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.


Wong’s time line may be just hot air

March 17, 2008 12

Despite stretching out between now and late 2009, Penny Wong’s timeline won’t be easy, writes Bernard Keane.

Gillard makes Question Time her own; Nelson regains ground

March 14, 2008 2

The Opposition won't be too unhappy with their performance in Parliament this week, reports Bernard Keane.

Labor’s Beijing connections continue to perplex

March 14, 2008

There are a number of aspects to the connection between Beijing AustChina and senior ALP figures that continue to perplex, writes Bernard Keane.

Rudd and Gillard face the realities of restraint

March 14, 2008

For the past decade, no-one has had to worry too much about the inflationary impact of wage rises. No more, writes Bernard Keane.

Will slow turtle Kevin still win the race?

March 13, 2008

The debate over whether the first months of the Rudd Government have seen real achievement might be assessed in the context of progress on a number of major initiatives. Or lack thereof, writes Bernard Keane.

China connections II: Kevin’s oriental odyssey

March 13, 2008 3

Austchina began a dedicated attempt to woo prominent ALP members shortly after the 2004 election, reports Bernard Keane.

Kyoto: What exactly have we done so far?

March 12, 2008

What precisely has the Government done, now that we’re officially part of the climate change solution rather than the problem? Bernard Keane writes.

Nelson goes the censure, but what’s the point?

March 12, 2008 3

It’s never a good look when an Opposition resorts to censure motions during Question Time. It’s a sure sign they’ve failed to land a blow, writes Bernard Keane.

Cleaning up moonlighting MPs is problematic

March 11, 2008 3

The Prime Minister sounds like he’s determined to end the ability of MPs to earn significant incomes outside Parliament. Kinda, sorta, writes Bernard Keane.

Rudd’s binge crusade: footballers first

March 11, 2008 10

The Government is "Doing Something" about binge drinking. But it's the mooted advertising restrictions that will be tricky, writes Bernard Keane.