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Articles by Bernard Keane

Officials admit: we can’t justify data retention

Inquiries into data retention show that there is no evidence it will do what the government claims it will do.

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Loyalists and insurgents do battle in a leadership crisis on speed

The Liberal leadership dynamic is now playing out at speeds never seen before, with the political-media cycle shifting repeatedly through the course of a single day.

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Desperate Abbott reveals his political inner self

Tony Abbott revealed his core political thinking yesterday — and it owes much to the later years of John Howard.

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Essential: Turnbull the pick to lead — but Liberal voters want Bishop

Today’s Essential Report shows Malcolm Turnbull is still the preferred leader of the Liberal Party, but Julie Bishop is closing in, while Tony Abbott flounders.

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Abbott offers xenophobia and entitlement in key speech

Tony Abbott offered a crackdown on free speech and foreign investment, and pledges to be more consultative, in his crucial speech today. It’s unlikely to be enough to save him.

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Liberals blow Labor away in chase for cash

The Liberal Party blitzed Labor in fundraising in 2013-14 — but all sides managed to secure a remarkable quarter of a billion dollars in funding.

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Abbott the Coalition killer needs a Press Club miracle

If not the direct cause, Tony Abbott is the lethal dose of background radiation that is crippling the conservative cause.

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After Queensland, Abbott needs a Howard-style miracle

A crippled Tony Abbott must completely reset the political agenda with his Press Club speech. And John Howard offers some inspiration.

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Keane: the right time to dump Tony Abbott

Political debate is now focusing on the details of Abbott’s removal — who, how and most importantly, when.

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Rupert’s fix won’t help his ailing Aussie subsidiary

Dumping Peta Credlin won’t fix the problems of the Abbott government - and would simply reinforce the perception that the Abbott government is run by News Corp.

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Joke political donation laws hide half the story from voters

Commonwealth political donation laws mean we don’t find out until 18 months after an election who gave money to political parties - and even then we only get half the story.

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Essential: voters continue to mark the government down

The government continues to fall in voters’ estimation on important policy issues, but a large number of voters still think it’s too soft on asylum seekers, Essential Report shows.

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Pentagon shows the proper way to farewell a beloved monster

While many point out he was a brutal dictator, western elites are mourning Saudi King Abdullah - and none more so than the Pentagon.

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Arise, Dame Julie: Bishop displays her Sun King seal of approval

Julie Bishop is openly positioning herself as Tony Abbott’s replacement as the Prime Minister’s judgement again fails him.

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Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Journalist Barrett Brown, who first exposed the sinister links between the cybersecurity industry and the US government, has been sentenced to five years’ jail.

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Time for IR reform advocates to put up or shut up

The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into industrial relations is an opportunity for business to produce hard evidence about the problems of a system that appears to be serving Australia well, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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Hundreds of donors hidden by Newman’s donations laws

Campbell Newman’s gutting of political donation disclosure laws means many hundreds of LNP donors can remain secret.

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Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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Manus disturbances a logical consequence of Labor-Liberal policy

The protests, self-harm and violence won’t stop on Manus Island - they’re a logical consequence of the way Australian policy has evolved.

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Essential: Voters split on Iraq, ABC most trusted institution

Voters oppose an increase in Australia’s role in Iraq, and the ABC is the country’s most trusted institution, Essential Report shows.

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Will the Liberal leadership endgame play out sooner than expected?

The Medicare backflip has the government beginning 2015 as it ended 2014. If this keeps up, the Liberal leadership question will emerge sooner rather than later.

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Coalition’s crony capitalism makes communication harder

The Coalition’s economic agenda is straightforward crony capitalism. No wonder they can’t explain it to voters.

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Abbott reshuffles to ‘reset and refocus’

Tony Abbott has used the resignation of Arthur Sinodinos and the dumping of David Johnston to “reset and refocus” his beleaguered government.

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Pressure builds for independent inquiry into siege

Talk of a reshuffle won’t allay community concerns about the handling of Man Monis and the Sydney siege. And the pressure for a judicial inquiry is growing.

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