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Articles by Bernard Keane

Corporate watchdog fails to pass a conflict of interest test of its own

How ASIC handles conflicts of interest when it relies on swapping staff with industry is key to perceptions of the regulator. And the story is not a good one.

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Liberals, in denial over O’Farrell’s error, should learn from this

As NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell heads for the exit, shooting the messenger won’t help the Liberals. Incestuous links with business will continue to inflict damage on the party, especially in a party branch as inept as NSW.

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O’Farrell — and NSW voters — pay the price for an inexplicable lapse

Barry O’Farrell’s premiership has been brought to an end by a bizarre lapse in memory. But will politicians realise their close relations with business are the real problem?

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How to fuel a Badgerys Creek airport — keep on truckin’

A new airport at Badgery’s Creek will need jet fuel, and lots of it. Getting it there will be an infrastructure and transport challenge, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Essential: support for curbs on political ads, voters down on Palmer

Voters strongly support caps on political advertising spending, today’s Essential Report shows, and they’re not enthusiastic about Clive Palmer having the Senate balance of power.

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Calculating compliance: how ASIC ‘enforced’ financial advice laws

ASIC has failed to respond to serious allegations about its enforcement of the law on financial planning. Crikey examines the damning evidence against the corporate watchdog.

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ASIC, financial planners and nightmare-based regulation

When it came to Commonwealth Bank financial planners ripping off clients, regulation was all a bit too hard for the corporate regulator ASIC.

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Bob Carr the ‘authorised leaker’ and hypocrite

Bob Carr thinks it’s in the national interest to reveal the inner workings of diplomacy. Too bad he did nothing to help others seeking to do the same, like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

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A hard case of harmful speech: should we ban anti-vaccination talk?

There are better examples of speech that causes harm than the ones we’re debating in relation to the Racial Discrimination Act. What about the anti-vaxxers?

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Statement by Labor senator John Faulkner

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 Statement: ALP Reform Agenda Last Thursday I asked the NSW Branch of the ALP to circulate a letter proposing changes to the Party‚Äôs Rules in NSW. This letter is forthright about the challenges facing the NSW Labor Party and the reforms needed to meet them. These proposals advance my long-standing commitment […]

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Sorry, but free trade agreements are duds, no matter how ‘nuanced’

Bilateral free trade agreements like the one negotiated with Japan deliver few benefits. The only worthwhile trade reform is unilateral tariff reductions. Don’t hold your breath for that.

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Essential: over-55s climate deniers, everyone hates Direct Action

Climate denialism is very closely linked to age, new polling from Essential Research finds. But support for the federal government’s “Direct Action” plan is minimal across the board.

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The good, the bad and the ugly of the WA Senate re-run

The WA senate byelection on the weekend has produced three very different, and symbolic, examples of current trends in Australian politics. Some of it is good, but much of it is ugly politicking.

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SBS seeks ABC-style independence (and a $20 million loan)

With the ABC under pressure from the government, SBS wants to have the same level of independence. Bernard Keane and Farz Edraki on an FOI investigation by Crikey.

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RBA unlikely to be popular at David Murray’s financial inquiry

The RBA’s views on a range of issues are unlikely to be welcome at David Murray’s financial services inquiry. But they’re backed by a key super sector, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Attorney-General’s moves fast on new telco security arrangements

The Attorney-General’s Department is pursuing a new security framework to bring telecommunications companies and ISPs under tighter government control. But it appears to be treading softly on data retention.

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Voters oppose junk food taxes as public health and industry square off

Voters oppose “soda taxes” but have mixed views on other forms of food and drink regulation, while a key public health figure hits back at complaints from industry.

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Essential: thumbs down to knights and dames, but RDA splits voters

Voters are split on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, today’s Essential Report finds, while even those who favour deregulation want more regulation in those areas that affect them personally.

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Political appointments: Mirabella to chair SBS board, Akerman joins

Tony Abbott has made two political appointments to the SBS, with ex-minister Sophie Mirabella to chair the board that will now include News Corporation columnist Piers Akerman.

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The reality behind Big Grog and other villains of the public health debate

The reality of the alcohol and beverage industry fits poorly with efforts to dismiss them as evil vectors of disease. The real data on health tells a different story.

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Bishop a distraction for a government that needs clear air

Bronwyn Bishop isn’t much worse than some Speakers of the modern era. But she’s becoming a distraction for the government.

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The virus of capitalism: industry consultation through public health eyes

The exclusion of industry from public health campaigns is increasingly driven by the pathologisation of corporations as vectors of disease that must be controlled.

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Government risks looking out of touch as it clumsily sells free speech

Labor believes it can hurt the government on racial discrimination and the government is making its job easier with its poor selling.

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Racial Discrimination Act: Brandis moves to amend — not repeal — 18C

The government has unveiled its amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act, removing the concept of offence but adding racial vilification for the first time.

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Essential: we think we’re highly taxed; Labor claws back voter esteem

Australians believe they’re highly taxed compared internationally, and that it’s getting worse, today’s Essential Report finds.

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