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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.

A government of the mates, by the mates, for the mates

A government of the mates, by the mates, for the mates

A jaded electorate is sick of politicians looking after mates rather than them. But Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton seem to promise even more of that, not less.

Insurance proves every bit the horror show promised

Insurance proves every bit the horror show promised

The comprehensive failings of the insurance industry on display in the financial services royal commission demonstrate the need for much harsher penalties.

Hell hath no fury like a senior public servant scorned

Hell hath no fury like a senior public servant scorned

The trouble Roman Quaedvlieg is causing for his former political master is testament to why it's a good idea to look after public servants you want to dump.

Federal Libs' stupidity could cost NSW and Victoria

Federal Libs' stupidity could cost NSW and Victoria

The collapse of the Liberal Party vote in the NSW state seat of Wagga illustrates how the federal Liberals' leadership madness could destroy a well-performing but poorly led NSW government.

How Turnbull lost control

How Turnbull lost control

The idea of Malcolm Turnbull as a true reformist leader never became reality. Seeking to govern from the centre, he ended up alienating everyone.

When it comes to the economy, Turnbull bested Abbott by a large margin

When it comes to the economy, Turnbull bested Abbott by a large margin

Turnbull presided over booming employment and a lift in economic growth, but failure to act on wage stagnation will leave a tarnished legacy.

Is there anything behind Scott Morrison's facade?

Is there anything behind Scott Morrison's facade?

Scott Morrison's attempt to explain his core beliefs to voters leaves one wondering if there's anything more to him than a suburban dad happiest heading to church.

Perks of the boys' club: how Dutton's au pair scandal sums up the Coalition

Perks of the boys' club: how Dutton's au pair scandal sums up the Coalition

For this government, those deemed enemies face the full force of the law. For mates, it's a very different story.

GDP numbers show the Reserve Bank is right to ignore interest rate idiocy

GDP numbers show the Reserve Bank is right to ignore interest rate idiocy

Australians are digging deeper and deeper into their savings to fund a modest rate of economic growth. This is no "boom".

The surveillance economy

The surveillance economy

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