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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.

Fourteen easy tips to avoid looking like Big Brother

Fourteen easy tips to avoid looking like Big Brother

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan is sick of the government being portrayed as Big Brother. Maybe if it stopped behaving in ways straight out of 1984, he wouldn't have that problem.

Australia's great wage stagnation continues

Australia's great wage stagnation continues

Another quarter, and more bad news for Australia's private sector workers with wage stagnation continuing.

Up in Armistice

Up in Armistice

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: a history-packed Side View looks at the Armistice, 80 years since Kristallnacht, and Orwell's lurid personal life.

Amateurish Morrison pays the price for trade stupidity

Amateurish Morrison pays the price for trade stupidity

Australia's foolish protectionism, when accompanied by base political calculation, makes for a policy mess.

Our government hopes we'll forget about Saudi brutality

Our government hopes we'll forget about Saudi brutality

The government says it will do nothing further in response to the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi until there's an investigation completed. Which is very handy indeed.

The ABC leadership structure is set up to fail

The ABC leadership structure is set up to fail

The entire process of appointing the ABC managing director is flawed, constantly risking a poor appointment to a demanding job.

The AFR's neoliberal remake of The Usual Suspects

The AFR's neoliberal remake of The Usual Suspects

Once again, a tiny pack of interest-rate hawks at the Australian Financial Review are demanding the economy be crunched in the name of neoliberal orthodoxy.

Labor abandons the intelligence oversight issue

Labor abandons the intelligence oversight issue

In a new committee report, Labor has walked away from its previous commitment to fixing Australia's broken intelligence oversight system.

It's time for real oversight on intelligence and counter-terrorism

It's time for real oversight on intelligence and counter-terrorism

There is no reason why the failures around Man Haron Monis, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, and the Khayat brothers won't continue to happen. If they do, politicians have a lot to answer for.

Foley departs, but will ensure allegations dominate all the way to the election

Foley departs, but will ensure allegations dominate all the way to the election

Luke Foley has denied allegations of sexual harassment but resigned the NSW Labor leadership anyway. However, this is just another entry in a long list of challenges for NSW Labor.