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.


Ciobo is repeating Dastyari’s error on China — why hasn’t he been sacked?

May 24, 2018 18

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has echoed Sam Dastyari's parroting of the Beijing line on the South China Sea. Whereas Dastyari was a "traitor", nothing has happened to Ciobo.

As government ramps up Howard-style attack on the ABC, where’s Milne?

May 24, 2018 15

The Turnbull government is reenacting the Howard government's assault on the ABC during the Iraq war. Except this time there's no Donald McDonald to lead the defence of the broadcaster.

Bullshit jobs, “abortion deserts” and strange political bedfellows

May 23, 2018 2

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: bullshit jobs, "abortion deserts" and a prescription for those sick of blockchain hype.

Hastie blows up Turnbull’s efforts to fix China relations

May 23, 2018 43

Australia's relations with China look set to enter the deep freeze with the head of parliament's intelligence committee outing a prominent Chinese-Australian as the subject of a US bribery case.

John Lloyd and the fine art of shooting oneself in the foot

May 23, 2018 6

Public Service Commissioner John Lloyd is adamant that criticising shadow ministers in private emails is a breach of the public service code of conduct. Which — oops — seems to be exactly what he did.

Will Turnbull’s tax cuts be eaten up before they’re even delivered?

May 22, 2018 4

Rising oil prices and low wages growth might become a dangerous political combination.

Longman claims its first victim as Hanson backflips again on tax

May 22, 2018 17

Labor's campaign to savage One Nation for supporting Turnbull's company tax cuts has bore fruit with the Longman by-election (sort of) looming.

Separating facts from emotion on boiling sheep to death for commercial gain

May 21, 2018 16

As government backbenchers move to ban the live sheep trade, the lies of industry advocate and politicians are being exposed.

We should abolish ASIC

May 21, 2018 39

ASIC can't be fixed -- it is the wrong regulator for a crucial job. Time for the ACCC to take over consumer finance regulation, Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer write.

Turnbull’s protection of Israel the exemplar of foreign influence

May 21, 2018 31

While the government rails against Chinese influence in Australian politics, it has internalised the influence of the Israeli government and its proxies.

And now some erotic fan fic from the Financial Review

May 18, 2018 7

Abbott's leadership drama has undergone a peculiar transformation in the Fin today, as has Canberra's geography.

Want to fix endless wage stagnation? Go on strike.

May 18, 2018 8

It's hard to see how any long-term return to higher wages growth will be achieved without a significant rise in strikes, which have been at historically low levels for many years.

A million jobs created despite so-called ‘punitive’ company tax

May 18, 2018 23

The government is justifiably proud of its employment achievements -- but it's been done without a company tax cut, and it hasn't helped wages.

Nationals reject science to keep sheep slaughter afloat

May 17, 2018 24

The National Party has succeeded in keeping the brutal live sheep export industry alive, insisting that the bureaucrats at the heart of its failed regulatory system can be trusted to fix it.

Wage stagnation is a major failing of our governing class

May 17, 2018 8

Policymakers, refusing to accept that their wage growth thinking is deeply flawed, serve nothing but the interests of profitable corporations.

Demonisation campaign against unions comes a cropper — yet again

May 17, 2018 14

Yet another trade union royal commission prosecution has spectacularly collapsed. Anyone seeing a pattern here?

Italian politics, Australian flat earthers and the universal despair of commuting

May 16, 2018 2

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: what’s happening in Italy, cyber board games and the existential despair of commuting.

Wage growth shocker leaves workers struggling to keep up

May 16, 2018 6

Another bad wages growth number shows Australian workers struggling to keep ahead of inflation, and in some major sectors, going backwards, Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane write.

Government’s Gaza response part of our enabling of Netanyahu’s butchery

May 16, 2018 24

After Trump, the Turnbull government is the biggest international enabler of the Netanyahu government's commitment to the brutal status quo of occupation in Palestine.

The scandalous lie beneath the ‘merit v diversity’ argument

May 16, 2018 7

Opponents of increased female participation insist that merit should win out over diversity. But history has routinely shown us that "merit" is a myth.