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Peter Hartcher is the political and international editor for the Sydney Morning Herald. He won a Gold Walkley award for his investigative series into how Australia secretly negotiated a security treaty with Indonesia, and the Citibank award for his coverage of the Asian economic crisis. He was a Walkley finalist in 1992 for an investigative account of how Paul Keating challenged Bob Hawke for the prime ministership of Australia, and again in 2003 for his analysis of the United States’ motives for the invasion of Iraq. His books include The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made Its Own Luck – And Could Now Throw It All Away and To the Bitter End: the Dramatic Story Behind the Fall of John Howard and the Rise of Kevin Rudd.


Peter Hartcher's essay is as elegant and erudite as its author.

Bill Bowtell

Hartcher tells us in his essay Bipolar Nation that Howard is playing the 2007 election like a shrewd game of bridge. Labor can put down as many policy aces as it likes between now and polling day, but if Howard wins in the end it will be because he holds all the trump cards.

Andrew Charlton

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