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BERNARD KEANE | July 12, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Attorney-General’s Department reveals more about data retention

With the speed and ease of tooth-pulling, the Attorney-General’s Department continues to reveal information about its pursuit of a data retention régime. Late today it provided a summation of industry views on a régime from its consultations with telecommunications and internet service providers in 2009. The information was provided as part of an answer to [...]

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BERNARD KEANE | July 05, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Attorney-General’s Department changes tack on data retention

In a significant admission, the Attorney-General’s Department has corrected its evidence to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to reveal two provisions for a data retention régime were drafted at the Department’s request. As Crikey reported in May, Greens senator Scott Ludlam asked the Department at Estimates to provide details of its consultation with industry [...]

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | June 28, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Kevin #2, election dates, and Yom Kippur

For those trying to work out the details of the lessons learned by the revamped Prime Minister Rudd, one of them seems to be “check the calendar for the dates of major religious festivals before scheduling important events”. Kevin #1 was forced to hold a separate Jewish event for the 2020 summit (remember that?) after [...]

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | June 24, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

20 years on, revelations about police smears in the case of Stephen Lawrence

It took 18 years to convict two of the killers who slaughtered Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack in south London. Lawrence was attacked by a gang of five or six men as he waited for his bus in Eltham, some of whom may never face justice. It is an obscenity, then, to learn that [...]

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BERNARD KEANE | June 07, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | 1 |

A short note on information asymmetry

The revelations over the last 48 hours of the near-complete extent of the Obama Administration’s surveillance of US citizens via phone records and internet traffic prompted a response from the amusingly named James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. Accusing The Guardian of “omitting” key information — though he doesn’t say what — Clapper makes [...]

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BERNARD KEANE | June 04, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | 1 |

ASIC accidentally blocked 250,000 sites in scam campaign

The finance industry regulator admits that its new internet blocking campaign has caused some collateral damage.

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | May 30, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | 1 |

Racism, childishness and bullies

The suspension of ABC radio announcer David Morrow after his “joke” about the difficulty of seeing dark-skinned footballers in the dark catapulted me back to a childhood memory that I hadn’t thought about in years. A group of us were playing a game outside – I don’t remember the name of the game or the [...]

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BERNARD KEANE | May 16, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Tony Abbott’s Budget Reply Speech 16 May 2013

Tonight, I want to directly address you, the Australian people. While it’s easy, and understandable, that you should be pessimistic about this government, everyone should be optimistic about our country. Our health researchers have saved hundreds of millions of lives through breakthroughs in everything from infectious diseases to cancer vaccines to ulcer treatments. Our military [...]

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | May 08, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Pakistan election bloodshed and falls

After Julia Gillard tripped on her high heels during a visit to the Gandhi memorial in New Delhi last year, New Limited put together a list of the “Five Best Political Falls”. John Howard’s 2007 slip in Perth came in at number two, behind Fidel Castro falling off stage at the end of a speech [...]

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SHAKIRA HUSSEIN | April 23, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | 1 |

Grief in New York and Afghanistan, in Boston and Iraq

In the aftermath of the attack on the Boston marathon, commentators such as Jonathan Green on The Drum and Rafia Zakaria at Guernica have discussed the disparity of media attention towards the small number of casualties in the Boston compared to the routine slaughter in locations like Pakistan, Iraq, and Syria. I remembered introducing a yoga [...]

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