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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.

You're already paying a congestion tax — a bad one

You're already paying a congestion tax — a bad one

You may not like the idea of a congestion price for motorists, but you're already paying one in the form of time spent stuck in traffic.

The amnesiacs' interest rate inquiry

The amnesiacs' interest rate inquiry

People in Canberra have short memories, but do we really need another inquiry into why the banks don't pass on interest rate cuts?

Fairweather foe: Bob Carr changes tack on Assange

Fairweather foe: Bob Carr changes tack on Assange

Bob Carr now lauds Julian Assange for "delivering on our right to know". But when he could do something about Assange's treatment, he had a very different view.

Who foots the bill for northern Australia's insurance problem?

Who foots the bill for northern Australia's insurance problem?

As northern Australia becomes ever more disaster-prone in the face of climate change, what role should governments have in subsidising the insurance and infrastructure of the people who live there?

Trump is right on Syria — it's time to stop the 'Endless Wars'

Trump is right on Syria — it's time to stop the 'Endless Wars'

Donald Trump is rarely right, and consistently inconsistent, but his resistance to 'Endless Wars' is sensible, as the hysterical reaction to his Syria decision reveals.

The conference banning whistleblower speeches

The conference banning whistleblower speeches

The organisation charged with coordinating Australia's cyber security has decided the views of experts on whistleblowing need to be silenced at this year's Australian Cyber Conference.

Australia's lost decade

Australia's lost decade

From energy policy to Indigenous recognition, the government's lazy approach has left the country to stagnate.

A stagnant government has created a stagnant Australia

A stagnant government has created a stagnant Australia

Stagnation has become the defining characteristic of the nation under a government determined to maintain the status quo — to lock Australia firmly in place, incapable of progressing.

NSW consumers continue to hunker down as retail flounders

NSW consumers continue to hunker down as retail flounders

What is wrong in NSW? Consumers in our biggest state are refusing to open their wallets, with retail sales still below the levels of early this year.

Who is trying to push Mark Dreyfus out of parliament?

Who is trying to push Mark Dreyfus out of parliament?

There are rumours swirling about Mark Dreyfus' exit from parliament — rumours he's categorically denied. So who's benefiting from leaving the question open?