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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.

Leadership II: Turnbull lovers can wait

Leadership II: Turnbull lovers can wait

There’s no counting of numbers or lobbying today, which suggests there’ll be no action initiated by Turnbull next week, writes Bernard Keane.

Transition or challenge, either way, bye bye Nelson

Transition or challenge, either way, bye bye Nelson

Turnbull might reflect -- in fact it would be strange if he hadn’t already -- that the winners of Australian politics are those who let nothing get in the way of their ambitions, writes Bernard Keane.

Sarah Palin: V-agra of the people

Sarah Palin: V-agra of the people

The neoconservative and big business Republicans, and their supporters in places like Australia, may find that Palin is every bit as much the outsider she claims to be, writes Bernard Keane.

Malcolm Turnbull -- time to go for the full Nelson

Malcolm Turnbull -- time to go for the full Nelson

Malcolm Turnbull needs to move quickly – next week, preferably – to take the Liberal leadership and get conservative politics out of this leadership absurdity, write Bernard Keane.

Costello overlooks his own unpopularity in memoir

Costello overlooks his own unpopularity in memoir

Costello’s argument is that if John Howard had managed the transition issue better, Prime Minister Costello would now be calling the shots, writes Bernard Keane.

ABC digital: 12 hours of kids TV

ABC digital: 12 hours of kids TV

ABC Managing Director Mark Scott has flagged the establishment of a C-SPAN-like public affairs channel and a dedicated children’s channel, writes Bernard Keane.

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.