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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

Essential: voters endorse Abbott on national security

Voters strongly back Tony Abbott on terrorism and want less freedom in exchange for security, today’s Essential poll finds. But the Coalition is still well adrift of Labor.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 20 UNLOCK?

Train in vain: the absurd history of training the Iraqi Army

From Iran to Israel to Korea to Romania, the list of countries that have trained Iraqis since 2003 is lengthy. And none achieved anything.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 13 UNLOCK?

Rundle: the Right roadkill on the way to a new republic

Guess what? The Australian people actually like the human rights commission and Gillian Triggs, and News Corp and the Right find themselves on the wrong side of history.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 8 UNLOCK?

Hockey’s intergenerational partisanship risks sensible debate

By turning the Intergenerational report into an attack on Labor, Joe Hockey will wreck the value of a report designed to facilitate sensible long-term debate, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA |

Why we should let cyclists take over the roads

What to do about the problem of cyclists getting doored? Separated bike lanes are one solution, but they won’t work everywhere. Perhaps more drastic measures are required …

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PADDY MANNING | AUSTRALIA | 4

‘They know coal is coming to an end’: Bob Massie on the death of the mining boom

People on the ground are ready to make the transition to a non-mining economy, but the government and big mining companies are doubling down on coal.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | AUSTRALIA | UNLOCK?

So you think you can Daesh: why schoolgirls are the new recruits

Infantilising young Muslim women won’t prevent the rise in “jihadi brides” fleeing Western nations to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Data retention — great news for criminals and foreign companies

Data retention will be great for criminals and foreign companies providing encrypted communications — but bad for consumers.

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ALEX MITCHELL | AUSTRALIA | 1 UNLOCK?

NSW Labor launches its campaign with more whimper than bang

Luke Foley has his work cut out for him to defeat the country’s most popular political leader, Mike Baird. And so far Labor’s election promises have been rather modest.

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AUSTRALIA | 14 UNLOCK?

A simple solution to halve the national debt (who likes birthday presents anyway?)

The sky is falling! Australia’s debt-to-GDP ratio could cross the 100% threshold! Heavens to Betsy! But don’t worry, economist Tom Westland has an elegant plan to save the Australian economy.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA |

Vale ‘Tracker’ Tilmouth: the acerbic wit of a fearless man

Renowned Aboriginal activist Leigh Bruce “Tracker” Tilmouth died on the weekend. Crikey’s Northern Myth blogger, Bob Gosford, takes a look back at some of his most memorable quotes.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 9 UNLOCK?

Committee recommends data retention, with some half-baked protections

A key committee has waved through the biggest mass surveillance scheme in Australia history.

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AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s reaction to Forgotten Children report straight from Howard playbook

The government has responded to the AHRC report into children in immigration detention much as you might expect from Howard’s 1997 Coalition, writes freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 22 UNLOCK?

After another rotten week for Abbott, change can’t come soon enough

Tony Abbott, dogged by misjudgment and poor luck, had a week so bad that some of his colleagues want him gone as soon as possible.

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WILLIAM BOWE | AUSTRALIA | 3 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: dead-cat bounce for Tony, with Malcolm lurking in the wings

Voters factor in a range of complex information when they answer hypothetical polling questions, and the recent boost in support for the Coalition is obviously good news for the party, but it isn’t necessarily good news for the PM.

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Stop the votes: AEC commissioner calls for ID at polling booths

High numbers of apparent multiple voting has electoral commissioner Tom Rogers concerned about the integrity of Australia’s elections. Are ID requirements the answer? The Mandarin journalist Harley Dennett reports.

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ERIC BEECHER | AUSTRALIA | 14 UNLOCK?

Beecher: Tony Abbott’s fate lies in this man’s hands

The most powerful man in Australian politics is not an elected politician. It’s Chris Mitchell, editor-in-chief of The Australian.

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AUSTRALIA |

How ‘independent’ is the Human Rights Commission anyway?

Independent” statutory bodies like the Human Rights Commission are, in reality, beholden to their ministers and departments over funding and direction. Tom Burton of The Mandarin explains how it really works in Canberra.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 29 UNLOCK?

Positions, roles, offers, tables — who’s right in the Moraitis Files?

When is “formally putting on the table” not offering something? When it’s not in the government’s interests to admit it.

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HELEN RAZER | AUSTRALIA | 12 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: top five moments of political distraction (including the apology)

The government’s reaction to the Forgotten Children report is pure vaudeville — and Gillian Triggs is the villain.

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Attack-mode Abbott raises the tariff walls against foreigners

Tony Abbott is now incapable of any response to policy issues other than attack. Now he’s turned his sights on foreign investment.

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Crikey Blogs | AUSTRALIA |

‘Adam Giles has no integrity’: NT political spat becomes personal

Recently sacked Country Liberal Party minister Robyn Lambley rose in Parliament to launch an all-out verbal attack on Chief Minister Adam Giles’ government.

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PAUL MILLAR | AUSTRALIA | 5 UNLOCK?

Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

Australia is moving from surveillance drones to armed drones. But given the US’ record of using drones in countries without authorisiation (and given Abbott’s penchant for “captain’s calls”), are Australian armed drones a good idea?

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BERNARD KEANE | AUSTRALIA | 15 UNLOCK?

Coalition contradictions become too many to count

As the Prime Minister tries to dogwhistle his way out of his leadership malaise, the incessant contradictions of the government become too many to track.

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GUY RUNDLE | AUSTRALIA | 21 UNLOCK?

Rundle: imploding Right in its Winter Palace turns against the people

Desperate, the Right has fallen back on national security fears and blaming “the mob” for its many misfortunes.

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