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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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Morrison makes two-thirds of the right call on Hong Kong. China's rage proves it

The government has made the right call in dumping its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and allowing students and temporary workers to stay. But is it genuinely concerned about human rights, or just about picking up "talent"?

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Nightmare scenario looms for higher education — but there's no obvious solution

Closed borders and a stressed quarantine system are signs of a devastating time ahead for universities dependent on foreign students.

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The fiscal cliff will be replaced with a fiscal slope (as it should)

The fiscal cliff looms no more: the Victorian outbreak has resolved an increasingly urgent debate about what support the government should provide beyond September.

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Sorry Dan, pandemics need clear messages, not media massages

Victoria's leaders left a lot to be desired in letting their citizens know about the lockdowns. Playing media management games showed a serious lack of respect and compassion.

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Tax-dodging PwC has no credibility in GST debate

PwC and others like it enable companies around the world to avoid paying hundreds of billions of tax dollars, making the poor poorer and the rich richer.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

The new normal of patchwork pandemics is very, very abnormal

Like much of the rest of the world, Australia now has to deal with a patchwork pandemic. Slipping back into old habits isn't good enough for politicians if they're to respond effectively to ongoing disruption.

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Like an unstoppable virus, neoliberal demands for 'reform' are spreading once again

Australia's economy is under threat from something hard to kill, that lurks unseen, ready to emerge and destroy lives at any opportunity. Also COVID-19.

Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong, 2019 (Image: AP/Vincent Yu)

Welcoming Hongkongers a no-brainer for a country in desperate need of migrants

There could be no better time than now to open our doors to Hong Kong people eager to flee the monstrous Beijing regime.

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Like much 'reform', the GST is about powerful interests, not the national interest

For 20 years the GST has been little more than a tool for the powerful to get ahead.

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Warrior Morrison unveils... um... no increase in defence spending

The media is excited about Scott Morrison's planned increase in defence spending — except that it's nothing more than what we already committed to years ago