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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

What’s the point of a tax debate when the miners run tax policy?

The government is entering a tax debate looking like the pawn of multinational mining companies. It is a dangerous position to be in.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Siege inquiry needs greater independence and more focus

The inquiry into the Sydney siege needs a tighter focus on what went wrong at a Commonwealth level and in the interaction between state and federal security agencies, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10

Data retention hearings off to nonsensical start

The inquiry into data retention has begun — without the government being able to say what the “data” is or how much it will cost.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 35 UNLOCK?

PM’s rebuke focuses attention on siege intelligence failure

As the Prime Minister publicly questions the AFP and ASIO’s monitoring of Man Monis, an inquiry is now underway into a possible intelligence failure.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 53 UNLOCK?

Keane: the day the Australian media lost its credibility

Yesterday’s events in Sydney showed the media, for the most part, isn’t up to the task of calm, well-informed coverage of terrorism events.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 8 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott won’t last as leader, and changing climate views

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today’s Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.

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FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

Business as usual not enough in a disappointing MYEFO

With deficits as far as the eye can see, the government needs to work out how to encourage business investment. Crikey writers Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer explain.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 23

MYEFO by the numbers: economic rocks ahead

Treasurer Joe Hockey has unveiled a serious deterioration in revenue in the latest budget update.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 23 UNLOCK?

Politics on hold while Sydney siege continues

An unfolding siege in Sydney, with possible terrorist links, has put federal politics on hold while we wait for the incident to be brought to an end.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 22 UNLOCK?

The 2014 Crikeys: Ludlam top in a year of duds

With the government badly faltering, its best performers have come from outside domestic policy, while one non-major party politician combined mongrel with policy skill.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 104 UNLOCK?

Credlin is not the problem, Abbott and his ministers are

Responsibility for the government’s woes rests not with the PM’s chief of staff but with ministers, from the PM down, who have failed to explain themselves to voters.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 23 UNLOCK?

Rundle: Warren Mundine’s individual treaty idea a confused farrago

Mundine wants to dissolve collective Aboriginal identity altogether and have Aboriginal people claim their second citizenship as that of a specific nation. This is a terrible idea.

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A fairer way to increase co-payments

The government’s “optional” GP co-payment will hurt those who need it most, writes Dr Ruth Kearon, former adviser to Nicola Roxon and a current board member of Family Planning Tasmania.

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FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Party time: will Xenophon be able to launch a national brand?

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon has announced plans to form his own political party. But will his popularity in South Australia translate to a national party? Freelance journalist Casey Briggs reports from South Australia.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 25 UNLOCK?

Rundle: if Morrison rolls Abbott, the Greens could end up stronger than ever

The Labor Party seems fresh out of ideas. And the Greens are more than happy to eat Labor’s lunch.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 11

Rundle: Pyne’s trip to whine country won’t help Libs win South Australia

Pyne’s desperate letters of support for ABC’s Adelaide production studio are completely detached from reality — not that we should take them at face value.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 49 UNLOCK?

Government’s full-blown war on the internet is here at last

Data retention is central to the government’s crackdown on filesharing — illustrating how its war on the internet is driven by commercial interests.

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FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Copyright notice schemes won’t work and consumers will pay

Overseas experience shows copyright notice schemes don’t work — but they do cost consumers money.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 21 UNLOCK?

Abbott dumps co-payment — onto GPs

The government has dumped responsibility for a Medicare co-payment onto GPs — but hasn’t resolved the absurdity at the heart of the proposal.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 41 UNLOCK?

Rundle: the Right is coming for your children

If you wonder how the “othering” of other people’s children happens, just ask Christian Kerr, who used a photo of a Senator’s daughter to illustrate a four-line “story” about nothing.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 26

Abbott shifts toxic co-payment proposal onto doctors

The government has tried to extract itself from its GP co-payment mess by dumping responsibility for it onto doctors.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

How what we see as important splits us up as voters

Different issues have different priorities for different voters — but some unite us, creating an opportunity for the government if it can take it.

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Evolve ore die — the grim future of Australia’s steel industry

The latest trade figures from China are in — and it’s not good used for our beleaguered Treasurer.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 23 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott ends year with a collapse

The Prime Minister has plumbed new depths in approval as voters sour on the economy, their own circumstances and politics in general, Essential’s latest report shows.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

After five years of waiting, Murray delivers (some of) the goods

Long in the making, the Murray inquiry is a worthy successor to previous financial sector inquiries, and Joe Hockey deserves credit for it.

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