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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 3

No new taxes to see here, just plenty of ‘loophole closing’

As the Netflix tax example shows, pretty much anything can be dressed up as “tax integrity” or “level playing field” or “loophole” if that’s how you want to portray it.

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ALEX MITCHELL | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Labor firing squad circles up to choose new president

Choosing a national president used to be a fairly straightforward thing. But you can count on Labor to shoot itself in both feet.

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FEDERAL | 29 UNLOCK?

Temperature’s rising: acid rain of govt intervention leaves BOM high and dry

Morale at the Bureau of Meteorology is at rock bottom, amid veiled pressure from the Abbott government, write Crikey reporter Sally Whyte and Crikey editor Marni Cordell.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 13 UNLOCK?

Hockey bungles the message, but Abbott’s is a failure of conviction

Tony Abbott’s second-guessing of himself on an iron ore inquiry reflects a deeper question of what his government stands for.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Rundle: who’s afraid of the latte-sippers?

The Greens are, in the long run, the party in waiting for leadership, because their class is in waiting for leadership.

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FEDERAL | 11 UNLOCK?

Royal commission attack on industry super comes a cropper

The trade union royal commission has attacked industry super funds at the exact moment new evidence emerges of how strongly they outperform bank-run retail super, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: about that post-budget poll bounce …

We should not rush to put too much stock in a single poll that shows the Prime Minister is on the way up.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

Australia’s Iraq ‘stalemate’ still stimulating terrorist recruitment

Australia now finds itself embedded in a “stalemate” in Iraq, at best, while apparently determined to ensure disillusioned jihadis stay there.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

Iron ore inquiry is populism from a fair-weather free-market friend

What exactly would an iron ore inquiry achieve other than satisfy the populist cravings of a government that once cheered on the big miners? Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: thumbs up for the budget, but no bounce for the Coalition

Voters like the 2015 budget much more than last year, but don’t think they’ll benefit and don’t think it will help with Australia’s “budget emergency”, today’s Essential Report shows.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 23 UNLOCK?

Rundle: four ways the Labor Party could save its bacon

If — and this is a big if — the Labor Party wants to continue as an Australian political party with any votes and influence at all, here is what it needs to do.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 8 UNLOCK?

Latham enlists domestic violence for his own culture war

Domestic violence is increasingly being used as a theatre for the culture wars, not treated on its merits.

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FEDERAL | 7 UNLOCK?

Kiwis move hard and fast on Auckland property bubble

The Kiwis have moved hard against a bubble in its biggest property market. When will Australian regulators do the same, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane ask.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 21 UNLOCK?

Coalition’s big PPL backflip: double dipping was the pretext for its policy

The Coalition’s own attacks on Labor’s paid parental leave scheme in 2010 show it knew about “double dipping” and the explicit importance of it in Labor’s scheme.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

War on mums, war on China — all part of budget week games

The government’s attacks on working mothers this week managed to grab attention when it was hoping all eyes would be focused on small business handouts.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Shorten offers a coherent vision — complete with outsourced infrastructure

Bill Shorten’s budget reply offered some coherent vision, but his Infrastructure Australia proposal continues the process of outsourcing policy from politicians.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: are we headed for a double dissolution?

Tony Abbott is still insisting the election will be held next year. But does his most recent budget say otherwise?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Sluggish wages growth already undermining budget narrative

Sluggish wages growth is already undermining the budget’s growth forecasts — and the Reserve Bank’s too, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Time for Liberals to admit they’re the party of big government

The Abbott government will not merely return Australia to the high-taxing years of the Howard government, it will exceed the Whitlam government in its spending.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Government commits billions to make Australia less safe

There is tonnes of money in the budget for “national security”, i.e. the ongoing alienation of Muslims.

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FEDERAL | 5

Govt to unemployed: get a job, ya bum, even if there are none

Why is the government so opposed to public-sector employment? Policy analysts and Governomics authors Ian McAuley and Miriam Lyons examine the government’s myopia.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Multinational winners and grinners emerge from budget mayhem

Much of the benefit of the government’s budget handout to small business will flow into the bottom lines of companies being targeted for multinational tax avoidance, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 23 UNLOCK?

What is the point of the Abbott government?

The 2015 budget might keep Abbott and Hockey in their jobs, but its failure to be either economically stimulatory or fiscally disciplined suggests the government isn’t really clear on its purpose.

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FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Inside budget lockup: a star-studded political affair

Budget lockup brings together the who’s who of Australian political media. From Adele Ferguson to Mark Colvin, Myriam Robin and Sally Whyte give up the goss: who did what and when?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL |

The numbers: 2015-16 budget at a glance

A cheat sheet of key stats and figures for the 2015 Australian federal budget.

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