Bernard KeaneMar 27, 2017
Amid the clichés in a Liberal thinktank's new review, there are some directions toward unorthodox policies.
Bernard KeaneMar 27, 201717 Comments
In undermining the capacity of security agencies to work effectively with Australia's Muslim communities, Pauline Hanson's vilification of Muslims increases the risk of a terror attack.
Bernard KeaneMar 24, 201749 Comments
The responses of the media and politicians to terrorism are now rituals played out despite the urging that we should never "normalise" terrorism. And that goes for mass surveillance too.
Bernard KeaneMar 24, 20178 Comments
The government needs to build on what should be an electorally popular policy on childcare to give itself some much needed momentum.
Bernard KeaneMar 23, 20172 Comments
It may not be much, but the government will get a deserved legislative win on its childcare package, funded by Family Tax Benefit cuts.
Bernard KeaneMar 21, 201733 Comments
Section 18C is a problematic section of the Racial Discrimination Act -- but changing it has little to do with free speech and everything to do with the sense of grievance of powerful white people.
Bernard KeaneMar 20, 201718 Comments
Australians are poor at respecting the right of their opponents to free speech -- on all sides.
Bernard KeaneMar 17, 201732 Comments
The reaction of journalists to innocuous comments by the new ACTU secretary reflect a poor understanding of what the law actually is.
Bernard KeaneMar 16, 201735 Comments
Malcolm Turnbull put some old skills to good use yesterday - but his Snowy Hydro proposal will never happen.
Bernard KeaneMar 15, 201743 Comments
We're abandoning good policymaking in Australia and parasites like the mining industry are to blame.