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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.

Aged care royal commission the latest in a very long line of inquiries

Aged care royal commission the latest in a very long line of inquiries

There have been scores of inquiries into aged care since 1997. Will the royal commission do what the rest haven't?

Politicians' pill-testing denialism is costing young lives

Politicians' pill-testing denialism is costing young lives

Two more people are dead at a music festival while denialist politicians refuse to countenance pill-testing. It's stupidity with a grievous toll of young lives lost.

Morrison is right on aged care funding: reports of cuts are fiction

Morrison is right on aged care funding: reports of cuts are fiction

The claim that the Coalition cut funding from aged care is a bald-faced lie, and one that points to the problems with a royal commission into the sector.

Hayne will become our most important banking inquiry since the 1970s

Hayne will become our most important banking inquiry since the 1970s

Kenneth Hayne and his royal commission will likely reshape financial services for decades to come.

Weak Morrison now leads a world-class political circus

Weak Morrison now leads a world-class political circus

Never has there been a new Prime Minister with less authority than Scott Morrison, who leads not so much a party as an ongoing civil war.

No, Australian politics isn't having a Me Too moment

No, Australian politics isn't having a Me Too moment

The Liberal Party periodically debates its lack of diversity, but seems to prefer women would shut up if they're going to cause trouble.

As politicians frolic, the Witness K scandal unfolds in a crowded courtroom

As politicians frolic, the Witness K scandal unfolds in a crowded courtroom

The greatest intelligence scandal of recent decades continued in a small Canberra court yesterday when Witness K and Bernard Collaery were put on trial. The government wanted to hide it.

Australian stories

Australian stories

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: the next prestige TV crime drama, our surging prison population and a Walken-esque ... pause.

Dutton needs a break for his own good

Dutton needs a break for his own good

Peter Dutton's astonishing attack on Roman Quaedvlieg is evidence of badly impaired judgement. It might be time for the Home Affairs Minister to take a much needed holiday.

Labor's grubby TPP backflip confirms voters are right to be cynical

Labor's grubby TPP backflip confirms voters are right to be cynical

The Labor Party's support for the Trans Pacific Partnership in the face of overwhelming evidence and its own policy confirms that voters are right to be disgusted with the cynicism of the major parties.