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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.


Australia shouldn’t follow the US on company tax cuts

December 13, 2017

With Turnbull's tax-cut ambitions falling in step with Trump's, it's worth looking at how tax reform is being received in the US.

Beating the bandits – who’s robbing whom in the great corporate tax heist?

Beating the bandits – who’s robbing whom in the great corporate tax heist?

December 11, 2017 20 Comments

When he’s not fighting homophobes, he’s fighting recalcitrant bureaucrats

December 8, 2017 4 Comments

Sick of hearing the same complaints about the Public Service over and over, one parliamentary committee is going after departments to crack down on bureaucrats who keep making the same mistakes.

We’ve achieved a ‘flexible economy’, but at what cost?

December 7, 2017 3 Comments

Much of the big surge in jobs growth this year has come in the health sector. But it also appears to be the result of a flexible economy -- and while we've always been told that's good, it comes with its own problems.

Banks put Turnbull out of his misery on inquiry

November 30, 2017 24 Comments

The big banks have saved Malcolm Turnbull from a problematic final week in parliament by agreeing to a royal commission.

Dastyari’s demotion puts increasingly exposed China lobby on notice

November 30, 2017 68 Comments

Sam Dastyari's fate is a warning from Australia's intelligence agencies to the China Lobby: get too close to Beijing and you'll be exposed.

Marriage equality amendments given short shrift as true Libs stand up

November 29, 2017 23 Comments

A handful of Liberals are standing by the traditions of their party and helping defeat efforts to use the marriage equality bill to expand discrimination.

Sorry, conservatives, but even Howard would struggle now

November 29, 2017 24 Comments

If only Malcolm Turnbull had the political skills of John Howard, dealing with One Nation and the Nationals would be easier, goes the argument. It doesn't wash.

Getting your $110k worth: Woodside reveals lobbying bang for buck

November 28, 2017 6 Comments

The level of political access afforded to companies has been detailed by energy giant Woodside, as political parties seek to move corporate donations onto a more secure footing.

For Nats, revenge is a dish best served with interest

November 28, 2017 17 Comments

The Liberals have never understood that a banking inquiry is about revenge for past wrongs as much as preventing them in the future.