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Articles by Bernard Keane

Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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Fraser’s final political legacy looked forward and back

At his death, Malcolm Fraser was preparing for another act in his political life, with a party intended to address the deep disenchantment of many Australians toward politics.

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How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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NSW Coalition cruising to victory on voter trust

The NSW Coalition is headed for what should be an easy win, Essential Research polling shows — reflecting the strong trust voters have in its ability to handle major issues.

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What Joe should tell his colleagues about his budget

Joe Hockey’s budget message has been complicated not just by confusion within the government but by the government’s readiness to look after its mates.

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Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

Voters are gloomy about the state of the economy, but they want a stronger Renewable Energy Target, not a watered down one, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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The Immigration way: abuse, neglect, cover-up

The Immigration Department’s response to allegations of abuse of asylum seekers is to use any means to discredit those making the allegations.

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Confused? So is the government, and the rest of us

The confusion about the government’s fiscal policy isn’t new — it reflects its constant shifting on the budget over several years.

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Finally, the Labor-Coalition surveillance deal revealed

In a secret deal hammered out between politicians, Australia’s biggest ever mass surveillance scheme is to go forward, with journalists given special protection.

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Hypocritical Labor punishes consumers on electricity

New South Wales Labor’s campaign against electricity privatisation is cynical and hypocritical, and punishes consumers with higher prices.

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Pyne’s higher ed debacle comes with a big price tag

Christopher Pyne has perfectly demonstrated how not to undertake complex reform. And it has cost the government dearly.

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Your guide to the data retention debate: 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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Essential: what intergenerational report?

Nearly half of voters haven’t even heard of the intergenerational report and another quarter haven’t heard much, according to today’s Essential Report poll.

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Coalition wedged on media as Brandis sneaks away from protections

The media revolt on data retention forced the government and opposition to cave in on protecting journalists — while George Brandis tried to sneak through a get-out clause for agencies.

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On media ownership reform, keep an eye on the court jesters

There are more hurdles for media ownership reform than News Corporation’s focus on pay TV.

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Journos finally cotton on to the insidious danger of data retention

Parliament’s intelligence committee is examining the issue of security agency access to journalists’ metadata. But it might want to look a little closer to home as well.

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Dr Malcolm’s budget diagnosis deeply flawed

Malcolm Turnbull’s critique of the government’s flaws is self-serving and plainly wrong.

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Rotten politics and worse policy in car multinationals’ going-away present

A final handout to car multinationals illustrates how the Abbott government’s policy and political judgement is entirely gone.

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Voters agree: tax big companies more, not less

Voters are unanimous in believing multinational companies should be paying more tax. In fact, partisan differences seem to disappear when it comes to tax.

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Essential: Abbott up, kind of — and new Iraq venture opposed

Voters are opposed to Australia’s return to Iraq, while Tony Abbott has improved his standing with voters to merely terrible, in today’s Essential Report.

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Here come the Chinese hackers — yet again

Security experts are warning that China could turn off our power by hacking our power grid — like they’ve been saying for nearly twenty years.

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Spare us from politicians mouthing housing affordability platitudes

Politicians love to opine about housing affordability but are unlikely to ever do anything serious about it.

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How fares Abbott’s recovery strategy?

Tony Abbott’s recovery hinges on whether he can bribe voters to think more positively about him whenever they stop thinking about national security and focus on issues of greater importance.

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Hockey reveals a gallery of budget grotesques

The government’s intergeneration report claims Australia is heading for big economic trouble. But good news! Disaster can be averted if those pesky crossbenchers pass every piece of Coalition legislation.

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