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.


Will Turnbull’s tax cuts be eaten up before they’re even delivered?

May 22, 2018 4

Rising oil prices and low wages growth might become a dangerous political combination.

Longman claims its first victim as Hanson backflips again on tax

May 22, 2018 9

Labor's campaign to savage One Nation for supporting Turnbull's company tax cuts has bore fruit with the Longman by-election (sort of) looming.

Separating facts from emotion on boiling sheep to death for commercial gain

May 21, 2018 16

As government backbenchers move to ban the live sheep trade, the lies of industry advocate and politicians are being exposed.

We should abolish ASIC

May 21, 2018 22

ASIC can't be fixed -- it is the wrong regulator for a crucial job. Time for the ACCC to take over consumer finance regulation, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Turnbull’s protection of Israel the exemplar of foreign influence

May 21, 2018 24

While the government rails against Chinese influence in Australian politics, it has internalised the influence of the Israeli government and its proxies.

And now some erotic fan fic from the Financial Review

May 18, 2018 7

Abbott's leadership drama has undergone a peculiar transformation in the Fin today, as has Canberra's geography.

Want to fix endless wage stagnation? Go on strike.

May 18, 2018 7

It's hard to see how any long-term return to higher wages growth will be achieved without a significant rise in strikes, which have been at historically low levels for many years.

A million jobs created despite so-called ‘punitive’ company tax

May 18, 2018 21

The government is justifiably proud of its employment achievements -- but it's been done without a company tax cut, and it hasn't helped wages.

Nationals reject science to keep sheep slaughter afloat

May 17, 2018 24

The National Party has succeeded in keeping the brutal live sheep export industry alive, insisting that the bureaucrats at the heart of its failed regulatory system can be trusted to fix it.

Wage stagnation is a major failing of our governing class

May 17, 2018 8

Policymakers, refusing to accept that their wage growth thinking is deeply flawed, serve nothing but the interests of profitable corporations.

Demonisation campaign against unions comes a cropper — yet again

May 17, 2018 14

Yet another trade union royal commission prosecution has spectacularly collapsed. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

Italian politics, Australian flat earthers and the universal despair of commuting

May 16, 2018 2

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: what’s happening in Italy, cyber board games and the existential despair of commuting.

Wage growth shocker leaves workers struggling to keep up

May 16, 2018 6

Another bad wages growth number shows Australian workers struggling to keep ahead of inflation, and in some major sectors, going backwards, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Government’s Gaza response part of our enabling of Netanyahu’s butchery

May 16, 2018 19

After Trump, the Turnbull government is the biggest international enabler of the Netanyahu government's commitment to the brutal status quo of occupation in Palestine.

The scandalous lie beneath the ‘merit v diversity’ argument

May 16, 2018 7

Opponents of increased female participation insist that merit should win out over diversity. But history has routinely shown us that "merit" is a myth.

Broader force: airports become a dead zone for your basic human rights

May 15, 2018 46

Police will be given new parties to override civil liberties in airports, as the government wastes hundreds of millions on security theatre.

China Lobby demands the end of Julie Bishop

May 15, 2018 5

In a sure sign that Julie Bishop is handling China well, apologists for Beijing are railing against her.

Senseless Prentice ousting a win for the new governing class

May 14, 2018 48

The defeat of Turnbull government minister Jane Prentice for LNP preselection illustrates how politics is becoming ever more like a professionalised career ladder rather than a democratic endeavour.

US wage growth falls as the Trump buyback bonanza continues

May 14, 2018 6

As wages growth sputters in the US amidst the biggest share buyback boom in history, the Financial Review finally acknowledges reality on company tax cuts.

Are the major parties dealing with the central problem of neoliberalism?

May 11, 2018 26

The key difference between the major parties now is that one is only treating the symptoms of the collapse of neoliberalism, while the other -- tentatively -- is looking at the condition itself.