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Articles by Bernard Keane

Higher ed debacle: Pyne demonstrates why the government is failing

Christopher Pyne’s bungling of his higher education reforms demonstrates the flaws that have bedevilled the government — and it’s not even clear the government is aware of them.

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The Clive and Jacqui shows prove a study in contrasts

While Clive Palmer fades into enraged irrelevance, Jacqui Lambie is proving more complex than expected on university deregulation.

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Essential: you haven’t kept faith with us, PM

Voters reject the Prime Minister’s contention that he has “fundamentally kept faith” with them, and see more positive attributes in the Opposition Leader, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Abbott tries to hit reset but Hockey’s critics can smell blood

The Prime Minister has given ground in an effort to get an end-of-year win but his Treasurer is badly wounded.

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Nuclear: the power source for innumerates and socialists

Nuclear power is a ludicrously uneconomic industry and now more than ever. But conservatives continue to obsess over it.

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More data confirms non-existence of alcohol ‘epidemic’

Detailed data on Australians’ drug use confirms that we are consuming less alcohol, and consuming it more responsibly, than ever.

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Keane: another week, another shocker for a troubled government

The government has suffered yet another bad week — and with no relief in sight.

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Shorten’s higher ground proves elusive

With a chance to convey his vision for Australia in a set-piece speech, Bill Shorten failed to deliver.

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Cormann’s Medibank success reverses a run of privatisation duds

The successful sale of Medibank Private was important to show voters that privatisation can be better than it has been so often in the past.

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Essential: Labor set for Victorian win on health and education

Labor is poised to win government in Victoria, on the back of voter trust on health and education, an Essential Research poll shows.

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Outbreak of entitlement confuses ABC critics

Critics of the ABC board’s decision on spending cuts think the ABC can be both national and efficient, when it can’t be both at once.

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Essential: Abbott’s international foray underwhelms voters

After an intensive focus on international issues, the government has gone backwards in voter estimation of its performance, Essential Report shows.

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The Ten-Foxtel deal should be blocked

The media regulator should block the Foxtel-Ten deal as it would deliver control of the free-to-air network to News Corp, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Keane: the black and white world of Abbott’s spinning

The government’s default communication strategy is to to tell people they’re wrong. And, unsurprisingly, it’s not working.

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Committee lashes out at lack of a key national security role

The powerful parliamentary intelligence committee has expressed its displeasure at the ongoing lack of a key security role within government.

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Coalition’s mid-term blues deepen as Abbott looks back to McMahon

The government’s domestic woes deepened this week, and a focus on foreign policy won’t salvage its fortunes.

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Keane: govt hoisted by its own FOFA petard

The government’s half-smart decision to try to sneak its repeal of FOFA through parliament has ended up costing it dearly.

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Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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China FTA a win for the govt, but not the economy

A free trade agreement with China is unlikely to yield significant economic benefits, and we’d be better off simply liberalising our economy.

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Disastrous Japan GDP fails to follow G20 script

In a shock outcome, the Japanese economy has plunged into recession, casting doubt on the ambitious reform program of Shinzo Abe, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Essential: thumbs up for an FTA with China, though voters aren’t sure why

Voters back a free trade agreement but appear confused about who will benefit, this week’s Essential Report shows, while it seems partisanship affects how people view the asylum seeker issue.

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Joe and Tony hold out against the economics of climate change

Opinion on whether climate change is a major economic issue is divided. Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey say it isn’t … everyone else says it is.

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Poor week for the government, but will Lambie make life easier?

As politics switches focus to the G20 and foreign visitors, the government’s woes continue.

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Surprise! It’s another good war for defence contractors

The share prices of the defence contractors benefiting from the war against Islamic State continue to surge.

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Xi-Obama deal leaves Abbott with nowhere to hide on climate

The climate action agreement between China and the US removes the assumption on which the Coalition’s entire contradictory approach to climate change is based.

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