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.

Barry O'Farrell takes the fall but ICAC cops the heat

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott is correct on his main point about Barry O’Farrell – by resigning honourably, he did the right thing. The question is, did the Independent Commission Against Corruption?

Tony Abbott's speedy free-trade deal with Japan deserves praise

Peter Hartcher After nearly seven years of effort by the three preceding Australian governments, the Abbott administration managed to pull off a major trade agreement with Japan in just seven months.

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Why Tony Abbott cannot be the chicken and the monkey

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Peter Hartcher Tony Abbott this week celebrated the search for MH370 as an outstanding example of how countries can put differences aside and provide a marvellous antidote to pessimism. He's right.

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Was Dame Quentin Bryce really a dame when Tony Abbott said she was?

Prime Minister Tony Abbott farewelled Governor-General Quentin Bryce

Peter Hartcher, Jonathan Swan Tony Abbott announced last week that Quentin Bryce had been made a dame and Peter Cosgrove a knight. But had they really?

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Quentin Bryce collects another title for retirement

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Peter Hartcher Quentin Bryce agreed to become the first dame nominated by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but it turns out she has collected another title to take into retirement.

George Brandis rolled on changes to Racial Discrimination Act

Attorney-General Senator George Brandis.

Peter Hartcher, James Massola Federal cabinet forced George Brandis to soften his original proposal to loosen constraints on racist insults and hate speech.

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What happened to the famous Arthur Sinodinos judgment?

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Peter Hartcher There were signs early on that AWH was trouble. What happened to the famous Sinodinos judgment?

Public is ready for Tony Abbott's government to make the hard choices

Peter Hartcher The conventional wisdom is that only a government with suicidal tendencies would meddle with Medicare.

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Technological breakthroughs need follow-up

Peter Hartcher Most of the publicity about the recently arrived US ambassador to Australia centres on the fact that he's openly gay.

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PM Tony Abbott will be forced to horse trade with the Senate's motley crew

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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.

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Breaking the Australian government's silence on stopping the boats

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Peter Hartcher The untold story of how the Australian government has really been stopping the boats.

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Abbott and Nash: PM blinded by tribal loyalty

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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.

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Joe Hockey supports US in row over tapering of economic stimulus

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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...

G20: Joe Hockey sides with US over the Fed's tapering policy

Treasurer Joe Hockey during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 13 February 2014 Photo: Andrew Meares

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...

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Poll: Policy earns a tick, Abbott a half tick and Shorten a right ticking off

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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.

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Joe's not for turning either

Peter Hartcher As the treasurer who's presided over the death sentence of the Australian car industry, Joe Hockey seems remarkably upbeat.

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Treasurer Joe Hockey to give Qantas debt lifeline

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.

Treasurer Joe Hockey earmarks $130 billion in government-owned assets potentially for sale

Treasurer Joe Hockey in Parliament House Canberra on 13 February 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares for SMH / AGE

James Massola and Peter Hartcher Treasurer says Australia is 'running out of time' to build a new economy and tackle infrastructure bottlenecks.

Kicking and screaming, Joe Hockey throws Qantas a lifeline

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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.

Treasurer Joe Hockey backs second Sydney airport

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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.

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