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.

February, 2009

Neither flood nor fire can stay Shanahan’s delusions

, Feb 09, 2009

Turnbull’s own proposals for a stimulus package aren’t much shy of the same level of debt, showing just how little difference there is between the major parties on this supposedly vast ideological issue, writes Bernard Keane.

Egos stimulated, but what about the national interest?

, Feb 06, 2009

It suits everyone’s purposes to pretend that we’re back to a good old-fashioned left-right divide, writes Bernard Keane.

$42 billion to go: ready, set, spend

, Feb 06, 2009

So far no one has worried too much about the logistical difficulties of getting $42b of stimulation out the door, writes Bernard Keane.

Just how stimulating is Rudd’s package?

, Feb 05, 2009

Is the stimulus package actually any good? Are we getting the most stimulation for our borrowing? Bernard Keane investigates.

Liberals a rabble on a fool’s errand

, Feb 05, 2009

By opposing the package, Malcolm Turnbull has dramatically increased the chances he will flame out in the polls this year, writes Bernard Keane.

Turnbull’s stimulus suicide

, Feb 04, 2009

Refusing to back the Government’s stimulus package is a truly colossal error by the Opposition, writes Bernard Keane.

The Rudd manifesto: an exercise in simplistic propaganda

, Feb 04, 2009

In Rudd's Monthly fairytale, evil Austrian economists reanimated the corpse of laissez faire economics and the parties of the Right sent it raging across the developed world, writes Bernard Keane.

McGauran puts downpayment on Senate seat

, Feb 04, 2009

The Victorian Liberal Party might think twice about dumping Julian McGauran down to an unwinnable spot on their Senate ticket, writes Bernard Keane.

Cash, jobs and a new deficit record. Stimulated?

, Feb 03, 2009

The Government’s second attempt at breathing life into the Australian economy is a two-stage employment and demand stimulus package that will cost $41.5b, writes Bernard Keane.

Stimulus à la Rudd

, Feb 03, 2009

The handouts this time are bigger and pitched at an entirely different group, writes Bernard Keane.