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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.

Government still ignoring reality as investment recession hits

Government still ignoring reality as investment recession hits

The economy entered a dangerous phase in the December quarter while the government ignored all calls for economic leadership. Now it's trying to blame a virus for its own failings.

A peek into the corrupt world of grants exposes unregulated role of staffers

A peek into the corrupt world of grants exposes unregulated role of staffers

Political staffers now have huge power over the spending of millions of taxpayer dollars, but face no accountability. It's time they were either treated like politicians or treated like public servants.

International revelations

International revelations

This week: dictatorship — a how-to guide, dubbing sucks, and do we really have a fuel security problem?

Peter Dutton can't tell left from right

Peter Dutton can't tell left from right

Peter Dutton thinks Islamist terrorists are 'left wing'. But then, he has good reason not to want to talk about right-wing terrorism.

Morrison dodges responsibility as coronavirus hits a weak economy

Morrison dodges responsibility as coronavirus hits a weak economy

The government wants you to know that coronavirus will harm the economy and the budget — they're just not prepared to do anything about it.

ASIO head addresses Australia from a dark shadow where accountability should be

ASIO head addresses Australia from a dark shadow where accountability should be

ASIO heads are always "coming out of the shadows", but in fact remain hidden away from accountability and scrutiny.

Data retention scheme is being abused exactly as critics predicted

Data retention scheme is being abused exactly as critics predicted

A review of the Abbott government's data retention scheme has shown it is being widely abused by scores of bodies around the country.

Speaking the truth about power: the Coalition is hurting reliability, affordability and competition

Speaking the truth about power: the Coalition is hurting reliability, affordability and competition

While Australia faces an investment drought, the government is deterring billions in renewable energy investment because of its climate denialism. The result is more expensive and less reliable power.

Stasiland more extended than we thought: the truth behind the 'Abbott as foreign agent' affair

Stasiland more extended than we thought: the truth behind the 'Abbott as foreign agent' affair

In November, Christian Porter professed outrage that Tony Abbott had been pursued by his own department under foreign interference laws. Except he'd known about it all along.

Each quarter of low wages is a nail in the coffin of growth

Each quarter of low wages is a nail in the coffin of growth

With every quarter of wage stagnation, households are changing their behaviour to reflect the fact that incomes simply aren't growing any more.