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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.

Morrison's LGBTIQ obsession still hurting his government

Morrison's LGBTIQ obsession still hurting his government

Scott Morrison promised to remove the legal capacity for discrimination against LGBTIQ students. But his own hang-ups, and the myth of religious freedom being under threat, means he'll break that commitment.

Wage stagnation is pulling GDP down (and may pull interest rates down too)

Wage stagnation is pulling GDP down (and may pull interest rates down too)

Lack of wages growth is weighing on the economy, which is performing worse than expected, so much so an interest rate cut may be coming.

Nanny state of affairs

Nanny state of affairs

Welcome to Side View — a curated guide to new and overlooked content on politics, policy, and public affairs. This week: George HW Bush's highs and lows, underwhelmed with wellness, another conservative party with a women problem, and who the hell watches Victoria's Secret shows?

More tariffer than thou: protectionists wage holy war on each other

More tariffer than thou: protectionists wage holy war on each other

What makes a protectionist? Willingness to waste money, or true faith in the power of trade barriers?

Why does Australia keep making such patently dumb decisions about tech laws?

Why does Australia keep making such patently dumb decisions about tech laws?

Australia is yet again the idiot of the global village, handing hackers and criminals a big win with its encryption backdoor legislation. Why are we so dumb?

Labor can't be trusted on national security

Labor can't be trusted on national security

Ignore the Coalition's partisan sniping at Labor over encryption backdoors: Labor's record shows it can't be trusted to push back against corruption and misconduct by powerful security agencies.

House prices hysteria reveals the hypocrisy of old media 

House prices hysteria reveals the hypocrisy of old media 

Five minutes ago, Nine and News Corp were bemoaning the unaffordability of housing for young people. Now? Not so much...

For Gladys' sake, go: Morrison's circus will destroy NSW Liberals

For Gladys' sake, go: Morrison's circus will destroy NSW Liberals

The PM's desire to cling on to power for a couple more months will ensure that NSW voters take it out on Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

Finally, some hope in public policy

Finally, some hope in public policy

While federal politics was offering business-as-usual climate inaction last week, school kids were putting politicians to shame.

Not a company tax cut in sight, but investment is set to surge

Not a company tax cut in sight, but investment is set to surge

Despite the lack of a big business tax cut, investment in Australia is on the rise — so much so that mining companies are now warning that workers might actually get real wages rises.