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Articles by Bernard Keane

Abbott’s (and Shorten’s) lies lead Australia to a sinister place

The government has based its extensions of national security powers, and its involvement in Iraq, on lies. And they will damage us like the previous Iraq war damaged us.

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Essential: voters back Iraq action — but think it will increase terrorism

Voters are backing the government’s decision to return to the Iraq War, but they believe it will make them less safe from terrorism, despite what the government says.

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Brandis concedes some ground on terror laws

The government has given some ground on anti-terror laws, in a move designed to head off criticism of some of the most draconian aspects of its current package.

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AFP gagged, state agencies run for cover on terror-Iraq link

The government won’t allow the Australian Federal Police to comment on whether its decision to go to war in Iraq has increased the risk of terrorism in Australia.

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Terror raids a media spectacle, but it’s war that puts us in danger

While we reap the consequences of returning to Iraq, it’s clearer than ever that the campaign against ISIL will struggle to be effective.

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Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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Ken Henry urges a new, more compelling economic narrative

Australia needs to reframe its approach to economic policy, former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry urges, in one of the most insightful economic policy speeches of recent years.

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Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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Iraq debacle complicates Johnston’s tenure at Russell Hill

The demise of inept defence minister David Johnston may no longer be so imminent given we’re now at war… or something.

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Essential: Coalition struggles on the most basic issues

Voters believe the government isn’t performing well on the most important issues that shape electoral judgements, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Abbott, the nervy pugilist who may or may not have taken us to war

Tony Abbott’s eagerness to get involved in the “war” against Islamic State obscures how little we know what we’re doing in Iraq, or with whom we’re doing it.

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War, what is it good for? Big bank investments

Some of Australia’s biggest financial institutions stand to make a killing from the return to Iraq.

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Abbott has made Australia less safe — so he’s right to lift the threat level

Tony Abbott’s announcement that the terrorism threat level has been raised is correct — after all, he has taken a deliberate decision that will make Australians less safe, and done so for political purposes.

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Guinea, Gina and the giant gifts enjoyed by miners

While Gina Rinehart demands that governments get off the back of the beleaguered mining industry, it is enjoying massive subsidies from state governments.

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Who benefits from the return to Iraq?

The inconsistencies in the case for intervention in Iraq demonstrate how the US and Australia are struggling to see where their real national interests lie.

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Keane: we are failing domestic violence victims with our terrorism obsession

Why do we prioritise terrorism as a threat to Australians when domestic violence kills hundreds of women and children?

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No matter how many questions, the campaign against Gillard will never end

Julia Gillard haters got their moment to shine yesterday when Gillard fronted the unions royal commission. But not one managed to land a blow.

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Japanese subs: government makes the right call

It’s time to stop treating defence as a subset of industry policy and source major purchases from wherever we can find best value.

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Australia’s whistlebower protections lag in private sector, national security

A new report shows we’re in the back of the pack when it comes to protecting whistleblowers in the private sector and on national security.

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The deceit at the heart of the terrorism hysteria

The global rise in terrorism in 2013 disguises that it is the West’s intervention in Iraq that is still causing misery and death.

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Essential: voters disapprove of Iraq venture, and it’s not helping Abbott

Voters narrowly oppose intervention in Iraq, and the focus on security and international matters isn’t helping the Abbott government, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Getting to the core of the threat of Islamic State

The threat to the West from Islamic State depends entirely on whom you talk to — a politician, or a security official.

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Coalition’s week that was had a familiar feel

The Coalition had a better week, indeed an almost Howardesque one, as it thrashed out a detail with Clive Palmer, intervened in Iraq and came up with nonsense about regional development.

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Fair Work outperforms WorkChoices, leaves Treasurer strangely silent

The national accounts show labour productivity has surged. The numbers, however, have received very different interpretations, and there’s been a strange silence on productivity, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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