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.


Defining away the gaping flaw in the company tax cut case

March 12, 2018 6

With Trump tax cut-funded share buybacks now worth over $200 billion in the US, company tax cut advocates have resorted to pretending share buybacks are just wonderful, thank you.

Trump tariffs trade-off sheds some light on old lies

March 12, 2018 34

When our large trade deficit with the United States is held up as the reason we dodged Trump's tariffs, it's time to revisit some old claims about trade with the US.

Reserve Bank puts a price tag on NIMBYism

March 9, 2018 16

Reserve Bank research shows just how much zoning decisions can add to the cost of housing -- to the benefit of NIMBY residents who enjoy huge property price gains as a result.

Inquiry into ABC and SBS on the launch pad, but who’s the target?

March 9, 2018 21

A government inquiry into the ABC and SBS is about to start, but it could be the smaller broadcaster that is the real target.

Hard times in the bush and soft wages make for a tepid economy

March 8, 2018 10

While the economy continues to rack up moderate growth, there are some weak points.

A real downer: Alexander Downer’s career bottoms out with alt-right trolling

March 8, 2018 35

Arch-conservative Alexander Downer finds himself demonised as a left-wing agent of the Clintons as the far right struggles to discredit the investigation of Donald Trump.

Reserve Bank head spoils the tax cut narrative at neoliberal frolic

March 7, 2018 19

Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe has spoilt the corporate tax cut argument by pointing to surging investment and ignoring the whole issue of tax.

Trade detracts from December economic growth result

March 7, 2018

A poor trade performance in the December quarter dragged down economic growth, the latest national accounts show.

How can News Corp point the finger at Tingle?

March 7, 2018 16

If a journalist has a conflict of interest when they have contractual links with key participants in public debate, where does that leave News Corp?

Think we’re better than Trump on protectionism? Think again.

March 6, 2018 16

We're little better than Donald Trump when it comes to protecting our steel industry. And we're paying for the stupidity.