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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.

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Is working from home a craven surrender to capitalism or a subversive act?

Some say working from home is the ultimate expression of capitalism, as employers colonise our domestic space. But working from home also has the potential to send a deep shudder through capitalism.

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Closures and cuts herald a black day in the bush. So where are the Nationals?

Regional media desperately needs more support from the Nationals, who have secured only limited funding compared to what's available for other regional services.

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Casualisation — not just a union-business debate, but maybe key to new growth

Even if overall levels of casualisation remain unchanged, addressing job insecurity might deliver a win for workers, employers and the government itself.

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'Unfit', rinse, repeat: how the industrial relations debate ignores the evidence (again)

The biggest changes in the 'not fit for purpose' IR system have disadvantaged workers and empowered employers. Shame journalists keep forgetting that.

Only the credulous could accept a contactless account of our economic reality

Reports that consumer spending is back to where it was last year leave out the fact that contactless payments are the new norm.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Who is Morrison kidding? The economy has been on government life support for a decade

We need to stop pretending the Australian economy isn't addicted to government support. And if the government is serious about reform, it shouldn't wait until late in the year to release a long-delayed budget.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

The perils of hypocrisy: on China, Coalition's pandering outstrips Andrews' grovelling

When it comes to China, both sides of politics are guilty of pandering.

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Blunder? What blunder? Good news on JobKeeper opens ways for further stimulus

Put together in haste for a catastrophe that didn't quite eventuate, the overestimated JobKeeper program can now be adjusted to boost the recovery.

Energy Minister Angus Taylor speaks to the media. (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

What lies beneath must be resurfaced — or the media is not doing its job to expose power and corruption

When even good journalists fail to explore the financial and personal links between companies and policymakers, they allow a pervasive form of institutional corruption to flourish.

Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

More stimulus may be needed to bolster confidence — and we have the capacity to fund it

The Reserve Bank has signalled that consumer and business confidence will be a key uncertainty in the recovery -- but Treasury thinks we have the capacity for more fiscal stimulus if needed.