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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 6 UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 39 UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 2 UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 4 UNLOCK?

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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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 10 UNLOCK?

Trade officials gather in Canberra — to undermine the national interest

Canberra is hosting the current round of talks to try to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty — despite the damage it will inflict on the national interest.

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The ANU’s in good company — whatever Abbott might advise investors

The ANU’s fossil fuel divestment strategy is hardly novel — plenty of investors are bailing out of fossil fuel stocks, and for more than just moral reasons, write Glenn Dyer, Bernard Keane and Paddy Manning.

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GLENN DYER | MARKETS |

Don’t look now, but the price of iron ore is rising

The sky is falling and iron ore prices are crashing, right? Not exactly …

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS | 8

Glencore’s ugly tax rorts have real consequences

Glencore, currently pursuing Rio Tinto, is one of the world’s most unconscionable tax dodgers.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Korea’s ‘free trade’ commitment to keep Australians out

Australia’s “free trade agreement” with South Korea establishes a remarkable disparity between Koreans working in Australia and Australians working in Korea.

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Reserve Bank ratchets up property warnings

The Reserve Bank has further elevated its warnings about property price growth in Sydney and Melbourne, amid concerns it threatens the broader economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Keane: Harper’s review suggests (gasp!) an economy to benefit consumers

The draft review of competition policy by Ian Harper presents the Coalition — and all politicians — with a challenge of reforms long ignored by governments.

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Housing boom delivers a potential headache for the government

The government faces a growing problem around the booming property markets of Sydney and Melbourne while the Reserve Bank can see danger to the wider economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

War, what is it good for? Big bank investments

Some of Australia’s biggest financial institutions stand to make a killing from the return to Iraq.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Guinea, Gina and the giant gifts enjoyed by miners

While Gina Rinehart demands that governments get off the back of the beleaguered mining industry, it is enjoying massive subsidies from state governments.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Japanese subs: government makes the right call

It’s time to stop treating defence as a subset of industry policy and source major purchases from wherever we can find best value.

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DAVID LLEWELLYN-SMITH | MARKETS |

Iron ore prices are down, down — and it’s going to get a lot worse

The Chinese building boom was unprecedented in scope and swiftness. The bad news? The bust will be of the same magnitude.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Fair Work outperforms WorkChoices, leaves Treasurer strangely silent

The national accounts show labour productivity has surged. The numbers, however, have received very different interpretations, and there’s been a strange silence on productivity, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

End of the mining tax guarantees more tax for the poor

The government’s delay in lifting compulsory super contributions means low and middle income earners will pay more tax.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Essential: terrorism hype working well

Australians believe the terrorism threat is growing, but still support multiculturalism and a non-discriminatory immigration policy, today’s Essential Report shows.

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The strange silence of the business community on the gutting of the RET

The business community is oddly silent as the government goes about killing investment and jobs as part of its ideological hatred of renewable energy.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

The foreign copyright cartel goes gunning for Aussie ISPs

The copyright cartel’s local front wants to impose a draconian anti-piracy scheme on local ISPs, a paper obtained by Crikey reveals.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

RBA does the vision thing better than politicians or business

The Reserve Bank’s most senior officials yesterday made a more coherent case for the Australian economy than any we’ve heard from politicians recently.

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GLENN DYER | MARKETS |

A sea of red: News Corp advertising fell $320 million in 2012-13

From sex to banking, computers to communications, almost every single industry reduced its ad spend with News Corp in 2012-13, secret documents reveal.

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

Clive of China no more — well, not this week anyway

Clive Palmer used to think Chinese investment was wonderful, that only racists tried to restrict it, and China was no threat. How times have changed…

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BERNARD KEANE | MARKETS |

War on Terror keeps the terrorist cash cycle going

Despite what the government might say, Australian taxpayers have been directly and indirectly helping fund terrorism for years.

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