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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.

QLD seat of Beaudesert: Pauline or the yoof?

QLD seat of Beaudesert: Pauline or the yoof?

The LNP has handed what should be a reasonably safe seat to a local youth whose main claim to fame is invading the stage of the 2005 final episode of Big Brother to publicise his band, writes Bernard Keane.

Conroy confesses: web filtering will hit 'other content'

Conroy confesses: web filtering will hit 'other content'

The Government will consider the possibility of legal content being blocked by its mandatory internet censorship scheme, writes Bernard Keane.

Chris and Kevin, both boring for their country in their way

Chris and Kevin, both boring for their country in their way

Julia Gillard couldn’t help herself about Christopher Pyne in Question Time yesterday, writes Bernard Keane.

Estimates schmestimates: Opposition goes soft on the ALP

Estimates schmestimates: Opposition goes soft on the ALP

You get the impression from senior Coalition senators that they’re not prepared to do the hard work of sifting through material and building a case in the search for embarrassing revelations, writes Bernard Keane.

Joe Hockey: say hello to Frat Boy Slim

Joe Hockey: say hello to Frat Boy Slim

If Labor was so anxious to tar Malcolm Turnbull as some sort of out-of-touch plutocrat, it should double the effort with Hockey, because in his case it’s true, writes Bernard Keane.

Penny Wong is a cipher for Kevin Rudd

Penny Wong is a cipher for Kevin Rudd

Penny Wong isn’t really to blame for the growing debacle of the Government’s emissions trading scheme plans. She’s a cipher for Kevin Rudd, writes Bernard Keane.

ETS the government's hole in the hole

ETS the government's hole in the hole

The debacle over the Government’s ETS would be a major issue, if the Opposition was on deck, writes Bernard Keane.

Viewing the Liberals through a prism of party instability

Viewing the Liberals through a prism of party instability

This week's shambles keeps coming back to structural issues within the Liberal Party, writes Bernard Keane.

Disputes Committee? What Disputes Committee?

Disputes Committee? What Disputes Committee?

The fact that a Disputes Committee has not even been established until after preselections are over indicates a remarkable faith in the amity of LNP candidates, writes Bernard Keane.

An ETS so bad, it makes tax and Liberals look good

An ETS so bad, it makes tax and Liberals look good

The ground is shifting under the Government’s climate change approach and its previously politically strong position on the issue is being undermined, writes Bernard Keane.