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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.

Frydenberg's choice: ego or stimulus?

Frydenberg's choice: ego or stimulus?

When Wayne Swan had to choose between pride and supporting the economy, he opted for the latter. Now Josh Frydenberg faces a similar choice.

Will journalists soon need to get government approval for reporting leaks?

Will journalists soon need to get government approval for reporting leaks?

Under a scheme floated by government MPs, journalists would have to allow the government to censor their work if they were to avoid being raided and prosecuted for leaked material.

Signs of global slowdown multiply as Australian wages stagnate

Signs of global slowdown multiply as Australian wages stagnate

As signs of a global slowdown multiply, Australian workers endured another quarter of the government's policy of deliberate wage stagnation.

Government racks up another win in its wage stagnation policy

Government racks up another win in its wage stagnation policy

Australian workers were stuck for another quarter with stagnant wages, the latest figures show. And this Groundhog Day is going to be repeating for a long time.

Meat you halfway?

Meat you halfway?

This week: our fake meat future, a game changer for terrorism, the suicide epidemic in US jails, Austrians versus trucks, and melting Greenland.

Casually threatening letter exposes bureaucrats' deep-seated contempt for media

Casually threatening letter exposes bureaucrats' deep-seated contempt for media

Don't be surprised that the Attorney-General's Department is threatening media outlets; its loathing for media freedom goes back a long way.

Infrastructure groans under our addiction to population growth

Infrastructure groans under our addiction to population growth

Australians are paying the price for our addition to temporary migration through ever-longer commutes, a new report shows.

The great polling failure: why the 'unloseable election' was always lost

The great polling failure: why the 'unloseable election' was always lost

Every major pollster in the country backed the wrong horse at the election. Why did they all get it so wrong, and how do we know if we can trust them again?

Have pollsters created an 'alternate universe'? 

Have pollsters created an 'alternate universe'? 

The power of polling has been used to shape political narratives and bring down prime ministers — but what does it mean now that we know the foundations are more flimsy than anyone thought? 

Indulgence of right-wing extremism will send us the way of the US

Indulgence of right-wing extremism will send us the way of the US

The failure of conservatives to condemn and punish the extreme right-wing is steadily coarsening Australian politics. The result will be similar to the gutter standards of the US.