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Articles by Bernard Keane

Citizenship-stripping bill: a mess from start to finish

The government’s bill to strip people linked to terrorism of their citizenship has been savaged by legal experts. But will the intelligence committee do its job properly?

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Industrial relations hardliners and the experience of defeat

The Productivity Commission’s draft report on industrial relations is a major defeat for the deregulation agenda pushed by big business — and should be seen as such.

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Productivity Commission fails to deliver for WorkChoices fans

The Productivity Commission’s report on industrial relations has rejected many of the claims advanced by employer groups about the need for major IR reform.

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Essential: strong backing for Labor’s renewables goal

Despite believing it will push up energy prices, voters strongly back Labor’s goal of 50% renewable energy, potentially neutering a looming Coalition scare campaign.

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Voters prefer Turnbull over Abbott, Labor want anyone but Bill: Essential

Malcolm Turnbull is still voters’ preference to lead the Liberal Party while Labor still strongly leads the Coalition in today’s Essential poll.

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Lessons unlearnt as Abbott grapples with Howard-era rejects

Unlike John Howard, who was also damaged by Bronwyn Bishop, Tony Abbott doesn’t seem to be learning from his mistakes.

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Bishop gone: Abbott finally bows to the inevitable

Bronwyn Bishop has resigned as Speaker, long after it became clear that her position was untenable.

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Abbott finally breaks cover — just a little

After several days of relative silence, Tony Abbott emerged today to deal with two issues that were dominating debate.

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Could Robb have protected Australia from corporate lawsuits?

Other states have grappled with the issues around investor-state dispute settlement. Andrew Robb has failed to learn from them.

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Tired of terror: Abbott needs a new agenda, and quick

The government has lost control of the political agenda to Labor. But what can it shift the discussion to?

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Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

ISDS benefits only corporations, and governments lose out even when they win, the evidence shows.

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Essential: just go, Bronwyn, just go

Many voters, including Liberal voters, want Bronwyn Bishop gone from politics altogether. And few people are buying the government’s efforts to link a carbon price and higher electricity prices, Essential Report shows.

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Conference settles Labor’s leadership issue — for now

Bill Shorten emerged from Labor’s national conference with his authority repaired and the party leadership issue settled.

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Will Shorten’s high-risk ploy achieve a remarkable recovery?

With his leadership weakened, Bill Shorten has made two high-risk plays ahead of Labor’s national conference.

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Tilting at windmills: counter-terrorism strategy ignores reality

The new counter-terrorism strategy ignores the hard reality of what causes radicalisation, in favour of a neoconservative straw man.

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Labor on turnbacks: moral conundrum, political no-brainer

While the moral and policy issues around boat turnbacks are complex, politically the issue is very simple for Labor.

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Shorten’s Super-RET: dumb economics, but smart politics?

Bill Shorten’s higher RET is intended to exploit the gap between voter enthusiasm for renewables and Tony Abbott’s pathological hatred of them. But it’s not the best way to achieve decarbonisation.

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Earth to Planet Tax: we can see through your sneaky GST ruse

The government is trying to pretend it is the party of lower taxes while encouraging a GST rise. Meanwhile, better tax options are ignored.

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Essential: voters back renewables over coal

Voters strongly support government investment in renewables — and they think Tony Abbott and co are too fixated on coal, Essential Report shows.

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APRA’s capital move may put a lid on house prices

APRA has responded to the Murray Inquiry’s call for higher residential mortgage capital requirements for banks, which may have flow-on effects through the economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Bronwyn Bishop: Liberal attack dog finally gets bitten

Once the scourge of public servants, Bronwyn Bishop is now on the receiving end of the scrutiny she once dished out with relish.

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Pollies with snouts in the trough set back reform

To effectively prosecute reform, politicians need to be trusted by the electorate. Bronwyn Bishop and Bill Shorten haven’t helped that cause.

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Abbott’s double standard on a nuclear-free Middle East

Tony Abbott says he wants a nuclear-free Middle East. So what about Israel?

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Activist Reserve Bank joins the negative gearing critics

The Reserve Bank has joined the chorus of criticism of negative gearing, in defiance of the government’s enthusiasm for it, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Shorten’s late declaration larger and later than thought

Bill Shorten’s late declaration from the 2007 election is online and involves a bigger sum than previously thought.

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