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.


Paul Keating’s Remembrance Day Address, 2013

November 11, 2013

Address by Hon PJ Keating Australian War Memorial Canberra 11 November 2013 Nine months from now, one hundred years ago, the horror of all ages came together to open the curtain on mankind’s greatest century of violence – the twentieth century. What distinguished the First World War from all wars before it was the massive […]

Cannold resigns as WikiLeaks Party candidate

August 21, 2013

Prominent writer and ethicist Leslie Cannold has resigned from her position as a WikiLeaks Senate candidate, citing concerns about the party’s decisions relating to preferences and other matters. Her resignation letter is here.

Attorney-General’s Department reveals more about data retention

July 12, 2013

With the speed and ease of tooth-pulling, the Attorney-General’s Department continues to reveal information about its pursuit of a data retention régime. Late today it provided a summation of industry views on a régime from its consultations with telecommunications and internet service providers in 2009. The information was provided as part of an answer to […]

Attorney-General’s Department changes tack on data retention

July 5, 2013

In a significant admission, the Attorney-General’s Department has corrected its evidence to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to reveal two provisions for a data retention régime were drafted at the Department’s request. As Crikey reported in May, Greens senator Scott Ludlam asked the Department at Estimates to provide details of its consultation with industry […]

A short note on information asymmetry

June 7, 2013 1

The revelations over the last 48 hours of the near-complete extent of the Obama Administration’s surveillance of US citizens via phone records and internet traffic prompted a response from the amusingly named James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence. Accusing The Guardian of “omitting” key information — though he doesn’t say what — Clapper makes […]

ASIC accidentally blocked 250,000 sites in scam campaign

June 4, 2013 1

The finance industry regulator admits that its new internet blocking campaign has caused some collateral damage.

Tony Abbott’s Budget Reply Speech 16 May 2013

May 16, 2013

Tonight, I want to directly address you, the Australian people. While it’s easy, and understandable, that you should be pessimistic about this government, everyone should be optimistic about our country. Our health researchers have saved hundreds of millions of lives through breakthroughs in everything from infectious diseases to cancer vaccines to ulcer treatments. Our military […]

Speech to CEO Tasmania, 27 March

March 29, 2013 4

A speech I delivered this week in Hobart at the invitation of CEO Tasmania on the economy and the forthcoming election. Thanks for the invitation this evening. Tonight I thought I’d talk about the coming federal election, and of course it may come sooner than previously expected, through the prism of policy, by looking at […]

If you want to see government control of journalism, try this:

March 16, 2013

There’s been a lot of hype this week from News Ltd and the Coalition about the purported threat to a free press from Stephen Conroy’s plan to require the print and online media’s self-regulatory bodies to show they can self-regulate. Conroy has been compared to the vilest dictators in history for this outrage. Well, if […]

Open letter to Anti-Fluoridians

March 1, 2013 4

This week I found myself the target of some vituperation from anti-fluoride, erm, “campaigners” after my attention was drawn to an appalling picture of Tanya Plibersek posted to the Facebook page of South Australian independent Legislative Councillor Ann Bressington. I contacted Bressington asking why a commenter’s suggestion that the Health Minister be “lynched” was allowed […]

Hockey stumbles on super

February 8, 2013 2

In what would, if we were indeed in an election campaign, be considered a major gaffe, shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey today committed the Coalition to reversing the increase in compulsory superannuation from 9% to 12%, then hastily backflipped. At a doorstop to heap contumely on Wayne Swan’s announcement that the mining tax had only raised […]

Labor clears the decks: Evans and Roxon depart

February 1, 2013 38

Minister for Tertiary Education and Senate Leader Chris Evans and Attorney-General Roxon have announced their departures from Cabinet at a media conference in Canberra this morning, with Evans indicating he will be resigning from the Senate in coming months and the Attorney-General stating she will retire from politics at the next election. The Prime Minister […]

Prime Minister’s media release on social networking sites 16 January

January 16, 2013

PRIME MINISTER acting minister for broadband, communications and the digital economy SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES TO COOPERATE WITH GOVERNMENT ON COMPLAINT HANDLING Social Networking Sites have agreed to continue promoting user safety as well as undertaking education and awareness raising about antisocial behaviour online under new guidelines announced by the Prime Minister. The Cooperative Arrangement for […]

Barnaby Joyce press release 14 Dec 2012

December 14, 2012 1

Labor caps CO2 but not H2O buybacks  The Labor Government has been telling farmers that they must become more efficient with water and they have by converting free-flow open channels to overhead laterals and pumps. Now the Labor Government tells them they must become more efficient with power. In fact they have put up the […]

Conroy announces first tranche of media reforms

November 30, 2012

Stephen Conroy has unveiled the first stage of the government's response to the Convergence Review.

Gillard announces royal commission into child abuse

November 12, 2012 14

The government has reacted to growing pressure for a royal commission into child abuse by the Catholic Church by announcing a federal royal commission into institutional child abuse, with terms of reference to be developed in coming weeks by the Attorney-General and Families Minister Brendan O’Connor working in consultation with the states. The inquiry will […]

Statement from Peter Slipper 9 October 2012

Statement from Peter Slipper 9 October 2012

October 9, 2012 2

Speaker Peter Slipper has released a statement following this afternoon’s unsuccessful attempt by the Coalition to oust him:

Transcript of press conference by Tony Abbott 4 Oct 2012

October 4, 2012 1

TRANSCRIPT OF THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR JOINT DOORSTOP INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR SCOTT RYAN, SHADOW PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY FOR SMALL BUSINESS AND FAIR COMPETITION GLENROY, MELBOURNE Subjects: Julia Gillard’s carbon tax; the Coalition’s $1.5 billion commitments to Melbourne’s East West Link and Sydney’s M4 East; Michael Williamson; Health Services Union; wheat industry; David Murray’s comments; Peter […]

Chewing the fat, or is it the gum, in the party rooms

September 19, 2012 1

Crikey intern Sally-Anne Curtain and Bernard Keane from Canberra: Given improved polling outcomes for the government and some rough weather for Tony Abbott, it seems as though Labor is gaining momentum this week. That certainly seemed to be the mood portrayed by the spokesperson during Tuesday morning’s Labor Caucus debriefing. There was “clearly there was […]

Barnaby’s Cubbie revolt ends with a whimper, not a bang

September 13, 2012 5

Crikey Canberra intern Sally-Anne Curtain writes: It started off with Senator Barnaby Joyce describing the sale of Cubbie Station as a “bloody disgrace”, and that Wayne Swan had “snuck this decision out with the garbage on Friday”, but his colourful crusade against the decision seems to have come to a grindingly dull halt. After calling a […]