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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.

Tim Fischer, maverick and curate's egg, stared down extremists

Tim Fischer, maverick and curate's egg, stared down extremists

Tim Fischer was a genuine maverick, with very good and very bad points, but he leaves a legacy of real achievement in public life.

Conservatives can make the best case against another Middle East debacle

Conservatives can make the best case against another Middle East debacle

Australia's participation in Donald Trump's anti-Iran armada risks familiar, disastrous consequences. Conservatives are the ones best placed to argue against it.

Signs of the apocalypse

Signs of the apocalypse

This week: aged care without immigrants, WeWork doesn't, writing when you were a kid, and ending the "cenecene".

Our reliance on foreign students is at crisis point

Our reliance on foreign students is at crisis point

A new report shows the extraordinary extent of dependence by Australian universities on Chinese students. But that's just one way in which our addiction to this revenue stream is harming us.

Morrison turns bureaucratic stump speech into a meaningless daggy dad BBQ

Morrison turns bureaucratic stump speech into a meaningless daggy dad BBQ

In Scott Morrison's view of public service, transparency and integrity are irrelevant — and so are the views of middle Australia, unless they line up with his own.

No better illustration of a 'Canberra bubble' than Newspoll silliness

No better illustration of a 'Canberra bubble' than Newspoll silliness

Australian polls aren't just unreliable — the majority of voters pay little attention to politics, so claims that sentiment shifts from week to week are impossible to prove.

Australia's economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels

Australia's economic bullying still soars above rising Pacific sea levels

Australia's history in the Pacific is about imperialist exploitation. Now the government has baldly stated that our economic interests come ahead even of the existence of Pacific island states.

Frydenberg's choice: ego or stimulus?

Frydenberg's choice: ego or stimulus?

When Wayne Swan had to choose between pride and supporting the economy, he opted for the latter. Now Josh Frydenberg faces a similar choice.

Will journalists soon need to get government approval for reporting leaks?

Will journalists soon need to get government approval for reporting leaks?

Under a scheme floated by government MPs, journalists would have to allow the government to censor their work if they were to avoid being raided and prosecuted for leaked material.

Signs of global slowdown multiply as Australian wages stagnate

Signs of global slowdown multiply as Australian wages stagnate

As signs of a global slowdown multiply, Australian workers endured another quarter of the government's policy of deliberate wage stagnation.