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.


Fair shake of that sauteed tomato preserve in a bottle

Fair shake of that sauteed tomato preserve in a bottle

June 12, 2009 46

The language and communication skills of our politicians don’t receive sufficient attention from the political media in Australia, reckons Bernard Keane. He assesses Rudd's week of saucy attempts at speechifying.

Snowy River salvation fail

June 11, 2009 2

Despite an inter-governmental agreement and the investment of hundreds of millions of dollars, the Snowy River is closer to systemic failure now than it was a decade ago.

Unemployment holds the line at 5.7%

June 11, 2009

Australia’s unemployment rate continues to defy expectations and appears to reaffirm that the economy is far stronger than expected. Bernard Keane reports.

A mining boom for mining companies… not for anyone else

June 10, 2009 13

New research suggests the benefits of the mining boom were far smaller than believed.

Rudd reshuffle: a win for talent… and factional allegiances

June 9, 2009 4

You have to hand it to the Prime Minister -- he sure likes making things complicated. Bernard Keane wraps the weekend reshuffle action after Joel Fistgibbon's resignation.

Howard’s dead hand behind the Bob Brown bankruptcy scare

June 9, 2009 12

The possible bankruptcy of Greens Senator Bob Brown as a consequence of Forestry Tasmania’s demand for legal fees would be a victory from beyond the political grave for Paul Lennon and John Howard.

Senator Fielding ventures to the climate sceptic heartland

June 9, 2009 29

Steve Fielding's climate change scepticism pilgrimage to Heartland, USA, won't change the ETS vote.

A week in the House — stimuli and reshuffles

June 9, 2009 2

Malcolm Turnbull doesn't yet understand voters, Joel Fitzgibbon's shuffled the bench and much more. Crikey's correspondent Bernard Keane recaps a dramatic week in Australian politics.

Rudd turns Faulkner to Defence

June 5, 2009 6

Special Minister of State John Faulkner will move to the Defence portfolio to cover the resignation of Joel Fitzgibbon.

The brothers Fitzgibbon: the ALP writ small

June 5, 2009 6

Mark Fitzgibbon, whose inability or unwillingness to stay out of his younger brother’s office led to Joel Fitzgibbon’s downfall is, as they say, no stranger to controversy.