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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.

Greg Sheridan wants to be UN secretary general. No, really

Greg Sheridan wants to be UN secretary general. No, really

Greg Sheridan isn’t handling the Rudd Government too well, writes Bernard Keane.

Swan confronts the enemy within, and without

Swan confronts the enemy within, and without

The Government used the Budget to push through a significant increase in spending on counter-terrorism, national security and border protection.

Swan's boom-era Budget should sail

Swan's boom-era Budget should sail

The mixed message of handouts and infrastructure for everyone in a time of supposed austerity is still confusing but probably not enough to cause any difficulty for the Government.

$53b in the red and waiting on growth

$53b in the red and waiting on growth

The Rudd Government has made infrastructure, retirement incomes and clean energy the centre of the 2009-10 budget.

The press take it easy on Swan's budget

The press take it easy on Swan's budget

If the Budget plays with voters the same way it played with the press, the Government will be over the moon.

Welcome back old-time Keynesianism

Welcome back old-time Keynesianism

For an economist, the most striking feature of the 2009-10 Budget is the reappearance of old-time Keynesianism.

Big ticket spending: all in for nation building

Big ticket spending: all in for nation building

This is being pitched as a nation-building budget.

Extra staffers and a little for the public service

Extra staffers and a little for the public service

The Government has quietly awarded itself, the Opposition and minor parties an extra 44 staff.

Superannuation provides the biggest budget savings

Superannuation provides the biggest budget savings

The biggest savings in this year’s budget haven’t come from the sort of swingeing cuts of fiscal infamy but a few high-profile items.

Swan meets the challenges of a difficult Budget

Swan meets the challenges of a difficult Budget

Wayne Swan has met all of the challenges adequately, and probably no more than that, but that in itself is a fairly substantial task.