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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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Menzies thinktank sets sail for points unknown

Menzies thinktank sets sail for points unknown

Bernard KeaneMar 27, 2017

Amid the clichés in a Liberal thinktank's new review, there are some directions toward unorthodox policies.

How many lives will Hanson's bigotry cost?

How many lives will Hanson's bigotry cost?

Bernard KeaneMar 27, 201717 Comments

In undermining the capacity of security agencies to work effectively with Australia's Muslim communities, Pauline Hanson's vilification of Muslims increases the risk of a terror attack.

We mustn't normalise terror, so we've ritualised it instead

We mustn't normalise terror, so we've ritualised it instead

Bernard KeaneMar 24, 201749 Comments

The responses of the media and politicians to terrorism are now rituals played out despite the urging that we should never "normalise" terrorism. And that goes for mass surveillance too.

Childcare could be the circuitbreaker Turnbull needs

Childcare could be the circuitbreaker Turnbull needs

Bernard KeaneMar 24, 20178 Comments

The government needs to build on what should be an electorally popular policy on childcare to give itself some much needed momentum.

Government gets off the omnibus and onto good policy

Government gets off the omnibus and onto good policy

Bernard KeaneMar 23, 20172 Comments

It may not be much, but the government will get a deserved legislative win on its childcare package, funded by Family Tax Benefit cuts.

What 18C is, and isn't, about (and it's not free speech)

What 18C is, and isn't, about (and it's not free speech)

Bernard KeaneMar 21, 201733 Comments

Section 18C is a problematic section of the Racial Discrimination Act -- but changing it has little to do with free speech and everything to do with the sense of grievance of powerful white people.

CEOs splash in the shallow pool of Australian free speech

CEOs splash in the shallow pool of Australian free speech

Bernard KeaneMar 20, 201718 Comments

Australians are poor at respecting the right of their opponents to free speech -- on all sides.

Do pearl-clutching journalists understand what the law really is?

Do pearl-clutching journalists understand what the law really is?

Bernard KeaneMar 17, 201732 Comments

The reaction of journalists to innocuous comments by the new ACTU secretary reflect a poor understanding of what the law actually is.

Turnbull lifts his game on gas -- as a key reform era ends

Turnbull lifts his game on gas -- as a key reform era ends

Bernard KeaneMar 16, 201735 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull put some old skills to good use yesterday - but his Snowy Hydro proposal will never happen.

How the mining industry parasites helped destroy good energy policy

How the mining industry parasites helped destroy good energy policy

Bernard KeaneMar 15, 201743 Comments

We're abandoning good policymaking in Australia and parasites like the mining industry are to blame.

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