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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

The five data retention lies you were told yesterday

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was unaccompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 24 UNLOCK?

Data retention bill reveals a rushed, shambolic national security process

The rushed, confused way in which major national security laws are made in Australia was on display this morning in Canberra.

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FEDERAL | 10

Clive saved the CCA, but the polluters win out

The new climate deal between the government and the Palmer United Party will make little difference to curbing Australia’s carbon emissions, writes John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 11 UNLOCK?

Government unveils mass surveillance proposal

The government has finally unveiled its data retention regime — except, critical questions remain unanswered.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Fairfax’s Labor landslide too good to be true, but Liberals still on shaky ground

Fairfax’s new pollster might result in better headlines, but a closer look reveals the truth.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 38 UNLOCK?

From class warfare to patriotism — the hypocrisy of Abbott’s ‘mature debate’

The government’s capacity to prosecute a reform agenda will be undermined by the way it has squandered trust and goodwill in the electorate.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 39 UNLOCK?

Pyne’s higher education campaign echoes Labor’s mining tax debacle

In prosecuting the case for higher education deregulation, the government failed to consult with the industry and can’t muster evidence for its claims.

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FEDERAL | 17 UNLOCK?

World’s biggest tax dodger wants competitors to pay their damn taxes

The wisdom Rupert Murdoch offered to G20 finance ministers is simply more of the self-interest that has given us the inequality he rails against, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Uni VCs selling Australian students short for a quick buck

University vice-chancellors, whose eyes are on the bottom line, support a free market for education. But George Morgan, a founding member of the National Alliance for the Public University, says this does not mean universities themselves are in favour.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

How healthy are our banks? It’s time to end the secrecy

It’s time investors were told how Australian banks perform in stress tests — like overseas investors are told, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott’s international standing up, but Coalition struggles

Voters are seeing Tony Abbott’s diplomatic skills in a more positive light but it’s not helping the Coalition’s polling, Essential Report shows.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 31 UNLOCK?

The inconvenient link between mental health and ‘lone wolf’ terrorism

The reality of radicalisation and terrorism is far more complex than the simplistic, self-serving narratives offered by politicians and the media.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

Turnbull outshines ‘em all in Gough tributes, and is Bishop heir to Abbott’s throne?

The death of Gough Whitlam enabled some comparisons to a giant of Australian politics. Some measured up better than others.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 16 UNLOCK?

Yanks could draft legislation for Australian Parliament under TPP

Even if the Trans Pacific Partnership is finalised, the US government will insist on dictating to other countries how it should be interpreted — and even changing it if it suits Congress.

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FEDERAL | 37 UNLOCK?

‘Unmitigated disaster’? We fact-check News Corp’s Whitlam haters

News Corp columnists have been tripping over themselves to slam Gough Whitlam’s economic legacy. But economist Tom Westland says in their haste they have overlooked quite a few salient details.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

Embarrassed government to change course on Ebola?

The government is expected to reverse its opposition to sending personnel to west Africa to fight Ebola after being embarrassed domestically and internationally on the issue.

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 11

Fairer share of mining profits still part of Whitlam’s unfinished business

Fairly and effectively taxing the mining industry has been the Labor party’s white whale for decades.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

ASIC flatlines at estimates as the regulator looks to relaunch

Despite efforts to declare a new era of aggressive financial planning regulation, ASIC still struggles with the basics with a diminishing budget.

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FEDERAL | 42 UNLOCK?

‘Suck it up, comrades’: young Whitlam would have been a Green today

Sorry Labor, the Greens are the modern-day heirs to Gough Whitlam’s legacy, writes NSW Greens convenor Hall Greenland.

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FEDERAL | 23

Pyne’s curriculum review should have learnt from history

Christopher Pyne’s education review was rushed, partisan and now seemingly doomed. Adjunct professor Tony Taylor at the University of Technology Sydney says it didn’t have to be this way.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 1 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 | 38 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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