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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.

Pensioners, policy and practicalities

Pensioners, policy and practicalities

People on the aged pension are an interest group like any other. Their claims to taxpayer dollars should be evaluated, like any others, critically, and based on evidence, writes Bernard Keane.

Costello: Maintain the illusion of substance, keep your mouth shut

Costello: Maintain the illusion of substance, keep your mouth shut

Costello’s not helping himself. After months of intriguing silence, now that he’s actually saying things, it’s apparent there’s not much actually there, writes Bernard Keane.

Whistle blower protection too late for Orkopoulos staffer

Whistle blower protection too late for Orkopoulos staffer

Special Minister of State John Faulkner today committed to legislation establishing a "preferred model" for whistle-blower protection in 2009, writes Bernard Keane.

Nathan Rees carries baggage from the Orkopolous scandal

Nathan Rees carries baggage from the Orkopolous scandal

Important questions remain unasnwered about Nathan Rees' involvement in the scandal which enguldred former colleague Milton Orkopolous, writes Bernard Keane.

Where do they find state politicians anyway?

Where do they find state politicians anyway?

It’s probably too much to ask for political courage and vision, writes Bernard Keane.

Nationals resurgent after a weird weekend on unwanted hustings

Nationals resurgent after a weird weekend on unwanted hustings

Playing kingmaker at a State level opens up vast pork-barrelling possibilities, writes Bernard Keane.

Sarah Palin: I have seen the future of the Republican revolution

Sarah Palin: I have seen the future of the Republican revolution

Palin isn’t from round those parts. She’s from small-town America, a white America where they work hard for a living even if they’re middle-class, where they call it “Eye-rack", writes Bernard Keane.

Garnaut's target so low, the sea level will rise above it in a year

Garnaut's target so low, the sea level will rise above it in a year

In Garnaut's view Australia is too late to avoid “substantial impacts” which will, as he said in his dry economist’s tone, require “major adaptation", writes Bernard Keane.

How land clearing became a Howard bumper crop

How land clearing became a Howard bumper crop

If we want to use native forests as a means to avoid doing something about climate change, we first have to slow the pace at which we’re destroying them – legally and illegally, writes Bernard Keane.

Stephen Conroy hearts Free-TV

Stephen Conroy hearts Free-TV

Stephen Conroy is shaping up as the biggest friend of the free-to-air networks in ages – and given the track record of both sides of politics, that is saying something, writes Bernard Keane.