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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 17 UNLOCK?

Data retention laws will get worse, with VPNs the only winners

Australians are always moving to hide themselves from mass surveillance. That’s why security agencies won’t stop at data retention.

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SALLY WHYTE | FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

Exclusive: Fraser’s progressive vision for a new political party

Malcolm Fraser was avidly working on founding a new political party, Renew Australia, founded on the principles of social justice, progressive democracy and escaping the long arm of the United States.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 8 UNLOCK?

Fraser’s final political legacy looked forward and back

At his death, Malcolm Fraser was preparing for another act in his political life, with a party intended to address the deep disenchantment of many Australians toward politics.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

How the metadata war was won: the seven tactics of the security elite

A powerful, secretive clique within government has at last won a long battle to impose mass surveillance on Australians. Here are the key tactics that enabled their success.

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SALLY WHYTE | FEDERAL | 1

‘PM for Aboriginal Affairs’ slashes millions from indigenous programs

The Aboriginal Legal Service is among the organisations bracing for significant funding cuts.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

What Joe should tell his colleagues about his budget

Joe Hockey’s budget message has been complicated not just by confusion within the government but by the government’s readiness to look after its mates.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10

Voters: you want our data? Get a warrant.

Voters strongly support requiring that agencies get a warrant before searching through their personal data.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 1 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters sour on the economy and Hockey

Voters are gloomy about the state of the economy, but they want a stronger Renewable Energy Target, not a watered down one, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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Keen to evade data retention? Here’s how to choose a VPN

There are readily accessible ways of evading the government’s mass surveillance scheme, but you’ll need to assess what’s best for you, technology consultant Dave Sag writes.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 7 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Fraser’s great act of courage

Malcolm Fraser made a remarkable journey from Right to Left, and if it was incomplete, partial, contradictory, it is no less brave.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 17 UNLOCK?

The Immigration way: abuse, neglect, cover-up

The Immigration Department’s response to allegations of abuse of asylum seekers is to use any means to discredit those making the allegations.

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The time when Malcolm Fraser was guarded with nothing but a paperweight

A former AFP officer recalls an instance when guarding the former prime minister did not go exactly as planned …

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If media laws change, history says sell, sell, sell

The golden rule of media ownership changes in Australia is that they usher in carnage for shareholders, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Indigenous-controlled sector the clear loser of Indigenous Reform Agenda

The IAS has offered us nothing in terms of new imaginings of and engagement with Aboriginal people, communities and capabilities, writes Dr Chelsea Bond, a senior lecturer in the Oodgeroo Unit at Queensland University of Technology.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 16 UNLOCK?

Confused? So is the government, and the rest of us

The confusion about the government’s fiscal policy isn’t new — it reflects its constant shifting on the budget over several years.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 36 UNLOCK?

Rundle: farewell to Fraser, a political exile and the last of his kind

Malcolm Fraser’s journey from upper-crust Liberal to Greens-supporting Leftie managed to alienate just about everyone.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: no time like the present to test electoral reforms

Are voter ID requirements the thin end of a conservative wedge? What should be the cap on political donations? The Poll Bludger investigates.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Abbott’s Goebbels gaffe sticks to the script

Tony Abbott follows a strict three-step process to cocking up — and all three were in evidence yesterday with his Goebbels remark.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

Finally, the Labor-Coalition surveillance deal revealed

In a secret deal hammered out between politicians, Australia’s biggest ever mass surveillance scheme is to go forward, with journalists given special protection.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 26 UNLOCK?

Pyne’s higher ed debacle comes with a big price tag

Christopher Pyne has perfectly demonstrated how not to undertake complex reform. And it has cost the government dearly.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12

Your guide to the data retention debate: what it is and why it’s bad

It’s time to clarify what data retention is and the nature of the threat it poses to citizens.

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Baby come back: can Palmer lay claim to the brick with eyes’ Senate seat?

Does Glenn Lazarus’ seat belong to the Palmer United Party? Constitution says no, writes Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch.

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Essential: what intergenerational report?

Nearly half of voters haven’t even heard of the intergenerational report and another quarter haven’t heard much, according to today’s Essential Report poll.

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Mayne: Turnbull should pursue media reform, despite leaks and his pro-Murdoch PM

Despite being harangued over a damaging leak, Malcolm Turnbull is right to start thinking about media reform. Whether he’ll be able to get the PM and his old mate Rupert Murdoch on board is quite another matter.

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Rundle: one cheer for Clive, unlikely saviour of the Left

It was Clive Palmer who stopped the government passing its disastrous budget, so stop dancing on his political grave.

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