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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.

The lockdown is accumulating a debt that must be repaid to younger Australians

The lockdown is accumulating a debt that must be repaid to younger Australians

Young people are paying the highest price for our response to the crisis, and will be doing so for decades to come. We need to start repaying our debt to them.

US jobs collapse shocks even the worst pessimists

US jobs collapse shocks even the worst pessimists

The speed with which the US jobs market is collapsing is far worse than even pessimists feared.

Change at the speed of plague: how the world has turned upside down in weeks

Change at the speed of plague: how the world has turned upside down in weeks

Viruses are stuck moving at the pace that humans move. And now we're moving at a dizzying pace, on the way to a very different future to the one we imagined at the start of the year.

The lack of accountability at Home Affairs is costing Australian lives

The lack of accountability at Home Affairs is costing Australian lives

The Home Affairs portfolio has been dysfunctional for years, and never held to account. Why should we expect any different now that it is charged with protecting us from the coronavirus?

Side View: Is this goodbye?

Side View: Is this goodbye?

This week: some non-virus content, some virus content, the crime in Yemen, shakespeare was a hack, and Side View says 'see ya' (for now).

When the biggest economic experiment in world history is over, what will be left?

When the biggest economic experiment in world history is over, what will be left?

There'll be no v-shaped recovery, or even a u-shaped recovery, from the crisis. It will be highly uneven, and governments may not have a lot of say in how it pans out.

RIP neoliberalism: 1975-2020? Maybe, maybe not.

RIP neoliberalism: 1975-2020? Maybe, maybe not.

After the Global Financial Crisis, governments retreated from interventionism. This time around, they're less likely to abandon the powers they are currently wielding.

There are quibbles, but Morrison's historic reversal hits a much-needed spot

There are quibbles, but Morrison's historic reversal hits a much-needed spot

We'll be paying for the government's extraordinary wage subsidy package for decades to come. But the cost of inaction would be far steeper.

This is what a 21st century recession looks like

This is what a 21st century recession looks like

The recession now unfolding is a services-led slowdown that hits our economy right where it has been strongest over recent decades.

3 million out of work: record US unemployment every bit as bad as feared

3 million out of work: record US unemployment every bit as bad as feared

Unemployment has surged to 3 million in a week as the coronavirus crisis hits the US services sector.