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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.

Stasiland more extended than we thought: the truth behind the 'Abbott as foreign agent' affair

Stasiland more extended than we thought: the truth behind the 'Abbott as foreign agent' affair

In November, Christian Porter professed outrage that Tony Abbott had been pursued by his own department under foreign interference laws. Except he'd known about it all along.

Each quarter of low wages is a nail in the coffin of growth

Each quarter of low wages is a nail in the coffin of growth

With every quarter of wage stagnation, households are changing their behaviour to reflect the fact that incomes simply aren't growing any more.

Have you seen that post-election investment boost that business promised? We looked for it

Have you seen that post-election investment boost that business promised? We looked for it

After Scott Morrison won the election, we were told a gleeful business community would be lifting investment. In fact, investment has slumped.

Having a surveil of a time

Having a surveil of a time

This week: staying aloft, an exciting new world of surveillance, the Tory Right's real goal, and moonlight in Vermont.

Lack of 'duty of care' proves voters are right to not trust government

Lack of 'duty of care' proves voters are right to not trust government

The government says it owes no duty of care to welfare recipients. No wonder Australian citizens are feeling alienated.

The car industry is the latest casualty of Australia's new era of protectionism

The car industry is the latest casualty of Australia's new era of protectionism

Since Joe Hockey dared General Motors to leave in 2013, a fundamental political change has seen Australia re-embrace protectionism, at a far higher cost than the car industry.

Net zero emissions — a target big enough to cover a host of sins

Net zero emissions — a target big enough to cover a host of sins

Beware the "net zero by 2050" target — it's vague enough that fossil fuel interests see it as an opportunity to expand.

Gaetjens' shoddy arguments do little to help his credibility — or the government

Gaetjens' shoddy arguments do little to help his credibility — or the government

The attempt by longtime Liberal staffer Phil Gaetjens to justify the rorted sports grants program is riddled with holes and efforts to distract.

The real reason why everyone thinks Queensland coal miners totally rock

The real reason why everyone thinks Queensland coal miners totally rock

While politicians claim they want to support coal miners, the real appeal of coal lies in the tens of billions of dollars in exports it earns every year — and the wealthy interests it funds.

Meet the industry that says it can't survive 2.2% wage growth

Meet the industry that says it can't survive 2.2% wage growth

The restaurant industry is angry that industrial relations law is being enforced and employers who underpay workers are being revealed. But if an industry can't survive when the wages it pays are virtually stagnant, there's something seriously wrong.