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Articles by Bernard Keane

Australia … waiting endlessly in the desert of disillusion

Voters sense neither Tony Abbott nor Bill Shorten are up to the job of leading the country. But there’s no clear prospect of change to that dynamic.

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Sluggish jobs data emerges from the statistical mess

Peering through the statistical mayhem, it’s clear unemployment is going nowhere fast, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Shorten’s late declaration typical of a rotten disclosure system

Bill Shorten’s late donation return isn’t even the worst example of a system that allows our political parties to treat disclosure laws with contempt.

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Abbott’s policy paralysis leaves an economy increasingly at risk

Across a number of key economic areas, the government appears unable or unwilling to undertake reform, even when there is strong agreement it is needed.

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Retirement incomes policy is going nowhere fast — just like the country

The Productivity Commission’s study of retirement incomes policy highlights to need for reform — but Tony Abbott is in the way of any change.

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Essential: voters hate TPP provision, want to outlaw abortion clinic protests

Voters are strongly opposed to a key element of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and, unusually, it’s Liberal voters who are unhappiest, today’s Essential Report shows.

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Agriculture white paper pursues Nationals fantasies, not competition

The government’s white paper on agricultural competitiveness is about propping up an outdated family farm model, not competition.

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Dear rural MPs: you wanted a timid Abbott, well, you got him

Tony Abbott’s political recovery has come at the expense of his capacity to pursue any reform — and now backbenchers have found that that can be costly.

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Liberal war over same-sex marriage just what Abbott doesn’t want

Same-sex marriage is a major distraction from Tony Abbott’s efforts to hype terrorism and have us all cowering in fear.

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Joe should put his hurt feelings to good use on donation laws

What precisely do donors get when they buy access to a senior politician? Both sides like to play coy on that, fueling suspicion about political donations.

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Born in crime and chaos, welcome to the Border Farce

The new Australian Border Force was established with the goal of making crime more difficult to expose. And it’s part of a pattern.

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WikiLeaks: what Australia got from the NSA’s commercial spying

The vast mass surveillance system established by the National Security Agency and its partners like Australia aren’t about stopping terrorist attacks but about helping our companies make a buck. New documents from WikiLeaks show how.

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Essential: voters split on troops to Iraq, Greens widen Labor’s lead

Voters are split on whether Australian soldiers should take the fight to Islamic State, Essential Report shows, while women face greater economic uncertainty in retirement.

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The least trusted newspaper in Australia is …

The Daily Telegraph remains Australia’s least trusted newspaper, while Laurie Oakes is undisputed champion of Australian journalists, today’s Essential Report shows.

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The more voters get to know Shorten, the less they like him

Bill Shorten’s inexperience means Labor has fewer options to exploit disillusionment with the Abbott government, and that he’ll remain a mystery figure to most voters.

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Worse than Alston: Turnbull’s hypocritical jihad against the ABC

The government’s “inquiry” into the ABC and Zaky Mallah breaches even the precedent established by the Howard government. And it’s profoundly hypocritical.

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Federation reform paper a big missed opportunity

The government’s federation reform discussion paper — meant to provide the basis for a major white paper — is content to play with funding models, rather than take on bigger issues.

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Citizenship bill continues 14-year tradition of terror hype

The government’s citizenship stripping bill isn’t unusual — it’s a continuation of what all governments have been doing for 14 years, and especially the Coalition.

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Productivity Commission savages TPP and ‘free’ trade deals

The Productivity Commission has launched an extraordinary attack on the centrepiece of the government’s economic agenda, and supported widespread concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Game of pass-the-excuse finally restores fuel excise indexation

Labor has backflipped and backed the government’s restoration of fuel excise indexation. Whatever the low-rent politics now, governments of the future will be the winners.

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Essential: voters back conscience vote, don’t like bribes

There is strong support for a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, today’s Essential Report shows, while voters disapprove of bribes to people smugglers.

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Trust in the media down across the board

Trust in major media outlets, both national and commercial, has declined noticeably since 2014, Essential Report reveals this week.

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Vale, Team Australia — you were fun while you lasted

We’d barely warmed up to Tony Abbott’s “Team Australia” before he abandoned the phrase in the face of widespread derision.

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Labor caught out on dodgy piracy data

Piracy was supposed to cost our creative industries 6000 jobs a year. But employment in movie sector has been growing steadily for two decades.

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Tony Abbott and the not-so-fine art of saying no

Returning to his negative roots has been the basis for Tony Abbott’s political recovery. But it means he will accomplish nothing that can’t be reduce to a simple negative narrative.

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