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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 22 UNLOCK?

Abbott rightly resists the whine of the west

Tony Abbott is right to avoid the WA-versus-the-rest GST stoush, but he can’t avoid the fight over health and education funding.

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FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s gifts to the IPA: part 4

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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HELEN RAZER | FEDERAL | 20 UNLOCK?

Woolworths’ Anzac campaign perfectly appropriate to what Gallipoli has become

The reality of Gallipoli is secondary to its function as a powerful but empty signifier. If we are going to hate Woolworths’ co-option of the Diggers, why do we allow everyone else to do it?

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

Sorry, AEC truthers, electoral conspiracy theories don’t hold water

So, why do the provide pencils instead of pens at voting booths, huh? What exactly are they hiding?

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FEDERAL | 4 UNLOCK?

Abbott’s gifts to the IPA: part 3

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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The lies our government is telling refugees about Cambodia

The Australian government has devised a “fact sheet” to tell refugees in Nauru what they could expect from life in Cambodia. But the fact sheet is full of lies.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Revealed: suppressed government report slams mental health services

A major report on our inefficient, patchwork approach to mental health leaves the government unable to retain the status quo, but with no easy way forward.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 6 UNLOCK?

Government faces fights on multiple fiscal fronts

The government faces fights on multiple fronts on tax and the budget, but doesn’t appear to have coordinated its tactics.

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FEDERAL | 2 UNLOCK?

How Abbott rewards the IPA: part 2

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 55 UNLOCK?

Anti-vaxxers are free riders, not a persecuted minority

Anti-vaxxers are dangerous conspiracy theorists whose actions kill children. They don’t deserve any support from the community.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters still (really) down on Abbott

Tony Abbott continues to be deeply unpopular with voters, today’s Essential Report shows, but Bill Shorten has failed to capitalise on it.

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FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

What Abbott has delivered (or promised) to his IPA mates

Freelance journalist Andrei Ghoukassian and former Crikey senior journalist Andrew Crook have sifted through all 100 policies promoted by the Institute of Public Affairs and found the Abbott government has promised quite a few of them.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

‘Mild contraction’ to give birth to a big taxing and spending budget

Joe Hockey anticipates a “mildly contractionary” budget, in the face of falling revenues. What does he mean?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 9 UNLOCK?

Timid politicians, angry voters and the two ‘reform agendas’

Business complaints about the lack of political will for reform disguises that the reform they now want is very different to that of the last 30 years.

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FEDERAL | UNLOCK?

What’s strategic and what’s not for foreign investment?

With the ruling out of a Glencore bid for Rio Tinto by the Treasurer, we have a clearer idea of what’s protected in Australia. But not clear enough, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 21 UNLOCK?

The messy politics of multinational tax dodging

The Coalition is being outflanked by Labor on multinational tax avoidance, and the political costs to the government could be high.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

Tax evasion teeters in the too-hard basket

Senators are very keen to nail multinationals for their tax minimisation strategies. Just as soon as they can figure out a way to do it.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

Rundle: how to defeat Reclaim Australia

The anti-Muslim Reclaim Australia will not be stopped with counter-demonstrations or vile attacks. But there is something we can do.

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GUY RUNDLE | FEDERAL | 34 UNLOCK?

Rundle: spreading contagion of Greens Derangement Syndrome

Labor and conservative columnists are apoplectic over the rise of the Greens. Good god, they like French films and even ice cream!

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 5 UNLOCK?

Younger Australians embracing VPNs

Australians are embracing measures to protect themselves against online surveillance as government and corporations seek to strip their privacy away.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | UNLOCK?

Essential: going off the grog, and what will support you in retirement?

Australians are drinking less, or not at all, but oppose more taxes on alcohol. And they’re increasingly uncertain about their retirement income, Essential Report shows.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

New security measures seek to protect press gallery from terrorism

If a terrorist were to try to infiltrate Parliament House, doing it through the press gallery might be one of the easiest ways to do it. The Australian Federal Police is cracking down on security blind-spots. But with armed patrols guarding the halls, should journalists be concerned?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 32

Super tax changes need to look beyond the fiscal

Fixing superannuation tax concessions will have implications right across our retirement income system — and we should use them to address emerging problems.

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WILLIAM BOWE | FEDERAL | 3

Poll Bludger: is Lambie the old adventures of new Pauline?

Jacqui Lambie wants to form her own political party. But will she be able to reach the heights of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation?

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 7

Calls for TPP transparency likely to fall on DFAT ears

There’s a consensus among independent economic agencies that we are going about “free trade agreements” the wrong way, but the government is unlikely to listen as it prepares to cave in to US intellectual property demands.

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