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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.

Why is the Fin Review backing this absurd super proposal?

Why is the Fin Review backing this absurd super proposal?

Based on its recent performance under Peter Costello, the Future Fund shouldn't be allowed anywhere near super. So why is a publication controlled by Peter Costello's company spruiking the idea?

O'Dwyer draws a big red circle around the Liberals' women problem

O'Dwyer draws a big red circle around the Liberals' women problem

Kelly O'Dwyer's departure reflects a problem that won't be fixed by more, rather than fewer, old white men in parliament.

China outrages West by doing the same commercial spying we do

China outrages West by doing the same commercial spying we do

Lurid reports of Chinese hacking omit that we engage in exactly the same — and occasionally worse — cyber-espionage.

365 days of failure: how Australia's elites failed us in 2018

365 days of failure: how Australia's elites failed us in 2018

The people who run Australia disgraced themselves this year, failing citizens on every level and corroding trust in our whole system of government.

Big business gives the gifts of wage stagnation and credit squeeze this Christmas

Big business gives the gifts of wage stagnation and credit squeeze this Christmas

A credit squeeze following the royal commission and wage stagnation are two big risks to the economy. Both ultimately derive from the same source.

The 2018 Pollie of the Year is...

The 2018 Pollie of the Year is...

In a year in which the political class has failed to address the disaffection and contempt so many voters have for our political system, Bill Shorten has been far and away the most effective politician.

NAB, ANZ, Westpac cop a hiding — so why didn't the Commonwealth?

NAB, ANZ, Westpac cop a hiding — so why didn't the Commonwealth?

NAB's board proved out of touch with 90% of its shareholders. But why didn't the Commonwealth Bank's shareholders react the same?

An immigration dystopia

An immigration dystopia

Welcome to Side View -- a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: reflective fish, immigration stoushes, it's just a flesh wound, and the ghostwriters of Christmas Past.

NSW Libs make life still more hellish for Morrison's rabble

NSW Libs make life still more hellish for Morrison's rabble

The NSW Liberals are scrambling to dissociate themselves from a toxic, shambolic clutch of climate denialists in Canberra.

Why do the Nats keep behaving badly? Because they can get away with it.

Why do the Nats keep behaving badly? Because they can get away with it.

This is the second time this year that a Nationals leader has kept a sex scandal from the Prime Minister, ensuring it wreaked havoc. Will they ever be held accountable?