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Bernard Keane — Politics Editor

Bernard Keane

Politics Editor

Bernard Keane is Crikey’s political editor. Before that he was Crikey’s Canberra press gallery correspondent, covering politics, national security and economics.

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Campaign week 2: events, dear boy, events

Campaign week 2: events, dear boy, events

Bernard KeaneApr 29, 20168 Comments

The government's re-election strategy is to nullify Labor's strong points and then go on the offensive, but it relies on everything going right for it. And along came Manus Island ...

Labor's high-risk, half-baked climate policy shows up Turnbull's inaction

Labor's high-risk, half-baked climate policy shows up Turnbull's inaction

Bernard KeaneApr 28, 201614 Comments

Labor's climate policy is ill-defined but puts it significantly further ahead of a government still in the throes of climate denial and delusion.

Keane: neoliberalism is fine, but what we have is crony capitalism

Keane: neoliberalism is fine, but what we have is crony capitalism

Bernard KeaneApr 27, 201637 Comments

The business community in Australia are fair-weather neoliberals whose only real commitment is to "reform" that suits them, and many politicians are no better.

Essential: Labor takes early campaign lead

Essential: Labor takes early campaign lead

Bernard KeaneApr 27, 20167 Comments

Labor has taken the lead as the unofficial election campaign gets underway, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull no longer the rocket fuel for the Coalition vote he used to be.

Government gets it part-right on submarines

Government gets it part-right on submarines

Bernard KeaneApr 26, 201623 Comments

The government has announced the winning bid for Australia's next generation of submarines and South Australia and protectionism have come out ahead.

Negative gearing just one front in the war on the young

Negative gearing just one front in the war on the young

Bernard KeaneApr 26, 201653 Comments

The government is engaged in a war on young Australians across multiple fronts. Negative gearing is just one of them.

The govt's short-term fixes may create long-term problems

The govt's short-term fixes may create long-term problems

Bernard KeaneApr 22, 201619 Comments

The government started its election campaign defending against Labor's successful tactics. But there are long-term problems in each of those areas that aren't being considered.

Cybersecurity? The biggest online criminals are ... us

Cybersecurity? The biggest online criminals are ... us

Bernard KeaneApr 21, 20165 Comments

What no one will say about today's national cybersecurity strategy ostensibly focused on defending ourselves against malicious online actors is that we are the worst of the lot.

Government banking package fails on corporate policing

Government banking package fails on corporate policing

Bernard KeaneApr 20, 201613 Comments

The government's attempt to head off a royal commission into the banks fails to address the systemic problems of financial regulation in Australia -- a timid regulator and no protection for whistleblowers.

Election 2016: day 1 a disaster for an inexplicably unprepared Turnbull

Election 2016: day 1 a disaster for an inexplicably unprepared Turnbull

Bernard KeaneApr 20, 201627 Comments

Despite being in election mode, the government was curiously unprepared for the first day of its campaign, while the Senate made life very ugly for the Liberals.