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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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Aged care: govt hands Labor an instrument of war

Aged care: govt hands Labor an instrument of war

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 2016

The government has taken a huge chunk out of aged care, giving Labor a potential election wedge.

What does Turnbull stand for? Budget offers few clues

What does Turnbull stand for? Budget offers few clues

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 20162 Comments

This was supposed to be the pre-election budget that defined the new Prime Minister and laid out a grand vision to carry the Coalition to the election. But what it is, is a mess.

Hang the deficit, there’s an election on

Hang the deficit, there’s an election on

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 2016

Oh, you thought this was a fiscally responsible, conservative government? This is a government with an election to win, deficit be damned.

2016 federal budget at a glance

2016 federal budget at a glance

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 20161 Comment

These are the numbers you need to know.

Turnbull's election fightback must start tonight

Turnbull's election fightback must start tonight

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 201614 Comments

Rather than merely rehashing last year's budget and copying Labor, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison have to use tonight's budget to offer a clear story to voters, one that will enable them to regain momentum.

Essential: Turnbull deflates further while voters back Labor on climate

Essential: Turnbull deflates further while voters back Labor on climate

Bernard KeaneMay 3, 2016

Labor's proposed climate action policy has garnered strong support from voters, while voters continue to become disenchanted with the Prime Minister.

A (very) little-something-for-everyone budget -- but how accurate?

A (very) little-something-for-everyone budget -- but how accurate?

Bernard KeaneMay 2, 20167 Comments

The important elements of the budget will be its expectations about the economy and the path back to surplus -- but attention will focus on the handouts.

Coalition living on a prayer with yet another Gonski backflip

Coalition living on a prayer with yet another Gonski backflip

Bernard KeaneMay 2, 20168 Comments

The Coalition has performed yet another backflip on Gonski funding -- illustrating that when it comes to schools funding, it is incapable of a coherent position.

Campaign week 2: events, dear boy, events

Campaign week 2: events, dear boy, events

Bernard KeaneApr 29, 20169 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.