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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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Politicians’ contempt for liberties shows need for bill of rights

October 6, 2017 41 Comments

Our political system is failing to protect our basic rights. A different approach is needed, one that doesn't rely on hacks like Daniel Andrews.

Labor’s cowardice has delivered us into a surveillance state

October 5, 2017 29 Comments

When Australia's civil liberties needed protecting, Labor went missing. The consequences are nebulous -- but very real.

Your surveilled life: no escape from the Politicians’ Panopticon

October 5, 2017 34 Comments

Our politicians are constructing a panopticon from which it will be impossible to escape. And it won't stop terror attacks.

Why is Satyajit Das so angry about Australia’s economic growth?

October 4, 2017 17 Comments

We'll all be rooned, warns an Australian economic commentator. And if we're not, we bloody well should be.

Domestic violence needs and deserves the same focus as terrorism

October 4, 2017 27 Comments

Our politicians are now ever-ready to pull the trigger on tougher counter-terrorism laws, and not just once but over and over. Strange that they don't apply that in areas clearly connected to terrorism.

Pauline Hanson joins the great Australian war on young people

October 3, 2017 33 Comments

Calls to ban young people from various things, like smoking and voting, reflect on ongoing preoccupation with demonising young Australians.

Advocates in the No camp are chattering class elitists

October 2, 2017 28 Comments

The No campaign likes to portray itself as the enemy of the elites. Have a look at their backgrounds: they're all elites themselves.

Are Victoria and NSW really going to be forced to start fracking?

October 2, 2017 12 Comments

Is the Commonwealth Grants Commission about to force states like NSW and Victoria to let rip with fracking? Not quite. But it's an intriguing idea.

Canavan’s caravan of citizenship cant carries on

September 29, 2017 10 Comments

Confused about who's to blame for what in the citizenship saga? Crikey has your back.

Australian business eager to import Trump’s war on ordinary taxpayers

September 29, 2017 5 Comments

Tax cuts for multinationals are just another form of tax avoidance, and it's ordinary taxpayers who are the victims.