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.


Everybody loves a global financial crisis

September 23, 2008 7

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.

Senate passes payrise for pensioners in its own good time

September 23, 2008 2

Getting the pensioners' payrise through the Senate called on a steady-as-she-goes, good-process policy development much beloved by old-school bureaucrats, writes Bernard Keane.

Turnbull’s front bench: clash of the chihuahuas

September 23, 2008 6

When it comes to female ministerial representation, the conservative side has lifted its game. 7 of Labor’s 30 ministers are women, compared to 7 of 32 on the Coalition side, writes Bernard Keane.

Carbon capture: a last minute stab of desperation

September 22, 2008 7

It’s the climate change holdouts in each country that are pushing carbon capture in the hope they can stave off the switch to renewables, writes Bernard Keane.

All change as Turnbull names his team

September 22, 2008 19

Julie Bishop scores, Helen Coonan is back, Christopher Pyne makes his mark. Malcolm Turnbull names his shadown ministry, and the opposition starts all over, writes Bernard Keane.

The saga of filling Malcolm Turnbull’s front bench

September 19, 2008 7

The new frontbench will have a very thin look about it. Turnbull will have to make the most effective use of limited resources, writes Bernard Keane.

The Cardboard Costello Memoirs: not enthralling

September 19, 2008 2

This talented, charming man lacks something fundamental in his political and intellectual make-up. And it shows in his much-vaunted memoirs, writes Bernard Keane.

Nationals behaving badly

September 19, 2008 4

There are a number of Liberals, from Queensland and elsewhere, who have been astonished at the behaviour of the Nationals in recent weeks, writes Bernard Keane.

Fielding the full sausage in stroganoff-gate

September 18, 2008 4

I do confess I have never tried the stroganoff, but the “Parliamentary Burger” – now, I fear, renamed something less creative – is a meal, not just a snack, writes Bernard Keane.

Terrorism and politics in Australia: an absurd farce

September 18, 2008 21

Meantime, Greg Sheridan, who has only recently been surgically removed from Alexander Downer, weighed in today to laud our success in the War Against Stuff, writes Bernard Keane.