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.


Media’s obsession with symptoms, not the disease, is failing Australia

June 5, 2018 31

Australians are ill-served by a media that focuses only on the surface and not on the depths; on the symptoms and not the disease producing them.

CommBank gives in to AUSTRAC, hands over $700 million

June 4, 2018 18

While the government obsesses about the trivial impacts of "militant" unions, large corporations are being exposed for engaging in serious misconduct that has dramatic impacts.

Why the hell are our superannuation fees so high?

June 4, 2018 4

Australia has some of the highest superannuation fees in the world -- so who charges them, where do they go, and what can we do?

New data suggests economy is travelling well — but what about wages?

June 1, 2018

Economic data this week suggests there's still plenty of life in housing construction as well as growing business investment.

Why is One Nation so fragile?

June 1, 2018 35

One Nation has the problems of any other small party, but its founding idea -- being generally resentful of the 21st century -- makes it peculiarly vulnerable to fragmentation.

Amazon block is an act of contempt by corporate elites and their political lackeys

June 1, 2018 27

Consumers are the losers when powerful interests convince governments to protect them from competition. Look no further than Amazon's geoblocking of Australia.

Swan hits out at intelligence agencies meddling on Chinese interference

May 31, 2018 7

Senior Labor figure Wayne Swan has criticised intelligence agencies for leaking against Labor in the foreign interference debate.

The need for a strong financial system justifies ASIC’s ‘softly softly’ approach

May 31, 2018 15

If you're wondering why ASIC doesn't crack down on corporate crooks harder, it's because it has to focus on the "strength" and "efficiency" of the financial system as much as fairness for customers.

CCTV wormholes, a crisis in the arts, and lattes for the apocalypse

May 30, 2018 1

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: low birth rates make people fascist, the dearth of new antibiotics, and coming soon — roachacchinos.

As the subpoenas fly, we resume playing our favourite game: ‘Where’s Michaelia?’

May 30, 2018 9

Once again Michaelia Cash is in hiding as the Federal Court issues a subpoena for her in the AWU case.

The government already has far too much power over us and wants more

May 30, 2018 23

The supposed privacy protections in Commonwealth law can be overridden by bureaucrats and ministers looking to target critics. And the government wants yet more powers over us.

Kelly bloviates on super, to the enlightenment of none

May 29, 2018 5

For evidence of why you shouldn't let political ideologues comment on complex policy issues, look no further than Paul Kelly struggling, and failing, to analyse the Productivity Commission's superannuation report.

Government and big banks cop a hiding on super

May 29, 2018 20

The Productivity Commission's vision for superannuation is very far from the one the government and the big banks have been hoping for.

$500 million tax cut compromise will alter the pre-election playing field

May 29, 2018 8

The government insists it won't turn on company tax cuts, but a $500 million compromise will be very attractive politically.

Hypocritical media created the Barnaby monster. Now they’ve got to live with it.

May 28, 2018 36

Barnaby Joyce and the media have long had a symbiotic relationship. Now the media is complaining, even as Barnaby keeps delivering for them.

Better not call Saul if you want to hype small business

May 28, 2018 9

Is small business the engine room of the economy? Not when it comes to jobs growth, prominent economist Saul Eslake argues.

Company tax cut lessons from … Australia

May 25, 2018 1

The handing of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts to TV networks hasn't quite produced the kinds of results claimed for company tax cuts.

‘We had no idea,’ say live export bureaucrats who knew all about brutality

May 25, 2018 17

The Department of Agriculture has tried to explain away its regulatory failures on live sheep exports, insisting it didn't know things were so bad. But they knew perfectly well what was going on.

Ciobo is repeating Dastyari’s error on China — why hasn’t he been sacked?

May 24, 2018 18

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has echoed Sam Dastyari's parroting of the Beijing line on the South China Sea. Whereas Dastyari was a "traitor", nothing has happened to Ciobo.

As government ramps up Howard-style attack on the ABC, where’s Milne?

May 24, 2018 15

The Turnbull government is reenacting the Howard government's assault on the ABC during the Iraq war. Except this time there's no Donald McDonald to lead the defence of the broadcaster.