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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Key issues around security laws likely to get lost in the terror noise

Who gets to sign off on important new ASIO powers is an issue that should be carefully debated, but it will get ignored as fear of terrorism ramps up.

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FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Housing boom delivers a potential headache for the government

The government faces a growing problem around the booming property markets of Sydney and Melbourne while the Reserve Bank can see danger to the wider economy, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 39

‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Committee recommends (marginally) reining in new security laws — but media still face jail

A parliamentary committee has signed off on the first set of national security reforms, but wants some tightening on controversial proposals.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Ken Henry urges a new, more compelling economic narrative

Australia needs to reframe its approach to economic policy, former Treasury Secretary Ken Henry urges, in one of the most insightful economic policy speeches of recent years.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6

Brandis goes Left Bank in his search for terror hype

Using words like “existential” to describe terrorism is part of a lengthy, and wholly absurd, tradition of hyping it.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 43 UNLOCK?

Iraq debacle complicates Johnston’s tenure at Russell Hill

The demise of inept defence minister David Johnston may no longer be so imminent given we’re now at war… or something.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Essential: Coalition struggles on the most basic issues

Voters believe the government isn’t performing well on the most important issues that shape electoral judgements, today’s Essential Report shows.

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 9 UNLOCK?

Loophole could allow telcos to squeeze out the NBN after all

If telcos take advantage of a loophole in the Telecommunications Act, the business model of the NBN could be undermined completely, costing taxpayers billions.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Abbott, the nervy pugilist who may or may not have taken us to war

Tony Abbott’s eagerness to get involved in the “war” against Islamic State obscures how little we know what we’re doing in Iraq, or with whom we’re doing it.

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FEDERAL | 13

Shorten puts on the union schtick for ASC workers, but he doesn’t pull it off

Bill Shorten tried to gee up workers at South Australia’s ASC, but it was a few soundbites with little substance, writes InDaily political reporter Tom Richardson.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 43

Abbott has made Australia less safe — so he’s right to lift the threat level

Tony Abbott’s announcement that the terrorism threat level has been raised is correct — after all, he has taken a deliberate decision that will make Australians less safe, and done so for political purposes.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 21 UNLOCK?

Who benefits from the return to Iraq?

The inconsistencies in the case for intervention in Iraq demonstrate how the US and Australia are struggling to see where their real national interests lie.

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Manning: we all hope for an Aussie submarine

There are reasons Australia should build submarines — and they are not all to do with cost.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 7 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s dismal poll performance the worst since Whitlam

There has not been much of a honeymoon period for the Abbott government, with approval for the government and for Abbott dismally low.

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FEDERAL | 1 UNLOCK?

Volatile jobs numbers break records, maybe not for the right reasons

A big fall in unemployment has more than reversed recent gains, but there are question marks over the figures.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Keane: we are failing domestic violence victims with our terrorism obsession

Why do we prioritise terrorism as a threat to Australians when domestic violence kills hundreds of women and children?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 33

No matter how many questions, the campaign against Gillard will never end

Julia Gillard haters got their moment to shine yesterday when Gillard fronted the unions royal commission. But not one managed to land a blow.

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ALEX MITCHELL | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Guess who’s coming to Bob Carr’s dinner?

Think Joe Tripodi and expelled former lands minister Tony Kelly are personae non gratae around the Labor traps in NSW? Think again …

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FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

Keane is wrong: we should build subs in Australia

Japan has never exported submarines, and buying off-the-shelf subs could hurt our sovereign capability, writes Professor Goran Roos, chair of Advanced Manufacturing Council.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 33 UNLOCK?

Japanese subs: government makes the right call

It’s time to stop treating defence as a subset of industry policy and source major purchases from wherever we can find best value.

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TRISTAN EDIS | FEDERAL | 11

The sinister, bizarre truth of Brickworks and the Liberals

The latest ICAC findings show how Tony Abbott used business representatives to assist in an elaborate lie to scare the Australian people into voting for him.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 10

Australia’s whistlebower protections lag in private sector, national security

A new report shows we’re in the back of the pack when it comes to protecting whistleblowers in the private sector and on national security.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters disapprove of Iraq venture, and it’s not helping Abbott

Voters narrowly oppose intervention in Iraq, and the focus on security and international matters isn’t helping the Abbott government, today’s Essential Report shows.

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CRIKEY INTERN | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

The report cards are in — how our PM stacks up one year on

Media commentators have all filed their report cards for the Abbott government’s first year in office. The different reports share some striking similarities, writes Crikey’s intern Andrei Ghoukassian.

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