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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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My name is Bernard and I’m a M*A*S*H addict

My name is Bernard and I’m a M*A*S*H addict

Bernard KeaneDec 2, 20167 Comments

One of the dominant TV series of the '70s, M*A*S*H had a core theme of white male privilege, but it got more complicated as the show aged.

Dirty lefties and the problem of Peter Dutton

Dirty lefties and the problem of Peter Dutton

Bernard KeaneDec 2, 201628 Comments

Progressive anger at Peter Dutton's cultivation of hatred of refugees and immigrants mainly serves his agenda.

The government triumphantly departs a fake battlefield

The government triumphantly departs a fake battlefield

Bernard KeaneDec 2, 20169 Comments

The government's "victories" this week have nothing to do with the real challenges facing the Australian economy.

Our casual return to protectionism, or, OMG I agree with Judith Sloan

Bernard KeaneDec 1, 201614 Comments

The local content rules in the ABCC legislation have been met, for the most part, with silence. This is how we end up returning to protectionism.

Turnbull caught out on construction industry visas

Turnbull caught out on construction industry visas

Bernard KeaneDec 1, 20164 Comments

The ABCC will have to crack down on construction companies using any foreign labour -- despite what the Prime Minister says.

New study confirms suicide higher for veterans

New study confirms suicide higher for veterans

Bernard KeaneNov 30, 20166 Comments

Australia's ex-servicemen have a much higher rate of suicide than other Australian men, a new study confirms -- and younger men in particular are at risk.

Crossbenchers carve ABCC bill into the biggest protectionist turkey in decades

Crossbenchers carve ABCC bill into the biggest protectionist turkey in decades

Bernard KeaneNov 30, 201619 Comments

The government has established a new set of protectionist local content and standard requirements for the building industry as part of the ABCC bill -- which was designed to make life easier for builders.

Government caves in and guts building watchdog powers

Government caves in and guts building watchdog powers

Bernard KeaneNov 30, 20168 Comments

Desperate to have its ABCC bill passed, the government has agreed to give it exactly the same restricted powers as the current Labor-established building watchdog.

Slack public servants don't bother to check if Commonwealth is being ripped off

Slack public servants don't bother to check if Commonwealth is being ripped off

Bernard KeaneNov 30, 20166 Comments

Taxpayers should be earning tens or hundreds of millions more in royalties from the North West Shelf gas and oil production field, but the department in charge of collecting them can't be bothered.

Pauline Hanson a working-class hero

Pauline Hanson a working-class hero

Bernard KeaneNov 29, 20163 Comments

Most Australians believe they're middle class -- and class shapes our priorities when it comes to policies, this week's Essential Report shows.

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