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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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Does Treasury believe in climate change?

Does Treasury believe in climate change?

Bernard KeaneSep 22, 20166 Comments

Is climate change real? The Treasury and Prime Minister and Cabinet appear to disagree, if their corporate plans are anything to go by.

Beneath the hokum, Porter offers a way forward on welfare

Beneath the hokum, Porter offers a way forward on welfare

Bernard KeaneSep 21, 201612 Comments

While Christian Porter isn't above partisanship and ideology, his welfare reform proposal should offer an opportunity to deliver more effective welfare, especially for groups to whom we owe an obligation, not the other way round.

Turnbull is not your refugee hero -- he's making Abbott's cuts permanent

Turnbull is not your refugee hero -- he's making Abbott's cuts permanent

Bernard KeaneSep 21, 201615 Comments

Far from increasing our refugee intake, the Prime Minister has announced overnight a permanent cut to the level the government inherited from Labor.

Census demands compulsory follow-up interview, bungles that badly as well

Census demands compulsory follow-up interview, bungles that badly as well

Bernard KeaneSep 20, 20163 Comments

Just when you thought it was safe ... the ABS has hit over 40,000 Australians with demands for census interviews -- and its IT systems are still failing.

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you've got me watching you

Sugar, oh, honey honey, I am the nanny state, and you've got me watching you

Bernard KeaneSep 20, 201613 Comments

The dietary villain du jour is now sugar -- supposedly "the new tobacco". Except the facts fit uneasily with this new form of nanny statism.

Essential: if plebiscite is blocked, voters want Parliament to pass marriage equality

Essential: if plebiscite is blocked, voters want Parliament to pass marriage equality

Bernard KeaneSep 20, 20162 Comments

If Parliament rejects the government's same-sex marriage plebiscite bill, voters want MPs to get on with voting for it, Essential Report shows.

Turnbull's Trans Pacific Protectionism in the Big Apple

Turnbull's Trans Pacific Protectionism in the Big Apple

Bernard KeaneSep 19, 20168 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull is trying to breathe life into the universally despised Trans Pacific Partnership while turning his back on free trade locally.

Stephen Conroy, policy and political pugilist, departs

Stephen Conroy, policy and political pugilist, departs

Bernard KeaneSep 16, 20164 Comments

In Stephen Conroy's shock resignation, the Labor party has lost a man who was always up for a fight -- on both politics and policy.

'Turnaround' Turnbull still troubled by the poison of Pauline

'Turnaround' Turnbull still troubled by the poison of Pauline

Bernard KeaneSep 16, 201610 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull made progress this week, but his double dissolution misjudgement will continue to haunt him and poison public life.

Bureau deploys full-time staff to address census non-compliance crisis

Bureau deploys full-time staff to address census non-compliance crisis

Bernard KeaneSep 16, 20165 Comments

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has drafted in permanent staff to address massive non-compliance problems as the 2016 census winds down.

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