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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.

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Government's internet shopping tax a dud, doesn't look like it did in the picture

Government's internet shopping tax a dud, doesn't look like it did in the picture

Bernard KeaneFeb 16, 20176 Comments

Retailers claimed it would save billions a year and thousands of jobs, but the government's punitive crackdown on online shopping at the behest of retailers will yield minimal revenue.

Govt admits it has no idea where your metadata is being stored

Govt admits it has no idea where your metadata is being stored

Bernard KeaneFeb 16, 20178 Comments

Where is your personal data stored under the government's data retention regime? The government admits it has no idea -- and that's not about to change.

Shorten struggles with maths on disability scheme

Shorten struggles with maths on disability scheme

Bernard KeaneFeb 15, 20175 Comments

Labor insists it fully funded the NDIS program and has evidence to back it up. Too bad Bill Shorten wasn't across it when the issue erupted again today.

Dear Arthur, please explain One Nation's sophistication

Dear Arthur, please explain One Nation's sophistication

Bernard KeaneFeb 15, 201723 Comments

We've been struggling to work out how One Nation is more "sophisticated" than it used to be -- so we've asked the man who claimed that it was to please explain.

Indigenous gap remains stubbornly wide

Indigenous gap remains stubbornly wide

Bernard KeaneFeb 14, 20171 Comment

The 2017 Closing the Gap report shows disappointingly little progress toward targets for removing or reducing the gap in health and educational outcomes for indigenous Australians.

Government's omnibus turns into a flaming wreck

Government's omnibus turns into a flaming wreck

Bernard KeaneFeb 14, 201720 Comments

What started out as a sensible way of progressing two longstanding welfare reforms has crashed due to government overreach.

Preferences dominate Parliament on who dealt with Hanson and how

Preferences dominate Parliament on who dealt with Hanson and how

Bernard KeaneFeb 13, 20176 Comments

The government's shaky argument in defence of the WA Liberals' preference deal with Pauline Hanson in question time today didn't last too long.

The climate denialist right now has the sweetest victory of all

The climate denialist right now has the sweetest victory of all

Bernard KeaneFeb 13, 201733 Comments

The climate denialists of the Liberal Party now have things even better than when Tony Abbott was leader -- for now Malcolm Turnbull is leading the party against climate action.

Will Turnbull's legacy be the toxic spread of One Nation?

Will Turnbull's legacy be the toxic spread of One Nation?

Bernard KeaneFeb 13, 201719 Comments

By encouraging the WA Liberals to negotiate with One Nation, Malcolm Turnbull has departed from the policy set by John Howard, and enabled the metastasis of a political cancer.

Turnbull channels vintage Keating, not that it will help

Turnbull channels vintage Keating, not that it will help

Bernard KeaneFeb 9, 201737 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull's spray at Bill Shorten will lift his own side, but parliamentary aggression isn't politically helpful in the long term.

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