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Peter Hartcher is political editor and international editor of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

PM cannot hope minister rape claim will simply vanish
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PM cannot hope minister rape claim will simply vanish

This a case where the best political play also just happens to be the right thing to do.

  • by Peter Hartcher

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Frydenberg, a fixer with his eye on greatness
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Frydenberg, a fixer with his eye on greatness

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg makes no secret of his intention to lead a post-Morrison Liberal Party, although Peter Dutton still covets that prize.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Embarrassing no-shows at China’s summit are a sign Europe is charting a new course
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Embarrassing no-shows at China’s summit are a sign Europe is charting a new course

Europe is turning away from Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his Belt and Road initiative.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Monstrous act exposes the cold inhumanity at the heart of the Morrison government
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Monstrous act exposes the cold inhumanity at the heart of the Morrison government

If so many people in power allowed the case of an enthusiastic, young Liberal to be overlooked, what would they do to others?

  • by Peter Hartcher
Australia’s funpark for felons leaves the nation vulnerable to hostile foreign powers
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Australia’s funpark for felons leaves the nation vulnerable to hostile foreign powers

Casinos are not only ideal for criminals to disguise the origins of their ill-gotten gains. Agents of foreign powers could use them too.

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This is a knife fight that Scott Morrison can’t win
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This is a knife fight that Scott Morrison can’t win

After a year as a responsible and constructive Opposition Leader helping the Morrison government manage the pandemic, Anthony Albanese was almost invisible and desperately needed a battle.

  • by Peter Hartcher
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Morrison needs to step up in the Pacific
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Morrison needs to step up in the Pacific

The Pacific Islands Forum, a critical political and strategic entity for Australia, has splintered in acrimony and we helped cause it.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Spare us the Google-eyed crackpots: the case for a viable news business
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Spare us the Google-eyed crackpots: the case for a viable news business

Google and Facebook made a serious misjudgment with their threats to the Australian government, which is determined they must share the ad revenue they reap from local news companies.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Apologising for China’s delinquency? We’ll be sorry
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Apologising for China’s delinquency? We’ll be sorry

With encouragement from apologists, Australia and others have given China an inch. But the ‘rising fascist power’ has taken a mile and will be hard to constrain.

  • by Peter Hartcher
The PM has transformed: now Morrison conquers from the centre
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The PM has transformed: now Morrison conquers from the centre

Once a divisive and incendiary right-wing partisan, Scott Morrison now knows where elections are won.

  • by Peter Hartcher
I asked would the US defend Australia if we were attacked? The answer is sobering
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I asked would the US defend Australia if we were attacked? The answer is sobering

The election of Donald Trump shows Australia just how flimsy the ANZUS treaty really is – and how we need to foster unity, not dissent.

  • by Peter Hartcher