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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.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton. (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

Cyber strategy light on detail, but clear on more commercial espionage by agencies

The government's melodramatic new cybersecurity strategy is embarrassingly vague — but points to dramatic new powers for intelligence agencies to spy on Australians and engage in commercial espionage.

(Image: AAP/David Crosling)

Whose reputation is the government really worried about on aged care transparency?

Why is the government elevating the reputations of aged care providers above the needs of consumers and taxpayers?

Emma Alberici (Image: AAP/Richard Wainwright)

The ABC's exemplary punishment of Alberici sends a message to other journalists

Someone at the ABC is leaking confidential information about Emma Alberici to its — and her — enemies at News Corp. What signal does that send to journalists whose job is to hold the powerful to account?

Reserve Bank of Australia governor Phillip Lowe (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Reserve Bank flags years of pain — and the problem is demand, not supply

Fiscal stimulus is needed now more than ever so Australians can be confident to go out and spend.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/James Ross)

Andrews delivers a gut punch to the national economy, but it's the feds who need to pay

Thanks to Daniel Andrews and his government, Australia faces an economic disaster. But the federal government must step up on the response.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (Image: AAP/David Crosling)

We're all Victorians now: why Dan Andrews should force Canberra's hand on extra stimulus

The new Victorian shutdown will force an overhaul of Australia's fiscal and economic outlook. And we need more stimulus, too – much more.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (AAP/Glenn Hunt)

Beware of the Other — a virus that is everywhere, and when it suits, everyone

The pandemic has reinforced a growing enthusiasm for closing borders against external threats — and business is unwilling to provide any incentive to stop it.

The US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC (Image: Wikimedia/Jbarta)

If NSW goes the way of Victoria, the US shows us what will happens next

A persistence of COVID-19 infections threatens to snuff out economic recovery amid the worst contractions in history.

Health Minister Greg Hunt

Policy on the run and regulation on the fly — what's the aged care regulator doing?

As recently as the end of June, the aged care regulator was untroubled by staff working across multiple sites in Victoria. Now the sector is in crisis as deaths and infections soar.

People queue outside a Centrelink office in Bondi Junction (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

No stagflation, just worsening unemployment ahead for Australia

The risks of inflation from a supply-side shock appear fanciful, while unemployment remains a worsening, not improving problem.