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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.


Morgan poll: Turnbull leadership is not bouncy

September 26, 2008 2 Comments

The first Morgan poll taken after the elevation of Malcolm Turnbull to the Liberal leadership has shown no bounce for the Coalition, writes Bernard Keane.

McCain fumbles the bailout and possibly his campaign

September 26, 2008

John McCain might have done just enough this week amid the financial crisis to destroy his chances of the winning the presidency. And if he hasn't, Bernard Keane argues W. is poised to finish the the job for him.

QLD Nationals change the locks on Liberals

September 26, 2008 2 Comments

Boy, when the Nationals move in, they really move in, don’t they? They’re like party guests who sell your house from under you, writes Bernard Keane.

New Liberal leadership’s week one report card

September 26, 2008 8 Comments

There was some press comment that Labor was “rattled” by the elevation of Turnbull. But Rudd doesn’t do rattled, at least in public, writes Bernard Keane.

Steve Fielding: Defender of the wealthy

September 25, 2008 24 Comments

The Medicare surcharge and health insurance rebates remain the most outrageous examples of rent-seeking in the Commonwealth sector, writes Bernard Keane

QLD National Liberal love in

September 25, 2008 1 Comment

Perhaps the death of one party opens the way for the birth of another, writes Bernard Keane.

Rees and Orkopoulos: how much did the premier know?

September 24, 2008 5 Comments

There is growing evidence that only a wilful act of ignorance would have prevented Labor figures from knowing there were serious allegations about Milton Orkopoulos circulating, writes Bernard Keane.

Julie Bishop’s gaffes taken to a new level

September 24, 2008 6 Comments

Even the suggestion of incompetence will be enough to put Julie Bishop under plenty of pressure, when it’s Wayne Swan who should be in the spotlight, writes Bernard Keane.

Pensioner relief: the bill that can’t be introduced, let alone passed

September 24, 2008 1 Comment

The Urgent Relief for Single Age Pensioners Bill 2008 can’t be introduced into the Reps because, under Standing Orders, private members’ bills can’t appropriate money, writes Bernard Keane.

Everybody loves a global financial crisis

September 23, 2008 7 Comments

In many sectors we have set up regulation to eventually fail, due either to lily-livered regulators or the failure of politicians to provide the requisite regulatory tools. It’s the Australian way, writes Bernard Keane.