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.


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.

After Fitzgibbon, who can take the fight to Defence?

June 5, 2009 1

Replacing Joel Fitzgibbon will be no easy task.

Defence Minister Fitzgibbon’s gone

Defence Minister Fitzgibbon’s gone

June 4, 2009 16

The beleaguered Defence minister is gone (read the back story here). Who will replace him?

Who gets the credit for yesterday’s growth number?

June 4, 2009

It was only after paying suitable tribute to the country’s working folk that the Prime Minister suggested the Government stimulus strategy also played a role in yesterday's GDP figure.

Malcolm’s ‘mission accomplished’ falls very, very flat

June 4, 2009 4

Turnbull's "mission accomplished" comment was about the most childish thing he has said in his four-and-a-half years in politics.

Gillard’s ACTU spray a centrist triumph

June 4, 2009 4

Julia Gillard's speech at the ACTU Congress yesterday a display of raw executive power, writes Bernard Keane.

Joel Fitzgibbon, time to step aside?

June 3, 2009 14

Joel Fitzgibbon has now breached the Government’s Standards of Ministerial Ethics twice and, if those standards have any meaning, should step aside.

Back off Hockey: Treasury stands by its forecasts

June 3, 2009

Treasury has blunted the Opposition’s attack on the validity of the Government’s Budget forecasts.

The little recession that couldn’t

June 3, 2009 15

For the Government and Treasury, this is as close to vindication of its stimulus approach as it will get. And all thanks to 0.4%, in black, rather than red.