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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.


NSW, the premier state: for unemployment, dysfunction …

November 18, 2008 4 Comments

Yesterday’s news of a fall in retail sales in NSW in the September quarter points to the extraordinarily serious problems the NSW economy currently faces, writes Bernard Keane.

ABC Learning will come back to haunt the Opposition

November 18, 2008 2 Comments

ABC Learning may yet turn out to be a significant problem for the Coalition, and it’s not clear they know it yet, writes, Bernard Keane.

Real economy part 1: The big picture

November 17, 2008 8 Comments

It’s an intangible thing, the real economy, because it’s a composite of millions of individual decisions a day, writes Bernard Keane.

G20 gaffe: Australian public say “whatever”

November 17, 2008 10 Comments

People, it seems, don’t want to know that their Prime Minister has an ego so large it unbalances his judgement. Or perhaps they know and don’t care, writes Bernard Keane.

Beyond Ken Henry: a guide to (other) department secretaries

November 14, 2008 6 Comments

Most department heads keep a low profile, even in the world of 24/Kevin where frank’n’fearless advice is encouraged -- so who are these people? Bernard Keane will fill you in.

Lobbyists, planes and code breaches

November 13, 2008

If Qantas sells 40% of its Frequent Flyer unit, it will make David Epstein’s life a little more complicated in his new role at our major airline, writes Bernard Keane.

The car industry and protectionist delusion

November 13, 2008 8 Comments

As China and the East roars ahead in classical 19th century high capitalist mode, the West runs on financial services, and rents – such as intellectual property, and debt and debt and debt.

Ken Henry a welcome addition to the public tax debate

November 13, 2008 11 Comments

Ken Henry’s appearance at the Press Club yesterday was a thing of wonder, writes Bernard Keane.

Battle of the bulging egos: Mal v. Kev

November 12, 2008 31 Comments

The risk with Turnbull’s tactics are that they backfire, and create a public impression of an smart-rse, someone who failed to get behind the Government as it tried to manage a global crisis, writes Bernard Keane.

Australian Coal Association: climate change is happening and fast

November 12, 2008 3 Comments

Those convinced climate change is some left-wing scam would do well to click over to what our biggest polluting industries are saying, writes Bernard Keane.