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Articles by Bernard Keane

Credlin is not the problem, Abbott and his ministers are

Responsibility for the government’s woes rests not with the PM’s chief of staff but with ministers, from the PM down, who have failed to explain themselves to voters.

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Faulkner’s retirement a loss across many fronts

Labor Senator John Faulkner’s retirement marks the end of an era in Australian politics.

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Government’s full-blown war on the internet is here at last

Data retention is central to the government’s crackdown on filesharing — illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.

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Abbott dumps co-payment — onto GPs

The government has dumped responsibility for a Medicare co-payment onto GPs — but hasn’t resolved the absurdity at the heart of the proposal.

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CIA’s torture program is NOT a relic of the past

The beyond-Kafkaesque nightmare of the CIA torture report isn’t a document of history or a one-off derailment of American values, it’s exactly how the War on Terror continues to be pursued.

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US Senate torture report: the essentials

The CIA engaged in a torture program that didn’t work, tortured and killed innocent people, and the agency lied systematically to the authorities while intimidating those who raised concerns, a congressional report finds.

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Abbott shifts toxic co-payment proposal onto doctors

The government has tried to extract itself from its GP co-payment mess by dumping responsibility for it onto doctors.

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How what we see as important splits us up as voters

Different issues have different priorities for different voters — but some unite us, creating an opportunity for the government if it can take it.

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Essential: Abbott ends year with a collapse

The Prime Minister has plumbed new depths in approval as voters sour on the economy, their own circumstances and politics in general, Essential’s latest report shows.

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After five years of waiting, Murray delivers (some of) the goods

Long in the making, the Murray inquiry is a worthy successor to previous financial sector inquiries, and Joe Hockey deserves credit for it.

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Joe’s economic story just doesn’t add up

Voters aren’t buying Joe Hockey’s economic narrative. It could be because it just doesn’t stack up.

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Senate committee slams parliamentary department over use of CCTV

The Senate privileges committee has issued a damning report on the use of CCTV footage in parliament — and a controversial figure is again under pressure.

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Keane: reshuffle the key to a better 2015 for the Coalition

The government needs a ministerial overhaul to more effectively play to its strengths.

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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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