Peter Costello was Federal Treasurer from 1996 to 2007. He has written a best selling account of his time as Treasurer which is now published in paperback. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Tanya and three children.
Former federal Liberal treasurer Peter Costello will not contest the next federal election. We look back through Fairfax Archives at some of his more memorable quotes and stories written about him.
James Massola Former Reserve Bank board member Warwick McKibbin has suggested a new election may be needed to resolve the Senate impasse holding up vital budget savings, and has hit out at the political populism...
Peter Martin Malevolent? Treasurer Joe Hockey says Fairfax Media's reporting of the budget has been sometimes ''quite malevolent''.
Madonna King In 2009, everyone - including the man himself - assumed that Joe Hockey was a shoo-in as the next Liberal Party leader. So what went wrong?
John Elder The appointment of more female bishops and priests - and a series of high-profile clashes with the Abbott government - are likely to follow the appointment on Saturday of Melbourne's Archbishop, Dr...
Nicky Phillips 'The best part is we never need to specify exactly how it will work,'' says a prime ministerial staffer during an episode of ABC TV satire The Hollowmen.
James Massola The federal budget will cost families thousands of dollars in tax increases, rising medical costs and reduced benefits, but the Liberal Party will raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from...
Peter Martin Information withheld from the budget shows high income couples may suffer scarcely at all while low income families on benefits could lose as much as 10 per cent of their incomes.
Nick McKenzie The dining room over-looking the boats bobbing in the Docklands' marina was buzzing on the first evening in March last year.
Royce Millar and Ben Schneiders The Royal Commission into union corruption could fatally wound Bill Shorten’s leadership. Or so Tony Abbott hopes. But the PM should be careful what he wishes for.
Gareth Hutchens and James Massola The Abbott government defied the advice of John Howard and Peter Costello when it axed Australia's top economic official.
James Massola, Gareth Hutchens One of Australia's most respected economists has lashed Treasurer Joe Hockey for his criticism of Treasury Secretary Martin Parkinson, warned Australia cannot afford new social policies without tax...
Gareth Hutchens James Massola One of Australia's most respected economists has added his voice to criticism of the government's decision to send Treasury secretary Martin Parkinson on his way.
Chris Vedelago and Louise Hall A former Goldman Sachs executive dobbed in for allegedly trying to avoid paying land taxes.
Matthew Knott Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has floated the idea of collecting student debts from the dead as a way of boosting the budget bottom line.
Josh Gordon, Daniel Flitton and Adrian Lowe Howard-era finance minister Nick Minchin has emerged as a contender to take over as consul-general in New York after Steve Bracks was dumped from the role as one of the first acts of the incoming...
Jacqueline Maley It was an elegant cocktail affair that concluded about 9pm. The birthday boy asked his 70-odd guests not to bring gifts. The request must have come as a relief.
Deborah Snow and Gareth Hutchens Downtown Sydney went about its usual business on Saturday, seemingly indifferent - if not oblivious- to the meeting of the world's most powerful financial minds taking place just a few blocks from...
Mark Dapin Australian War Memorial director - and former Liberal Party leader - Brendan Nelson meets me for Saturday lunch at the Bendooley Bar and Grill, Berrima, a short drive from his home in Bowral.
Clancy Yeates Former treasurer Peter Costello has called for any top-level review into the banking sector to be broadened to take in the $1.