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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.

Gone are the dogs: governments have totally abandoned their promises on greyhound welfare

Gone are the dogs: governments have totally abandoned their promises on greyhound welfare

The greyhound racing industry is still being showered in taxpayer funding, even as it slaughters dogs.

News Corp is trying to dictate a broken climate debate

News Corp is trying to dictate a broken climate debate

What to do when your usual brand of climate denialism comes under fire? Find a new one, of course.

McKenzie's magic maths: numbers show how badly government rorted sports grants

McKenzie's magic maths: numbers show how badly government rorted sports grants

The ANAO has precisely laid out how a Coalition minister and her staff spent taxpayer money on the government's re-election campaign.

Anatomy of a rort: how the Coalition spent $100 million in grants to help its election campaign

Anatomy of a rort: how the Coalition spent $100 million in grants to help its election campaign

In the most blatant rorting of a grants program ever seen, Nationals minister Bridget McKenzie oversaw the use of a $100 million program to help the Coalition win the 2019 election.

Will the government's aged care blunders turn into Mediscare 2.0?

Will the government's aged care blunders turn into Mediscare 2.0?

First the government had hoped to drive through the outsourcing of aged care assessment. Then its aged care minister verballed the aged care royal commission. Now it's picking up the pieces.

Fifty seven million ways the carbon industrial complex infects Australian politics

Fifty seven million ways the carbon industrial complex infects Australian politics

A closer look at how fossil fuel companies influence policy making shows that Australia has a carbon industrial complex uniting government and greenhouse emitters.

Smoko and Albo present contrasting catastrophe tactics

Smoko and Albo present contrasting catastrophe tactics

While Scott Morrison has stumbled from bungle to bungle in his bushfire response, Anthony Albanese, to the fury of progressives, is playing a long game.

The government is guilty of criminal neglect. But it's not alone

The government is guilty of criminal neglect. But it's not alone

While Scott Morrison deserves to bear the brunt of criticism for the bushfire catastrophe, it is a disaster a generation in the making.

2019: a failed system leaves citizens bereft

2019: a failed system leaves citizens bereft

2019 showed that we should focus more on a political system that is failing Australians than on the individual personalities that populate our parliaments.

An unlikely encryption supporter emerges to frustrate enemies of privacy

An unlikely encryption supporter emerges to frustrate enemies of privacy

While western governments continue to demand the ability to spy on all their citizens, one key security agency says encryption must be protected at all costs.