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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

How to fuel a Badgerys Creek airport — keep on truckin’

A new airport at Badgery’s Creek will need jet fuel, and lots of it. Getting it there will be an infrastructure and transport challenge, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Essential: support for curbs on political ads, voters down on Palmer

Voters strongly support caps on political advertising spending, today’s Essential Report shows, and they’re not enthusiastic about Clive Palmer having the Senate balance of power.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 2

Calculating compliance: how ASIC ‘enforced’ financial advice laws

ASIC has failed to respond to serious allegations about its enforcement of the law on financial planning. Crikey examines the damning evidence against the corporate watchdog.

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BEN SANDILANDS | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

A new airport for a demanding growth corridor few even imagined

The battle will turn to infrastructure between New South Wales and the feds now there’s agreement on the location of Sydney’s second airport. An explosive population demands it.

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FEDERAL | 14

Pensions, superannuation and the Education of Joe

A debate on changes to the retirement age is welcome, but it’s more complicated than it appears, according to Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer. And watch out for vested interests …

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

ASIC, financial planners and nightmare-based regulation

When it came to Commonwealth Bank financial planners ripping off clients, regulation was all a bit too hard for the corporate regulator ASIC.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

A Serco bet? Australia’s immigration centres are up for grabs

Want to run Australia’s immigration detention centres? The job is out for tender and is likely to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Serco might not retain it.

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Better optics, but Abbott sidestepping tricky issues of trade

The Australian trade mission is progressing as planned, but will anything tangible come of it?

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 6

Farmers fight against CSG while their lobby undermines a review

The famers’ lobby has been undermining a review of chemicals used in coal seam gas extraction, according to a report today. Where did this leave farmers’ fight against mining?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 32 UNLOCK?

Bob Carr the ‘authorised leaker’ and hypocrite

Bob Carr thinks it’s in the national interest to reveal the inner workings of diplomacy. Too bad he did nothing to help others seeking to do the same, like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 34

Turnbull pulls the plug on FTTP, so ‘we’re back to the drawing board’

More than 3.4 million Australian homes are stuck with bog-standard broadband, thanks to the Coalition’s latest NBN misstep. Our own correspondent feels dudded.

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STILGHERRIAN | FEDERAL | 10

Heartbleed reveals a big hole in Australia’s cybersecurity strategy

Now this is a fair dinkum threat to internet security: the Heartbleed bug threatens to impact thousands of websites and the everyday security of internet users. Smaller web users are most vulnerable.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 17

Sorry, but free trade agreements are duds, no matter how ‘nuanced’

Bilateral free trade agreements like the one negotiated with Japan deliver few benefits. The only worthwhile trade reform is unilateral tariff reductions. Don’t hold your breath for that.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 17 UNLOCK?

Essential: over-55s climate deniers, everyone hates Direct Action

Climate denialism is very closely linked to age, new polling from Essential Research finds. But support for the federal government’s “Direct Action” plan is minimal across the board.

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FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

‘Free trade’ with Japan: not much to crow about for farmers, exporters

The free trade agreement with Japan is an innocuous win for Tony Abbott that won’t help farmers and other exporters all that much, writes Leith van Onselen of MacroBusiness.

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GLENN DYER | FEDERAL | UNLOCK?

APRA, Treasury remain unenthused about the Murray financial inquiry

The financial services regulator APRA is unenthusiastic about the financial services inquiry, but has used it to complain about its resourcing.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 18

The good, the bad and the ugly of the WA Senate re-run

The WA senate byelection on the weekend has produced three very different, and symbolic, examples of current trends in Australian politics. Some of it is good, but much of it is ugly politicking.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

Palmer, Greens win the West — now Abbott must play ball

The major parties had an unprecedented 58% of the vote in a clear sign voters are looking for alternatives. The Greens, who outspent Labor and the Coalition, were big winners, as was Palmer United.

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FEDERAL | 22 UNLOCK?

Clown prince: how Clive Palmer bought himself a WA media frenzy

Palmer’s spent half a million on ads. And for those who don’t watch ads, he’s spent weeks playing the buffoon, earning him more coverage than any other party running on Saturday, write Myriam Robin and Ania Dutka.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | FEDERAL | 97 UNLOCK?

A tough sell: can these spinners change your mind on climate change?

Australians just aren’t convinced on climate change. So we commissioned some spinners — who are not necessarily greenies themselves — to sell the message on global warming.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 9 UNLOCK?

SBS seeks ABC-style independence (and a $20 million loan)

With the ABC under pressure from the government, SBS wants to have the same level of independence. Bernard Keane and Farz Edraki on an FOI investigation by Crikey.

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FEDERAL | 8 UNLOCK?

It’s not all about GST: why land tax should be on Hockey’s agenda

Most economists agree that indirect taxes are the future. But while GST gets all the political oxygen, it’s land tax where the real opportunity lies, writes economist and journalist Jason Murphy.

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 29 UNLOCK?

Sinodinos takes the stand: if he didn’t know, it doesn’t wash

Stood-down federal government minister Arthur Sinodinos took the stand at the Independent Commission Against Corruption in Sydney this morning. So how much trouble is he in? Crikey was in the hearing.

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FEDERAL | 18 UNLOCK?

Parkinson leaves the rich out of talk of fiscal sustainability

A debate about the sustainability of our tax system should start with fixing existing taxes before we increase them or create new ones, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 4

Attorney-General’s moves fast on new telco security arrangements

The Attorney-General’s Department is pursuing a new security framework to bring telecommunications companies and ISPs under tighter government control. But it appears to be treading softly on data retention.

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