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Award-winning journalist and author.


Peter Hartcher is an award-winning journalist and author. After three years in Washington DC as the correspondent for the Australian Financial Review, he returned to Australia at the end of 2003 and joined the Lowy Institute as a visiting Fellow.

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Author: While at the Institute he wrote a book on the Wall Street bubble of 1996-2000 titled Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the Missing Seven Trillion Dollars, which foresaw the collapse of the US housing market and the economic slump that followed. In March 2004 he took up a new post as political editor and international editor for The Sydney Morning Herald. His latest book is The Sweet Spot: How Australia Made its Own Luck and Could Now Throw it All Away.

Awards: He won the Holy Grail of Australian journalism, the Gold Walkley Award, for his investigative series into how Australia secretly negotiated a security treaty with Indonesia. He won the Citibank award for business reporting for his coverage of the Asian economic crisis. He was a Walkey 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 US motives for the invasion of Iraq. He has been called twice to testify as an expert witness to Federal Parliamentary inquiries into Australia's relations in the Asia-Pacific and commissioned to write essays on Asia for the Washington-based foreign policy journal The National Interest.

Speaker: Peter Hartcher is an accomplished speaker and has been invited to speak on the big issues of our times before influential audiences of politicians, officials, investors, business executives and scholars. He has been interviewed by media including the ABC, BBC, CNN, NPR, and Channel 12 Tokyo.

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