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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.

So much for the clever country, we're squibbing it
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So much for the clever country, we're squibbing it

Many national leaders have stated big ambitions for Australia as an innovation nation, but we keep falling short.

  • by Peter Hartcher

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'Trump is not a bad dream': How Australia can deal with Trump's America
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'Trump is not a bad dream': How Australia can deal with Trump's America

Far from being impeached, Donald Trump has entrenched himself. There are eight ways Australia can thrive in a Trumpian world.

  • by Peter Hartcher
It's not just the economy, stupid: Trump and Turnbull know it too well
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It's not just the economy, stupid: Trump and Turnbull know it too well

In the United States and in Australia, economic boom times have not been enough to sustain faith in governments. Donald Trump sought votes by hitting the xenophobia button, but Australia is a different place.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Scott Morrison has staked foreign policy on values Beijing abhors
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Scott Morrison has staked foreign policy on values Beijing abhors

Australia's future will be dominated by China, but the values of China's rulers are deeply alien to Australia's.

  • by Peter Hartcher
A solution to the high price of living in the Land of Ozzigopoly
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A solution to the high price of living in the Land of Ozzigopoly

Australia is an extreme case of corporate profiteering.

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Goodbye to Australia's dangerous delusion
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Goodbye to Australia's dangerous delusion

Securing the nation's future is not like a game of MasterChef. We cannot sit back and see what delicious offerings the Americans and Chinese are going to whip up for us.

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Political parties locked in death spiral
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Political parties locked in death spiral

The Wentworth result was a clarion call for independents. The times will suit them. The people want problems solved. Not political parlour games.

  • by Peter Hartcher
'Two out of three' formula: Rudd says Murdoch and mining industry support now key to political power

'Two out of three' formula: Rudd says Murdoch and mining industry support now key to political power

The former prime minister argues that holding the confidence of the House of Representatives - the constitutional definition of forming government - is not sufficient to hold power.

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Fallen PMs always blame the media, never look in the mirror
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Fallen PMs always blame the media, never look in the mirror

The late British politician Enoch Powell put it well: "Politicians who complain about the media are like ships' captains who complain about the sea."

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Barack Obama left Australia 'swinging in the breeze' over air strikes: Kevin Rudd
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Barack Obama left Australia 'swinging in the breeze' over air strikes: Kevin Rudd

"His credibility would suffer as a result because he had proclaimed his own red line and then done nothing to enforce it."

  • by Peter Hartcher
Voters will punish Liberals' factional parlour games
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Voters will punish Liberals' factional parlour games

Will this record protest vote chasten the Liberals and jolt them into a state of unity? Of course not.

  • by Peter Hartcher