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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.

Turnbull's front bench: clash of the chihuahuas

Turnbull's front bench: clash of the chihuahuas

When it comes to female ministerial representation, the conservative side has lifted its game. 7 of Labor’s 30 ministers are women, compared to 7 of 32 on the Coalition side, writes Bernard Keane.

Carbon capture: a last minute stab of desperation

Carbon capture: a last minute stab of desperation

It’s the climate change holdouts in each country that are pushing carbon capture in the hope they can stave off the switch to renewables, writes Bernard Keane.

All change as Turnbull names his team

All change as Turnbull names his team

Julie Bishop scores, Helen Coonan is back, Christopher Pyne makes his mark. Malcolm Turnbull names his shadown ministry, and the opposition starts all over, writes Bernard Keane.

The saga of filling Malcolm Turnbull's front bench

The saga of filling Malcolm Turnbull's front bench

The new frontbench will have a very thin look about it. Turnbull will have to make the most effective use of limited resources, writes Bernard Keane.

The Cardboard Costello Memoirs: not enthralling

The Cardboard Costello Memoirs: not enthralling

This talented, charming man lacks something fundamental in his political and intellectual make-up. And it shows in his much-vaunted memoirs, writes Bernard Keane.

Nationals behaving badly

Nationals behaving badly

There are a number of Liberals, from Queensland and elsewhere, who have been astonished at the behaviour of the Nationals in recent weeks, writes Bernard Keane.

Fielding the full sausage in stroganoff-gate

Fielding the full sausage in stroganoff-gate

I do confess I have never tried the stroganoff, but the “Parliamentary Burger” – now, I fear, renamed something less creative – is a meal, not just a snack, writes Bernard Keane.

Terrorism and politics in Australia: an absurd farce

Terrorism and politics in Australia: an absurd farce

Meantime, Greg Sheridan, who has only recently been surgically removed from Alexander Downer, weighed in today to laud our success in the War Against Stuff, writes Bernard Keane.

Privacy is not in the interests of the Labor Party

Privacy is not in the interests of the Labor Party

Putting aside the systemic breach of privacy that a database like Electrac entails, it relies on the goodwill and maturity of MPs and their staff to ensure that such a database isn’t abused, writes Bernard Keane.

The Liberals hit the reset button

The Liberals hit the reset button

Governments go through cycles, and the Rudd Government has a long way to go before it reaches its peak. The Opposition, meanwhile, has had to hit the reset button and start again, writes Bernard Keane.