Peter Hartcher

Peter Hartcher

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.

Treasurer Scott Morrison says doing nothing is not an option on tax reform

Peter Hartcher The tax system will automatically harvest so much extra tax from workers' pay packets that it will start to drag down economic growth over the next few years unless the government acts, according to...


Tony Abbott was snubbed by the Queen on his trip to London

Queen Elizabeth II meets Australian Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.

Peter Hartcher First he loses the prime ministership, then the Queen declined to see him.

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Tony Abbott shirtfronting Vladimir Putin? The US put their money on Putin


Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott's threat to "shirtfront" Vladimir Putin caused such a sensation that Russian and American diplomats were still having fun with it 10 months later.

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Joe Hockey's secret plan to increase GST to 15 per cent

In his final weeks as treasurer, Joe Hockey proposed an increase in the GST.

Peter Hartcher The previous treasurer, Joe Hockey, secretly proposed an increase in the GST rate from 10 per cent to 15 per cent in his last weeks in the post.

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Tony Abbott unleashes public attack on Julie Bishop, accusing her of telling falsehoods

Former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Peter Hartcher, Latika Bourke In a new outbreak of recriminations over the leadership coup, Mr Abbott has made a four-point repudiation of the Foreign Minister.

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Tony Abbott says he would have died happy on the morning he was removed as PM

Prime Minster Tony Abbott announced at a press conferenec in Parliament House Canberra that Immigration minister Peter Dutton will head to Geneva to discuss Australia accepting refygee familes from Syria on Sunday 6 September 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott says he would have died happy with his government's achievements if he had been accidentally killed on the morning of the day he was removed as prime minister.

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Loyalty, power and the plan to replace a PM

Tony Abbott

Peter Hartcher As Tony Abbott ignored the views of those with his best interests at heart, Malcolm Turnbull hatched a secret scheme.

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National security and shirtfronting

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott seemed most confident in the realm of national security. How much was posturing and how much was genuine?

Malcolm Turnbull's February plot

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Peter Hartcher Malcolm Turnbull was lining up his team, seven months before he finally became Prime Minister.

Kidman cattle stations: Andrew Robb criticises Scott Morrison's 'political' decision to block sale

Andrew Robb said a deal could be negotiated within 12 months.

Peter Hartcher, James Massola, Jared Lynch Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has branded his government'€™s decision to block the foreign sale of the sprawling S Kidman & Co cattle stations as...

Paris climate talks: Australia comes in from the cold

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Peter Hartcher Climate activists have praised Environment Minister Greg Hunt's work at talks ahead of this month's summit in Paris.

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tells Peter Hartcher about keeping everything on the table

Malcolm Turnbull in his Prime Ministerial suite at Parliament House in Canberra on Friday.

Peter Hartcher In an exclusive interview the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, reveals his big vision for the future.

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Turnbull in a China shop: PM warns Beijing against rule breaches

Chinese dredgers working in March at the northernmost reclamation site of Mischief Reef, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea.

Peter Hartcher, Mark Kenny Malcolm Turnbull has used the same week in which the China-Australia free trade agreement finally achieved bipartisan political support in Canberra to warn Beijing against strategic expansion,...

I am a reformer: Malcolm Turnbull sets course for growth and unity

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the recommendations would make the banking system stronger.

Peter Hartcher, Mark Kenny Large economy enhancing projects including roads, urban public transit, ports, and water infrastructure should be financed directly by the Commonwealth in partnership with state and local...

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Malcolm Turnbull's miracle poll turnaround for the Coalition risks messiah complex

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Peter Hartcher On the evidence of today's Fairfax-Ipsos poll, Malcolm Turnbull has transformed Australian politics. But there are risks: just ask Kevin Rudd.

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Labor senator demands Malcolm Turnbull dump his Caymans investments

Labor Senator Sam Dastyari says Malcolm Turnbull should divest his hedge fund investments in the Caymans.

Peter Hartcher, Heath Aston Labor has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to sell out of his hedge fund investments in the Cayman Islands, in an escalation of its attack in Parliament this week.

Environment minister Greg Hunt says scope for deeper greenhouse gas cuts in future

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Peter Hartcher Australia has scope to make more ambitious cuts to its carbon emissions after the initial targets are agreed at the Paris climate conference in December, Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.

First home buyers: Treasurer Scott Morrison vows to tackle runaway house prices

Treasurer Scott Morrison.

Peter Hartcher Treasurer Scott Morrison says the planning, development and approval process is in drastic need of reform.

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Scott Morrison: Work, save, invest the new mantra for the new Treasurer

Scott Morrison said the government needed to ''make Australians a better offer'' when faced with a choice between work and welfare.

Peter Hartcher The man whose job it was to "stop the boats" has developed a new three-word mantra to guide his work as Treasurer.

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First Malcolm Turnbull stole Bill Shorten's biggest asset. Now he's taken something else

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Peter Hartcher Malcolm Turnbull stole Bill Shorten's biggest asset last week when he removed the unloved Tony Abbott. Now he has stolen the Labor leader's narrative too.

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