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No case for dragging politicians’ personal lives through the media

Bernard Keane October 23, 2017

Politicians' personal lives should always be a no-go unless there's a compelling public interest case for dragging them through the media.

Bishop demonstrates that when in a hole, it’s best to stop digging

Bishop demonstrates that when in a hole, it’s best to stop digging

Bernard Keane October 20, 2017 14 Comments

Julie Bishop made a dill of herself over New Zealand. The fact that she hasn't worked it out suggests her lack of judgement continues.

Australians’ love for local car manufacturing is misplaced

Australians’ love for local car manufacturing is misplaced

Bernard Keane October 20, 2017 19 Comments

The car industry cost Australians billions of dollars based on a misguided sense that car manufacturing was more important than other industries. But in retrospect, it looks cheap.

Where is the government condemnation of Rio Tinto?

Where is the government condemnation of Rio Tinto?

Bernard Keane October 19, 2017 11 Comments

The Brits had a go at Rio Tinto and have already settled. The Americans are now having their go. But in Australia, our corporate regulator is studiously silent.

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the unseemly message Tony Abbott left on my voicemail

Hinch’s Senate Diary: the unseemly message Tony Abbott left on my voicemail

Derryn Hinch October 19, 2017 11 Comments

It's not every day a former PM gives you such gratuitous advice.

How Labor could mess with Turnbull’s head on energy

How Labor could mess with Turnbull’s head on energy

Bernard Keane October 19, 2017 6 Comments

If Labor signed on to the government's energy policy, it would deliver everything Malcolm Turnbull doesn't want, including more fuel for Tony Abbott's vendetta.

The company that called the mining tax a ‘sovereign risk’ has been charged with fraud

The company that called the mining tax a ‘sovereign risk’ has been charged with fraud

Bernard Keane October 18, 2017 9 Comments

While they were lecturing Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard about tax, Rio Tinto was engaged in massive destruction of shareholder wealth. Now the US corporate regulator is gunning for them.

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

Bernard Keane October 18, 2017 51 Comments

There are a few tricks to Malcolm Turnbull's new energy policy. Here's how he did it.

Coalition racks up yet another energy policy, this one more to Abbott’s taste

Coalition racks up yet another energy policy, this one more to Abbott’s taste

Bernard Keane October 17, 2017 14 Comments

The government's new energy regulation-based energy policy isn't about trying to avoid a fight with Tony Abbott -- but instead about a desperate government that needs a political weapon.

Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

Bernard Keane October 17, 2017 10 Comments

Our light-touch rules on MPs and lobbying are a relic from an age before politics was professional and lobbying was big business.