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Bernard Keane

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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Warning to public servants: auditors are coming, and you're not going to like it

Warning to public servants: auditors are coming, and you're not going to like it

Bernard KeaneAug 9, 20171 Comment

The high profile the agency has had in recent times is likely to continue.

Marriage equality postal plebiscite -- statisticians to the rescue!

Marriage equality postal plebiscite -- statisticians to the rescue!

Bernard KeaneAug 8, 20174 Comments

In an effort to avoid legal challenge to its postal plebiscite, the government will conduct the exercise via the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Parasitic mining industry won't stop bleeding Australia dry

Parasitic mining industry won't stop bleeding Australia dry

Bernard KeaneAug 8, 201716 Comments

The mining lobby wants a new round of punitive industrial relations reforms, at a time when real wages are falling in the sector and productivity booming. But that's the way neoliberalism operates.

How To Keep Marriage Equality On The Political Agenda Forever, by the Liberal party room

How To Keep Marriage Equality On The Political Agenda Forever, by the Liberal party room

Bernard KeaneAug 8, 201732 Comments

For a bunch of people who want to get marriage equality off the political agenda, the Liberals sure have a funny way of doing it.

Turnbull secures win on marriage equality -- but it's not going away

Turnbull secures win on marriage equality -- but it's not going away

Bernard KeaneAug 7, 20174 Comments

The Prime Minister has had a tactical win in heading off a revolt by marriage equality supporters in the Liberal party room. But the issue, and confrontation that will be required to resolve it, has merely been delayed.

Postal plebiscite Plan Z but the least worst marriage equality option

Postal plebiscite Plan Z but the least worst marriage equality option

Bernard KeaneAug 7, 201719 Comments

Surrounded by awful options, the least worst way forward for the government on marriage equality is the thoroughly dumb idea of a plebiscite via junkmail.

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

Something is badly wrong with the way we protect ourselves from terrorism

Bernard KeaneAug 7, 201720 Comments

The discovery of an unsuccessful plot to bring down an airliner should raise serious questions about whether our massive national security spending is making us any safer.

Yes, we need a bloody banking royal commission

Yes, we need a bloody banking royal commission

Bernard KeaneAug 4, 201724 Comments

If there was ever a case against a banking royal commission, the money laundering allegations against the Commonwealth Bank have now demolished it.

Turnbull's handling of marriage equality is better than you think

Turnbull's handling of marriage equality is better than you think

Bernard KeaneAug 4, 201715 Comments

We've all got plenty of advice for the Prime Minister on marriage equality, but he's played a rotten hand as well as possible.

If marriage equality doesn't wreck the government, NBN or Murray-Darling disasters might

If marriage equality doesn't wreck the government, NBN or Murray-Darling disasters might

Bernard KeaneAug 3, 201741 Comments

If things weren't already terrible for the government on marriage equality, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister are front and centre in two other big problems.