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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 company that called the mining tax a ‘sovereign risk’ has been charged with fraud

October 18, 2017 5 Comments

While they were lecturing Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard about tax, Rio Tinto was engaged in massive destruction of shareholder wealth. Now the US corporate regulator is gunning for them.

How to extricate yourself from an energy policy jam

October 18, 2017 19 Comments

There are a few tricks to Malcolm Turnbull's new energy policy. Here's how he did it.

Coalition racks up yet another energy policy, this one more to Abbott’s taste

October 17, 2017 13 Comments

The government's new energy regulation-based energy policy isn't about trying to avoid a fight with Tony Abbott -- but instead about a desperate government that needs a political weapon.

Billson did nothing wrong — under our hopeless lobbying laws, that is

October 17, 2017 9 Comments

Our light-touch rules on MPs and lobbying are a relic from an age before politics was professional and lobbying was big business.

Australian neoliberalism meets its conqueror: electricity

October 16, 2017 28 Comments

The problems of our failed electricity market are the same problems that crop up time and again when market economics is applied to crucial services.

Keane: the doomed quest for meaning in Twin Peaks

October 13, 2017 3 Comments

If there's meaning in Twin Peaks: The Return, it lies in the meaninglessness of existence, and how we can best cope with it.

Hack of defence firm reveals a cybersecurity framework in chaos

October 12, 2017 18 Comments

While endlessly talking about the importance of cybersecurity, the government has an all-care-no-responsibility attitude toward its defence data.

Labor says ‘yes’ to more guns and a party worse than One Nation

October 12, 2017 5 Comments

Don't ever think NSW Labor won't seize a political opportunity over principle any day of the week.

Tony Abbott’s 17 different core climate change beliefs

October 11, 2017 33 Comments

Keeping track of Tony Abbott's views on climate change can be a tough task. So we've assembled the most comprehensive list of climate positions since the days of Julius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth.

Should we take responsibility for energy policy away from the government?

October 11, 2017 17 Comments

If kicking the politicians out of policymaking is good enough in monetary policy, why isn't it good enough in energy?