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Articles by Bernard Keane

Government faces fights on multiple fiscal fronts

The government faces fights on multiple fronts on tax and the budget, but doesn’t appear to have coordinated its tactics.

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Anti-vaxxers are free riders, not a persecuted minority

Anti-vaxxers are dangerous conspiracy theorists whose actions kill children. They don’t deserve any support from the community.

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Essential: voters still (really) down on Abbott

Tony Abbott continues to be deeply unpopular with voters, today’s Essential Report shows, but Bill Shorten has failed to capitalise on it.

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‘Mild contraction’ to give birth to a big taxing and spending budget

Joe Hockey anticipates a “mildly contractionary” budget, in the face of falling revenues. What does he mean?

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The War on Terror according to the CIA: endless, self-perpetuating

While Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten peddle lies about terrorism, the head of the CIA says the War on Terror generates more terrorists and will last forever.

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Timid politicians, angry voters and the two ‘reform agendas’

Business complaints about the lack of political will for reform disguises that the reform they now want is very different to that of the last 30 years.

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The messy politics of multinational tax dodging

The Coalition is being outflanked by Labor on multinational tax avoidance, and the political costs to the government could be high.

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Younger Australians embracing VPNs

Australians are embracing measures to protect themselves against online surveillance as government and corporations seek to strip their privacy away.

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Essential: going off the grog, and what will support you in retirement?

Australians are drinking less, or not at all, but oppose more taxes on alcohol. And they’re increasingly uncertain about their retirement income, Essential Report shows.

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Mayor’s support for rapist trivialises violence against women

High-profile support for a Sydney rapist, and the attempt to shut down criticism of it, illustrates how we trivialise violence against women.

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The dirty secret of penalty rate opponents: business is booming

Far from being “crippled” or “killed” by penalty rates, Australia’s cafe and restaurant sector is growing so fast it will soon overtake manufacturing.

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Has a key whistleblower platform been compromised?

A key anonymous whistleblowing platform appears to have been temporarily compromised, at a time when protecting journalistic sources is front of mind for the media.

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Super tax changes need to look beyond the fiscal

Fixing superannuation tax concessions will have implications right across our retirement income system — and we should use them to address emerging problems.

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Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

There’s a consensus among independent economic agencies that we are going about “free trade agreements” the wrong way, but the government is unlikely to listen as it prepares to cave in to US intellectual property demands.

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Flagpole will afford politicians ‘special treatment’ on metadata

Politicians concerned about their metadata being collected will be protected inside Parliament House following complaints to the powerful intelligence committee.

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Reformers, overlook fairness in tax at your peril

If reformers overlook the importance of fairness in taxation, they’ll end up further undermining already fragile voter confidence in our tax system.

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Essential: what voters want on tax reform

Voters’ idea of tax reform is very different from economists’, today’s Essential Report shows.

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It’s time to close this company tax loophole

The tax white paper urges a review of dividend imputation, which has now strayed from its original goals, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Treasury’s panacea: surrender to tax dodgers

On multinational tax avoidance, the government white paper is a white flag, proposing a surrender to large corporations.

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Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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Fraser’s final political legacy looked forward and back

At his death, Malcolm Fraser was preparing for another act in his political life, with a party intended to address the deep disenchantment of many Australians toward politics.

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How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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NSW Coalition cruising to victory on voter trust

The NSW Coalition is headed for what should be an easy win, Essential Research polling shows — reflecting the strong trust voters have in its ability to handle major issues.

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What Joe should tell his colleagues about his budget

Joe Hockey’s budget message has been complicated not just by confusion within the government but by the government’s readiness to look after its mates.

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Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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