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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.


Keane: the doomed quest for meaning in Twin Peaks

October 13, 2017 4 Comments

If there's meaning in Twin Peaks: The Return, it lies in the meaninglessness of existence, and how we can best cope with it.

Hack of defence firm reveals a cybersecurity framework in chaos

October 12, 2017 18 Comments

While endlessly talking about the importance of cybersecurity, the government has an all-care-no-responsibility attitude toward its defence data.

Labor says ‘yes’ to more guns and a party worse than One Nation

October 12, 2017 5 Comments

Don't ever think NSW Labor won't seize a political opportunity over principle any day of the week.

Tony Abbott’s 17 different core climate change beliefs

October 11, 2017 33 Comments

Keeping track of Tony Abbott's views on climate change can be a tough task. So we've assembled the most comprehensive list of climate positions since the days of Julius Caesar and Jesus of Nazareth.

Should we take responsibility for energy policy away from the government?

October 11, 2017 17 Comments

If kicking the politicians out of policymaking is good enough in monetary policy, why isn't it good enough in energy?

GST carve-up mess makes a diabolical political challenge even tougher

October 10, 2017

The government is in terrible trouble in Queensland and Western Australia. So you'll never guess who would be one of the biggest losers from a reallocation of the GST to the west ...

Ghost of Abbott haunts Clean Energy Target retreat

October 10, 2017 25 Comments

The government is banking on using energy policy to differentiate itself from Labor -- but Tony Abbott continues to complicate the issue.

Government abandons Clean Energy Target, clearing the decks for war

October 9, 2017 17 Comments

The government is laying the groundwork for rejecting a Clean Energy Target, enabling it to continue to attack Labor over energy.

Widening terror laws allows government to pursue non-terrorist enemies

October 9, 2017 17 Comments

When governments use words like "terrorism" and "security", the scrutiny that should be applied to them switches off, allowing them to get away with far more than they otherwise could.

Xenophon state shift will shake up politics in the rustbelt

October 6, 2017 21 Comments

Nick Xenophon has a real chance of inflicting major damage on both the Labor and Liberal parties when he takes them on next year at the South Australian state election.