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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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Trump’s ideological roots can be traced back to well before Hitler, to 18th-century France

Bernard KeaneFeb 24, 20172 Comments

Donald Trump isn't the end of the Enlightenment. But he draws his strength from some of the same turmoil that accompanied the eruption of rational, democratic thought in the 18th century.

Nuance won't cut it on penalty rates onslaught

Nuance won't cut it on penalty rates onslaught

Bernard KeaneFeb 24, 201714 Comments

The Fair Work Commission's attack on penalty rates will only reinforce Labor's narrative of a government hell-bent on attacking low-income earners.

Abbott-Turnbull: it's on, but there's a third player

Abbott-Turnbull: it's on, but there's a third player

Bernard KeaneFeb 24, 201751 Comments

Tony Abbott has damaged himself still further with his latest and most brazen challenge to Malcolm Turnbull. The big winner will be Peter Dutton, who is rapidly becoming the right's choice as prime minister.

Wage growth at all-time low, so time to cut penalty rates

Wage growth at all-time low, so time to cut penalty rates

Bernard Keane and Glenn DyerFeb 23, 201714 Comments

Attacking penalty rates will mean yet further downward pressure on wages at a time when even the government and the Reserve Bank are growing worried about lack of wage growth, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Truckling Turnbull gets a Bibi brushoff on two states

Truckling Turnbull gets a Bibi brushoff on two states

Bernard KeaneFeb 23, 201712 Comments

Despite pandering to Benjamin Netanyahu, Malcolm Turnbull was embarrassed yesterday by the Israeli Prime Minister's willingness to reject the comforting motherhood of "two state solution".

Dick Smith versus the migrants

Dick Smith versus the migrants

Bernard KeaneFeb 22, 201736 Comments

Businessman Dick Smith attacking immigration as a threat to our economy is both wrong-headed and encourages anti-immigrant sentiment in the community.

Facts on the ground: the open-air misery of Israeli occupation

Facts on the ground: the open-air misery of Israeli occupation

Bernard KeaneFeb 21, 201716 Comments

While Australia welcomes Benjamin Netanyahu, his government presides over an illegal occupation that inflicts the logic of a nightmare on every aspect of the lives of ordinary Palestinians.

Not so fast on the 'deep state v Trump' stuff

Not so fast on the 'deep state v Trump' stuff

Bernard KeaneFeb 20, 201716 Comments

Donald Trump isn't the target of a destabilisation campaign by the "Deep State", he merely has a divided government. And transparency advocates should welcome it.

Government stumbles on tax -- part 598

Government stumbles on tax -- part 598

Bernard KeaneFeb 17, 201712 Comments

Every time Bill Shorten gives the government an opportunity to target him, it gets distracted by its own divisions and bungles. That's why the Opposition Leader has such a charmed life.

Public service stuck in the hole Abbott dug for it

Public service stuck in the hole Abbott dug for it

Bernard KeaneFeb 17, 201711 Comments

Nearly 18 months into the Turnbull era, the public service remains in a bad way, to the cost of the government.

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