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Dr Peter
Van Onselen

Leading Political Journalist


Professor Peter van Onselen is one of Australia's leading political journalists: the contributing editor at The Australian newspaper and Sky News, as well as foundation chair of journalism at the University of Western Australia. He is the host of PVO News Hour on Sky News, as well as the networks flagship political program Australian Agenda broadcast on Sunday mornings.

Professor van Onselen started his academic career at UNSW in 2002 before moving to Edith Cowan University in 2004, where as an associate professor he coordinated the politics and government program, before beginning his career as a full time journalist in 2009. In 2007 and 2008 Professor van Onselen presented cover stories on Australian politics for Channel Nine's flagship current affairs program, Sunday, as well as writing a weekly column for The Bulletin magazine.

Professor van Onselen is an award winning author of two best selling books - John Winston Howard: The Biography and Howard's End, both published by Melbourne University Press. John Winston Howard was rated by The Wall Street Journal as the best biography released in 2007. In addition to his PhD (UWA), Professor van Onselen holds a first class honours degree in political science and a master with distinction in policy studies, both from UNSW.

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