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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.

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.

Labor should stop picking on the rich kid

Labor should stop picking on the rich kid

The ALP hasn’t wasted any time getting stuck into Malcolm Turnbull’s wealth. In fact Wayne Swan had a crack yesterday in Question Time, writes Bernard Keane.

Ellison out, Nationals change leader in the Senate

Ellison out, Nationals change leader in the Senate

It’s not that dramatic, but last night Barnaby Joyce replaced Nigel Scullion as Nationals leader in the Senate, writes Bernard Keane.

Once more into the realm of dreams

Once more into the realm of dreams

Meantime, the Government gets on with governing, writes Bernard Keane.

Nelson dies with dignity, Turnbull born again

Nelson dies with dignity, Turnbull born again

"A great result for the party," declared Christopher Pyne. Bernard Keane watches the passing Liberal parade.

Brendan the bold. Brendan the risky

Brendan the bold. Brendan the risky

Brendan Nelson’s bid to end the destabilisation of his leadership is unlikely to succeed, writes Bernard Keane.