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Articles by Bernard Keane

Want economic reform? Here’s someone who could deliver it

Effective implementation of an economic reform agenda requires voter trust and a capacity to communicate effectively, Only one Liberal possesses those qualities.

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Hunt caught out: Carmichael failure breached parliamentary guarantee

Greg Hunt’s failure to do adhere to legal requirements for the approval of the Carmichael mine explicitly broke a commitment Hunt made to parliament in 2013.

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While Turkey plays games with jihadis, we’re with Stupid in Syria

The government is showing profound naivety in contemplating entering the Syrian civil war, based purely on domestic political desperation.

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Hockey’s ‘moral imperative’ fades into lame cynicism

Last year Joe Hockey claimed returning to surplus was a “moral imperative”. Now it’s all about tax cuts, despite the budget deficit worsening.

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Essential: voters want same-sex marriage vote soon — and Heydon should go

There is strong support for a popular vote on same-sex marriage, today’s Essential Report shows, but voters want it sooner rather than later.

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Court doc confirms: govt admitted screwing up Adani approval

Federal Court documents show that the government admitted it bungled the approval of the Carmichael coal project — a failure it has refused to acknowledge in its campaign to gut a key Commonwealth environment protection act.

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Bombing in Syria: illegal, immoral, self-defeating and inevitable

Extending Australia’s military involvement against Islamic State will reinforce the narrative of Islamist aggression and make us less safe. But the Abbott government can’t help itself.

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Abbott brings religious fervour to his Old King Coal act

The government’s only economic agenda is around free-trade agreements and coal, which it supports with the zeal of a religious convert.

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Federal Court rebukes government’s ‘vigilante litigants’ campaign

The Federal Court has taken the rare step of correcting claims about its role in the Carmichael case, further undermining the government’s insistence that “vigilante litigants” need to be reined in.

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Govt embraces Chinese workers, but not investment

While the government charges Labor with racism over the China Australia Free Trade Agreement, it is pandering to xenophobic sentiments about Chinese investment.

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Government’s war on transparency shifts to tax avoidance

The committee investigating multinational tax avoidance has recommended a suite of transparency measures to improve accountability for large companies. But the government implacably opposes it.

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No rights for trees: how Abbott will gut environmental protection

The government’s proposal to strip public interest litigation from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act will gut the act by removing a key enforcement mechanism.

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Dyson Heydon’s bad memory and the trashing of the institutions

The bias claims embroiling Dyson Heydon are only the latest example of how the Coalition’s political royal commissions have tended to go off the rails.

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Essential: woe, woe, woe is Joe — and which industries are corrupt?

Julie Bishop is the Abbott government’s star performer, according to today’s Essential Report, while government is rated the most corrupt sector by voters, even ahead of construction.

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The rich irony of crying ‘lawfare’ while surrendering our sovereignty

The government is complaining about “lawfare” against mining projects while inviting multinationals to sue it and score generous payouts.

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FOI rollback the latest round in the war on transparency

Public servants are boasting about how they evade Freedom of Information laws — and want to roll them back. It’s all part of a government war on transparency.

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Behind the Abbott chaos: no agenda and a failure to do the basics

Behind the government’s chaotic week there are consistent patterns at work that explain why Tony Abbott’s government is dysfunctional.

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If Abbott loves plebiscites so much, here are a few more he can have

Tony Abbott’s sudden enthusiasm for letting voters decide on policy issues could usefully be extended to any number of key reforms.

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Coalition’s emissions target further exposes its climate lie

There is a lie at the heart of the Coalition’s denialism-based climate policy — and its proposed emissions targets make it more obvious.

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Abbott’s jury-rigged same-sex marriage policy a bridge to nowhere

Tony Abbott’s strange same sex plebiscite non-policy is a clunky attempt to bridge his own refusal to accept same sex marriage with the political reality that Australians back it.

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Essential: Liberal voters say bye-bye, Bronwyn

Even Liberal voters now want Bronwyn Bishop to leave politics, while the Productivity Commission’s suggestion to reduce Sunday penalty rates isn’t popular, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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Citizenship bill: bureaucrats can override courts and ignore allies

The citizenship-stripping bill will hand extraordinary power to Australia’s most secretive and least competent bureaucrats — including the power to override court decisions.

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How Abbott ends: reheated announcements and policy paralysis

With the government politically paralysed, it has to rely on reannouncing the same vague reform commitments to pretend it has an economic agenda.

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Abbott labouring in his own valley of death

Finally free of the Bronwyn Bishop saga, the Abbott government still appeared listless and without purpose this week.

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Coalition’s fight for coal defies reality

The government’s approval for the Carmichael coal project was flawed under its own rules. Greg Hunt’s response is to change the rules — but it still won’t save this unviable mine.

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