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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.


AFR lies by omission on company tax cuts

January 22, 2018 3

More evidence is emerging that the Trump tax cut will be used for share buybacks not new investment. But you won't read that at the Fin.

Bill Shorten can’t rely on Turnbull and co bungling things forever

January 22, 2018 16

Labor has started the year messily and Bill Shorten can't always rely on the Liberals to take the spotlight off his own flaws.

The female workforce revolution is finally arriving

January 22, 2018 5

Unusually, the Turnbull government has presided over policies that have driven strong growth in female employment. We should get used to it.

The overlooked area of our economy that could hold the key to productivity

January 22, 2018 1

We talk a lot about productivity but rarely with any seriousness. And we might not even be looking in the right place for growth.

Is there really a trucking safety crisis, and is Joyce the man to handle it?

January 19, 2018 6

The government has been flat-footed in responding to a surge in truck-related deaths. Both unions and companies are being more proactive than Canberra.

Industry super blitzes retail, which is bad news for the Coalition’s war on unions

January 19, 2018 8

Alarm bells will be ringing with the Liberals as industry super stretches its lead over retail super in returns for members.

If milk prices went up like private health insurance …

January 19, 2018 41

Increases in private health insurance premiums are set to hurt household budgets by $750 a year -- and deepen the appalling intergenerational theft private health insurance represents.

Carillion and Co expose serious flaws in outsourcing

January 18, 2018 10

Does poor management of outsourcing by governments breed laziness and incompetence in major companies? The collapse of a major UK company poses serious questions for a key tenet of neoliberalism.

Another CEO ‘fesses up on tax cuts

January 18, 2018 3

Another American CEO has admitted corporate tax cuts which be used to boost share prices, not increase investment. When will Australian CEOs be as honest?

Public servants ignoring the public interest in freedom of information

January 17, 2018 10

Bureaucratic efforts to undermine Freedom of Information laws by insisting it prevents "frank and fearless advice" hurts democracy and further estranges the governing class from he electorate.