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Articles by Bernard Keane

Essential: nannies, retaliation against Indonesia and retirement

While voters continue to look askance at the government’s capacity to handle foreign relations, its nannies policy might be a winner, Essential Report reveals.

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Abbott and Hockey’s reality check isn’t over yet

The government is busily shaping expectations about next week’s budget, but it’s clear there’ll be no significant improvement in the budget deficit.

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Intelligence oversight is better — but still broken

The way we oversee security agencies has improved in recent months, but big reforms are still needed.

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AFP: we did everything right with Bali nine case

The Australian Federal Police has rejected criticism of its role in the executions of Bali nine members Chan and Sukumaran, insisting everything it did was correct.

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Ruddock reveals our death-penalty inconsistency

Australia notionally opposes the death penalty, but when it comes to the war on terror, we don’t bat an eyelid about extrajudicial killing.

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Fair’s fair — another bad report for the public health lobby

A key nanny state lobby group’s own polling continues to undermine its own hysterical narrative on alcohol.

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Stevens issues warning on misconduct

Even through phrased in polite central banker language, yesterday Glenn Stevens made clear to the big banks that the RBA doesn’t trust them as much as it used to, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Abbott was always going to struggle to save Chan and Sukumaran

Australia’s poor relationship with Indonesia significantly reduced whatever chance Tony Abbott had of saving Chan and Sukumaran.

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Blaming an Arab: Julie Bishop’s guide to the War on Terror

In Julie Bishop’s version of the War on Terror, Islamic State was caused by the Arab Spring and has nothing to do with western intervention in the Middle East.

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Essential: little faith in the Coalition’s fiscal courage

Voters don’t have much faith the government has a plan to return to surplus — though they’re in no hurry, Essential Report finds.

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PBS: time for high-income earners to pay more

Reforming the PBS should involve high-income earners paying more for medicines — but there are significant implementation issues.

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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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