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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.

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Last year's budget ruled off and comes in as expected: bad

Last year's budget ruled off and comes in as expected: bad

Bernard KeaneSep 30, 2016

The books have been closed on 2015-16 and the budget outcome is basically as bad as expected.

Whisper it softly: is this government any better than Abbott's?

Whisper it softly: is this government any better than Abbott's?

Bernard KeaneSep 30, 201625 Comments

This week the government piled up so many scandals and bungles that it raises the real question of whether it is any better than the Abbott government was.

Keane: grand final or no, funding sport is a complete waste of money

Keane: grand final or no, funding sport is a complete waste of money

Bernard KeaneSep 30, 201611 Comments

Australia wastes billions of taxpayer dollars on elite sports funding and major sporting events for no benefit whatsoever. It's time to end it.

Is Brandis closing the door on white hat hackers?

Is Brandis closing the door on white hat hackers?

Bernard KeaneSep 29, 20162 Comments

The government proposes to ban attempts to strip anonymity from large datasets. But in doing so, it could also ban the best means of spotting security flaws.

Yes, Labor really did kill off the mining boom

Yes, Labor really did kill off the mining boom

Bernard KeaneSep 29, 20163 Comments

New data shows the mining sector at its lowest ebb since 2011 -- even though Tony Abbott promised "a second mining boom" if he repealed the carbon price and mining tax.

Rent-seeking Business Council hinders, not helps small business

Rent-seeking Business Council hinders, not helps small business

Bernard KeaneSep 28, 20163 Comments

While the Business Council has discovered yet another magical property of company tax cuts, its members are stiffing small business on invoice payments. And the BCA could fix it straight away.

Coalition can never have clean hands on education funding

Coalition can never have clean hands on education funding

Bernard KeaneSep 27, 201617 Comments

No matter what its intention are on education funding, the Coalition can no longer be believed when it talks about public schools. It has turned this issue into a toxic mess for itself.

Essential: euthanasia support stays strong

Essential: euthanasia support stays strong

Bernard KeaneSep 27, 20162 Comments

More than two-thirds of Australians support the right to euthanasia, with only a small minority outright opposed, today's Essential Report shows.

Support for indigenous recognition in the constitution struggling: Essential

Support for indigenous recognition in the constitution struggling: Essential

Bernard KeaneSep 27, 20167 Comments

Support for constitutional recognition of Australia's first peoples is weaker than previously thought, and a high proportion of "don't knows" could prove fertile ground for opposition.

Do we have to destroy media diversity to save it?

Do we have to destroy media diversity to save it?

Bernard KeaneSep 26, 20163 Comments

Media ownership law reform can't only be about how to protect diversity -- it must focus on the long-term viability of public interest journalism.

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