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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | UNLOCK?

ASIO, while demanding data retention, isn’t using existing powers

ASIO wants a data retention regime — but there already exists a power for data retention for three months that it doesn’t bother using.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 29 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Gough crashed through and crashed — and he made Australia what it will ever be

The conservative fantasy of an entirely free market will never come to pass in Australia — and we can thank Gough Whitlam for that.

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CRIKEY INTERN | FEDERAL | 2

From Medicare to the dismissal: Whitlam’s five most memorable moments

Gough Whitlam changed the Labor Party — and Australia. Crikey intern Tom Heath takes a look at the most memorable moments.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Gough: where modern politics started

Gough Whitlam wasn’t merely a giant figure in Labor: he was a key politician in the transition to contemporary politics.

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FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

John Menadue: farewell to Gough Whitlam

John Menadue, private secretary to Gough Whitlam 1960-67, remembers the achievements of one of the brightest lights in Australian public life.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 8 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters happy with government’s Ebola response

Voters back the government’s unwillingness to send personnel to respond to Ebola in west Africa, but aren’t happy about the economy and the Coalition’s recent momentum has faded.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10

The 30-year history of trying (and failing) to make ABC cuts

Successive governments have let the ABC adapt to its environment rather than take on the difficult task of discussing what public broadcasting should mean.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 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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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Your quick guide to multinational tax dodging

Multinational tax avoidance is a truly massive problem — but defining it is the first of many challenges.

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FEDERAL | 23

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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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 11 UNLOCK?

Andrew Nikolic’s Middle Eastern vision provides something for everyone

Following Andrew Nikolic’s logic on the Middle East is quite a challenge, but it seems he never saw a Middle Eastern country he didn’t want to attack.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s ‘shirt-fronting’ machismo pleases men and women

Tony Abbott’s personal approval ratings have been enjoying a boost ever since international conflicts distracted from domestic issues. Interestingly, both men and women have bought the tough-guy shtick.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Baird’s donation reforms show up a useless federal disclosure law

While states like NSW tighten up political donation laws, our federal disclosure system is, in effect, voluntary.

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FEDERAL | 13 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s industry policy won’t achieve much — and that’s not a bad thing

The government’s new industry policy is small-scale and will achieve little - and that’s not a bad a thing, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 21 UNLOCK?

Can the Liberals cope with freedom?

The Liberal Party’s vaunted commitment to freedom is a fiction: it is as paternalist as the Left and allows national security to justify the curtailment of basic rights.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott gains ground, and what do voters think about wealth?

The Coalition and Tony Abbott re gaining ground with voters on the back of national security, but so far the gains have come from the minor parties.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Albo finally weighs into press freedom — but it’s more complicated than you think

The debate over jailing journalists who reveal ASIO’s covert operations is welcome but missing some context — and it’s not the biggest threat to media freedom on the agenda.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

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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FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

So much for ‘no more debt and deficit’

The Coalition, long thought of as conservative guardians of the economy, have quietly amassed a staggering amount of debt. Freelance journalist Alan Austin reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

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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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Campbell Newman dead weight for Abbott govt

Tony Abbott has managed to reduce the size of swings against his party in some key seats but, in Queensland, Campbell Newman’s unpopularity continues to hurt the federal Coalition.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

What’s behind the sudden furore on jailed journalists?

Why are some mainstream media journalists suddenly so unhappy about the government’s national security laws? Because they feel like they’re collateral damage in a broader war.

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FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

ABS jobs data bungle a real crisis for a critical agency

The admission by the ABS that its recent employment data are wrong is a real crisis for an agency that has endured years of cuts, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 3

Poll Bludger: Faulkner dares to take on the unions

Senator John Faulkner’s call for reform of the Labor Party does not shy away from the party’s largest ally — trade unions.

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HELEN RAZER | FEDERAL | 8 UNLOCK?

Razer’s Class Warfare: pssst, Labor, even racists are on Facebook

Labor used to “get” the internet more than the Coalition did. But now its social media presence is full of nice feels, while in parliament it votes for bombings and mass imprisonment.

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