Peter Hartcher is the political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. He is a Gold Walkley award winner, a former foreign correspondent in Tokyo and Washington, and a visiting fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. His latest book is The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made its Own Luck and Could Now Throw it All Away. His 2005 book, Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the Missing Seven Trillion Dollars, foresaw the collapse of the US housing market and the economic slump that followed.
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott thought about offering one of his senators a diplomatic posting. Not so much because he thought it would be a good appointment but because he wanted him out of the way.
Peter Hartcher The untold story of how the Australian government has really been stopping the boats.
Peter Hartcher The Abbott government gleefully lashed Labor after Craig Thomson was convicted of criminal fraud this week. But there is no sign it has learned lessons from that disgraceful episode.
Peter Hartcher, James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey will side with the United States over the most hotly contested issue before the Group of 20 ministers, saying Australia would benefit from a lower dollar if the US Federal...
Peter Hartcher and James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey will side with the United States over the most hotly contested issue before the Group of 20 ministers, saying Australia would benefit from a lower dollar if the US Federal...
Peter Hartcher Australia is showing some appreciation for the Abbott government for the first time. But, curiously, the Prime Minister is getting no personal credit, the latest Fairfax Nielsen poll shows.
Peter Hartcher As the treasurer who's presided over the death sentence of the Australian car industry, Joe Hockey seems remarkably upbeat.
James Massola Peter Hartcher Treasurer Joe Hockey has signalled the federal government is ready to throw a lifeline to Qantas in the form of a debt guarantee.
James Massola and Peter Hartcher Treasurer says Australia is 'running out of time' to build a new economy and tackle infrastructure bottlenecks.
James Massola, Peter Hartcher, Jonathan Swan Treasurer Joe Hockey has signalled the federal government is ready to throw a lifeline to Qantas in the form of a debt guarantee.
Peter Hartcher, James Massola Treasurer Joe Hockey has declared Sydney must have a second airport, arguing it will be an essential driver of jobs, growth and investment in the city's west.
James Massola, Peter Hartcher Treasurer Joe Hockey has signalled the federal government is ready to throw a lifeline to Qantas.
Peter Hartcher Saturday's byelection in Queensland suggests that the people are reserving their judgment on Tony Abbott's government.
Peter Hartcher Labor is likely to ride to victory over a strong Coalition candidate in the seat of Griffith.
Peter Hartcher Joe Hockey is supplying something the Abbott government has been lacking — a purpose.
Peter Hartcher The grim news this week of systematic thuggery and criminality on building sites confirms three facts of life in Australia.
Peter Hartcher Britain's settlement in Australia nearly starved itself out of existence in its early years and only survived when the motherland sent emergency supplies. This is pretty odd when you think about it.
Mark Kenny and Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott glimpsed the danger of breaking election promises during last month's school-funding debacle, but says he has learnt his lesson.
Peter Hartcher If some of the ministers in the Abbott government sounded angry at Holden even before the car company announced its closure this week, it's because they were.
Peter Hartcher If he can seize the moment, the passing of Holden can be Joe Hockey's equivalent of Paul Keating's ''banana republic'' declaration.