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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 6 UNLOCK?

Keane: democratisation of communication — the real reason for data retention

The real reason for the push for data retention is the unhappiness of security agencies with the freedom the internet provides citizens, and the surveillance possibilities created by our embrace of that freedom.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 15 UNLOCK?

The five data retention lies you were told yesterday

The government’s unveiling of its data retention scheme was unaccompanied by blatant falsehoods by people who have no excuse not to know better.

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PAUL MILLAR | UNCATEGORIZED | 4

The beatification of Pope Francis more misleading headlines than intelligent design

The People’s Pope has struck a blow against the hoary old Church, standing up for evolution and the Big Bang Theory. What a radical, right? Well, not exactly …

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UNCATEGORIZED | 2 UNLOCK?

Tips and rumours

Preference whisperer may need to shout … security for the G20 … don’t mess with maths …

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 2 UNLOCK?

How healthy are our banks? It’s time to end the secrecy

It’s time investors were told how Australian banks perform in stress tests — like overseas investors are told, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 2 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott’s international standing up, but Coalition struggles

Voters are seeing Tony Abbott’s diplomatic skills in a more positive light but it’s not helping the Coalition’s polling, Essential Report shows.

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HELEN RAZER | UNCATEGORIZED |

Razer: Russell Brand is just Jacqui Lambie with great abs

Yes, Russell Brand is a sexpot. But he knows bupkis about politics, economics or any number of things that are necessary to effectively govern.

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ALEX MITCHELL | UNCATEGORIZED | 15 UNLOCK?

Voters turn out to vote for Gough — but Labor won’t be so lucky next time

The death of Gough Whitlam reminded NSW voters of the glory days of the Labor Party and secured two NSW state seats for Labor. But will misty-eyed nostalgia carry over to next year’s state election?

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 31 UNLOCK?

The inconvenient link between mental health and ‘lone wolf’ terrorism

The reality of radicalisation and terrorism is far more complex than the simplistic, self-serving narratives offered by politicians and the media.

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GUY RUNDLE | UNCATEGORIZED |

Rundle: mourning Hollywood’s last gasp in the world’s oldest video store

Crikey’s writer-at-large pays his respects at the world’s oldest video store in Boulder, Colarado.

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WILLIAM BOWE | UNCATEGORIZED | 1 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: voters spoilt for choice in NSW byelections

Looming byelections in the NSW seats of Newcastle and Charlestown will be an all-in (except for the Libs, of course) multi-party splash.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 15 UNLOCK?

Embarrassed government to change course on Ebola?

The government is expected to reverse its opposition to sending personnel to west Africa to fight Ebola after being embarrassed domestically and internationally on the issue.

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CPI result shows soft wages offsetting the dollar

Australia’s already low inflation rate has fallen further, while wages are likely to remain subdued — meaning lower demand in the economy, something business isn’t very happy about, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 6 UNLOCK?

Gough: where modern politics started

Gough Whitlam wasn’t merely a giant figure in Labor: he was a key politician in the transition to contemporary politics.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 8 UNLOCK?

Essential: voters happy with government’s Ebola response

Voters back the government’s unwillingness to send personnel to respond to Ebola in west Africa, but aren’t happy about the economy and the Coalition’s recent momentum has faded.

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BERNARD KEANE | UNCATEGORIZED | 2

ASIS agents fired guns while boozing, and lied to IGIS about it

The government wants Australians to entrust the Australian Secret Intelligence Service with ever-greater intelligence-gathering powers, but ASIS can’t even keep guns out of the hands of agents who have been drinking.

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