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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Committee recommends data retention, with some half-baked protections

A key committee has waved through the biggest mass surveillance scheme in Australia history.

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FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s reaction to Forgotten Children report straight from Howard playbook

The government has responded to the AHRC report into children in immigration detention much as you might expect from Howard’s 1997 Coalition, writes freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 22 UNLOCK?

After another rotten week for Abbott, change can’t come soon enough

Tony Abbott, dogged by misjudgment and poor luck, had a week so bad that some of his colleagues want him gone as soon as possible.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 1 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: dead-cat bounce for Tony, with Malcolm lurking in the wings

Voters factor in a range of complex information when they answer hypothetical polling questions, and the recent boost in support for the Coalition is obviously good news for the party, but it isn’t necessarily good news for the PM.

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ERIC BEECHER | FEDERAL | 13 UNLOCK?

Beecher: Tony Abbott’s fate lies in this man’s hands

The most powerful man in Australian politics is not an elected politician. It’s Chris Mitchell, editor-in-chief of The Australian.

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How ‘independent’ is the Human Rights Commission anyway?

Independent” statutory bodies like the Human Rights Commission are, in reality, beholden to their ministers and departments over funding and direction. Tom Burton of The Mandarin explains how it really works in Canberra.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 29 UNLOCK?

Positions, roles, offers, tables — who’s right in the Moraitis Files?

When is “formally putting on the table” not offering something? When it’s not in the government’s interests to admit it.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

Attack-mode Abbott raises the tariff walls against foreigners

Tony Abbott is now incapable of any response to policy issues other than attack. Now he’s turned his sights on foreign investment.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 15 UNLOCK?

Coalition contradictions become too many to count

As the Prime Minister tries to dogwhistle his way out of his leadership malaise, the incessant contradictions of the government become too many to track.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 21 UNLOCK?

Rundle: imploding Right in its Winter Palace turns against the people

Desperate, the Right has fallen back on national security fears and blaming “the mob” for its many misfortunes.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 17 UNLOCK?

The Moraitis files: resign yourself to inaction on the Triggs offer

The head of the Attorney-General’s Department is in deep trouble over his offer of a job to Gillian Triggs — but history suggests nothing will eventuate.

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JASON WHITTAKER | FEDERAL |

‘Brandis should stand aside’: who’ll take the fall for Triggs ‘inducement’?

Labor wants police to investigate the pressure George Brandis and his department secretary applied to human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs to stand down. Do they have a case?

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FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

How the government is sneakily taking over the Climate Change Authority

The government has decided to put the Climate Change Authority and Clean Energy Regulator under the purview of the Environment Minister. Not that you’d know it from reading the bill. Freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 37 UNLOCK?

Abbott targets Muslims and backflips on free speech in terrorism statement

The Prime Minister has unveiled a series of legislative measures and attacked the Muslim community in his national security statement.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 23 UNLOCK?

Quickie siege report ignores key issues around Monis

A six week review of the Sydney siege was never likely to produce a substantial report — and it fails to address the key issues around Man Monis and his path to murder.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 18 UNLOCK?

Direct Action is ‘intergenerational theft’ — just ask Peter Costello

Climate change is the ultimate form of intergenerational theft — and Joe Hockey is making it worse.

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FEDERAL | 4

Would you want the Immigration Minister as your legal guardian?

The Minister for Immigration is not acceptable as the legal guardian of unaccompanied children asylum seekers, writes Jenni Whelan, co-director UNSW Human Rights Clinic.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 22 UNLOCK?

False census of security: governments already know too much about us

Censuses only worsen the information asymmetry between governments and citizens. Getting rid of them is a good idea.

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FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

US provides a glimpse of the future of student debt

Student loans are now the second biggest form of debt in the United States, and the worst-performing of all, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 43 UNLOCK?

Abbott lies about data retention while the media cuts and pastes

Tony Abbott has raised the data retention debate to a new height of hysteria, and the media is failing to protect itself.

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FEDERAL | 10 UNLOCK?

The 20% solution: a first step in fixing super tax concessions

A first step in making superannuation tax concessions fairer would be to align the super tax rate with the average tax rate.

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FEDERAL | 11 UNLOCK?

No more low-hanging fruit for economic reform, but bold opportunities await

There are plenty of economic reform opportunities that don’t come with political pain, if politicians, commentators and business are prepared to look for them, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters split on Abbott ouster, but don’t think he’ll last

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will make it to the next election, and many want him removed forthwith, today’s Essential Report polling shows.

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Who cares for the carers? Doctors hesitant to ask for help

Doctors have very stressful, emotionally taxing jobs, and many are afraid to ask for help when they need it most, writes Radio National journalist Ann Arnold.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 38 UNLOCK?

Rundle: how to save the Bali Nine

Smug moral superiority won’t save Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. What’s required is an audacious creativity. But what are the odds the Abbott government has got the resolve to make it happen?

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