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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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IMF confirms inequality harms growth. But would higher taxes fix it?

IMF confirms inequality harms growth. But would higher taxes fix it?

Bernard Keane September 26, 2017 6 Comments

A new International Monetary Fund paper expands the view of what used to be the temple of international neoliberalism that inequality is growing, and dangerous.

From Blackout Bill to Juliar: why pejorative nicknames don’t work in politics

From Blackout Bill to Juliar: why pejorative nicknames don’t work in politics

Bernard Keane September 26, 2017 15 Comments

A good political nickname will resonate with the electorate because it reflects a well known aspect of a politician's character. But they rarely do anything more than that.

Gas crisis: warning! warning! warning! Um, what comes next?

Gas crisis: warning! warning! warning! Um, what comes next?

Bernard Keane September 26, 2017 13 Comments

Gas companies should be careful - the Prime Minister really will use a gas reservation. He will, you know! Don't try him! And what does the competition regulator think of all this?

Tuning out: FM radio won’t solve the Prime Minister’s problems

Tuning out: FM radio won’t solve the Prime Minister’s problems

Bernard Keane September 25, 2017 15 Comments

The unchanging nature of the polls suggests whatever tactics the government has adopted, they're not registering with people outside Canberra.

Which jobs have the best wage growth?

Which jobs have the best wage growth?

Bernard Keane September 25, 2017 1 Comment

If you want a pay rise, probably best to avoid mining and construction for the moment, and probably not go to Western Australia either. Instead, look for a job in the power industry.

Put out your lumps of coal for departing Minerals Council boss

Put out your lumps of coal for departing Minerals Council boss

Bernard Keane September 25, 2017 8 Comments

It didn't take long after BHP mentioned it was unhappy with the coal-obsessed direction of the Minerals Council for the council CEO to depart.

Senator (soon to be Mr) Malcolm Roberts perfectly represents One Nation

Senator (soon to be Mr) Malcolm Roberts perfectly represents One Nation

Bernard Keane September 22, 2017 41 Comments

The debacle of Malcolm Roberts' appearance before the High Court yesterday summed up the political cancer that is One Nation.

Banks bail out of wealth management

Banks bail out of wealth management

Bernard Keane September 22, 2017 2 Comments

The era of big banks being all things to all people is coming to an end as the majors offload their wealth management and insurance arms.

Employers demand wage cuts despite Reserve Bank fretting about growth

Employers demand wage cuts despite Reserve Bank fretting about growth

Bernard Keane September 21, 2017 2 Comments

Employers remain convinced the biggest problem in Australia is not being able to slash workers' wages, despite real wages falls.

Inside the terrifying mind of Tony Abbott

Inside the terrifying mind of Tony Abbott

Bernard Keane September 21, 2017 71 Comments

While Tony Abbott is bent on destroying Malcolm Turnbull, it pays to understand how he views the world.