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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.


Remember the 2020 summit? Here’s what happened next …

November 20, 2008 2

Many of the ideas that emerged from the summit were valuable, even if at times the whole affair looked like a left-wing party, write Bernard Keane and Eleri Harris.

MPs behaving badly: there is a pattern here

November 20, 2008 13

Most MPs manage to prevent their public profile from going to their heads. But a lot don’t, and they make other people’s lives hell, writes Bernard Keane.

Clash of the titans: Brumby v Rudd

November 19, 2008 1

Sometimes the difference between our Federal and State leaders is thrown into stark contrast, writes Bernard Keane.

Bickering over the cost of climate change

November 19, 2008 1

The emissions trading debate has been a boon for economic consultants, writes Bernard Keane.

NSW, the premier state: for unemployment, dysfunction …

November 18, 2008 4

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

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

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

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

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.