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Peter Hartcher is Political Editor and International Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

The PM we never had, and Morrison's failure to value Julie Bishop
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The PM we never had, and Morrison's failure to value Julie Bishop

When the Prime Minister farewelled Julie Bishop this week, he struggled to name her accomplishments. It took her political enemies to acknowledge her greatness.

  • by Peter Hartcher

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Farewell tech utopia: how governments are readying the web for war
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Farewell tech utopia: how governments are readying the web for war

The web is a frontier in a hardening confrontation between the autocratic world and the democratic one.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Adrenalin shot for Morrison's government, but beware adrenal fatigue
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Adrenalin shot for Morrison's government, but beware adrenal fatigue

The Morrison government has received an adrenalin shot, giving it a rush of energy in the approach to the federal election. But watch out for adrenal fatigue.

  • by Peter Hartcher
The science behind Morrison's scare tactics
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The science behind Morrison's scare tactics

The Coalition hopes risk-averse voters will respond to its warnings about boats and the economy, but it will need the electorate to start listening.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Prime Minister's strength turns into a weakness
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Prime Minister's strength turns into a weakness

Scott Morrison was the immigration minister who restored control of Australia’s borders. He is now the PM who has lost control of Australia’s parliament.

  • by Peter Hartcher
In dismissing his sister's ambitions, the Thai king shows where his loyalty is

In dismissing his sister's ambitions, the Thai king shows where his loyalty is

Thailand thunderstruck as king's big sister stands, albeit briefly, in opposition.

  • by Peter Hartcher
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The exquisite irony of pollies condemning bankers
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The exquisite irony of pollies condemning bankers

The banks abused the people's trust and took Australians' money. The political parties abused the people's trust and took their democracy.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Worst crisis since Cold War brewing, but no one's paying attention
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Worst crisis since Cold War brewing, but no one's paying attention

It wouldn't be rational for the US to disengage from the Chinese economy. But Donald Trump is in charge.

  • by Peter Hartcher
How conservatives stole the Liberal Party
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How conservatives stole the Liberal Party

Coalition defectors are all moderates while the hard right isn't budging. Shorten, meanwhile, is showing some true grit, but he's going to need it.

  • by Peter Hartcher
No longer safe: Researcher harassed by China in her own country
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No longer safe: Researcher harassed by China in her own country

Anne-Marie Brady is a thorn in the side of Xi Jinping's regime. She has been the target of an unsettling campaign of intimidation.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Australia 'helping' China develop its rival system to American GPS
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Australia 'helping' China develop its rival system to American GPS

A leading expert says the alternative "BeiDou" system carries major benefits for the Chinese military.

  • by Fergus Hunter & Peter Hartcher