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Bernard Keane


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.


Embrace the Sun King: Kevin quotes the Blair playbook

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Mar 4, 20084 Comments

The Government’s embrace of News Ltd’s John Hartigan has Blairite echoes, writes Bernard Keane.

That lobbyists' register would help, Mr Rudd

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Mar 3, 20081 Comment

The optics of the link between Rudd chief of staff David Epstein and his lobbyist wife Sandra Eccles are not good, writes Bernard Keane.

100 days of wonky stunts

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes: Mar 3, 20086 Comments

100 Days is one of the lamest clichés of political journalism, writes Bernard Keane.

Kevin of the hundred days: a KPIs tale

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Feb 29, 2008

FDR saved America’s financial system. Bob Hawke held an economic summit and released a major economic statement. Kevin Rudd has... mission statements, challenge areas – and loads of inquiries, writes Bernard Keane.

Why Brendan should give the west the single digit

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Feb 29, 2008

Brendan Nelson might be wondering at the moment whether he wouldn't be better off if WA went its own way, writes Bernard Keane.

Labor follows through on its appointments rhetoric

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Feb 28, 20085 Comments

Is it possible that Labor is genuinely interested in good governance? It would seem so, writes Bernard Keane.

Roxon gets the health premium headlines that matter

Bernard Keane writes:Feb 28, 20081 Comment

Nicola Roxon got the headlines she wanted on private health insurance premiums, but the reality is a little different, writes Bernard Keane.

Labor's new federalism shows its first cracks

Bernard Keane writes:Feb 27, 20081 Comment

While the cooperative Labor federalism promised by Kevin Rudd had a relaxed start in late 2007, we’re now seeing the reality of different levels of government with different policy agendas and political needs trying to work together, writes Bernard Keane.

Health reform commission faces same old challenges

Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane writes:Feb 27, 2008

The Government’s National Health and Hospital Reform Commission has a bit to do between now and mid-2009, writes Bernard Keane.

Everyone loves a moral panic

Bernard Keane writes:Feb 26, 200814 Comments

Booze. Gambling. Porn. It’s everywhere, at epidemic levels, apparently, but luckily our politicians are on the case, ready to shake their heads in dismay and demand tougher regulation of stuff that’s nobody else’s business, writes Bernard Keane.

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