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Articles by Bernard Keane

Promoting the grisly terrorism theatre of IS

The grisly murder of James Foley is the continuation of a well-established Islamic extremist tradition of media manipulation. And it works.

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RBA does the vision thing better than politicians or business

The Reserve Bank’s most senior officials yesterday made a more coherent case for the Australian economy than any we’ve heard from politicians recently.

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Get a warrant: why more oversight is central to national security reform

A proposal to require more external oversight of intelligence agencies as their powers are extended goes to the heart of the debate about more anti-terrorism laws.

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Coalition’s recovery levels off — and a Hockey return to form is needed

The Coalition’s polling recovery in the wake of the MH17 tragedy has left it just shy of Labor; it still needs a boost to recover its lead.

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Essential: voters souring on the economy, prefer local surrogacy

Voters aren’t happy with the overall direction of the economy, and don’t buy the government’s claim that the budget will be good for jobs.

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Clive of China no more — well, not this week anyway

Clive Palmer used to think Chinese investment was wonderful, that only racists tried to restrict it, and China was no threat. How times have changed…

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War on Terror keeps the terrorist cash cycle going

Despite what the government might say, Australian taxpayers have been directly and indirectly helping fund terrorism for years.

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IGIS, media flag concerns about national security reforms

Both the intelligence agency monitor and major media organisations have flagged concerns about the first set of national security reforms brought forward by the government.

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Woe is Joe: or, how the budget narrative was lost

Joe Hockey’s woes this week reflect how the government’s budget narrative barely survived budget night.

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Keane: Iraq intervention part of a war without end

The deteriorating Iraq situation and our response to it merely perpetuates a War on Terror that will always curb our freedoms.

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Another attack on the low-paid the last thing the Coalition needs

The call for the removal of penalty rates is the wrong fight at the wrong time for the government, which is why it was shut down quick smart yesterday.

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Essential: Australians reject data retention, Abbott gains ground on Shorten

The latest Essential Report shows the only segment of the community that supports data retention is the one that uses IT least, and Tony Abbott records his best approval rating since April.

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Surveillance advocates hit us with their best shot

The advocates for data retention have now had an opportunity to put their case, and they’ve failed to offer anything credible.

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So much for ‘real Tony’, the pragmatist

Attempts to portray the government as newly “pragmatic” are more interesting for the light they shed on political communication than telling us anything about politicians.

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Turnbull finally provides some progress on metadata definition

After a discussion with ASIO and the AFP, Malcolm Turnbull has presented a definition of metadata that makes more sense than any offered so far by his colleagues.

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Brandis’ disastrous data definition reflects a confused government

The government’s stumbling over data retention raises the question of how prepared it was for this debate.

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Where’s the justification for the sudden rush for spy powers?

The government has suddenly lurched forward on national security with a huge package of reforms that strengthen our worst anti-terrorism laws without justification.

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Data retention may include Facebook and Twitter

The government appears confused about what data will be retained under its data retention scheme — but it could include your social media activity and your whole internet browsing history.

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Essential: Hockey losing his mojo, voters unimpressed with job-seeker requirements

Latest Essential Report shows a reversal of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s standing, with 44% of voters disapproving of his performance compared to a 45% approval rating last November.

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Data retention is an intolerable threat to democracy

The government’s proposal for data retention is a direct threat to democracy and our ability to hold the powerful to account. Here’s why.

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Think of the children: govt grasps at straws to sell budget

A desperate government won’t get much help from the Business Council when it comes to intergenerational issues.

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Securency superinjunction another twist in a long-running scandal

The Securency case that prompted the now-notorious Department of Foreign Affairs injunction has been going for years and shows no signs of ending soon.

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Kids in detention: is Immigration malicious, or just utterly incompetent?

The Immigration Department has long known about the challenges of providing mental health services to detainees. Its failures on Christmas Island and Nauru reflect massive incompetence.

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DFAT needs to explain itself over ‘superinjunction’ debacle

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ attempt to gag debate over a bribery scandal has blown up in its face. It should explain its role in the Victorian Supreme Court superinjunction.

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‘Terrorism is terrorism’ — until it’s not

Expanding anti-terrorism laws to include “promotion” of terrorism is fraught with dangers — especially when some countries define good journalism as terrorism.

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