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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.


Turnbull rattled over One Nation’s pull on conservatives

November 27, 2017 15 Comments

Conservative divisions between mainstream moderates and the far right fringe were on display in Queensland and are set to make Malcolm Turnbull's life even worse.

Cabinet solidarity unplugged as leaky government circles the drain

November 24, 2017 17 Comments

With ministers openly arguing about who is leaking from cabinet, the moment of truth for the Turnbull prime ministership is suddenly much nearer to hand.

The day John Howard didn’t like an anti-Muslim scare campaign

November 24, 2017 9 Comments

John Howard is suddenly worried about scare campaigns targeting Muslims. So ... what's changed his mind?

If the government wants to cut taxes, it should be like Labor or Tony Abbott

If the government wants to cut taxes, it should be like Labor or Tony Abbott

November 24, 2017 2 Comments

While insisting that Labor is the party of higher taxes, the government plans to hike taxes far above the levels even of Tony Abbott's government, let alone Julia Gillard's.

Amazon isn’t the only predator in the retail jungle

November 23, 2017 4 Comments

The arrival of Amazon is only the latest threat to retailing, which has been enduring structural change in the economy now for years.

Foreign policy white paper sure to enrage China lobby

November 23, 2017 26 Comments

Despite the wrath of the China lobby, the government has dealt competently with China's growing militarism and attempts to interfere in the region, including Australia.

Who’s behind the wages drought?

November 22, 2017 27 Comments

If business is to blame for wage stagnation, what role do investors play? The Reserve Bank has a view, write Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

Philip Ruddock is here to save us from secular persecution

November 22, 2017 30 Comments

Funny how, when people go from wielding power to having it wielded at them, they change their mind about how it should be used.

The calculation Turnbull must make on banking royal commission

November 21, 2017 9 Comments

Given the odds of a successful parliamentary move to initiate an inquiry into the banks, the government should seize control of the issue and establish its own -- negative headlines be damned.

Turnbull just went from fizzer to finished

November 21, 2017 56 Comments

The distraction of floating tax cuts won't disguise that the Prime Minister's lack of judgement has destroyed his leadership.