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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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Pre-election outlook confirms budget numbers

Bernard KeaneMay 20, 2016

The 2016 Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook has been released, and there are no surprise updates from the budget a fortnight ago.

Man With the Plan becomes Border Guard In Chief

Man With the Plan becomes Border Guard In Chief

Bernard KeaneMay 20, 20165 Comments

With the polls failing to shift in its favour, the government this week fell back on a tried and true tactic: attacking refugees.

Election deciders: the moneybags

Election deciders: the moneybags

Bernard KeaneMay 20, 20165 Comments

Investment vehicles, unions and key industries help finance the parties' federal election campaigns. But there's one donor who dwarfs all of them.

Protecting the dairy industry hurts the cream of the crop

Protecting the dairy industry hurts the cream of the crop

Bernard KeaneMay 19, 201635 Comments

Propping up inefficient dairy farmers merely punishes those who made the tough decisions in an industry that should be an exemplar for Australian productivity.

Do refugees take our jerbs? No, they create new ones.

Do refugees take our jerbs? No, they create new ones.

Bernard KeaneMay 18, 201646 Comments

By demonising refugees, the government has ensured the issue will stay front of mind for voters. Too bad that refugees show exactly the characteristics that Malcolm Turnbull likes.

Sorry, nanny statists, alcohol is good for you

Sorry, nanny statists, alcohol is good for you

Bernard KeaneMay 18, 201614 Comments

Despite regular evidence of the benefits of alcohol for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the public health lobby remains in denial.

How the government got mugged by commodity prices and hubris

How the government got mugged by commodity prices and hubris

Bernard KeaneMay 17, 201623 Comments

The constant downgrading of revenue forecasts for the coming budget year illustrates how the Coalition, despite its own rhetoric, has been humbled by external factors.

Let them eat fake: pollies in high-vis evoke Marie Antoinette

Let them eat fake: pollies in high-vis evoke Marie Antoinette

Bernard KeaneMay 17, 20165 Comments

Why do politicians love to put on hard hats and fluoro vests? Because they think it lends them an authenticity they can't manage on their own.

Essential: Labor clings to lead as Turnbull slides further

Essential: Labor clings to lead as Turnbull slides further

Bernard KeaneMay 17, 20167 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull continues to let voters down, but the Coalition's position isn't getting any worse, today's Essential poll shows.

Why progressives are winning on same-sex marriage

Why progressives are winning on same-sex marriage

Bernard KeaneMay 16, 20165 Comments

Support for same-sex marriage has grown substantially in the community over the last five years -- but who has actually shifted their views? Polling suggests some answers.