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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.

ALP and Liberal backflips in the final hour of parliament

ALP and Liberal backflips in the final hour of parliament

The mass abstention was a poor look for Turnbull, especially with his Senate leader being amongst their number, writes Bernard Keane.

No asylum from the Opposition's xenophobia

No asylum from the Opposition's xenophobia

It’s okay for Coalition Governments to seek investment from Middle Eastern countries, but when a Labor Government does it, it’s Whitlamesque mendicancy to swarthy Arabs types, writes Bernard Keane.

Schools Assistance Bill is a victory for Gillard

Schools Assistance Bill is a victory for Gillard

Whether Julia Gillard is, as Malcolm Turnbull says, "very nasty" or not, she gets results, writes Bernard Keane.

Aviation Green Paper stuck in a timewarp

Aviation Green Paper stuck in a timewarp

The Aviation Green Paper is one of the more outright protectionist documents that has issued from an Australian Government for some years, writes Bernard Keane.

Bishop all but in hiding while Liberals innovate

Bishop all but in hiding while Liberals innovate

The focus will again be on Julie Bishop in Question Time today after she failed ask a single question yesterday, writes Bernard Keane.

The Howard Years: kickass guy action

The Howard Years: kickass guy action

This old guy, he’s seriously old, like he’s now nothing but eyebrows, but he’s tough and he’s in his mansion where he hangs out and he’s thinking back to some adventure, writes Bernard Keane.

Turnbull dumps his deputy in deficit denial doo doo

Turnbull dumps his deputy in deficit denial doo doo

If Malcolm Turnbull fully supports his Deputy and Shadow Treasurer, he had an odd way of showing it yesterday in Parliament, writes Bernard Keane.

Turnbull:

Turnbull: "no welcome mat for people smugglers"

The Federal Opposition is set to raise its focus on mandatory detention and border security, with this morning’s joint party room meeting debating illegal immigration at length, reports Bernard Kenae.

Who, we wonder, is out to get poor Julie Bishop?

Who, we wonder, is out to get poor Julie Bishop?

Someone is taking pot shots at Julie Bishop via The Australian. The question is, who, writes Bernard Keane.

Why did Kevin miss his big fundraising bash?

Why did Kevin miss his big fundraising bash?

The ALP held a first anniversary fundraising event in Sydney on Friday evening. But the star of the event was MIA. Bernard Keane muses on the reason.