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Articles by Bernard Keane

Benign jobs report won’t suit the doomsayers

October jobs data shows the economy isn’t faltering, even if we treat the ABS’s numbers with caution, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Dear George, this is how you can fix your mass surveillance program

The risks in the government’s data retention bill could be substantially reduced if the government and security agencies were willing to accept some limitations.

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Wounded Hockey faces a nasty choice on banks

The Murray Inquiry is likely to hand the government an invitation to a fight with the big banks — and Treasurer Joe Hockey is in no state to lead it.

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The official, Pythonesque response to Melbourne Cup deaths

Even after the deaths of two horses at the Melbourne Cup, the racing industry still seems in furious denial about its treatment of animals.

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Yes, I hate the Cup — and for damn good reason

The horseracing industry is cruel, exploitative, unsafe and reliant on organised crime and rentseeking. It shouldn’t be celebrated.

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Essential: uh oh, voters make the link between extreme weather and climate change

Voters believe extreme weather is becoming more frequent — and even Coalition voters think it is linked to climate change, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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The decline — and fall? — of the Palmer United Party

Clive Palmer’s once potent PUP is now polling badly — and following the same trajectory as other minor parties.

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More women in public service, but Indonesia still puts our cabinet to shame

Efforts to increase the representation of women at the key economic agencies have met with mixed success, but progress is being made.

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Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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The five data retention lies you were told

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was unaccompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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Data retention bill reveals a rushed, shambolic national security process

The rushed, confused way in which major national security laws are made in Australia was on display this morning in Canberra.

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Government unveils mass surveillance proposal

The government has finally unveiled its data retention regime — except, critical questions remain unanswered.

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Essential: Labor on track in Victoria — and Palmer collapsing in Qld

Labor remains in the lead in Victoria, polling from Essential Research shows, and Clive Palmer’s party has faded badly in Queensland.

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From class warfare to patriotism — the hypocrisy of Abbott’s ‘mature debate’

The government’s capacity to prosecute a reform agenda will be undermined by the way it has squandered trust and goodwill in the electorate.

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Pyne’s higher education campaign echoes Labor’s mining tax debacle

In prosecuting the case for higher education deregulation, the government failed to consult with the industry and can’t muster evidence for its claims.

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How healthy are our banks? It’s time to end the secrecy

It’s time investors were told how Australian banks perform in stress tests — like overseas investors are told, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Essential: Abbott’s international standing up, but Coalition struggles

Voters are seeing Tony Abbott’s diplomatic skills in a more positive light but it’s not helping the Coalition’s polling, Essential Report shows.

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The inconvenient link between mental health and ‘lone wolf’ terrorism

The reality of radicalisation and terrorism is far more complex than the simplistic, self-serving narratives offered by politicians and the media.

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Turnbull outshines ‘em all in Gough tributes, and is Bishop heir to Abbott’s throne?

The death of Gough Whitlam enabled some comparisons to a giant of Australian politics. Some measured up better than others.

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Yanks could draft legislation for Australian Parliament under TPP

Even if the Trans Pacific Partnership is finalised, the US government will insist on dictating to other countries how it should be interpreted — and even changing it if it suits Congress.

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Embarrassed government to change course on Ebola?

The government is expected to reverse its opposition to sending personnel to west Africa to fight Ebola after being embarrassed domestically and internationally on the issue.

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ASIC flatlines at estimates as the regulator looks to relaunch

Despite efforts to declare a new era of aggressive financial planning regulation, ASIC still struggles with the basics with a diminishing budget.

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ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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Gough: where modern politics started

Gough Whitlam wasn’t merely a giant figure in Labor: he was a key politician in the transition to contemporary politics.

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Essential: voters happy with government’s Ebola response

Voters back the government’s unwillingness to send personnel to respond to Ebola in west Africa, but aren’t happy about the economy and the Coalition’s recent momentum has faded.

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