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.

July, 2018

On interest rates, the Australian Financial Review likes it both ways

and , Jul 16, 2018

The Australian Financial Review has been demanding higher interest rates for weeks, but is now complaining about ... higher interest rates? What gives?

Partisan appointments show a government bent on destroying independent advice

, Jul 16, 2018

16
At a time when frank and fearless advice is sorely needed, the government has appointed one of its own to the Productivity Commission.

My Health Record could be our worst government data breach yet

, Jul 13, 2018

29
The Turnbull government has demonstrated its willingness to use private information against critics, and we know how poor third party contractors can be at securing data.

What ally, what fellow conservative? LNP senator wades in to Brexit

, Jul 13, 2018

4
Forget loyalty to conservative allies -- a Queensland senator is ostentatiously taking pleasure from the troubles of Theresa May.

Phil Gaetjens should not lead Treasury

and , Jul 13, 2018

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The appointment of a Liberal Party staffer to run Treasury is a new low in the debasement of Treasury as a source of authoritative advice.

Is it time to consider the nuclear option in regulating competition?

, Jul 12, 2018

15
We've been too hands-off on competition in Australia and the result if major industries dominated by oligopolies.

Side View: demolishing America’s worst McMansions

, Jul 11, 2018

3
Welcome to Side View -- a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: irrational consumer rage, another warning against autonomous cars, and where fine china goes when it has broken the law.

Bob Carr’s road to Beijing hits a Kiwi bump

, Jul 11, 2018

8
The China Lobby needs to keep up with what's going on in the region while rehearsing Beijing's talking points.

ACCC report says little new, but demonstrates the painful arc of neoliberalism

, Jul 11, 2018

25
There's no mystery or scandal about how we ended up with a badly flawed electricity market — it has followed the broader path of neoliberal reforms in Australia.

Could religious extremists pave the way for a bill of rights?

, Jul 10, 2018

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The push for legislative protection of religious freedom could be a way to achieve a bill of rights that Australia so desperately needs.