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Articles by Bernard Keane

Essential: voters sour further on Direct Action, Turnbull top of the pollies

Voters prefer an emissions trading scheme or carbon price over doing nothing on climate change - but only narrowly - while Malcolm Turnbull rates highest along the government’s ministers.

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Gunning for freedom, Leyonhjelm style

Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm’s comment that John Howard ‘deserved to be shot’ illustrates a problem all too often at the heart of libertarianism.

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McClure report fails on key issue of low-income housing

Access to housing is a key issue in welfare reform that has been missed by the McClure report

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Graham Burke — unsafe at any download speed

The priceless examples of copyright industry stupidity keep rolling out as the government prepares for its war on filesharing.

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ASIC’s problems start at the top

A Senate committee has savaged the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and demanded a judicial inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank — but it’s unlikely to happen.

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Guess who will spy on the G20 (hint: not hactivists)?

David Irvine is warning G20 participants that “hacktivists” could target them. But there is an organisation far, far more likely to target the G20 …

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The politics: Palmer delivers a big win for climate denialists

Ignore the theatrics: Clive Palmer has handed the government a big win in its efforts to dump effective climate action.

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Government reveals first national security reforms

ASIO is set to expand its powers under new national security legislation reforms to be unveiled by the government in July.

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Green-Labor stupidity on fuel excise could be prevented with an X

Allowing at least part of the rise in fuel excise indexation through would be sensible long-term politics from Labor.

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Essential: voters deliver thumbs-down to Palmer

Voters don’t particularly like Clive Palmer’s larger-than-life political personality, today’s Essential Report finds, while the Coalition has lifted its vote despite voters not believing Tony Abbott.

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While the government fiddles on FOFA, longevity and fees are the real problem

A senior Treasury figure has discussed the real challenges in retirement incomes policy — longevity risk and high super fees, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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What’s really happening on national security laws

Mooted reforms to national security legislation need to be seen separately from the Syria/Iraq situation — and the process by which those reforms are overseen is important, too.

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Abbott faces the ‘Gillard challenge’: down in the polls

Polling shows the budget sales process has damaged both the budget and its chief spruiker, the PM. Tony Abbott now finds himself in Julia Gillard’s situation; can he climb out of it?

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Hockey joins the G20 lecture circuit

Joe Hockey’s lecturing the G20 on lifting growth while undertaking reforms. Only… it all sounds a little familiar, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Secret financial services agreement exposed by WikiLeaks threatens personal data

Secret trade negotiations revealed by WikiLeaks show the US trying to head off moves to protect citizens’ data from US control.

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Remember when the Coalition hated Hawke and Keating?

The government has taken great pains to compare current Labor unfavourably with the golden age of Hawke and Keating. But cast your mind back a few decades, and Hawke and Keating were far from Liberal favourites at the time.

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Walker attacks abolition of security law oversight as changes loom

The office charged with vetting security laws is being abolished right at the moment the government is considering further strengthening counter-terrorism laws.

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Abbott’s top-secret presser: national security or stunt?

National security secrecy now apparently extends to partisan events on RAAF bases.

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Departure of a gutsy, thoughtful senator leaves politics the poorer

LNP senator Sue Boyce was a rare senatorial figure with guts, principles and a willingness to think issues through.

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Print media crunched as News and Fairfax revenues crumble

The latest advertising revenue data shows newspaper revenue is collapsing, while Ten and pay-TV are also struggling, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Government committee insists ‘nothing to see here’ on gutting of FOFA

The government has flagged it will push on with attempts to gut financial advice consumer protections even as financial advice regulation has gone into meltdown.

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Essential: voters don’t trust Abbott to make a good impression overseas

A growing proportion of Australians have little or no trust in the government’s ability to handle Australia’s international relations, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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Iraq insurgency revives shuffling zombie neocon army

The chaos in Iraq is another chance for neoconservatives to push for Western intervention — a course that will again make us less safe from terrorism.

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Why white terrorism isn’t terrorism

Terrorism by white people isn’t framed as terrorism because it undermines the real benefits of the War on Terror for western governments.

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Essential: Labor leader’s odds Shorten as Abbott falls further behind

Women have warmed to Labor’s Bill Shorten, a new Essential poll shows, as the Coalition continues its post-budget slump. And Australians don’t like drones.

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