Bernard KeaneDec 19, 201632 Comments
Despite the nostalgic longings of protectionists, closing off the Australian economy just meant everything was more expensive without any benefit for employment.
Bernard KeaneDec 15, 201621 Comments
Shifts in economics and role-reversals mean our major parties are in very different positions to where they were five years ago.
Bernard KeaneDec 13, 20166 Comments
Reforms to keep Australians out of residential aged care as long as possible appear to be working, with new data showing home care services growing rapidly.
Bernard KeaneDec 12, 20164 Comments
The claims that the private health insurance industry is in crisis would look more plausible if the industry wasn't making big profits and hadn't cried wolf about previous "threats".
Bernard KeaneDec 9, 201623 Comments
Nearly five hundred years ago, a German theologian published a paper on an obscure doctrinal point. It started a cascade of ideas that fundamentally shaped the modern world.
Bernard KeaneDec 8, 201612 Comments
Given the government's performance, a real economic downturn would be beyond its capacities to handle. Let's hope the September quarter GDP result is a one-off.
Bernard KeaneDec 7, 201628 Comments
What climate review? Josh Frydenberg denies that he said what he said yesterday.
Bernard KeaneDec 6, 201643 Comments
The longing for victimhood that preoccupies the right reflects not merely an attempt to distract from the realities of power, but a basic lack of resilience among older white males.
Bernard KeaneDec 6, 20167 Comments
Who are the best and worst ministers? And is violence due to racism and religious intolerance rising or falling? Essential Report has the answers.
Bernard KeaneDec 5, 201612 Comments
The government has ratified the Paris Agreement -- but still has no policies for how to achieve the targets it has signed up to, and the review announced today is unlikely to change that.