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 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.
Peter Hartcher Treasurer Scott Morrison says the planning, development and approval process is in drastic need of reform.
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.
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.
Peter Hartcher The new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is operating from his old office as Communications Minister, without full access to the prime ministerial diary, more than three days after winning the...
Peter Hartcher Labor leader Bill Shorten rushed this week to accuse Malcolm Turnbull of arrogance, but the harsher critique came from a former leader of Turnbull's own party.
Peter Hartcher Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership is a chance to unify Australia by leading from the centre, something Tony Abbott was never able to achieve.
Peter Hartcher Some of Malcolm Turnbull's allies are urging him to challenge Tony Abbott for the leadership this week.
Peter Hartcher The new law enforcement agency that came controversially to public attention on Friday, the Australian Border Force, is building a 5000 to 6000 strong body of officers, most trained for use-of-force...
Peter Hartcher Both leaders remain unattractive but Bill Shorten is clearly the "less repellant of the two," says Fairfax pollster Jess Elgood.
Anna Patty, Mark Kenny, Latika Bourke, Peter Hartcher Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to take action against royal commissioner Dyson Heydon over a Liberal Party fundraiser, as the union movement prepares for a High Court legal battle...
Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott privately told supporters two weeks ago that he would not allow parliament a free vote on gay marriage, and was prepared to use "tricky processes" to get his way.
Peter Hartcher and John Garnaut The US has no strategy for dealing with Islamic State, and Australia and other allies should be demanding one, according to a key member of the American Congress.
Mark Kenny and Peter Hartcher Victorian Liberal Tony Smith and South Australian Liberal Andrew Southcott have emerged as the most promising chances to fill the void left by disgraced former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop.
Standing by Bronwyn Bishop: How Tony Abbott's stubbornness could have prompted his second brush with political death
Peter Hartcher and Mark Kenny Tony Abbott and Bronwyn Bishop only decided that she should resign from the speakership after they realised a significant number of government MPs would not support her in a no-confidence motion due...
Peter Hartcher, James Massola Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has signed off on key protocols that will clear the way for up to a million head of live cattle to be exported to China annually, opening up a major new market for...
Peter Hartcher, James Massola Six members of the Abbott cabinet have risen up against a proposal that a minister could strip an Australian of citizenship, even if he or she has no other citizenship.
Peter Hartcher After a year and a half of near invisibility, Barnaby Joyce emerged last week. The world noticed. His demarche to Johnny Depp's dogs that it was time they "buggered off back to the United States" won...
Peter Hartcher The federal budget has put Tony Abbott back in the game. The Steve Jobs of the political world, he was responsible for his fall and has now engineered his comeback.