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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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Lying dud Dutton and his lying dud department

Lying dud Dutton and his lying dud department

Bernard KeaneApr 24, 20179 Comments

The Department of Immigration has developed a years-long history of lying to expose its own spectacular failings, only for the lie to be exposed. Is the same happening about Manus Island again?

Gambling restrictions are an assault on free speech

Gambling restrictions are an assault on free speech

Bernard KeaneApr 21, 201740 Comments

If gambling advertising is so unpopular, then consumers should vote with their feet. Nanny state regulations are just another assault on free speech.

Nats push the bush while Libs star in Being John Howard

Nats push the bush while Libs star in Being John Howard

Bernard KeaneApr 21, 201720 Comments

While immigration dominated the agenda this week, the Nationals were walking tall with some economically illiterate policies.

Turnbull's Aussie values theatre a dud remake of Howard's original

Turnbull's Aussie values theatre a dud remake of Howard's original

Bernard KeaneApr 20, 201717 Comments

We've been here before: Malcolm Turnbull's attempt to whip up "Aussie values" fervour is a rehash of John Howard's efforts to tap into community fears a decade ago.

It's official, our spy agencies are making our companies less secure

It's official, our spy agencies are making our companies less secure

Bernard KeaneApr 20, 2017

By collecting and using vulnerabilities in widely used software, our own intelligence agencies pose a double threat to business -- while governments preach cybersecurity.

The end of 457 visas business as usual for department with no credibility to lose

The end of 457 visas business as usual for department with no credibility to lose

Bernard KeaneApr 19, 20175 Comments

The government claims the 457 visa program has "lost credibility". Which prompts the question -- who is to blame? The same department that has screwed up so many other things.

The 457 ways to keep foreign workers while pandering to racists

The 457 ways to keep foreign workers while pandering to racists

Bernard KeaneApr 19, 201747 Comments

Under the pretence of abolishing a catalyst for xenophobic populism, Malcolm Turnbull is leaving a mostly successful skilled migration program intact.

Abbott and Latham: shadowboxing with the same imaginary enemies

Abbott and Latham: shadowboxing with the same imaginary enemies

Bernard KeaneApr 18, 201714 Comments

Once paired as brilliant politicians, Tony Abbott and Mark Latham have traveled different paths but now share a conspiracy theory that the world of white men is under threat from women, LGBTI people and other sinister forces.

Even economists think animal welfare laws need to improve

Even economists think animal welfare laws need to improve

Bernard KeaneApr 18, 201712 Comments

The way we develop animal welfare standards in Australia is skewed by industry self-interest and a lack of evidence -- and the Productivity Commission wants to change it.

Forget housing, the real budget test is on wages and growth

Forget housing, the real budget test is on wages and growth

Bernard KeaneApr 13, 20176 Comments

While the political focus is elsewhere, continuing soft employment and wages growth suggests the government's budget challenge is a complex one, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

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