealed: suppressed government report slams mental health services

A major report on our inefficient, patchwork approach to mental health leaves the government unable to retain the status quo, but with no easy way forward.

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Government faces fights on multiple fiscal fronts

The government faces fights on multiple fronts on tax and the budget, but doesn’t appear to have coordinated its tactics.

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Anti-vaxxers are free riders, not a persecuted minority

Anti-vaxxers are dangerous conspiracy theorists whose actions kill children. They don’t deserve any support from the community.

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Essential: voters still (really) down on Abbott

Tony Abbott continues to be deeply unpopular with voters, today’s Essential Report shows, but Bill Shorten has failed to capitalise on it.

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‘Mild contraction’ to give birth to a big taxing and spending budget

Joe Hockey anticipates a “mildly contractionary” budget, in the face of falling revenues. What does he mean?

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The War on Terror according to the CIA: endless, self-perpetuating

While Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten peddle lies about terrorism, the head of the CIA says the War on Terror generates more terrorists and will last forever.

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Timid politicians, angry voters and the two ‘reform agendas’

Business complaints about the lack of political will for reform disguises that the reform they now want is very different to that of the last 30 years.

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The messy politics of multinational tax dodging

The Coalition is being outflanked by Labor on multinational tax avoidance, and the political costs to the government could be high.

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Younger Australians embracing VPNs

Australians are embracing measures to protect themselves against online surveillance as government and corporations seek to strip their privacy away.

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Essential: going off the grog, and what will support you in retirement?

Australians are drinking less, or not at all, but oppose more taxes on alcohol. And they’re increasingly uncertain about their retirement income, Essential Report shows.

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Mayor’s support for rapist trivialises violence against women

High-profile support for a Sydney rapist, and the attempt to shut down criticism of it, illustrates how we trivialise violence against women.

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The dirty secret of penalty rate opponents: business is booming

Far from being “crippled” or “killed” by penalty rates, Australia’s cafe and restaurant sector is growing so fast it will soon overtake manufacturing.

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Has a key whistleblower platform been compromised?

A key anonymous whistleblowing platform appears to have been temporarily compromised, at a time when protecting journalistic sources is front of mind for the media.

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Super tax changes need to look beyond the fiscal

Fixing superannuation tax concessions will have implications right across our retirement income system — and we should use them to address emerging problems.

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