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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

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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MARGARET SIMONS | ONLINE |

The ABC debate: the ABC must innovate

Without the freedom to innovate, the ABC will just become the commercial media’s shadow, writes Margaret Simons

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

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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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

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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The ABC debate: ABC News Intern weighs in

No, the ABC could not cut transmission costs by putting everything online, writes mysterious Twitter personality ABC News Intern.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

Is the ABC overstaffed in Canberra? Not at all, it insists

THe ABC is the largest single contingent in the Press Gallery. But no one else does as much as it does, a spokesman says, hitting back at accusations the ABC won’t talk about its staffing levels.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: budget negotiations drag on as voters lose interest

Even the most hardcore political junkies are tiring of the government’s dog-whistling on terrorism, asylum seekers and the budget.

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The ABC debate: Mark Scott on why the ABC is just fine as it is

The ABC isn’t offering anything radically new — it’s just updating its mission for the digital age, writes ABC managing director Mark Scott.

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The ABC debate: we have Mamamia and BuzzFeed, we don’t need the ABC anymore

Much of what the ABC does is already being done by others, writes James Paterson, deputy executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: Ebola finally gets some attention in a slow week for politics

The death of Gough Whitlam sparked discussion in what had been an otherwise quiet week.

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DAVID SALTER | ONLINE |

The ABC debate: why Beecher and Crikey fear the ABC

Eric Beecher is “asking tough questions about the ABC” for the same reason many commercial media proprietors do — fear of competition.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

‘Bolt and News Corp want a pound of something’: defamation case kicks off

David Barrows, an accountant and recently graduated lawyer, is representing himself as he sues News Corp and Andrew Bolt. The case starts in Melbourne today.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

How the ABC spends its money

Numerous reviews into the ABC have come up with the same conclusion: the ABC needs more money, not less, to do what it is chartered to do.

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ERIC BEECHER | ONLINE |

Beecher: we must ask tough questions about the ABC

Why does the ABC exist in 2014? Crikey’s chairman says some tough questions have to be asked before we can debate funding cuts to the public broadcaster.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia Index: grand finals over, but football slang takes over political discussion

Tony Abbott’s comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin managed to divert attention away from Labor’s take on national security laws.

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PADDY MANNING | ONLINE |

Oz v AFR: Why News Corp thinks it’s winning the battle for business readers

If Fairfax blinks, News Corp could corner a national monopoly on business news. Circulation figures show why The Australian has moved on the AFR’s turf.

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HELEN RAZER | ONLINE |

Razer: mentally ill need adequate services, not a feel-good ABC campaign

The ABC’s Mental As campaign made some celebrities feel very nice about themselves, but there was not a whisper about the inadequate healthcare to treat mental illness.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | ONLINE |

Mayne’s guide to media company AGMs this season

With Peter Costello, Gina Rinehart and Kerry Stokes all entering the fray, it’s shaping up to be an AGM season of big personalities and even bigger corporate adjustments.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

The end of Tinder for Mandarins? PM&C cracks down on social media

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s already absurd social media restrictions are now even sillier and more draconian.

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

How the AFP avoids pesky paper trails when it asks for your data

The AFP obtains metadata “informally” from foreign communications companies — and no one’s keeping any records.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | ONLINE |

How to do business journalism on TV? It’s a question of priorities at Aunty

Losing The Business would leave the ABC without a major business show on ABC1. But is a specialist program the best way to use Aunty’s resources?

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STEPHEN MAYNE | ONLINE |

Mayne: Gina Rinehart the wildcard at upcoming Fairfax AGM

Will Roger Corbett be staying on as chairman of the Fairfax board? Or more importantly: does Gina Rinehart want him to?

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BERNARD KEANE | ONLINE |

Labor’s Methuselah spots the digital challenge and opportunity

John Faulkner has gone further than ever before in urging Labor Party reform — but his analysis of the threats and opportunities to his party is every bit as important.

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PATRICK BAUME | ONLINE |

iSentia index: burqas, budget woes and Russell Crowe

The NRL grand final proved to be a welcome distraction from the argy-bargy in parliament over burqas and Queensland.

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Postcard from Young, the ‘Muslim capital of the outback’

The Daily Telegraph has dubbed Young, NSW, the “Muslim capital of the outback”. But former Young Witness cadet Chloe Booker finds the reality is much more complex.

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