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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.

There are registered lobbyists and then there's these guys...

There are registered lobbyists and then there's these guys...

How can we make any decisions about whether lobbying is a good or a bad thing when not all lobbyists are registered — and those that aren't have less transparency and greater secrecy?

Looking at the who, what, and why of lobbyists

Looking at the who, what, and why of lobbyists

They're everywhere in Canberra, but how much influence do lobbyists really have?

Beam me up, Neo

Beam me up, Neo

This week: glitching the simulation, eternal student debt, a bad week for Indigenous Australians, and the latest in anti-groping tech.

It's time for radical action on donations

It's time for radical action on donations

While political parties depend on donations to fund election campaigns, the incentive to game and break the rules around donations will overcome efforts to regulate them.

Josh among the business barbarians

Josh among the business barbarians

When Frydenberg forced the question of why businesses aren't investing in Australia, a convenient amnesia seemed to take over.

Frydenberg sees the light on tax, but provides little leadership

Frydenberg sees the light on tax, but provides little leadership

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has acknowledge that Australian business would simply waste tax cuts on share buybacks and increased dividends. But he's otherwise not sure how to raise our flagging productivity.

Trump's tantrum highlights the reality that he's an economic wrecker

Trump's tantrum highlights the reality that he's an economic wrecker

Donald Trump is wrecking shareholder wealth with his wild attacks on his own appointees and an increasingly aggressive trade war with China.

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".