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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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Tug of Water: Can Kevin Rudd save the Murray?

Bernard Keane writes:Jul 3, 200811 Comments

Today’s COAG meeting and the Murray Darling crisis have suddenly combined to provide a real test of the Prime Minister’s cooperative federalist model, writes Bernard Keane.

Unions step up pressure over ABCC powers

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jul 3, 20081 Comment

The trade union movement is stepping up the pressure on the Rudd Government to shut down the Australian Building and Construction Commission as the case of Noel Washington looms, writes Bernard Keane.

Storm clouds ahead as QLD Libs support Nats merger

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jul 2, 20082 Comments

The Queensland Liberal Party plebiscite may have been in favour of a merger with the Nationals, but there are a number of factors stacked against the marriage, writes Bernard Keane.

Bidding farewell to our worst foreign minister

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jul 2, 200860 Comments

There were a lot of things about Downer not to like -- but many of them he couldn’t do anything about, writes Bernard Keane.

Vic staffers code of conduct: be nice to your MP

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jul 1, 20081 Comment

As of today, electorate office staff of Victorian MPs will be bound by a new code of conduct signed off by Victorian Speaker Jenny Lindell and Council President Robert Smith, writes Bernard Keane.

Fixing Politics: in the wake of the 2020 Summit

Bernard Keane writes:Jul 1, 200811 Comments

A conviction that government was the answer was also central to the 2020 summit, writes Bernard Keane.

Gippsland votes against the tough decisions

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jun 30, 200819 Comments

What a shock result in Gippsland! A deeply rural electorate, one that repeatedly re-elected the profoundly thick Peter McGauran, has returned a Nationals candidate yet again, writes Bernard Keane.

New ministerial staff code: let's start at the very beginning

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jun 27, 20082 Comments

The Government’s Ministerial Staff Code of Conduct is fine as far as it goes. It’s also a first, writes Bernard Keane.

NSW crime commission: the law beyond the law

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jun 27, 20086 Comments

The NSW Crime Commission is Australia’s most secretive and unaccountable agency, writes Bernard Keane.

Goodbye to Squeaky, Noddy and Emo Man

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Jun 27, 2008

Things got a little tetchy at the end of this fortnight’s sittings, writes Bernard Keane.

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