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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 1 UNLOCK?

Gut feelings and ‘common sense’: what Jeff Kennett brings to Coles remediation

Coles has turned to the former Victorian premier to sort out that bit of bother with its suppliers.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Joke political donation laws hide half the story from voters

Commonwealth political donation laws mean we don’t find out until 18 months after an election who gave money to political parties - and even then we only get half the story.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 1 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters continue to mark the government down

The government continues to fall in voters’ estimation on important policy issues, but a large number of voters still think it’s too soft on asylum seekers, Essential Report shows.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | FEDERAL | 24 UNLOCK?

Print graffiti? No good news for Abbott in knight-mare coverage

Who had nice things to say about Prince Philip’s knighthood? Nobody. Then the AFR politely changed the subject, but not without a swing at the “indulgent captain’s choice”.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 33 UNLOCK?

Arise, Dame Julie: Bishop displays her Sun King seal of approval

Julie Bishop is openly positioning herself as Tony Abbott’s replacement as the Prime Minister’s judgement again fails him.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

Time for IR reform advocates to put up or shut up

The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into industrial relations is an opportunity for business to produce hard evidence about the problems of a system that appears to be serving Australia well, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL |

What if all ministers were health ministers?

If government is in the business of creating healthy, productive citizens in a healthy, productive society, why shouldn’t every minister include health in his or her portfolio? GP and writer Tim Senior explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 25 UNLOCK?

AGD fails to do its mass surveillance homework

The bureaucrats behind the long-running push for mass surveillance have laid bare their reasoning for data retention. Too bad they didn’t do their homework.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 14 UNLOCK?

Hundreds of donors hidden by Newman’s donations laws

Campbell Newman’s gutting of political donation disclosure laws means many hundreds of LNP donors can remain secret.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 19 UNLOCK?

Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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CRIKEY INTERN | FEDERAL | 12 UNLOCK?

How did we get here? A Manus Island timeline

From Howard government brainwave to violence, self-harm and hunger strikes, Crikey intern Rochelle Brown reviews the troubled history of Manus Island.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 21 UNLOCK?

Manus disturbances a logical consequence of Labor-Liberal policy

The protests, self-harm and violence won’t stop on Manus Island - they’re a logical consequence of the way Australian policy has evolved.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 3 UNLOCK?

Essential: Voters split on Iraq, ABC most trusted institution

Voters oppose an increase in Australia’s role in Iraq, and the ABC is the country’s most trusted institution, Essential Report shows.

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GLENN DYER | FEDERAL | 6

How low-income earners could save Joe Hockey’s neck

Low-income earners could be the key to a stronger economy if they spend the benefit of a fall in oil prices.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 54 UNLOCK?

Will the Liberal leadership endgame play out sooner than expected?

The Medicare backflip has the government beginning 2015 as it ended 2014. If this keeps up, the Liberal leadership question will emerge sooner rather than later.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL | 33 UNLOCK?

Coalition’s crony capitalism makes communication harder

The Coalition’s economic agenda is straightforward crony capitalism. No wonder they can’t explain it to voters.

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PADDY MANNING | FEDERAL | 7

A $100 billion investment with no proper tender: Defence hurtles down a familiar path

Australia’s submarine program could easily cost $100 billion over the coming decades. But the Department of Defence is repeating yesterday’s mistakes, embarking on a rushed purchase from an unproven supplier.

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FEDERAL | 9

The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

Who spent the most on books and newspapers in Parliament House? Crikey reporter Myriam Robin and intern Mahalia Dobson investigate.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | FEDERAL | 13

Bypassing the filter: Abbott snubs journos in Iraq, but will it work?

Politicians circumventing the independent press to speak directly to the public is nothing new, but this fraught practice does seem to be increasingly popular with our leaders.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL |

Abbott reshuffles to ‘reset and refocus’

Tony Abbott has used the resignation of Arthur Sinodinos and the dumping of David Johnston to “reset and refocus” his beleaguered government.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL |

Pressure builds for independent inquiry into siege

Talk of a reshuffle won’t allay community concerns about the handling of Man Monis and the Sydney siege. And the pressure for a judicial inquiry is growing.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL |

Keane’s year in review: the gap between reason and democracy, and how we fell in

There’s a gap between rational policy and what we get in a democracy. And this year the gap grew so wide we all fell in.

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BERNARD KEANE | FEDERAL |

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 |

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 |

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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