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Articles by Bernard Keane

How fares Abbott’s recovery strategy?

Tony Abbott’s recovery hinges on whether he can bribe voters to think more positively about him whenever they stop thinking about national security and focus on issues of greater importance.

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Hockey reveals a gallery of budget grotesques

The government’s intergeneration report claims Australia is heading for big economic trouble. But good news! Disaster can be averted if those pesky crossbenchers pass every piece of Coalition legislation.

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Business as usual won’t work on domestic violence

Politicians have realised that a substantial change is needed on domestic violence policy. But we’re so far behind on the issue we need to do the basics first.

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Slow-lane economy needs all the help it can get

The Australian economy continued its poor performance in the December quarter, but it’s what lies ahead that is driving the Reserve Bank to cut rates.

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The lie that puts you at risk as Abbott wraps himself in the flag

Australia’s return to Iraq will make us less safe, and is based on a lie. Again.

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Essential: voters endorse Abbott on national security

Voters strongly back Tony Abbott on terrorism and want less freedom in exchange for security, today’s Essential poll finds. But the Coalition is still well adrift of Labor.

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Train in vain: the absurd history of training the Iraqi Army

From Iran to Israel to Korea to Romania, the list of countries that have trained Iraqis since 2003 is lengthy. And none achieved anything.

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Hockey’s intergenerational partisanship risks sensible debate

By turning the Intergenerational report into an attack on Labor, Joe Hockey will wreck the value of a report designed to facilitate sensible long-term debate, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications — but bad for consumers.

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Committee recommends data retention, with some half-baked protections

A key committee has waved through the biggest mass surveillance scheme in Australia history.

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After another rotten week for Abbott, change can’t come soon enough

Tony Abbott, dogged by misjudgment and poor luck, had a week so bad that some of his colleagues want him gone as soon as possible.

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Positions, roles, offers, tables — who’s right in the Moraitis Files?

When is “formally putting on the table” not offering something? When it’s not in the government’s interests to admit it.

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Attack-mode Abbott raises the tariff walls against foreigners

Tony Abbott is now incapable of any response to policy issues other than attack. Now he’s turned his sights on foreign investment.

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Coalition contradictions become too many to count

As the Prime Minister tries to dogwhistle his way out of his leadership malaise, the incessant contradictions of the government become too many to track.

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The Moraitis files: resign yourself to inaction on the Triggs offer

The head of the Attorney-General’s Department is in deep trouble over his offer of a job to Gillian Triggs — but history suggests nothing will eventuate.

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Abbott targets Muslims and backflips on free speech in terrorism statement

The Prime Minister has unveiled a series of legislative measures and attacked the Muslim community in his national security statement.

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Quickie siege report ignores key issues around Monis

A six week review of the Sydney siege was never likely to produce a substantial report — and it fails to address the key issues around Man Monis and his path to murder.

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Direct Action is ‘intergenerational theft’ — just ask Peter Costello

Climate change is the ultimate form of intergenerational theft — and Joe Hockey is making it worse.

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False census of security: governments already know too much about us

Censuses only worsen the information asymmetry between governments and citizens. Getting rid of them is a good idea.

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Abbott lies about data retention while the media cuts and pastes

Tony Abbott has raised the data retention debate to a new height of hysteria, and the media is failing to protect itself.

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Essential: voters split on Abbott ouster, but don’t think he’ll last

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will make it to the next election, and many want him removed forthwith, today’s Essential Report polling shows.

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Abbott tries again on terrorism, even though it failed the first time

Having doubled down on aggression, Tony Abbott is also trying to use terrorism as part of his political recovery - even though it didn’t help last year.

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The coup that delivered power to a national security elite

Tony Abbott’s desperation, and the Iraq debacle, have delivered an unaccountable clique of security officials massive power.

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Keane: sorry, but ‘reform’ ain’t dead

The claim that the ability of governments to reform is dead is wrong — voters will back even complex reforms if they understand the benefits.

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The new Abbott, much like the old one, with added aggro

Tony Abbott told his divided partyroom he wanted to fight Labor. His conception of the Prime Ministership seems to consist of nothing more.

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