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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 23 UNLOCK?

Terror raids a media spectacle, but it’s war that puts us in danger

While we reap the consequences of returning to Iraq, it’s clearer than ever that the campaign against ISIL will struggle to be effective.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 11 UNLOCK?

Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA |

Poll Bludger: war is good business for the Greens

As Labor falls in line with the Coalition on Iraq, the Greens pick up support among doves.

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SALLY WHYTE | AUSTRALIA | 1

Video: uphill battle for independents in Morwell

Latrobe Valley residents felt abandoned in the wake of the Hazelwood mine fire. Now they’re taking their fight to be heard to the ballot box.

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AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

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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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

Fox guarding the hen house? State government revenues raise regulatory questions

State governments shouldn’t be in charge of regulating the industries whose duties and taxes prop up their budget.

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AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Can states wean themselves off gambling, mining and property revenue?

Crikey can exclusively reveal the proportion of state and territory government revenues that come from property, mining and gambling. Can they be relied on to properly regulate these industries?

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 42

‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 11 UNLOCK?

Ken Henry urges a new, more compelling economic narrative

Australia needs to reframe its approach to economic policy, former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry urges, in one of the most insightful economic policy speeches of recent years.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Rundle: East West Link could go ahead, Labor or no Labor

The Victorian Labor Party has announced its opposition to the East West Link project in Melbourne. But that might not be enough to kill the road.

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PATRICK BAUME | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

iSentia index: war, politics and Kimye

War managed to trump celebrity gossip this week, but only just.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 6

Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 43 UNLOCK?

Iraq debacle complicates Johnston’s tenure at Russell Hill

The demise of inept defence minister David Johnston may no longer be so imminent given we’re now at war… or something.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Essential: Coalition struggles on the most basic issues

Voters believe the government isn’t performing well on the most important issues that shape electoral judgements, today’s Essential Report shows.

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CRIKEY INTERN | AUSTRALIA | 5

Five years on from Black Saturday, Victoria drags its feet on bushfire protection

Although the state government has implemented most of the recommendations of the Bushfires Royal Commission, there is still important work to do, writes Crikey intern Andrei Ghoukassian.

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 9 UNLOCK?

Loophole could allow telcos to squeeze out the NBN after all

If telcos take advantage of a loophole in the Telecommunications Act, the business model of the NBN could be undermined completely, costing taxpayers billions.

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AUSTRALIA | 4 UNLOCK?

Crikey Clarifier: what exactly is a high terror alert?

On Friday Prime Minister Tony Abbott raised the terror threat level to “high”, suggesting a terrorist attack is “likely”. Should we all be at panic stations? Crikey intern Toli Papadopoulos explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Abbott, the nervy pugilist who may or may not have taken us to war

Tony Abbott’s eagerness to get involved in the “war” against Islamic State obscures how little we know what we’re doing in Iraq, or with whom we’re doing it.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | AUSTRALIA | 10

Why we can’t get enough of jihadi sluts

There is nothing like the heady mix of sex and death, and if you throw in some terrorism and betrayal of “our” values, the Western media just can’t resist.

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AUSTRALIA | 13

Shorten puts on the union schtick for ASC workers, but he doesn’t pull it off

Bill Shorten tried to gee up workers at South Australia’s ASC, but it was a few soundbites with little substance, writes InDaily political reporter Tom Richardson.

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AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Why Labor bit the bullet and dumped the East West Link

Labor’s recent announcement that it will now oppose the East West Link is not so much a reversal of position as the outcome of a flawed initial decision, writes former Victorian Labor MP Tony Lupton.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 43

Abbott has made Australia less safe — so he’s right to lift the threat level

Tony Abbott’s announcement that the terrorism threat level has been raised is correct — after all, he has taken a deliberate decision that will make Australians less safe, and done so for political purposes.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 21 UNLOCK?

Who benefits from the return to Iraq?

The inconsistencies in the case for intervention in Iraq demonstrate how the US and Australia are struggling to see where their real national interests lie.

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BEN SANDILANDS | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Think your arse is 100% safe in a Dreamliner? You’re dreaming

The good news is that Dreamliners aren’t totally unsafe — at least not more so than any other jet. But they aren’t exactly a neurotic’s dream either.

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