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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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Brandis' 'involvement' in the Bell saga leaves serious questions

Brandis' 'involvement' in the Bell saga leaves serious questions

Bernard KeaneNov 29, 201610 Comments

We're none the wiser as to why, exactly, the WA government believed it had a tawdry deal with the Commonwealth to rip off taxpayers -- or what the involvement of senior government figures was.

Brandis: no Bell agreement here -- blame Joe

Bernard KeaneNov 28, 20163 Comments

Embattled Attorney-General George Brandis has sought to shift the blame for any deal with the Western Australian government over tax revenue from the Bell collapse to the conveniently former treasurer Joe Hockey.

Weak Turnbull won't control his ministers -- but Brandis has to go

Weak Turnbull won't control his ministers -- but Brandis has to go

Bernard KeaneNov 28, 201620 Comments

Malcolm Turnbull must regain control of his frontbench, quickly -- and that means getting rid of the disastrous George Brandis.

Getting a sugar rush from controlling the poor

Getting a sugar rush from controlling the poor

Bernard KeaneNov 25, 201631 Comments

For nanny statists, there'll always be another threat to exploit to impose controls on low-income people. The sugar tax is only the latest.

ABS ran roughshod over privacy in census cock-up

ABS ran roughshod over privacy in census cock-up

Bernard KeaneNov 25, 20167 Comments

A Senate inquiry into #censusfail condemns the ABS for its cavalier approach to privacy -- but fails to address the real problem of linking and retaining our personal data.

Coming soon: why you should have to pay to drive

Coming soon: why you should have to pay to drive

Bernard KeaneNov 24, 201619 Comments

The government has announced further steps in the development of its infrastructure plans -- including a brave inquiry into charging motorists for their road use.

Culleton's latest conspiracy theory bedfellow takes on the Queen (and money)

Culleton's latest conspiracy theory bedfellow takes on the Queen (and money)

Bernard KeaneNov 23, 20169 Comments

The man at the centre of One Nation Senator Rod Culleton's controversial court letter is another in a clutch of conspiracy theorist litigants surrounding the West Australian.

Labor responds quickly to union leader's domestic violence claims

Labor responds quickly to union leader's domestic violence claims

Bernard KeaneNov 22, 20162 Comments

The union movement can't demand "zero tolerance" for domestic violence and not take action against leaders involved in it.

Panicking Nationals flee to the far right

Panicking Nationals flee to the far right

Bernard KeaneNov 22, 20167 Comments

Rather than confront the threat of One Nation as previous generations of Nationals MPs did, they're caving in to it on issues like gun control.

'The system is rigged', 'racial equality has gone too far':  Australians more like Trump than they'd admit

'The system is rigged', 'racial equality has gone too far': Australians more like Trump than they'd admit

Bernard KeaneNov 22, 201610 Comments

While the roots of populism in Australia appear economic, they also reflect a nostalgia for an Australia that can never come again.

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