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Dr Peter van Onselen (born 1976) is an associate professor in politics and government at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. His academic research focuses on Australian politics. Dr van Onselen is contributing editor at The Australian and also writes a weekly column in the News Ltd Sunday papers and hosts a weekly program The Contrarians on Sky News. He previously wrote for various newspapers across the country as well as regularly for The Bulletin in 2007. He appeared on Channel Nine's Sunday program offering political commentary and presented cover stories on Australian politics in 2007 and 2008.

Dr van Onselen holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Political Science and a Masters in Policy Studies (with Distinction), both from the University of New South Wales. Dr van Onselen was awarded his PhD in political science from the University of Western Australia.

Published works

  • John Winston Howard: The Biography (with Wayne Errington, 2007) (Melbourne University Press)
  • Howard's End: The Unravelling of a Government (with Philip Senior, 2008) (Melbourne University Press)
  • Liberals and Power: The Road Ahead (Editor, 2008) (Melbourne University Press)

numerous academic journal articles in various journals, most notably the Australian Journal of Political Science.


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